October 2nd, 2015 by StorageReview Enterprise Lab
In the Lab: Dell Venue 11 Pro 7000 Series
The Dell Venue 11 Pro 7000 series is designed to adapt to a wide variety of different work styles and use cases, as it provides consumers with a multi-purpose functionality including the added option of a desktop experience. Users can attach the mobile keyboard, take advantage of the desktop docking station with dual monitors, or simply use it purely as a tablet with its active stylus pen for easy note taking. It also works with existing x86 applications, peripherals, and management tools, which allows it to effortlessly fit into all kinds of business environment.
Under the hood, the Venue 11 Pro 7000 series also leverages solid-state technology with its equipped 128GB eMMC SSD while its fanless design keeps the device whisper quiet. Coupling this with its Intel Core M processor and 8GB LPDDR3 1600MHz Memory allow the tablet to boast great overall performance with very responsive navigation and speedy application loading times. We found the Venue 11 Pro 7000’s display to be very bright, as its 10.8” Full HD screen allows for easy touch navigation as well as decent sound by leveraging MaxxAudio technology by Waves. This makes it ideal for both Skype and conference calls.
As far as the warranty goes, users can upgrade their Dell tablet’s protection plan to span the life of the device as well as ongoing coverage for repair and part replacement. Dell’s Accidental Damage Service allows users to quickly recover from sudden electrical surges, drops, and spills, which certainly has potential of occurring in enterprise environments.
Venue 11 Pro 7000 Series Specifications
- Model: Venue 11 Pro JEFBTX 1 [210-ADCK] 1
- Hard Drive: 128GB eMMC Solid State Storage
- Operating System: Windows 8.1 Pro, 64-bit English/French
- Mobile Broadband: No Mobile Broadband
- Service: 1 Year Basic Hardware Service +1 Year
- Limited OS After Remote Diagnosis
- Encryption Software: No DDPE Encryption Software
- Memory: 8GB LPDDR3 1600MHz Memory
- Video Card: Intel HD Graphics 5300
- Processor: Intel Core M-5Y71 vPro processor
- LCD: 10.8 inch IPS Display with FHD (1920 x 1080) resolution with 10-pt capacitive touch LCD
- Primary Battery: 38Whr Battery BTRY 1 [451-BBKH] 112
- Communications: Near Field Communications
- Camera: Integrated 2MP HD Webcam (front) / 8MP (back) CAMERA 1 [319-BBDH] 379
- Intel 7265 Dual-Band 2x2 802.11 ac WiFi +
- Bluetooth 4.0
- Keyboard: Dell Tablet Keyboard – Mobile T14S1 1 [580-ABYG] 4
- Accessories: Dell Tablet Dock 1.1
- Accessories: Dell Active Stylus Keyboard, Stylus and Mouse:
- Dell Wireless Travel Mouse-WM524
Windows-based tablets have a variety of useful purposes in all types of enterprise settings, including here at StorageReview. Specifically with the Dell Venue 11 Pro 7000 series, it ships with the Dell Client Command Suite, which allows users to download free tools that allow businesses to streamline system deployment as well as monitoring and updating in complex IT environments. For example, the KACE K1000 Express is a free, easy-to-use IT inventory tool that can manage warranty statuses and BIOS and driver updates across your all of your Dell devices.
As far as benefits with operating systems go, there are also clear advantages over mobile devices running mobile operating systems. Unlike a tablet such as an iPad, the Dell Venue 11 Pro 7000 has the ability to run full windows applications, attach USB accessories, and anything else that you can do with a laptop, but in an ultra-mobile tablet form factor. Nearly all enterprise settings still require this kind of functionality. For example, leveraged the Dell Venue for flashing firmware battery backups in our lab. The Eaton 9PX 6000 UPS specifically required a Windows system directly attached to it with a USB cable in order to flash the new firmware. Normally, this meant that we would have to connect a laptop or lug another nearby workstation to the lab for the connections; however, in this case, the Dell Venue 11 Pro 7000 portable tablet could fit that role perfectly. For console access to a switch, router or even server, a USB to serial adapter gives you access to even legacy standards through the compact tablet form-factor.
A platform running a full version of Windows is still needed in a large-scale datacenter environment, which is sometimes part a "crash cart" on wheels. Enterprises will undoubtedly find that leveraging a tablet for these use cases would be much easier, as there is less equipment to haul around, not to mention less risk of components "walking away" if they are retained by the technician doing the work. It’s also much smaller than a notebook, so you can hold it in your hand or balance it in a bundle of wires, rather than having it sit on a flat surface. It certainly makes our lives much easier at StorageReview.