Benchmarking a Dell Venue 8 Pro

I take a lot of notes at work. I also handle many emails and constantly consult my calendar. While my iPad generally works, I am really interested in a device which (more) gracefully supports a stylus. When I first saw the Dell Venue 8 Pro it intrigued me. I have mixed feelings on Windows but a cheap note-taking, email, and calendar tablet is an appealing idea. So, I decided to buy one and try it out and also decided on benchmarking a Dell Venue 8 Pro and sharing my results.

Does this cheap tablet also have budget performance?

The setup

To test the Dell Venue 8 Pro, I decided to use two quick tests. While both of these are nowhere exhaustive, I wanted to get a rough sense of how it performs compared to other devices. I used the following to benchmark:

  1. Geekbench 3
  2. Sunspider 1.0.2

For reference, the device I benchmarked is a Dell Venue 8 Pro (5830) with 32GB of memory, 2GB of RAM, and an Intel Atom Z7340D @ 1.33 GHz.

The results

After running Geekbench several times (32-bit tests) the Venue 8 had the following scores.

  1. *Single Core Score * – 787
  2. Multi-Core Score – 2498

Several Sunspider tests yielded an average speed of 420ms.

Conclusions
This is a budget tablet and it shows. For the price, however, for the price and the fact that it runs Office (and most Windows apps for that matter) it’s a darned good deal. You can also find these for ~$250 most days, which makes them a compelling work companion.

Now, whenever Dell actually sends me the “active stylus” I can actually see how the screen digitizer performs.