Samuel Tan

Sam is a tech evangelist, e-learning and learning platform enthusiast, tablet and smartphone chomping maniac, mac and windows zealot, wireless & network genius, developer, designer, user experience tinkerer, moodle and sharepoint two timer, social media junkie, web analyst and server engineer (and an all round good guy).He has over 18 years of tech experience ranging from ground-breaking university research networks to high level secure government extranet projects. He has overseen many megabuck project deployments from Building Schools for Future to harnessing technology, improving sustainability and realising a performance framework for technology in school.And now, while every other so-called expert and consultant is plotting away on world domination, Sam is quietly working on helping each and every teacher, lecturer and trainer, one school at a time to make the most of Technology for Teaching to enrich every child’s learning experience.

19 Comments

  1. Nait
    January 12, 2015 @ 9:24 am

    “Venue 11 Pro: Primary 2-cell 38WHr Battery swappable,…”
    No.
    We have onboard battery for New(Core M) Venue 11 Pro(7140).

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  2. brian
    February 5, 2015 @ 6:09 am

    The venue pro is also upgradable much more so than the surface. You can upgrade the ssd to 512gb if so desired. The battery as I understand is still replaceable, however, it is held in with screws. Not exactly swappable but still replaceable. Something to consider.

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    • Colour My Learning
      February 5, 2015 @ 12:53 pm

      Hi Brian,

      Thank you for your input. It is definitely worth considering particularly when everyone is charging a premium for bigger SSD on their tablet. SSD prices have also come down and it would be cheaper to upgrade this yourself if you are fairly confident. See Best Budget 500GB Solid State Drives

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  3. JuliusCes
    April 1, 2015 @ 6:55 am

    I’m currently split between the SP3 i5 model and the 11 pro 5y71 model.
    I’m a gamer and would like to know which one is better. I understand that you won’t be able to do any heavy gaming on either one of them. But I think this would help me in deciding between the two. Being able to run counter strike at a decent frame rate is a plus for me.

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    • Colour My Learning
      April 2, 2015 @ 1:55 pm

      Hi Julius,

      A good place to start would be the CPU comparison charts for here. As you have already noted, these aren’t particularly great for gaming but together with Intel HD Graphics should be sufficient to run games in low settings and XGA resolution. The M-5Y71 is slightly disadvantaged because of the ultra low voltage design but do check out the 3DMark and Geekbench comparison charts.

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      • JuliusCes
        April 4, 2015 @ 2:19 pm

        Thank you very much for your response. I ended up going for the surface pro 3. The screen aspect ratio is amazing. That’s one thing that Microsoft got very right on this tablet.

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  4. Dr. Dhananjay Bakhle
    April 22, 2015 @ 6:34 am

    Thanks Samuel for a great and detailed review, which was the only one that could help me decide for Dell Venue 11 Pro 7140. I was mentally stuck on Surface Pro 3 though its not officially launched in India. Kudos to your anlytical skills and spec by spec comparison that is missing in many other reviews that I read.

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  5. RO
    May 11, 2015 @ 2:20 pm

    No width listed for the Dell in the dimensions, which is an oddly consistent omission (if any dimensions at all!) in all the reviews I have checked so far, including Dell’s own site.

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    • Colour My Learning
      May 11, 2015 @ 2:30 pm

      We found this for dimensions Dimensions (mm) 279.80 x 176.40 x 10.75

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      • RO
        May 11, 2015 @ 5:00 pm

        Thanks. Too lazy to convert right now, but hat looks about right for the “Imperial” dimensions (that I am more used to, being in the US) of 11.01 x 6.95 x .42 inches that I found in http://blog.laptopmag.com/dell-venue-11-pro-core-m-hands-on .

        I am getting the 64GB SSD model on sale from Best Buy this week for $500 USD to try installing Linux on it after upgrading the SSD that is supposed to be replaceable (not a soldered-in eMMC SSD wannabe). Having a 64-bit CPU in the Core M, it should be a lot easier to accomplish than with most of the Atom/32-bit tablets out there such as my Lenovo Miix 10-2.

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  6. Tan Mei Kuan
    August 5, 2015 @ 1:13 pm

    Hi, thanks for your article. I have requested the quotation from Dell Venue pro 7140 (8GB RAM & 256GB) and about to finalise my quotation until I saw your option of cellular 4G model is available. I need to check with Dell HQ at Malaysia if it’s available in Malaysia

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  7. Mei Kuan
    August 5, 2015 @ 1:57 pm

    Thanks for your prompt reply, but my quotation does not have the dell wireless 4G LTE mobile broadband card. I guess I need to add this to my quotation. Anyhow, I presume it’s not cheap (easily estimated additional RM900) so now I’m in dilemma cause it would be out of my budget. I wonder if I do not customise now can I buy the card later or upgrade later. Got to seek further clarification from Dell support.

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    • Colour My Learning
      August 5, 2015 @ 2:42 pm

      It’s not impossible to retro-fit this post sales if you have a source for the card. This video gives you an idea of how it is done https://youtu.be/48I0IkPBmto. However, we recommend getting a card from the official channel and have this installed by appointed centre. Alternatively, an external 4G LTE Advanced Mobile WiFi Router may be your best bet.

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  8. Mei Kuan
    August 5, 2015 @ 4:05 pm

    Once again, thanks for your prompt reply and suggestions. I had solutions already. I forgotten that it has a USB port too. Shall finalise my quotation by early next week.

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  9. David
    August 6, 2016 @ 4:41 am

    Hello, dell venue 11 pro 64 gb version is pretty good, but can you tell me what is user memory. For example my mobile phone is 64 gb version also but i can use only 55

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    • Colour My Learning
      August 11, 2016 @ 7:45 pm

      Hi David, the system takes around 16GB of storage. Considering other drives and Dell applications as well as backup image (of OS), it will probably be another 10GB off your available storage so approximately 38GB (37.5GB available after the initial setup was quoted by one review). You can run disk clean up to free up more storage or use a microSD card. You can also create a startup media using a flash drive then remove the setup files to free up more space. Dell has a utility for this.

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