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Exceeded expectations for a Dell machine
on 4 January 2014
I bought this solely to play my music into a DAC as the key part of my hi-fi set-up. So now I have this tablet, an amp, a DAC and two speakers with all my music ripped from my CD's on a server on a network to which this tablet is connected.
It was great fun boxing and storing away all my CD's, they took up so much space.
Windows 8 (or the 8.1 I immediately upgraded to for free) is perfect for the job. Windows 8 is much maligned but once you have accustomed yourself to it is excellent and for my purposes it is perfect. No keyboard or mouse to worry about the touch screen works perfectly and there are some great music player apps of which MediaMonkey is the best.
It takes a few seconds to boot up, load the app and all my music is instantly unavailable in an organised, searchable format. I ripped all my CD's in wave format so all the music is "CD quality".
Want to listen to the radio? Just start up an app and thousands of worldwide radio stations available in an instant. Maybe I want to look up details of the artist on Wikipedia - just use the Wikipedia app.
As far as the quality of the hardware is concerned, I'm very pleased with it. It feels solid and durable, the screen is bright and responsive for touch and it's plenty fast enough even with an Atom processor.
I purchased this particular tablet because of it's excellent Docking Station (purchased separately) which is heavy and stable and enables the tablet to be positioned upright, has an Ethernet socket to connect to a wired network and a USB connection to connect to my DAC.
You do need to visit the Dell web site though to update some of the software, particularly the auto rotate software to ensure that the screen rotates correctly according to whether the tablet is viewed in portrait or landscape mode.