Dell Venue 8 Pro full review (04-13-2014) - Page list
1. Introduction and buyer's background
2. Technical specifications
3. Build quality, design, dimensions
4. Software ergonomics: Introduction
5. Software ergonomics: Windows Modern UI (codenamed "Metro")
6. Software ergonomics: Windows Classical Desktop
7. Hardware design: physical buttons
8. Hardware design: the connectors
9. The hardware: display/screen, ambient light sensor, gyroscope...
10. The hardware: performance/CPU/RAM, responsiveness
11. The hardware: internal and external storage
12. The hardware: graphics and gaming
13. The hardware: Photo, video and audio
14. The hardware: wireless networking
15. The hardware: battery life and cooling
16. Extended features - Wireless video display on external monitor (Miracast)
17. Extended features - The active digitizer/stylus: description and design
18. Extended features - The active digitizer/stylus: technical review
19. Conclusion, pros and cons
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By Maxime Abbey - First published on 04-13-2014 on Arachnosoft
The Dell Venue 8 Pro comes with 4 physical buttons on its sides:
- 1 Windows button on the top-right hand corner of the tablet (above the front camera)
- 1 Power On/Off button on the right, upper side of the tablet (just below the USB connector)
- 1 dual Volume + / Volume – under the Power On/Off button
The Power On/Off button
This button works just like any other you'd find on a PC, and allows to power on the tablet, enter in or wake it up from sleep mode, and power it off completely in case it'd be stuck, by pressing the button during a longer time.
Just like on a classical PC, you can adjust the behavior of all actions associated with this button, from the BIOS or Windows power settings.
The Volume - / Volume + button
This dual button allows you to raise up or lower the output volume from the integrated speaker or jack output.
Just like a PC, or any other Android, Windows or iOS tablet, these buttons can be reassigned to do other tasks by some applications.
A frequently used shortcut would be, for example, Windows + Volume Down, which triggers the screenshot function.
The Windows button, and its unpopular location
Unlike most other tablets, Dell made the decision to relocate the Windows button (giving access to the identical-named menu) on a tablet side, and not on the front side, under the screen, where you'd usually expect it.
This choice, rather disturbing at first, wins points when it comes to avoid accidental triggers when holding the tablet through the sides; the (logical) side-effect being that it'll be more difficult to find and trigger it instinctively, even more if you're already used to another tablet.
More than its side position, which I find rather good to avoid unwanted triggers, I'd rather criticize its location near the headphones jack; it'll be even more difficult to reach when headphones will be plugged in. Moreover, it leads to confusion with the other physical buttons group located nearby (the Power On/Off button, not to mention it), even more when you're still learning how to use this tablet, although all buttons aren't located on the same side.
I'd have preferred to find this button on any other three remaining sides, which don't carry any other connector and sensor willing to interfere with it.
That said, this sounds like a minor drawback to me, and should not lead you to buy another tablet just for this reason.