04-27-2014 02:14 PM
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  1. nasellok's Avatar
    OK, so coming from Surface RT, this thing is small, really small, but I like it, because its soooooo much faster than the Surface RT was. I found myself using my surface for consumption 95% of the time, and the other 5% was doing remote access work. Now, I don't even have to use remote access, x86 support is amazing.

    - No web compromises at all - Silverlight support (Time Warner Cable streaming TV - device got really warm doing this, probably why its not supported on WinRT), Java, all the Google stuff, just work with x86, no more sad workarounds through crappy 3rd party apps for RT. Not sure what having Silverlight, Java, Chrome will do to the battery, but so far, its pretty great. I streamed NFL game through IE yesterday, still had 70% battery left after 3.5 hour continuous stream. The back of the device gets warm, but not bad at all.
    - Install TouchMousePointer - http://www.lovesummertrue.com/touchm...-us/index.html for those times where you need mouse pointer support on your desktop. I tried to use an Android trackpad app, it didn't work. Im going to be getting new Nokia Lumia 929 on release day, hopefully it works in the MS ecosystem.
    - Active Pen support (Synaptics) - I have yet to use this, but reviews elsewhere aren't so great. For the most part, they say that if your a printer, its terrible. If you use cursive for note taking, its good. I am coming from a really bad capacitive (almost unusable), so any improvement will be good........not to mention that I didn't have to spend 1200$ on Surface Pro to get active digitizer. (eta on stylus delivery is 11/7), ill update my review then.
    - Bluetooth mouse is a bit laggy, not sure if its my mouse, or the tablet. Maybe a driver update is needed. It seems a bit jumpy.
    - Micro USB - I really wish I could plug in non powered USB drives via an OTG cable adapter, but unfortunately they do not work. I will have to buy a powered hub to get it to work. Kind of annoying, but its the price you pay to have a device this small. The fact that I can connect to home group, and utilize file transfer via wireless network is a great feature of windows 8.
    - No wired external display options - I have yet to try using MHL - anyone try this yet? Im hoping that it works. If not, Ill have to try a Miracast receiver - I am concerned with any lag that could occur though.
    - Accessories...........or lack thereof - there are no accessories, dell has an overpriced case (40$), and a 35$ stylus that others suggest shouldn't cost more than 10-15$. I would love to find a good case that would prop it up........Not sure why other OEMs don't understand the importance of a good integrated kickstand - really missing this from the Surface
    - Performance - FAST....a lot faster than I thought.......this isn't your typical Atom processor, check out youtube, there are some videos of this thing playing some serious games at 30fps.....it is legit. Windows apps from the store are super fast, switching between them, etc.........see below for some desktop apps ive installed:
    (note, I chose older versions of software purposefully because they are much less taxing on the cpu, but still serve 98% of their purpose):

    - AutoCAD 2007 - runs great, faster than on my laptop (its an old laptop with core2duo processor, and AMD gpu). I haven't tried anything 3D, but I assume it will handle basic functions fine - im not going to render anything with it - that's what remote access is for, but in a pinch, if I need to I can open files natively. It tells me that its not compatible with windows 8, but files open no problem. I think im missing some fonts, etc, but for the most part, running AutoCAD on a 8" screen is freaking cool.

    - Photoshop CS2 - I see no issues running this at all - opened a 40mb file, no lag

    Going to try Lightroom, Google Earth, VLC, Spotify desktop version, Remote desktop - yes, im going to set up so I can remote access my tablet.........don't ask, just because I can - and that's the beauty of Windows 8!!!.

    Loving it so far, it has some minor issues, so close to being the PERFECT portable device. If I were an OEM mfr, id make full USB port a priority - if you have to have a small hump on one end to support it, then so be it, its sooooooo much better to not have to have an OTG adaptor cable. Also, HDMI out should be standard as well, especially since Miracast is still somewhat new tech
    hcrick, Jazmac, Etios and 6 others like this.
    11-04-2013 05:03 PM
  2. hcrick's Avatar
    Awesome review and very helpful, I can't wait to check one out.
    11-04-2013 05:23 PM
  3. sumothong01's Avatar
    Just found out my wife ordered me one for Christmas. Now just need to find the delivery date and "somehow" get off work early.
    xandros9 likes this.
    11-04-2013 05:44 PM
  4. nasellok's Avatar
    Adobe CS6 is running great - had some issues with CS2...........need to buy OTG cable so I can remove recovery partition, getting low on storage. I wonder if I can install programs on my 64gb sdhc card? Anyone know?
    11-05-2013 11:50 AM
  5. MaxHu's Avatar
    Miracast would definitely have lag/glitches. I am eagerly waiting for your MHL test. It would be great if you can try FHD res in MHL mode assuming it works at the first place.
    11-05-2013 06:53 PM
  6. christenmartin's Avatar
    Nice. I was eye balling one of these for my wife. I like what dells been doing. I do think the 7-8 inch is alot better for portable consumption.
    11-05-2013 07:02 PM
  7. realwarder's Avatar
    How dim does the screen brightness go? Can it go almost off (super dim)? I ask because my 7" Kindle File is great for reading in bed (yes I know about the Paper White), but I was wondering if the Dell might be usable for that too.
    11-05-2013 09:57 PM
  8. cckgz4's Avatar
    The screen size is perfect for me, but the lack of USB ports is actually a deal breaker for me. If I'm on campus, and I need to recharge my phone, I don't want to seek a wall outlet for both my comp and phone.
    11-06-2013 02:54 AM
  9. micaels's Avatar
    What kind of batterylife do you get with it?
    11-06-2013 03:39 AM
  10. jfreiman's Avatar
    I am now officially in love with my Venue 8 Pro and I am the first person I know of that can use his mini tablet to record full ATSC/HDTV in Windows Media Center. ��
    11-06-2013 08:15 AM
  11. fc000's Avatar
    What kind of batterylife do you get with it?
    I'm not sure about the OP, but mine arrived on Monday at about 95% charge. I haven't plugged it in yet, and it's at about 48% this morning. I'm not using it continuously, but casually throughout the day; on and off at work, browsing the web and controlling my 360 while watching some netflix.

    One minor issue I've noticed is the touch accuracy appears to be every so slightly off. It could just be the size of the device, and trying to touch small links on sites not optimized for touch, but it's an issue I never experience with the Surface Pro, or browsing the web on my Lumia 1020.
    11-06-2013 09:53 AM
  12. nasellok's Avatar
    OK, so going to try to reply to most of you above.............
    - Havent tried MHL yet, will do tonight and get back to you
    - Battery report shows 8hrs 51 minutes active at full charge, connected standby = 5% in 16 hour time period.
    - screen goes pretty dim, I keep it that way, bright screen hurts my eyes..........thats why i never cared for 9000 ppi screen that some people make big deals over. You only notice that when brightness is turned way up, and for the most part, i keep it down, easier on the eyes.
    - My touch accuracy seems fine, no issues for me. My bluetooth mouse is really stuttery, I get my USB hub tonight, I plan to test our some other devices to see how they work.

    Anyone try Miracast yet? Im still pissed i cant just plug into a monitor!
    11-06-2013 02:45 PM
  13. luk3ja's Avatar
    The screen size is perfect for me, but the lack of USB ports is actually a deal breaker for me. If I'm on campus, and I need to recharge my phone, I don't want to seek a wall outlet for both my comp and phone.
    you can get a tiny adapter cable that converts micro usb to full size slot
    11-06-2013 08:49 PM
  14. nasellok's Avatar
    MHL does not work..............Has anyone tried a displaylink adapter? I am at a loss as to why Dell would not at a minimum provide MHL support for USB video out.
    11-08-2013 10:29 AM
  15. nasellok's Avatar
    Just came across this video...........

    full desktop computer in 8" tablet with USB 3.0 docking station. I will be buying one of these asap.
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    11-08-2013 04:19 PM
  16. AbdulJalil Habash's Avatar
    Thanks for the link man, solved so many issues :D
    11-09-2013 06:23 PM
  17. Ted#WP's Avatar
    TouchMousePointer works great on DV8P especially on Chrome browser.

    Thanks for the link.
    01-01-2014 12:39 AM
  18. 11B1P's Avatar
    Very nice. I was looking at upgrading my Kindle Fire to a Kindle Fire HD 8.9". I might see the DVP replacing my Surface RT and Kindle Fire.
    01-01-2014 09:18 AM
  19. mkslive's Avatar
    Can anyone comment om how the device work in portrait? 16:10 isn't it?
    01-02-2014 03:22 PM
  20. Scienceguy Labs's Avatar
    Can anyone comment om how the device work in portrait? 16:10 isn't it?
    I actually love using mine in portrait mode to read. It feels very nice in the hands, and doesn't feel heavy or odd that way at all. For browsing the web and watching Netflix, I go landscape, however. The DV8P is a very versatile device that utilizes each mode perfectly depending on what your doing at a given moment.
    01-02-2014 03:33 PM
  21. mkslive's Avatar
    Thank you. I haven't seen any reviews focusing om how it works in portrait mode, so I needed to ask.
    Glad to know that it doesn't feel 'to tall'.
    I had bad experience with Surface RT in portrait, but these devices can't be compared I guess.
    01-02-2014 03:53 PM
  22. Ted#WP's Avatar
    Can anyone comment om how the device work in portrait? 16:10 isn't it?
    For input-intensive tasks such as typing this reply or entering text on OneNote, MS Word, Excel, etc., portrait mode is the ideal and preferred screen mode. Compared to iPad Mini, for example, the narrower keyboard width fits better for two thumb typing and the taller screen gives you a larger screen area, IMO. My 2c.
    01-02-2014 09:33 PM
  23. 11B1P's Avatar
    How does this device handle productivity with the use of a keyboard and mouse? What I mean is, I use my Surface for Word and Excel. Does the DV8P smaller screen make it more difficult to see documents and spreadsheets and input data? Now this is but one area I use. I use my Surface for web-browsing and email as well. And I'm looking to ditch my Kindle Fire as well. I'm trying to decide if the DV8P will satisify my needs.

    • Word/Excel documents
    • Web-browsing
    • E-mail
    • Kindle for reading as well as Prime Movies
    • Netflix

    I'm not sure the DV8P 8" screen is going to offer enough difference of my Kindle Fire 7" screen for movies. How much have you used your DV8P in these areas Nasellok?
    01-03-2014 05:34 AM
  24. davidwal83's Avatar
    Wish I knew this tablet was so good. I just bought a Nexus 7 2012 model. Sounds like this tablet is a great laptop replacement. Will have to buy a decent laptop to get these features.
    01-08-2014 03:14 AM
  25. pcleland79's Avatar
    Ive had my DV8P for about 4 months now. Have 32GB version. I quickly ran out of storage after installing the essential software for me, PS CS6, and a few others, and syncing my Skydrive to download all content locally. I have a 64GB MicroSD card in it for additional storage, but even after telling windows to put all Video, Photos etc on the SD i still had issues. I found a nice tweak online, to use an edited USB/Removable disk driver to make it appear as a local drive and not a removable drive, which allowed me to change the location of where things are stored. So now the entirety of my user folder is stored on the SD, as well as apps installed, music, photos, video etc. This freed up a ton of space on the tablet, and allows me to sync everything. I also purchased the new version Stylus, and it works flawlessly for me. I use it for work, i travel all over the country and it is by far the most convenient PC i have ever used. It does get slow occasionally, usually when i have a few word or excels open, but since they are all stored on the SD, and its not terrible, its not much of a bad trade off. i use an OTG cable to attach all kinds of things including a wireless mouse and keyboard for when im working in the hotel or at home at a desk, it works great no issues, also use the Microsoft wedge KB and mouse and havent had any issues there either, i just got those recently, to free up my micro usb for charging or other devices when i need them. i have a micro usb to lan adapter for when i need a direct connection to a server or switch that im working with and that works flawlessly as well. I have been looking at purchasing a couple other accessories for it when traveling, such as the Pluggable adapter int he previously posted video and Asus makes a nice 14 inch chargable portable monitor that is only 8mm thick and operates through USB, havent decided which way to go there yet. All in all it is a fantastic device and i would recommend it to anyone.
    04-07-2014 04:18 PM
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