- Broad selection of ports
- Decent performance
- Good camera
- Not a high resolution screen
- Battery life just adequate
Quick TakeBecause of its relatively light weight and small size, for many use cases the Xplore Xslate B10 is a better option for use in the field than a rugged laptop.
This Windows tablet has a 10.1 inch screen and an Intel Core i5 processor, wrapped in a body that’s designed to survive shock, water, and dust while providing a broad selection of ports, including USB, microSD, fingerprint scanner, and even Ethernet.
Build and Design
The Xslate B10 looks like what it is: a very rugged device for use in the field. It resembles a regular full-size Windows tablet in a very protective case, but for this model the protection is built into the casing.
This product has been MIL STD-810G tested with a five foot drop test. It also has an IP-65 ingress rating so it is safe against both dust and water. It feels just as solid as one would expect, and the plastic it’s covered in has a rubberized feel that makes it hard to drop.
Rugged tablets aren’t small and light, but Xplore did the best it could. The Xslate B10 is 11.1 x 7.1 x 0.9 inches (28 x 18 x 2 cm) and 2.4 lbs. (1.1 kg). If that seems heavy, keep in mind that ruggedized laptops typically weigh at least twice that and can even be three times as heavy.
The Xslate B10 has a 10.1-inch screen with a 1366 x 768 resolution, giving it a pixel density of 155 ppi — not particularly high, but adequate for the uses this device is intended for. Xplore describes the screen as ruggedized, though it doesn’t go into specifics.
It has a 16:9 aspect ratio and is viewable across a full 178º. The display is also bright enough to be used outside.
Xplore built Wacom support into this tablet, so its screen is pressure sensitive. This means that it can be used with a very accurate stylus/pen, and one is included with the device. This accessory also supports handy features like hover, so pop-up menus appear just by holding the tip of the pen near the screen. At the same time, this is a capacitive display that can be controlled with a fingertip, and it actually can be used when the screen is wet or the user is wearing gloves.
Buttons, Ports, and Speakers
On the right side of this tablet are the power button and volume rocker, plus a button to lock screen rotation. A Windows button is on the front, below the screen.
The Xslate B10 has far more ports than any consumer-oriented device would ever have. On the left side, behind a lockable door, are a pair of USB 3.0 ports, a microSD card slot, a micro-SIM card slot, a micro HDMI-out port, and a headset port.
On the right side is an Ethernet port and the DC power port behind a protective door, as well as a RS232 serial port with its own protection. This is also where the clips are to hold the Wacom stylus.
On the front of the Xslate B10 is a biometric fingerprint scanner, and on the back is an expansion port for which Xplore makes a variety of accessories. There’s also a proprietary docking connector on the bottom edge.
Also on the back is a single speaker, adequate for a business-oriented model like this one.
The stylus/pen that comes with this model is less than 4 inches long, so it’s adequate for light use. Those who are going to be frequently drawing on the screen might consider getting a longer Wacom compatible one.
Xplore offers a very wide range of optional accessories for the Xslate B10, including a desktop dock, car mount, carrying strap, and an external keyboard and stand that allows this tablet to function as a 2-in-1 laptop.
However, we didn’t have access to any of these for testing as part of this review.