Don't forget if you use Shop Discover you get another 5% off, so about $18.
$348 before tax isn't bad for this tablet.
I'm in for one, just ordered the 64GB Essential.
A few pros:
Full Sized SD card. I seem to see more sales on the larger capacity SD cards vs. Micro SD. And now, you can use either with the uSD adapters.
Full size USB. Thumb drive, hard drive I'd assume, etc. etc. No more dongle to carry.
Removable battery (I'm pretty sure this is on all models?)
Rubber back. No cheap feel, according to the reviews.
Solid construction. Per reviews. Magnesium reinforced. I have a Lenovo Lynx that pops and creaks. Back to Best Buy with you, Lynx. You are $500 and you shouldn't do that. Plus a wide 11.6" screen feels like you are holding a cookie sheet. 10.1 is about my limit. I had a 4:3 8" Pantech Element, but I kinda am leaning towards 10.1 as being acceptable.
LONG battery life. Near the longest.
Back camera. For occasional use. Lynx doesn't have it.
Micro USB charging. Super handy. I won't by the Acer because of their non-standard port, and I hear build quality issues.
No GPS. Not really a big deal. My Nexus 4 for that.
No SIM/Cellular radio. Not a killer, will miss it a bit, but I can tether.
No Active Stylus. For $348, I can deal.
Tip: Get some Plexus polish and your fingers and capacitive stylus will slide easier. And it won't pick up gunk on the screen as much. This is an airplane windscreen cleaner and polish. Really for plexiglass, which if you have any, you will love this for but it's good on glass too.
The big finish:
x86 compatibility! So, I can print right from this over the WiFi with my old non-Win 8 color laser printer. It has a Win 7 driver that you can install in legacy mode.
Dont think of this as a slow Windows 8 experience, think of it as an on par tablet WITH the Windows 8 side if you need it.
I can tell you from using Win 8 on the same chipset basically that IE8 metro and metro apps are fine with the speed. Casual games, you know, like you'd play on a tablet, are fine. It's kind of silly people expect this to run like an i3/i5.
Price/performance/features seem right, and it's Dell. Having used the Asus Vivo Tab Smart and the Lenovo Lynx, which are going away because the construction is cheap, I'm looking forward to this.
Re: Comments above. I don't think any of the Essential models had active stylus capability. I am going to keep checking back. I'd love to score an HSPA+, active stylus, Win 8 Pro, 64GB model. But that would also depend on price.
And I got the certified refurbished one, not the scratch and dent.
Last edited by beachfitrob; 04-03-2013 at 07:25 AM..
I probably would have bought this if I didn't buy my ThinkPad tablet 2 this weekend. This is a good price. The battery on the back of the latitude is a little chunky though. its not flush. its looks weird sticking out the back. I very happy with my Lenovo but I don't mind having another one.
To the people who bought this. Can you post back in regards to the build quality and condition of these dell refurbs
Last edited by cscamp20; 04-04-2013 at 08:09 AM..
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I almost pulled the trigger on this but after seeing some review videos where it was sluggish just running Chrome, passed. BTW the website kept giving me an error message and I should call Dell to place the order. Next, after 20 mins with the sales rep she finally found the refurbish units listed. Lastly, I wonder if Dell is trying to push these hard because she was trying to close the deal aggressively.
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