Xplore XSlate B10

Xplore XSlate B10

The Xplore XSlate B10 ($2,799 as tested) is a rugged Windows tablet that’s designed to be used in the elements. It has submarine-like latches and sealed I/O ports to keep dust and water out, and its Intel Core i5 processor is ready for business. It features excellent connectivity, including optional 4G LTE. However, short battery life and a high price keep it from supplanting our current Editors’ Choice for rugged tablets, the Getac F110. It’s still suitable if you work in, say,   the government, engineering, or police fields, as a tough Windows Pro tablet that will survive extreme conditions.

The Xplore XSlate B10 provides very good mobile computing power in a thin and light tablet that can take the knocks of everyday life. That is, if your everyday life involves toiling at a construction site, working out of an appliance repair van, or patrolling a suburban neighborhood in a squad car. It’s thinner and lighter than its rivals, and offers more computing power. However, those two features also mean a much shorter battery life than the competition, and a relatively high price tag. The Getac F110 is $700 less expensive, has competitive performance on our benchmark tests, plus it has a full-size HDMI port, much longer battery life, and dual hot-swappable batteries. For these reasons, the F110 remains our Editors’ Choice for rugged tablets.

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