I just bought a Dell Venue 8 Pro from my local Costco and love it! The main reasons I chose it over other options were 1) active stylus, and 2) price. I just received the Stylus on Dec 20th. Unfortunately, it performs very poorly. I've been reading posts about this on these and other forums and I'm trying to figure out if I can get this fixed or not. Unlike most, the Stylus option is very important to me as I primarily use my current tablet (iPad gen 1) for taking notes in meetings and for doing remote white boarding of the technical solutions I sells as a Sales Engineer. The iPad's capacitive touch stylus's are just not what I'm looking for. I want a tablet that has an active stylus, runs windows so I can use OneNote and Lync, and is under $400. The Dell Venue 8 Pro meets all of these requirements except the stylus I have is misbehaving. I'm hoping its just bad hardware and I can get a new one. But if it is something more systemic, I need to know that so I can return my Venue which I really don't want to do since I love it.
What I'm seeing in OneNote is stray marks on the screen before I even touch the pen to the tablet screen. Additionally, if I hover the pen within about 1 inch of anything that can be clicked, like a button or link, it will do so. And finally, when I have the pen in the loop attached to the portfolio I received with the Venue 8 Pro, it seems to activate the palm-rest avoidance or something so that I cannot touch the screen with my finger.
I've downloaded the latest drivers marked urgent for both the touch screen and stylus, but no change. I tried calibrating the stylus but as I go to put the pen to the cross-hairs, it starts "auto-clicking" before I even get close to the screen and the clicks seem be spread out randomly since its not close enough to the screen to get a precise reading of its location.
I'll call support as well but wanted to find out if others are still seeing this behavior since all the posts I see on this are back in November. Thanks!
There's supposed to be a firmware /driver update for this ( Found in other thread latest is December !), I just got mine today the 23rd and I too am having issues as you described. Just hold off for another week or so, worst case return everything like you said. Hope the info helps.
A lot of users have been having success with this set of DIY fixes for the hardware issues.
I found that the AAAA battery in the stylus dies within a week, regardless of whether or not it is being used.
The original october one, i'm planning to return it and try to get one of the newer ones to see how it is
I'm still on the fence about buying one myself. I did see a YouTube video that showed a decent working product. I just know I'll be comparing it to my note 3 Wacom stylus. The video did show that the stylus is hard tipped, the Wacom is softer, why oh why no Wacom Dell.
yeah, I would have been willing to pay $100 more if it had working wacom in it instead something completely untested like this.
I agree, it's a really good tablet. It's just too bad that the pen support was so half-baked.