dServe sent us two test samples, the DSRV 9708C and the 1008C. The first one has a 9.7in screen with a resolution of 1024x768 pixels, while the second one has a 10.1in screen and a resolution of 1,280 x 800. On the box, the 10-inch tablet is described as 'Wide screen 16:9', while that resolution really does have an aspect ratio of 16:10. But of course you can view 16:9 material on it, so that's likely what dServe meant.
Both models have IPS panels, which is definitely a plus. Then again, nowadays we expect that for tablets that cost an average of £150 (DSRV 1008C) and £175 (DSRV 9708C) if you can find them. That's not that much more affordable than the Nexus 7. While that's a 7-inch model, it's pretty high-end and for this segment an interesting option for many people.
The similar price suggests that the two tablets are also fairly similar, and that is indeed the case here. The only big difference really is the size of the screen.
In terms of hardware the dServe DSRV 9708C and the 1008C are almost indistinguishable. Both are made in aluminium and have all the connectors on one side, of which there are plenty. The DSRV 9708C features a microSD card slot, HDMI, a headphone jack, a connector for the charger and two USB 2.0 ports.
One of the USB ports says 'Host', while the other says 'OTG'. That's a bit confusing. When you connect an On The Go (OTG) cable to an OTG port, it turns a slave connection (which is what most Micro USB ports are) into a host connection.
That would mean that we are dealing with two host ports here, a bit odd. But it's better to have two instead of none at all. It would make more sense if one port was OTG and one was used for connecting the tablet to a PC. We did not test this. The 1008C has the exact same connectors, except that it only has one USB port. Read the rest of the dServe DSRV 9708C and 1008C preview on Hardware.info.