Dell Latitude 10 - Business-Friendly Windows Tablet With Excellent Battery Life (Part 2)

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Screen, pen input and audio

The 10.1inch screen of Latitude 10 has the resolution of 1,366x768, equal with the tablet based on Atom. More impressively, the pixel in total is the 450-nit brightness indicator; the images truly stand out in this screen. When we watch Netflix, play several games and surf the web, all contents look vibrant, and the colors seem accurate. Like the screens on Asus VivoTab Smart and Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2, this screen uses IPS tech, so you can wait for a wide viewing angle. We have no problem watching the video from the far left and right corners. The vision will be much better if the screen is not glossy like that, but it will only be the problem in environments with light above your head.

An active Wacom digitizer is available at the price of 34 USD, and it has the compatibility with the more advanced configurations of Latitude 10. (Essentials version will basically work with the passive pen). We have used the pen in programs such as Windows Journal, which includes writing recognition, and Paint. The pen itself feels that it’s cheaply made; it doesn’t provide as good grip as S Pen of Samsung. However, it works well in choosing the small subjects on the screen, and the capacitive screen provides the excellent palm rejection ability. The screen recognizes the accidental input in just a several times when we’re writing with the stylus. Latitude 10d doesn’t have the built-in slot to store the device of Wacom, but the soft cover accompanying with our testing model have a place to store the pen.

The audio is not very loud on Latitude 10. 2 small stereo speakers sit on the back of the device, which means that music and conversation are muffled when holding the tablet in your hands (or palm). The favorite songs transferred through Slacker are not loud – what we always mention about the tablet – wearing headphones allows the sound to be a little louder, richer.

Performance and battery life

Dell Latitude 10 (1.8GHz Intel Atom Z2760, Intel HD)

·         PCMark7: 1,437  

·         3DMark06: 458    

·         ATTO (at highest drive speed): 82MB/s (read); 35MB/s (write)

Dell Latitude 10

Dell Latitude 10

Asus VivoTab Smart (1.8GHz Intel Atom Z2760, Intel HD)         

·         PCMark7: 1,400  

·         3DMark06: 372    

·         ATTO (at highest drive speed): 83MB/s (read); 35MB/s (write)

Asus VivoTab Smart

Asus VivoTab Smart

Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 (1.8GHz Intel Atom Z2760, Intel HD)

·         PCMark7: 1,423  

·         3DMark06: 460    

·         ATTO (at highest drive speed): 83MB/s (read); 35MB/s (write)

Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2

Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2

HP Envy x2 (1.8GHz Intel Atom Z2760, Intel HD) 

·         PCMark7: 1,425  

·         3DMark06: N/A    

·         ATTO (at highest drive speed): 83MB/s (read); 34MB/s (write)

HP Envy x2

HP Envy x2

Samsung ATIV Smart PC (1.8GHz Intel Atom Z2760, Intel HD) 

·         PCMark7: N/A     

·         3DMark06: 374    

·         ATTO (at highest drive speed): 82MB/s (read); 36MB/s (write)

Samsung ATIV Smart PC

Samsung ATIV Smart PC

Acer Iconia W510 (1.8GHz Intel Atom Z2760, Intel HD)  

·         PCMark7: 1,297

·         3DMark06: N/A    

·         ATTO (at highest drive speed): 81MB/s (read); 28MB/s (write)

Acer Iconia W510

Acer Iconia W510

S we mentioned in the Asus VivoTab Smart review, the tablets having low power were nearly identical when talking about technical specs. Like that product and all competitive models we tested, Latitude 10 run Intel Atom Z2760 processor at the speed of 1.8GHz, with 2GB RAM and Intel Graphics Media Accelerator. It’s no surprise when the tablet of Dell creates the almost-identical testing score from the competitors. In ATTO, Latitude 10 reaches the max read and write speed of 82MB/s and 35MB/s, and cold boot takes about 15 seconds.

It’s nothing to be surprise when a device is powered by Atom, Latitude 10 can’t run the 3DMark 11 graphics benchmark, which requires the support of DirectX 11. That’s the good sign about the kind of gaming performance that should be waited – you will play Angry Birds, Solitaire and etc. well, but the heavy games are not. We have some problems, such as app crash or force-to-close throughout the time testing Latitude 10, but these moments are quite little. Switching between the apps doesn’t make the system stutter, and we never have to drum our fingers to wait for the programs to be loaded.

When we performed the battery test, including running an internal-saved video continuously with Wi-Fi on and the brightness at 65%, 30Wh battery of Latitude lasted 9 hours 3 minutes. It’s well-compared to other laptops powered by Atom, such as Acer Iconia W510 (8 hours 19 minutes) and HP Envy x2 (7 hours 53 minutes). While that condition is pretty average for a Windows 8 tablet powered by Atom, it outruns all of them when you add an optional 60Wh battery: with this battery attached, we have an impressive 16 hours of working.

Battery life

·         Dell Latitude 10: 9:03/16:01 (expanded battery)

·         Asus VivoTab Smart: 7:30

·         ThinkPad Tablet 2: 10:27

·         Acer Iconia W510: 8:19 (tablet only)/14:17 (with dock)

·         HP Envy x2: 7:53 (tablet only)/12:30 (with dock)

·         Acer Iconia W700: 7:13

·         Samsung ATIV Smart PC (AT&T): 7:04 (WiFi only)/6:43 (LTE)

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