Dell Latitude 10 review

3 Apr 2013

The first Windows 8 business tablet delivers unrivalled battery life, and comes with a practical set of peripherals, but performance suffers

Price when reviewed: 
625(£625 inc VAT)
4

We’ve seen plenty of Windows 8 tablets since the OS launched last year, but the Dell Latitude 10 is the first designed primarily for business. What differentiates a business Windows 8 tablet from a consumer one? Judging by the options available for the Latitude 10 on the Dell website – and the box full of accessories that came with our review sample – it’s flexibility.

The Latitude 10 can, within reason, be tweaked and specified like any laptop. The “Essentials” tablet is available for as little as £375 exc VAT, and you can upgrade the storage from 64GB to 128GB and add all manner of extras to your basket, from a powered desktop dock with a Gigabit Ethernet socket and USB sockets to a stylus for note-taking and handwriting recognition.

Dell Latitude 10

The most intriguing of the accessories, however, is a removable battery, which clips into a bay on the tablet’s rear panel. This feature is only available on the pricier “Standard” edition reviewed here, but it’s one of the Latitude's key selling points. Two different battery types are available: a two-cell 3,880mAh unit, and a four-cell battery that doubles this capacity, delivering a mighty 7,760mAh for an extra £23 exc VAT. In concert with the Latitude’s low-power, 1.8GHz dual-core Atom Z2760 CPU, the stamina delivered is impressive.

With the larger unit in place, the Dell’s final result of 27hrs 8mins in our light-use battery test is the best we’ve recorded. It even outlasts the 21-hour lifespan of the previous record-holder – the Acer Iconia W510 – which needed two batteries to survive that long. The standard battery pack didn’t let the Dell down, either. It lasted for 12hrs 35mins in the light-use benchmark – as long as a third-generation iPad.

Dell Latitude 10

Tablet hardware

Exciting though these figures are, the Latitude itself is about as plain as tablets get. There’s a matte-black rear and a glossy façade, and the larger removable battery adds an ugly hump on the rear. The Dell weighs 658g with the standard battery installed – more than the Acer’s 566g – and this figure increases to 860g with the larger power pack clamped to the rear.

The 10.1in 1,366 x 768 IPS display is bright, going right up to 448cd/m2 at its maximum setting. That is far brighter than the Acer Iconia’s 285cd/m2 result, and the Latitude goes on to deliver intense, accurate colours and a contrast ratio of 734:1.

Detail

Price ex VAT £521
Price inc VAT £625
Warranty 1yr on-site
Overall rating 4
Performance 3
Features & Design 5
Value for Money 5

Physical

Dimensions 274 x 176 x 15.9mm (WDH)
Weight 860g

Display

Primary keyboard On-screen
Screen size 10.1in
Resolution screen horizontal 1,366
Resolution screen vertical 768
Display type IPS

Battery

Battery capacity 7,760mAh

Core specifications

CPU frequency, MHz 2MHz
Integrated memory 64.0GB
RAM capacity 2.00GB

Camera

Camera megapixel rating 8.0mp
Focus type Autofocus
Built-in flash? yes
Built-in flash type LED
Front-facing camera? yes
Video capture? yes

Other

WiFi standard 802.11n
Bluetooth support yes
Integrated GPS yes
Accessories supplied Dock, stylus, carry case
Upstream USB ports 1
HDMI output? yes

Software

Mobile operating system Windows 8 64-bit