Dell Venue 11 Pro (7130) i5-4300Y 4Gb 128Gb SSD 10.8″ FHD Refurbished 1yr WTY £143.50+VAT - £172.20 @ mcscom
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Dell Venue 11 Pro (7130) i5-4300Y 4Gb 128Gb SSD 10.8″ FHD Refurbished 1yr WTY £143.50+VAT - £172.20 @ mcscom

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Found 30th Nov 2015
Fantastic FHD 10 inch tablet with an i5 processor, 4GB RAM and 128GB SSD for under £175! Bargain! Add the WWAN card for a tablet with Internet access on the go.

MCS Technology are selling a great value Dell Venue 11 Pro for only £143.40+vat&delivery.

Venue 11 Pro (7130) Tablet
Intel Core i5-4300Y 1.6GHz
4Gb DDR3
128Gb SSD
Intel HD Graphics
10.8″ FHD 1920 x 1080
8MP Rear Camera & 2MP Front Camera
mini HDMI
Full size USB 3.0.
Micro-SD Card Reader
36Whr Swappable Battery
Bluetooth + Wireless

They are refurbished and come without an operating system but you can add Windows 10 for just £14 and a WWAN card for £7!

Total price with VAT & Delivery would be is £184.14

Please see my post below for some reviews and usual support and accessories links.
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will this run a full version of photoshop and can anyone recommend a decent pen to use to directly draw on screen.?
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Here are a few reviews :- (Good reviews and these were generally based upon a £500 price point.)
Trusted Reviews - Dell Venue Pro 11 review
Alphr - Dell Venue 11 Pro 7000 review
Laptop Mag - Dell Venue 11 Pro 7000 Series Review
TechRadar - Dell Venue 11 Pro review

Other useful links:-
Support
Dell driver page for the 7130 - INCLUDES FIRMWARE UPDATES
Dell Venue Pro 11 - 7130/7139 User’s Guide
Recommended updates for optimal performance of your Venue 11 Pro 7130/7139 Tablet
SD Card reader driver (thanks to sambartle_theone post #201)

To install.. download that and unzip it on the tablet (drag the files all … To install.. download that and unzip it on the tablet (drag the files all into a folder outside the zip).Then update the driver on the bottom "SDA Standard Compliant SD Host Controller" device in device manager and select browse for files or whatever its called, and point it at that folder, it should update the device and this one does seem to work MUCH better for me.



Accessories
Genuine Original Dell Active Stylus Pen for Venue Pro 8 & 11 Tablet - DABS £26.65 delivered (3% Quidco cashback)(thanks fuiseog)
Genuine Original Dell Venue 11 Pro SLIM Tablet Keyboard, Layout UK - Amazon £74.99
Genuine Original Dell Venue 11 Pro Tablet Keyboard (Includes 2nd battery), Layout UK - Amazon £129.99
Genuine Original Dell Docking Station for Venue 11 Pro - Amazon £49.99

Keyboards can be bought of fleabay for about £50 for the slim, and £90 for the keyboard with battery. **EDIT** price going up due to Supply & Demand.

Regards
Flea










Edited by: "Fleabum" 9th Dec 2015
VAT added at checkout.

If you have the WWAN card and windows, plus delivery it comes to £209!
Edited by: "benjammin316" 30th Nov 2015
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benjammin316

VAT added at checkout.If you have the WWAN card and windows, plus … VAT added at checkout.If you have the WWAN card and windows, plus delivery it comes to £209!



Exactly, it has the capacity to be a pre-installed Windows 10, 10" FHD, i5, 4GB, 128GB tablet with on the go Internet ability for £209, awesome.

Regards
Flea
Fleabum

Exactly, it has the capacity to be a pre-installed Windows 10, 10" FHD, … Exactly, it has the capacity to be a pre-installed Windows 10, 10" FHD, i5, 4GB, 128GB tablet with on the go Internet ability for £209, awesome.RegardsFlea




I know, I was just stating with delivery and windows added it's more than £172.

Just ordered as this will be perfect for streaming to from my Xbox
Edited by: "benjammin316" 30th Nov 2015
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todd3utler

will this run a full version of photoshop and can anyone recommend a … will this run a full version of photoshop and can anyone recommend a decent pen to use to directly draw on screen.?



Yes it will. Dell sell an active Stylus to use with the Venue 11 Pro for about £30. (details below)

Regards
Flea

Dell Active Stylus
Thanks Op ordered
I've got the i3 4020Y version, honestly I don't think there is a strong case for going i5 with a Y series processor. Mine doesn't thermal throttle but it does throttle on power usage. It can burst mode 11.5W but then settles down to 6W to preserve battery life. The i5 is going to do the same and limit itself to 6W so gaming rig this is not.

Build quality wise there is a reason so many of these are available as refurbished units but if you get a good one they're pretty good.

The first unit I got thermal throttled all the time, would spin the fan constantly at high speed and didn't recognise the keyboard that you can get for them. Once I let Mark at MCS know he sent out a replacement the next day so top service from them. This one works almost perfectly, but if I let the battery run flat it loses all the bios settings and the back panel feels a bit flimsy.

Unless you have a Windows license to put on it already get one with an OS. I figured with the way Microsoft licensing works I'd just be able to install myself and activate but the Windows key has been removed from them. There is no MSDM table under ACPI so neither Windows 8 or 10 will activate.

There was however a Windows 7 SLIC license but installing Windows 7 is a major hassle as there are no touchscreen or wifi drivers available. Just save yourself the time and get it with an OS.

It only really works with the charger it comes with even though that is a Micro USB charger. It's a 23W charger and it does something kooky with the voltage to charge the tablet. A normal charger like from your phone will take forever to charge it if it's powered off, and if you try to charge it and use at the same time it throttles the CPU back to like 300mhz and is practically unusable.

I've both keyboards for it. The folio type one is ok, better than touchscreen typing but it's no Model M. The laptop type keyboard with the inbuilt battery is pretty good. It's not exactly a Lenovo quality keyboard but it's alright for a chiclet keyboard. Dell build quality issues are still there there though with these. The brand new one I bought from ebay had a defective batter and the touchpad wasn't properly glued down. I got a full refund though through ebay but come on Dell!

So overall my recommendation is go for the i3 as once it throttles on power usage the i5 doesn't have any advantage. Get it with an OS from MCS, don't be a hero just get it ready to use. Go for the laptop style keyboard and it's a decent little ultrabook style unit you can take the screen off of. And be prepared that you might receive a dud so if this is a Christmas gift for someone test it thoroughly before handing it over.
hummm i really want it. can i play cs go on it?
MarcoLoves360

hummm i really want it. can i play cs go on it?



I occasionally have a game of Civ V on mine but that's a game where it's fine to drop down to like 10 fps and be playable. I wouldn't bother with anything that you want a high frames per second for though, once the CPU throttling kicks in it's not likely to be a smooth experience. And playing a first person shooter on a 10" screen?
BigYoSpeck

I occasionally have a game of Civ V on mine but that's a game where it's … I occasionally have a game of Civ V on mine but that's a game where it's fine to drop down to like 10 fps and be playable. I wouldn't bother with anything that you want a high frames per second for though, once the CPU throttling kicks in it's not likely to be a smooth experience. And playing a first person shooter on a 10" screen?



​just some gaming for when i go for holidays. i want it to watch anime and movies too and web browsing. i have been looking to the atom z8700 too wich one should be a better choise? my budget is £200. plus this have big ssd.. thanks
Cheers and heat. Ordered, with Win10 and WWAN card.
BigYoSpeck

I occasionally have a game of Civ V on mine but that's a game where it's … I occasionally have a game of Civ V on mine but that's a game where it's fine to drop down to like 10 fps and be playable. I wouldn't bother with anything that you want a high frames per second for though, once the CPU throttling kicks in it's not likely to be a smooth experience. And playing a first person shooter on a 10" screen?



​uhm.. Civ is 10fps on this tablet?! My Dell venue 8 does much more than that for civ. Very smooth with nice touchscreen control, too.
good find op, heat
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imdurc

hummm i really want it. can i play cs go on it?



Gaming PerformanceNot all Windows tablets can handle more than casual … Gaming PerformanceNot all Windows tablets can handle more than casual gaming and the Dell Venue 11 Pro is no exception. Somewhat current 3D games like Tomb Raider do not run smoothly even with the details set to low.Anno 2070 (2011)21 fps low14 fps medTomb Raider (2013)25 fps lowBioShock Infinite (2013)26 fps low15 fps low



That's what they said, I would take that with a pinch of salt though.

Regards
Flea
Edited by: "Fleabum" 30th Nov 2015
MCS is a good and reliable company but this tablet is not - there are overwhelming issues with this device exiting sleep and/or draining the battery as a result of the suspend issues (Google it). There was a new revision of these but it's hard to tell what you'll end up with and Dell was swapping them out under warranty. I had two both like this - in the end I bit the bullet and bought a Surface Pro 3 as that's what I was trying to save money on by buying the Dell in the first place; usually really like Dell products (all my laptops and desktops are Dell) but never before has the phrase 'buy cheap, buy twice' been more relevant.
Edited by: "plewis00" 30th Nov 2015
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plewis00

here are overwhelming issues with this device exiting sleep and/or … here are overwhelming issues with this device exiting sleep and/or draining the battery as a result of the suspend issues.



From what I read, this plagued the 7139 more than the 7130 as the 7139 used the Intel AMT chip set, and that caused more issues as they 'fiddled' with the with the Microsoft always connected technology... You can always disable the always connected with a registry change.

Personally I never use suspend, if I'm using it, its on, and if not, then its off.

Regards
Flea

Edited by: "Fleabum" 30th Nov 2015
Can't seem to get to MCS website. Has it gone down?
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krooger

Can't seem to get to MCS website. Has it gone down?



I just tried it, seemed OK?

Regards
Flea
BigYoSpeck

Unless you have a Windows license to put on it already get one with an … Unless you have a Windows license to put on it already get one with an OS. I figured with the way Microsoft licensing works I'd just be able to install myself and activate but the Windows key has been removed from them. There is no MSDM table under ACPI so neither Windows 8 or 10 will activate.There was however a Windows 7 SLIC license but installing Windows 7 is a major hassle as there are no touchscreen or wifi drivers available. Just save yourself the time and get it with an OS.



Awesome. Absolutely awesome. It's great to see some tech knowledge on here

If it has a SLIC though, it should be easy enough to install 7, activate it and then upgrade to 10. As long as it has USB, that's all easy enough for me.

Hassle I know, but I don't mind.

Thanks for your post.
I nearly bought one of these a few weeks ago and decided against it after reading of the throttling issues with the i3 and i5 CPUs, id love for someone to prove me wrong because I still really want one but just couldn't get past that risk. This is the old model (7130) apparently the newer one (7140) is passively cooled and thinner but I haven't seen them side by side.
I'm writing this on one of the atom based venue pros. Whilst the atom is quite a different device (no fans etc.) I must say I'm really quite pleased with it. The battery life is excellent (I use it with the battery keyboard and can easily get 10 hours on decent brightness), screen is really nice and the active stylus is actually quite good (as long as you go for the newer version). I got mine from MCS a while ago and was pretty happy with the condition it arrived in.
Fleabum

From what I read, this plagued the 7139 more than the 7130 as the 7139 … From what I read, this plagued the 7139 more than the 7130 as the 7139 used the Intel AMT chip set, and that caused more issues as they 'fiddled' with the with the Microsoft always connected technology... You can always disable the always connected with a registry change.Personally I never use suspend, if I'm using it, its on, and if not, then its off.RegardsFlea



You may be right but both times it was swapped under warranty. To be honest Always Connected (or whatever it's called), is pretty awful, all I've ever seen it do is drain batteries within hours and I've always disabled it on the Surface and Linx tablets - I can't think of a single person who thinks it's a good idea.
BigYoSpeck

I've got the i3 4020Y version, honestly I don't think there is a strong … I've got the i3 4020Y version, honestly I don't think there is a strong case for going i5 with a Y series processor. Mine doesn't thermal throttle but it does throttle on power usage. It can burst mode 11.5W but then settles down to 6W to preserve battery life. The i5 is going to do the same and limit itself to 6W so gaming rig this is not.Build quality wise there is a reason so many of these are available as refurbished units but if you get a good one they're pretty good.The first unit I got thermal throttled all the time, would spin the fan constantly at high speed and didn't recognise the keyboard that you can get for them. Once I let Mark at MCS know he sent out a replacement the next day so top service from them. This one works almost perfectly, but if I let the battery run flat it loses all the bios settings and the back panel feels a bit flimsy.Unless you have a Windows license to put on it already get one with an OS. I figured with the way Microsoft licensing works I'd just be able to install myself and activate but the Windows key has been removed from them. There is no MSDM table under ACPI so neither Windows 8 or 10 will activate.There was however a Windows 7 SLIC license but installing Windows 7 is a major hassle as there are no touchscreen or wifi drivers available. Just save yourself the time and get it with an OS.It only really works with the charger it comes with even though that is a Micro USB charger. It's a 23W charger and it does something kooky with the voltage to charge the tablet. A normal charger like from your phone will take forever to charge it if it's powered off, and if you try to charge it and use at the same time it throttles the CPU back to like 300mhz and is practically unusable.I've both keyboards for it. The folio type one is ok, better than touchscreen typing but it's no Model M. The laptop type keyboard with the inbuilt battery is pretty good. It's not exactly a Lenovo quality keyboard but it's alright for a chiclet keyboard. Dell build quality issues are still there there though with these. The brand new one I bought from ebay had a defective batter and the touchpad wasn't properly glued down. I got a full refund though through ebay but come on Dell!So overall my recommendation is go for the i3 as once it throttles on power usage the i5 doesn't have any advantage. Get it with an OS from MCS, don't be a hero just get it ready to use. Go for the laptop style keyboard and it's a decent little ultrabook style unit you can take the screen off of. And be prepared that you might receive a dud so if this is a Christmas gift for someone test it thoroughly before handing it over.



It's common for Dell not to store the key in the MSDM table, you need a USB installer created for the tablet itself from Dell. Did you try the open source utility called Snappy Driver (terrible name)? Which is in my experience the best driver utility repository available anywhere and is continually updated for free in the program. The total driver count is 12GB currently however when you install there are 48 driver packs available, you can tell it to only obtain driver packs for the machine you're installing it on, you download the Index file and once that's done it will highlight all the driver packs that are applicable to the device. I use this utility on a daily basis >

sourceforge.net/pro…er/
nomnomnomnom

Awesome. Absolutely awesome. It's great to see some tech knowledge on … Awesome. Absolutely awesome. It's great to see some tech knowledge on here :)If it has a SLIC though, it should be easy enough to install 7, activate it and then upgrade to 10. As long as it has USB, that's all easy enough for me.Hassle I know, but I don't mind.Thanks for your post.



It is possible and it's how I now have Windows 10 on mine. As I said touchscreen and wifi have no drivers. You also in the bios need to disable USB 3 so the port just shows as USB 2, disable secure boot and enable legacy roms. I'd also slipstreamed the ahci drivers into my Win7 install flashdrive.
Windows 7 will offline activate from the SLIC license key provided you have the Dell oem certificate & Windows 7 Pro product key. They're easy enough to find online. I plugged a usb wifi adapter in at this point just but make sure Windows update doesn't try doing anything as it will take forever. Then Windows 10 will install and activate with digital entitlement. It's a pain though.

fishmaster

It's common for Dell not to store the key in the MSDM table, you need a … It's common for Dell not to store the key in the MSDM table, you need a USB installer created for the tablet itself from Dell. Did you try the open source utility called Snappy Driver (terrible name)? Which is in my experience the best driver utility repository available anywhere and is continually updated for free in the program. The total driver count is 12GB currently however when you install there are 48 driver packs available, you can tell it to only obtain driver packs for the machine you're installing it on, you download the Index file and once that's done it will highlight all the driver packs that are applicable to the device. I use this utility on a daily basis >http://sourceforge.net/projects/snappy-driver-installer/



I don't touch driver repositories, you can get all the drivers from Dell for it. There are no Windows 7 drivers for the wifi adapter though. Plenty of websites may have downloads saying they are but none work.
Does anyone know where to get the keyboard with the battery in-built at a half decent price? Last one I watched on ebay went for close to £100. I've had the Atom one for over a year now and its been a reliable piece of kit. I'm happily using it with a bluetooth keyboard but if I could pick up one for £50 I may do so. Some folks when I last looked were going for a foreign keyboard and sticking on keyboard stickers last time I checked on here!
mister.c.

Does anyone know where to get the keyboard with the battery in-built at a … Does anyone know where to get the keyboard with the battery in-built at a half decent price? Last one I watched on ebay went for close to £100. I've had the Atom one for over a year now and its been a reliable piece of kit. I'm happily using it with a bluetooth keyboard but if I could pick up one for £50 I may do so. Some folks when I last looked were going for a foreign keyboard and sticking on keyboard stickers last time I checked on here!



£100 is just the price they are, I shopped round before biting the bullet. Annoyingly the European language one's are only around £50.
mister.c.

Does anyone know where to get the keyboard with the battery in-built at a … Does anyone know where to get the keyboard with the battery in-built at a half decent price? Last one I watched on ebay went for close to £100. I've had the Atom one for over a year now and its been a reliable piece of kit. I'm happily using it with a bluetooth keyboard but if I could pick up one for £50 I may do so. Some folks when I last looked were going for a foreign keyboard and sticking on keyboard stickers last time I checked on here!



UK keyboard rarely goes for under £100. I bought the Scandinavian layout keyboard from the bay for £45 about 6 months ago. Letter keys are all in the same place as the UK layout.
Which one to pick, i5 8GB 256GB SSD (7139) vs M-5Y10C 4GB 128GB SSD (7140) hmm.. the prices are similar, £250 all inclusive
TheShadowWalker

Which one to pick, i5 8GB 256GB SSD (7139) vs M-5Y10C 4GB 128GB SSD … Which one to pick, i5 8GB 256GB SSD (7139) vs M-5Y10C 4GB 128GB SSD (7140) hmm.. the prices are similar, £250 all inclusive



I'd sacrifice the RAM for the newer model. Seems to be far less potential niggles.
kristmace

UK keyboard rarely goes for under £100. I bought the Scandinavian layout … UK keyboard rarely goes for under £100. I bought the Scandinavian layout keyboard from the bay for £45 about 6 months ago. Letter keys are all in the same place as the UK layout.



Thanks; I may give that a go. I only paid £160 for the tablet and don't really need the extra power, but just fancied it, if the price is right. The screen on this thing is excellent, and I've found Windows 10 to be better than Windows 8 so there is still some life in the thing yet.
I would suggest going for the i3 4020Y version over this; it's going to have very similar performance and is £162 all-in in comparison to £209 for this one - no brainer.
kristmace

I'd sacrifice the RAM for the newer model. Seems to be far less potential … I'd sacrifice the RAM for the newer model. Seems to be far less potential niggles.



Yes, I'm thinking that too. Looks like with the CPU throtling on i5, the M core version will be far better + 9hr isolated battery life + resale value. Now trying to add it into the cart...loading up very slowly.
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Are we killing the website ?!?



Regards
Flea
Been trying to checkout for the last half hour. They maybe should get something better than a raspberry Pi to run their website with.
Great offer, was on the lookout for a Windows tablet to replace my very old netbook and was thinking a Atom based unit for not a lot less. But for about £40 for 4GB, 128 storage and an i3 that's my Cyber Weekend sorted...if it will get to the payment stage.
I got the i3 version of this & it was not good at all. Couldn't even run kodi smoothly. If you get a good one you're laughing at this price but it's a gamble
Crap.. I click Place order. nothing happened.

Now The website is currently offline.....
Well, I think I have bought one, not entirely sure...managed to checkout via Paypal, but the site appears to have been taken down on return from the PP checkout process!
Fleabum

I just tried it, seemed OK?RegardsFlea



I get this message now:
This Website is currently Offline
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krooger

I get this message now:This Website is currently Offline



Yes me too, another website HUKD has taken down. We will be reported for DDOS'ing soon.

**EDIT** back up, so its intermittent.

Regards
Flea

Edited by: "Fleabum" 30th Nov 2015
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