Adding a separate display is a good idea for desktop use, since a) the screen isn't that big, and b) the dock only has a limited range of viewing angles for the unit. In fact, the tilt action for the dock connector seems mostly for the sake of allowing the unit to mate easily with the dock, not for adjusting the viewing angle. Sitting close to the unit even at maximum tilt feels awkward.
Other options for on-the-go versatility include a Kensington KeyFolio Bluetooth keyboard and case combo. For further ruggedness, you'll eventually be able to add a Griffin Survivor protective case.
A Windows 8 tablet plus a docking station typically equals a notebook -- see the Acer Iconia for an example on that score. The Dell Latitude 10 is a Windows 8 tablet whose optional docking station turns it into a fair substitute for a modest desktop system. The additional business-grade features ramp up the value even further. At the same time, though, the price begins to approach that of better-performing hybrids and Ultrabooks.
Dell Latitude 10 at a glance
|Price||Starts at $499; $1,146.98 as tested|
|Processor||Intel Atom Z2760 @ 1.8GHz|
|Memory||2GB DDR2 SDRAM 800MHz|
|Storage||32GB, 64GB (as tested), 128GB SSD|
|Weight||Starts at 1.43 pounds|
|Dimensions||Height: 6.95 inches. Width: 10.79 inches. Depth: 0.41 inch|
|Display||10.1 inches @ 1,366 by 768 pixels|
|Battery||2-cell (30Whr) non-removable (Essentials) or 4-cell (60Whr) removable Li-Ion|
|Ports||1 USB 2.0, 1 SD card reader, 1 combo stereo/mic jack. Productivity and security: 1 HDMI, 1 Micro-SIM (for WWAN-configured systems only), optional smart-card reader/fingerprint reader. On dock: 4 USB 2.0, 1 Ethernet, 1 HDMI|
|Radios||802.11a/b/g/n wireless, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, Dell Wireless mobile broadband solutions also available|
|Touch UI||10-finger multitouch|
|Management features||TPM, Intel vPro, optional smart-card reader, optional fingerprint reader|
|Sandra 2013 score||0.82kPt|
This article, "Dell Latitude 10 review: Touch tablet meets business desktop," was originally published at InfoWorld.com. Follow the latest developments in computer hardware and mobile technology at InfoWorld.com. For the latest business technology news, follow InfoWorld.com on Twitter.
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