Dell Latitude 10-ST2 Windows 8 Pro Tablet – Review

As a digital notepad with either Windows Journal or MS One Note, this, or any Windows 8 tablet, is totally awesome. Taking it to meetings is a real treat. For quick emails, web browsing, etc. its good. Try to do anything with Office 2010 or 2013 other than say, small word processing or spreadsheet tasks, try to use a graphics app like Photoshop, or any kind of video editing; and you may have a hard time. I did find that streaming video via Netflix was moderately ok, though I did experience some skips and dropped frames that I could not attribute to my home network’s bandwidth or speed levels. I’m not certain if the performance issues I’m encountering can be completely attributed to the device’s specs, or if it’s the whole tablet concept.

MS really needs to figure out what it wants to do with Windows 8. This hybrid, straddling the fence thing really makes the experience suck, and it needs to change.

Perhaps Windows Blue, the anticipated update to Windows that should put it on an annual update schedule, will make things a bit better…?

One last thing related to Windows 8 and tablets – The Dell comes with an SD Card slot that will hold up to a Class 10, 64GB card. However, storing your data there isn’t easy. Windows 8 (as well as Windows 7) indexes specific library locations to help facilitate with fast, responsive search. As such, the OS specifically prevents users from including removable locations – like USB hard drives, network drives or SD cards – in its libraries.

09 - Dell Latitude 10 ST2 - Docking Station Front Closeup

On a regular PC, this makes complete sense. However, on a tablet with limited, non-upgradable storage, this is a total cluster. Yes, I can likely store data there. I can even create a shortcut in Documents to get me to the card when trying to save or open a document, but without full SD card support for the Documents Library, having an SD card for storage seems a bit silly… You aren’t going to install apps on it. You’re going to use it to store documents.

Dell Backup and Recovery

During my time of the device, I have had cause to perform a full system wipe, or hard reset. I bumped into some issues trying to activate the HSPA+ mobile broadband card for some reason, and thought that a full system wipe might fix the problem. It was a shot in the dark, but then again, I had only had the tablet for less than 24 hours when I encountered the issue. I really didn’t have a lot invested in terms of customization.

Running Dell Backup and Recovery or any factory reset process on a touch screen system that won’t support touch in recovery mode is actually not only difficult its stupid. In order to factory reset the device, you need to attached a USB keyboard into the one and only USB2 port on the actual tablet.

Previous versions of Windows, heck, even versions of DOS for that matter… CLEARLY indicated which screen object had focus. This was not the case here. I went back and forth from Windows 8 Desktop to the Dell Back and Recovery console NUMEROUS times, trying to tap or click the word “Next,” so that I could restore the system to factory fresh settings. I finally got it after my 5th try, but had to use that USB keyboard I mentioned and a combination of the tab key, arrow keys and the enter key.

Did I mention this was stupid? It was frustrating too. Restoring a TABLET or slate device that doesn’t have a keyboard shouldn’t REQUIRE the use of any keyboard, let alone a USB keyboard.

Restoring Your PC

During my time with the Dell Latitude 10 ST2, I had cause to return mine. The mobile broadband board broke and I had Dell send out a replacement. I had to remove the data off of the old tablet and prep it for return.

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