Dell Venue 8 Pro 5855 Review

A great business tablet - but does it justify its high price? 

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Posted: Mar 31st, 2016

One of the most recognizable names in name brand electronics and computers, Dell has an incredible line of accessories, computer components, and even tablets to select from.  Let’s take a look at one of their more recent products, the Dell Venue 8 Pro 5855.  Building off of the legacy of their highly successful Dell Venture 8 Pro, the 5855 are the next installment in what Dell hopes to be a long and successful line of products.  Along with seeing how it compares to other Dell products, we will see how it measures up to similar products in the market around the same price point.

The Dell Venue 8 Pro 5855

The tablet comes with a max resolution of 1920 x 1200 resolution, far outpacing earlier models with their 1280 x 800.  Making this possible is the Windows 10 operating system that combines either 32GB or 64GB storage with 2GB ram.  Powering this tablet is the 2.24 GHz quad-core Intel Atom processor.  Making things like full touch screen functionality possible, the tablet represents a solid and well thought out piece of technology.  This can be seen when you turn it on and judge its performance.  Surpassing previous tablet models in speed, the 5855 model lives up the hype generated by Dell.  


Specifications For the Dell Venue 8 Pro 5855

The 5855 weighs less than a pound (.83 to be exact.)  It comes in at 8.5 inches by 5.1 inches by .37 inches.  The tablet features a 16:10 aspect ratio, with a pixel density of 283 ppi.  A bit wider to meet the resolution and aspect ratio requirements, the look is far better with this tablet.  With a USB Type-C port as well as a standard USB Type-A slot, you will have increased functionality with new and old machines alike.  

What Do People Think Of This Tablet?

While the Dell Venue 8 Pro 5855 has a lackluster processer when compared to other tablets, it still manages to run smoothly.  People enjoyed how it felt similar to its predecessor, and how easy it was to use out of the box.  Those who enjoyed finding the best deal for mobility, price, and performance ended up going with other tablets.  Pushing this exodus from Dell is its poor battery life.  

Where Does That Leave Us?

The Dell Venue 8 Pro 5855 is not a bad tablet.  If you enjoy Dell and want a Windows 10 operating system, then the tablet will serve you well.  For others who are not hooked to the brand, the 5855 doesn’t entirely live up to its predecessor.  While it has a nice screen and good performance, there are better deals out there offering more.


This tablet is currently not sold on Amazon, but you can buy direct from the Dell site.

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Technical Specifications

Dell Venue Pro 5855
 Tablet  Dell Venue Pro 5855
 Rating  Ratings
 OS  Win 10
 CPU  Intel Atom x5 - 2.24 GHz
 Storage  64 GB
 RAM  4 GB
 Display  IPS - 8.0 inch
 Resolution  1280 x 800 px - 189 ppi
 Camera  Front 2.0 / Back 5.0 MP
 Weight  0.38 kg / 0.83 lbs
 Battery life  6.0 hours
 Released  2016-03


Battery life comparison

Battery life of selected tablet

 Tablet   (h)   Battery life 
Dell Venue Pro 58556.0Dell Venue Pro 5855 tablet autonomy comparison

Compared to 5 tablets with largest battery life

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Weight comparison

Weight of selected tablet

 Tablet   kg   lbs   Weight 
Dell Venue Pro 58550.380.83Dell Venue Pro 5855 weight comparison

Compared to 5 lightest tablets - 8 and 9 inch

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