Dell Latitude 10-ST2 Windows 8 Pro Tablet – Review

Billed as a full Windows 8 Pro tablet and Microsoft Surface Pro competitor, is the Dell Latitude 10-ST2 the device for you?

Introduction

Tablet computing is IT right now. Apple has their iPad and iPad mini. Samsung has the Android powered Galaxy Tab and Galaxy Note; and Microsoft has Surface RT and Surface Pro. Dell also has a Windows 8 Pro tablet – The Dell Latitude 10-ST2. How does it measure up to the expected tablet experience? Is it a good alternative to either the 64GB or 128GB Microsoft Surface Pro tablet? Let’s take a look and find out?

Dell Latitude 10-ST2

Device and Hardware

The Dell Latitude 10-ST2 tablet is all black and covered on 5 sides with a slightly rubberized backing. The front is Gorilla Glass. It has a 10.2 inch diagonal screen pushing a 1366×768 resolution that defaults to landscape orientation. Its basic hardware specs can be found in the table below. After all is said and done, the device had a Windows Experience Index value of 3.3, attributed to its gaming and 3D business graphics.

Category Component
Processor 1.8GHz Intel Atom z2760
Memory 2GB, 800MHz DDR2
Hard drive 64GB SSD
Graphics Intel GMA
Dimensions (WD) 10.8×6.9 inches
Height 0.4 inch
Screen size (diagonal) 10.2 inches
System weight / Weight with AC adapter 1.6 pounds / 2.1 pounds
Video Micro-HDMI
Audio Stereo speakers, headphone/microphone combo jack
Data 1 USB 2.0, SD card reader, 1 Micro-USB charging port
Networking 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth

While the Atom processor has a high enough speed at 1.8GHz, it doesn’t have a lot of horse power. In fact, it’s pretty anemic. The system is optimized for a few specific apps – Microsoft Office being one of them – but don’t expect it to power through anything else though. The weak processor performance even seems to affect network traffic, disk I/O and display performance as well, though obviously system interaction between dedicated subcomponents will also factor in.

It was especially noticeable when trying to download content from Microsoft TechNet. I was a bit disappointed with it all.

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