Pros Full windows
Fast quad core
Awesome battery life
Cons No dock option as of yet.
Summary I was an early adopter of RT. I loved my Surface and Type Keyboard it was the perfect travel companion...almost. Office was great, movies, music a desktop, apps all of that was great. One problem, no cisco anycommect. MS blamed Cisco, Cisco blamed MS but not being able to vpn in to work with my perfect device was killing me.
I was contemplating a pro but a 10" screen at 1920x1080 was not going to work with my eyesight. Sure I could have scaled but then there was the cost. Then I found the Venue Pro 8. Even better I found it for 229 on amazon! Sure it only had 32 gb but I could add in my 64 GB UHS-1 micro sd (and i did!) to give me drive space. You can't install metro apps there but regular windows apps? Works great. Until you have full blown windows in your hands you don't realize what you missed with RT. I can VPN in now!! Running an rdp session to my desktop is a godsend for mobility!! I truly can survive traveling with just this 8 inch tablet. I picked up a ms wedge keyboard and mouse to make survival a bit easier though. Some people might not like the size but it is just perfect for me. I can read the desktop text just fine, web browse in portrait, heck this thing even plays portal, half life2 and left 4 dead2 with decent performance. Oh yeah and it lasts. I usually get a full days worth (around 10-11 hours) of usage. Just to test it I put immortals on a loop and after 5 hours of playing the battery was laughing at me it was still at 60%!
Are there things to complain about? Sure, if you want to nit pick there is no hdmi out, but I don't care about that. It does support intel wireless display so there is an option. I have zero complaints about the speed of this thing. Its fast, In the end there is nothing I don't like about my Venue 8 Pro. Finally a windows tablet done right.
Pros 1. Runs Windows 8.1 and Office well.
2. High quality build for an economical price
Cons 1. Touch screen not at responsive as some tablets.
2. Can be a little slow.
Summary If you are looking for a real Windows 8.1 tablet this is your most economical choice.
Pros -It's a full computer - Office, Chrome, VLC, etc
-Good battery life, comparable to Nexus 7
-printing - oh thank heaven I can print again to any printer
-Minimal bloatware :)
Cons -Can't charge & use USB at the same time (neither can Nexus7)
-Win 8.1, while an improvement, still has some rough edges
-App selection, while surprisingly robust, is not as good as iOS/android
Summary Lovely little device that if you're in need of real productivity is awesome, if you want just a reading machine is still awesome, and the benefits of have full Windows outweighs the lack of Android for me. Everything is a little more complicated at first than Android, but you end up being able to do so much more for it. Absolutely love it.
"Great tablet!"on by aximuser
Pros Metro apps and Office 2013 apps work great on this device. This tablet has an excellent build quality and the screen resolution is very sharp. You can expand storage easily with a microSD card. Performance is very fast and fluid.
Cons This device is first and foremost a tablet. The Office 2013 applications work well on this device but older PC applications can appear too small to use on this 8 inch screen but they do install and work.
Summary For the price the Venue 8 Pro is hard to beat. I got it on sale with a $25 app card but even at the full price of $299 this is worth getting. It is much better and more productive than my daughter's IPad.
Pros Perfect size - easy to hold,
Nice screen, better than non-Retina iPad mini.
Full Windows 8.1,
Cons Cameras are not that great and not positioned well in landscape. Microphone is crappy.
Summary Very surprising. I was going to get a iPad mini Retina, but the Venue 8 Pro has it all over the Apple machine. Full Windows 8.1 with Office, and I've loaded a lot of regular Windows applications with no hiccups. I don't have much disk space left, but it is expandable with a micro SD card. Don't expect to use it to replace your PC or laptop. However, it can come somewhat close in a pinch with the addition of a USB micro to host adapter, a USB hub, a wireless display adapter, and a bluetooth keyboard.
I really like this tablet.