Right out of the box it is clear this is not your run of the mill plastic and boring Android tablet. The Dell Venue 10 7000 is a classy looking all metal Android tablet that with its optional keyboard can double as a light duty notebook.
This aluminum tablet is a thin 6.2mm thick in line with the sixish mm thickness of other top of the line tablets of this size. It is solid…built like a tank ready to take a beating on the road. Unfortunately that solid build quality means that the Venue 10 7000 tips the scales on the heavy side at 578 grams considerably heftier than the iPad Air 2 at 437 grams.
Fortunately one of Dell’s unique design features mitigates its chunkiness. The tubular battery pack/keyboard hinge on the side/bottom of the Venue 10 7000 makes it quite comfortable to hold in both portrait and landscape modes.
Powered by a Intel Atom Z3580 processor with a Imagination PowerVR G6430 graphics chip. Running pretty much pure vanilla Android Lollipop 5.x this tablet is downright snappy. Scrolling is smooth, apps open quickly and run well. Multi-tasking worked well in my experience but I suspect the 2GB of RAM will cramp the style of those who like to keep dozens of apps running in the background.
The 10-inch screen is impressive. It is a 2,560×1,600-pixel resolution OLED display (288ppi) that looks great at everything. HD video, text and gaming graphics are really crisp. Viewing angles are wide, and colors look lifelike with just the right amount of saturation. Combine this with the solid sounding stereo speakers in the battery/hinge thingy this is a really good media consumption device.
the Venue 10 7000 has Intel’s RealSense Depth Camera. The main rear camera is 8 megapixel, and below it are two additional 720p cameras, which form a triangular shape. Using the Depth Snapshot setting, all three cameras will work together, recording depth information so that you can selectively focus or apply filters to certain parts of the photo after the fact. A cool feature but this is a 10” tablet after all so I don’t plan to use it to take pictures which by the way are not bad in good light.
But it is not all play and no work with the Dell Venue 10 7000..snap on the Bluetooth keyboard and it morphs into a light duty notebook. The backlit keyboard is small but very comfortable once you get used to it. The keys have a nice feel and the touchpad works well but, I found it a bit on the small side. Sadly the keyboard bumps the total weight up to 1.05Kg which is average for a small notebook.
This little tablet can do a surprising amount of work on the road. I used Microsoft Word to type this and it worked well and Google apps were equally useful. I used it outdoors a lot with WiFi turned on and I got a little over 6 hours of productive work on a charge.
The Bottom Line
I really enjoyed playing/working with the Dell Venue 10 7000. It is no question a well built premium tablet. It is probably the best Android tablet out there right now. The keyboard is a welcome addition and turns it into a light duty production machine but you’re not going to dump your XPS 13 or Macbook.
All that said I’m not sure where this impressive device fits in the grand scheme of things. It is not cheap. $600 for the Tablet alone or $750 with the keyboard although you are getting a premium device for the money. Still it is a niche market. If you want the best Android tablet/keyboard combination money can buy then the Dell Venue 10 7000 is the one for you. If you just want a fun tablet you will likely want to look elsewhere.