The Dell Venue 11 Pro is a 10.8 inch Windows tablet with support for a range of accessories including an optional digital pen, keyboard dock, or desktop dock. Dell offers models with Intel Atom, Core i3, and Core i5 processors, and up until recently prices for the cheapest model started at $500.

So while I was pretty impressed with the Intel Atom Bay Trail-powered tablet I tested recently, I was a little less enamored with the price.

Now Dell has launched a new model that starts at $430.

dell venue 11 pro

If you spend less, you do get less. The new tablet has a 1366 x 728 pixel display instead of a 1920 x 1080 pixel screen, for instance. And it has 32GB of storage instead of 64GB.

The new cheaper tablet does have one slight upgrade over earlier models. It’s powered by a new Intel Atom Z3775D processor instead of an Atom Z3770 chip… although the chips are similar enough that I suspect you’d be hard pressed to tell the difference in performance.

Other specs remain largely unchanged, including the tablet’s 2GB of RAM, 802.11n 2×2 dual-band WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, 8MP rear camera, 2MP front-facing camera, and 1.6 pound weight.

The tablet has a micro SD card slot, a full-sized USB 3.0 port, a mini HDMI port, and comes with Office Home & Student 2013.

The lower screen resolution and smaller amount of built-in storage might make the tablet a bit less attractive than its higher-priced counterparts. But it still has some “Pro” level features including a user replaceable battery and support for Dell’s keyboard cases, dekstop docking station, and digital pen.

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15 replies on “Dell expands Venue 11 Pro tablet family with a $430 model”

  1. I’ve never liked the ideia about having a small device with 1080p display.. so I think this device will fit for a lot of people

  2. They could have simply adjusted the price and spared themselves the added cost of supporting another model but go figure Dell.

  3. I got an intel core i3 dell venue 11 pro on ebay for $500! It was slightly refurbished, I notice it sometimes freezes but I think it is bluestacks app I am running on it. Screen is awesome! I noticed the touch screen keyboard sometimes lag, I am selling my surface rt 32gb with touch cover on ebay and my iphone 4s (got galaxy s4 for $200 off contract att ). After I sell the surface and Iphone I will buy the dell keyboard and stylus.

  4. The keyboard will still not be reliable – that’s why I sent mine back.

    1. It isn’t? I have an i3 version and will be getting the regular keyboard dock soon. I hope it will be alright. My asus t100 cracked so this it the replacement.

      1. I got the mobile thin keyboard and it would randomly stop working. Pretty annoying. Can’t say about the dock, it might work better. Mine was the atom based tablet. Check the Dell reviews.

        1. Well the regular mobile keyboard has 4 star review on amazon out of 14 reviews, 2 people got bad units.

    1. For the screen I guess? A little bigger, much brighter and color reproduction is indeed very good. I’ve read alot of reviews which complain about the dim and wash out screen of the T100.
      And the mSD card slot on the T100 is reported to be not so good, the mSD card slides out easily that it could be a problem
      And a slightly more faster processor. I heard Z3770D is like 20% faster than Z3740D, but in daily usage you wont notice that.
      USB 3.0 on the tablet itself is a big bonus, you won’t have to dock it, connect with some keyboard, or have some dongles each time you want to use your USB
      The stylus may be a little buggy, but new Rev A01 of it works much better than the first A00 one. Still not on par with Wacom though.
      If you want the keyboard i think you can use a bluetooth keyboard instead, purchasing the keyboard from Dell gonna put the price far more.
      I don’t say this is a better purchase than the ASUS though, this is purely my opinion as my eyes won’t accept wash out screen so I won’t get the ASUS. For me the screen on a tablet is like a 80% deciding-factor

    2. I would get the Asus VivoTab Note 8 instead of the T100.
      The T100 also has a lot of complaints, but the VivoTab Note 8,
      which has a Wacom active digitizer, and a Wacopm stylus
      pen (a bit skinny, but it doesn’t need batteries), which docs
      nicely inside the slate, seems to be ok. The VivoTab Note 8
      also includes a keyboard.

      Otherwise, wait for the upcoming Lenovo ThinkPad 10″
      and larger model, which will likely have an active digitizer
      as well. However, they will be pricey.

      1. I hope asus vivotab note 8 has gorilla glass 3 because my asus t100 cracked while in a laptop carrying case/sleeve.

        1. Sorry to hear about your bad T100 experience.
          More and more, manufacturers seem to be rushing
          shoddy products to market. I notice that when
          refurbs of a recently-introduced product are widely
          available, it’s a clue that the products are POSs.
          Another is a price drop very shortly after a product’s
          introduction.

          I’d wait for the coming Lenovo ThinkPad x86
          Windows Tablets. ThinkPad tablets have sported
          Gorilla Glass or its equivalent. However, can’t guarantee
          that they will have Wacom as the active digitizer.

    3. It feels much more durable. My asus t100 32gb cracked and left touchscreen does not work. Ordered dell venue 11 pro from ebay for $500 (i3 version). It is alot heftier but feels good and it is replacing my asus and surface rt. You barely hear the fan running and the screen is much much better! The asus is dim and ugly compared to venue 11 pro. You do have to pay more for keyboard, I still havn’t ordered mine but I will after my surface sales on ebay.

  5. Can I get one without the digitizer? I hear it’s still not good even after the firmware/driver update.

  6. I’m wondering what company makes the active digitizer and pen for this
    model. If the maker is Synaptics, I would look for a slate/2-in-1 that
    had a Wacom digitizer instead. Reason: the Venue 8 Pro, which
    used a Synaptics active digitizer, had so many complaints, and
    even the Dell firmware update specifically for the touch screen
    didn’t fix the problem (which included dead spots, poor response,
    bounce when using a capacitive stylus). Synaptics is likely new

    to making active digitizers (and their touchpads aren’t great either).

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