Dell has joined the competitive landscape occupied by Apple, Amazon, and Microsoft devices to unveil a new line of tablets and laptops. The company hopes to carve out a share of the market with selling points such as “thinnest, lightest, and most compact” and “highest resolution displays possible.” This comes at a time when Dell is in the process of a “privately-funded takeover,” notes Forbes. It’s also worth noting that this isn’t Dell’s first dip in the tablet pool.
“Damned s*xy” is how Rob Enderle, a technology analyst, described Dell’s new Venue tablets. Dell is pushing the four ultra-thin members of the new Venue family — Venue 7, Venue 8, Venue 8 Pro, and Venue 11 Pro — as the best options for on-the-go work-minded consumers. Ranging in price from $150 to $500, the Venue tablets claim users can create, share, and access content from virtually anywhere.
“All Dell Venue tablets are based on Intel processing power for speed, responsiveness, and battery efficiency,” Dell said in a statement.
Unfortunately for the company, Chris Velazco, a contributor at TechCrunch who has toyed around with the Venue 7 and 8, explained that he wasn’t wowed by the two tablets:
The biggest issue I noticed was a lack of sensitivity on some of the devices while I poked and prodded at their screens: it occasionally took multiple attempts to successfully bring up the App Launcher or return to the home screen. I suspect that’s all because of non-final hardware or software, but it was alarming enough that it managed to sour me on the experience a hair.
Velazco also had issues with the Venues’ cameras. “Stick to your smartphone and you’ll be better off,” he said. “[The] images looked grainy and undersaturated.”
Engadget, on the other hand, had a more favorable take on it, praising the design and some of the enhanced performance details.
Dell also has an updated XPS laptop line: According to Dell’s press release, the XPS 11 is “the thinnest, most compact 2-in-1 in the world” and the XPS 13 “has longer battery life for the mobile professional who values a sleek design” and the XPS 15 features “the highest resolution in its class.” The XPS 11, XPS 13, and XPS 15 all cost $999, $999, and $1,499 respectively.
J.R. Nelson, a contributor for Notebook Review who sampled the XPS line, seemed quite pleased with the laptops: “For a company who has never enjoyed critical success with its smartphone or tablet designs, it seems like Dell might finally be on to something that can make the marketplace sit up and take notice,” he said.
Dell’s Venue 7, Venue 8, Venue 8 Pro, and new XPS 15 will be available for purchase on October 18. As for the Venue 11 Pro, XPS 11 and the XPS 13, they will be available sometime in November. To introduce the new devices, Dell hosted an event last night with guests including former Real Housewives of New York star Jill Zarin (top) and Chef Roble (below) in attendance.
Would you buy any of Dell’s tablets or laptops?