Dell Latitude 10 RT

Dell have crafted one of the more self-consciously ‘business’ tablets of recent years (a somewhat neglected area of tablet PC design). Is it any good? Lets find out!

By Chris Messenger | Published 20/12/2012

The Good

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Comes with a unique detachable dock

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HD Front facing and 8MP rear camera

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The screen is highly responsive

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HDMI out port for HD video playback

The Bad

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No support for near field communication

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Disappointing resolution of 1366 x 768

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Metro apps only. No legacy support

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Small amount of apps in marketplace

Introduction

Dell are very well known for working alongside Microsoft and Intel and (with the launch of the tablet-friendly Windows 8 this year), they are clearly hoping to get a piece of the tablet pie. In order to take their piece, Dell have crafted one of the more self-consciously ‘business’ tablets of recent years (a somewhat neglected area of tablet PC design).

 

We stuck our star reviewer in a fancy new suit and sent him off to the fast-paced world of modern business armed only with Dell’s new masterwork. So, how did it do?

 

The Specs

Despite a somewhat Spartan design, the Latitude’s screen is actually pretty nifty. Encased in Gorilla Glass and boasting a resolution of 1366 x 768, the screen makes good use of a capacitive 10-point touch system, allowing for all sorts of different user options. In addition, the screen is generally bright and clear, although the colour resolution makes it obvious that this tablet hasn’t really been designed for watching movies, in the same way that some others have.

 

At 725g, its a little on the heavy side as well, but the real saving grace is the 2GB of RAM, the dual-core Intel Atom processor and the absolutely incredible 120GB of storage space (maybe I’m all turned around on the movie front now). In addition to all this, by using an SSD card, you can boost the memory of this tablet to...Let’s just say more than a herd of elephants on their way to a particularly difficult exam.

 

The Dell Latitude is absolutely full of connection ports as well; you get headset jack, mini HDMI output, full USB 2.0, a micro USB slot and a docking connector.

 

 

The Price

At £400, this is an expensive tablet. It is not, however, more expensive than some of the coo coo nutbar prices that we’re seeing on the latest batch of tablets. Compared to them, it’s actually a peach. Still, on the plus side, it’s cheaper than the iPad 4. If you are a Windows fan, this is a decent price for a good tablet.

 

The Performance

The first thing that comes to mind when you look at the Latitude is how distinctly pedestrian this tablet appears to be. There are no quirky ‘art school’ additions, no deceptively smooth edges creating the illusion of a smaller tablet and a simple, functional, design job overall. If tablet PCs are ever given out in the workplace, you can guarantee that these will be the ones they give out.

 

However, this tablet is actually a joy to use. Steady, responsive and quick-witted, it runs rings around some of the other devices I’ve reviewed recently. It may not be flashy, but it is practical and it gets the job done.

 

The screen is highly responsive and is compatible with a stylus (although that is sold separately) and there’s even an 8MP camera that can shoot video in 720p.

 

What we’ve seen from recent tablet releases is a tendency towards a more restrictive, Apple inspired design. This is all very well for iOS, but Windows has always been a bit more ‘gadget friendly’ and I think Windows users are subconsciously happier with the inclusion of ports, jacks and sockets, rather than their exclusion. To this end, users will be very happy by how ‘laid out’ this tablet is (you can even get to the battery without voiding the warranty).

 

Our Verdict

I’m not a fan of Windows 8 on tablets. There, I said it, but that position is a matter of personal preference and it is unfair to judge this tablet entirely on its OS. Dell have really put a lot of trust in Windows 8 by designing their newest tablet around it (as opposed to in spite of it). As a result, they have crafted one of the best and most user friendly Windows 8 tablets yet.

 

Overall, this tablet is neat, high spec and refreshingly BS-free. Its definitely not going to be the babe magnet that an iPad or a Nexus might be, but if you’re serious about what you’re looking for and you want Windows 8, I honestly think this is one of the best tablets around.

 

Responsive, reliable and smart, this is, without a doubt, the best product that Dell have put out in quite a long time.

 

 

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