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Dell Venue 8 Pro: 8-inch Windows 8.1 Tablet Costs $299

The Dell Venue 8 Pro is the company's first 8-inch Windows 8.1 tablet, and the company has placed a huge focus on design. The soft-touch grip is particularly attractive. You'll also find an HD IPS (1280 x 800) display as well as full pen capability, making it easy to sketch, sign documents and take notes.

Thus far we've only seen one other 8-inch Windows 8 tablet in the Acer Iconia W3, but it's display was lackluster. The Venue 8 Pro runs full Windows, so you'll be able to use both Modern-style Windows apps as well as desktop programs.

One other way the Venue 8 Pro stands out is its pen support. It's an optional accessory, but Dell says the cases available for this tablet will give you a place to store it.

The Venue 8 joins the Venue 11 Pro as two new tablets in Dell's Windows 8 slate lineup. Stay tuned for hands-on impressions.

Responsible for the editorial vision for Laptop Mag and Tom's Guide, Mark Spoonauer has been Editor in Chief of LAPTOP since 2003 and has covered technology for nearly 15 years. Mark speaks at key tech industry events and makes regular media appearances on CNBC, Fox and CNN. Mark was previously reviews editor at Mobile Computing, and his work has appeared in Wired, Popular Science and Inc.