Dell Latitude 10 review: Touch tablet meets business desktop

Dell's light and flexible Windows 8 tablet is high on business features, but low on price-performance

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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

PriceStarts at $499; $1,146.98 as tested
ProcessorIntel Atom Z2760 @ 1.8GHz
Memory2GB DDR2 SDRAM 800MHz
Storage32GB, 64GB (as tested), 128GB SSD
WeightStarts at 1.43 pounds
DimensionsHeight: 6.95 inches. Width: 10.79 inches. Depth: 0.41 inch
Display10.1 inches @ 1,366 by 768 pixels
Battery2-cell (30Whr) non-removable (Essentials) or 4-cell (60Whr) removable Li-Ion
Ports1 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
Radios802.11a/b/g/n wireless, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, Dell Wireless mobile broadband solutions also available
Touch UI10-finger multitouch
Management featuresTPM, Intel vPro, optional smart-card reader, optional fingerprint reader
Sandra 2013 score0.82kPt

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