The Dell Windows RT tablet just hit a new low: $299.99. The XPS 10 includes Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013 RT; a 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor; a 10.1-inch 1,366 x 768 display; a 28Wh battery rated at up to 10 hours; front and rear cameras; microSD slot; and 32GB of storage.
The XPS™ 10 tablet is light, slender and crafted with resilient materials so it’s ready to go wherever you go. Experience Windows RT on the XPS 10 with apps for work and play. Get familiar with Office Home & Student 2013 RT and see how your favorite productivity suite has been optimized for touch. When you connect your XPS 10 tablet to the optional mobile keyboard dock, you get over 18 hours of battery life, full keyboard and touch pad capabilities and USB and HDMI™ ports.
Get the most from your Skype 3 calls, movies, music and games with the XPS 10 tablet’s front and rear cameras, HD display and enhanced audio features. Multitask, watch movies and boot up in seconds with a dual-core Qualcomm processor and microSD port for virtually unlimited memory. XPS 10 comes installed with drivers for most printers, mice and monitors, so it’s ready to work in almost any environment. Plus, its built-in security features ensure your system, files and personal information stay safe wherever you connect. Maximize your XPS™ 10 tablet’s capabilities on the go with the ultralight Mobile Keyboard Dock. Use a productivity dock in your workspace to connect even more devices and enjoy a familiar desktop experience.
While Dell Tablets aren’t generally viewed as the top of the heap these days, they have produced a viable, quality and well built offering in the XPS 10. Prior to this one, my last experience with a Dell tab was with the Streak, an android powered device which I found unremarkable. I am happy to say that the overall build and design of the XPS is a dramatic improvement and offers far greater durability, battery life and screen responsiveness.
Under the hood
The dual-core SnapDragon processor, much to my surprise, performed nearly as well as the Tegra found in the Asus Vivo Tab, which speaks volumes for the work Dell put into this device. I experienced no lag time whatsoever when fast switching from app to app and task to task, which in itself is a selling point to me.
The gorilla glass screen is, as advertised, remarkably strong, as I found out after having dropped the device which landed face down. If you are a bit of a clutz, I always recommend opting for a device with gorilla glass, as it can save you from a bothersome scratch or scuff which, even if it wont affect functionality, can aggravate the heck out of you for having marred an otherwise flawless device.
The 2 GB LPDDR2 memory is more than many current laptops come equipped with, and enough to assure that the even the heavy user who frequently uses memory intensive apps will never fall short or experience lags.
Windows 8 (RT) is a smooth and quality build, and will seem quite familiar to those who have prior experience with Android-like OS, as it has been designed to be as mobile and intuitive as possible and in most ways succeeded.
The battery life did fall a bit short of what I got from the Asus, having netted me only about 7 hours of heavy use before needing a recharge, but in the grand scheme of things this seems somewhat negligible.
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Play hard and work smarter with the XPS 10 featuring Windows RT. Includes Office and apps from the Windows Store making it an ideal tablet for work and home. Optional mobile keyboard dock with additional battery gives you all-day productivity.