While many tablet manufacturers have primarily focused on casual users, Dell has recently doubled down on business and productivity. The Latitude 10 is the latest entry in the manufacturer’s line of corporate-friendly tablets, sporting a range of useful features in a decidedly businesslike design.
It isn’t going to revolutionize the tablet market, and the pricey accessories may be tough for some to swallow, but the Latitude 10 remains a viable option in the world of business-class tablets.
Compared to tablets such as the Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2, Dell’s Latitude 10 is a little bit disappointing. The design is uninspired even by business standards, though it isn’t particularly offensive.
At 10.8-by-7.0-by-0.4 inches and 1.43 pounds (0,65 kg), it’s among the bulkiest tablets in its class. Add in the optional four-cell battery and the maximum depth increases to 0.64 inches, while the weight balloons to 1.81 pounds. The build quality, however, is quite good.
The magnesium-alloy frame, wrapped in front by a coating of Gorilla Glass, lends an appropriately solid feel.
Along the top edge of the Latitude 10 is the power button, rotation lock switch and a full-sized SD slot. For those who need added security, an “Enhanced Security” model is also available which sports a smart card reader for authorization, among other purposes.
The right edge features a standard headphone jack, along with USB 2.0 and mini-HDMI ports. The power port and micro-USB slot are on the bottom, while the left side holds a volume rocker and a Kensington security slot.
Though it isn’t entirely appropriate to compare tablets intended for media consumption with those built for productivity, the Latitude 10 is still a bit lacking in terms of connectivity.
Resolving the Details
Another Atom-based tablet, another 10.1-inch, 1,366-by-768 display. As with those found on other Atom tablets, this display won’t blow you away with ultra-crisp resolution. What it lacks in pixel count, however, it makes up for in brightness and vividness.
The 450-nit brightness is very impressive, besting the 400 nits produced by the Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 and Samsung ATIV Smart PC. The IPS panel also produces much better viewing angles as compared to tablets with non-IPS displays, such as the Smart PC Pro.
Under the Hood
The Dell Latitude 10, like every other tablet in its class, is powered by Intel’s 1.8-gigahertz Atom Z2760 processor, which is paired with two gigabytes of RAM and integrated graphics. The performance, as expected, is nearly identical to competing tablets in most categories.
The Latitude 10 won’t be playing the latest games, but it’s got more than enough pep to handle the tasks it’s intended for. Where the tablet shines is its battery life. Although the ThinkPad Tablet 2 boasts better battery life than the stock Latitude 10, the optional 60 Watt-hour battery nearly doubles its stamina to an exceptional 16 hours.
Owing to their nearly identical specs, any tablet comparison focused on Atom-based devices comes down to the small details that separate the best from the rest. While performance is nearly identical between the Latitude 10, Acer Iconia W510, Samsung ATIV Smart PC Pro and Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2, there are some important differences.
The ATIV Smart PC Pro offers a very attractive 11.6-inch, a full 1080p display that stands out from the smaller, lower resolution displays offered by the others. The ThinkPad Tablet 2 boasts the best build quality and a relatively sleek, comfortable design.
For business users, however, the extraordinary battery life of the Latitude 10 may be enough to tip the scales in this comparison of tablets.