The Xplore Xslate B10 runs on a 1.8GHz Intel Core i5-535OU 64-bit (Broadwell) processor with 8GB of DDR3L RAM. A Core i7 version is also available.
Even with the i5, this is a configuration powerful enough to handle the tasks likely to come up on a job site. For comparison sake, the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 with the same processor comes with half this much RAM.
The standard configuration is a 128GB SSD, but a 256GB option is also available. Unlike a typical spinning hard drive, the Solid State Drive in the Xslate B10 makes
wPrime processor comparison results (listed in seconds – lower scores mean better performance):
PCMark8 Home (Accelerated) measures overall system performance in Windows 8 for general activities from web browsing and video streaming to typing documents and playing games (higher scores mean better performance):
PCMark8 Work (Accelerated) measures overall system performance in Windows 8 for work-related productivity tasks (higher scores mean better performance):
3DMark 11 is a benchmark that measures overall graphics card performance for gaming (higher scores mean better performance):
CrystalDiskMark storage drive performance test:
Xplore currently offers the Xslate B10 with Windows 7 Professional 64-Bit or Windows 8.1 Professional 64-bit.
Many businesses are sticking with Windows 7, but this version isn’t ideal for use on tablets. Still, it’s usable with a stylus/pen, which this tablet comes with. Windows 8 is a better fit for tablets, but third-party software designed to be run on laptops and PCs generally still requires the use of the stylus unless the user interfaces for any necessary applications have been designed to be used with a fingertip instead of a mouse and cursor.
Xplore is in the process of offering this device with Windows 10 pre-installed.
In addition to Ethernet, the Xslate B10 comes with support for WiFi ac. There’s also a version with 4G LTE for ubiquitous high speed wireless access to the Internet.
The device comes with Bluetooth 4.0 and GPS built in.
Even on the job site, sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words, so Xplore included a rear-facing 8 megapixel camera with flash. Pictures taken are clear and easy to see, but the camera is a bit slow to warm up. The flash is quite bright enough to provide illumination for a dimly lit subject, as long as it isn’t too large.
In addition, this tablet comes with an app that makes it easy to draw on images with the stylus.
There’s a front facing camera for video conferencing as well.
Xplore says the Xslate B10 is good for up to 8 hours of use without needing to be recharged, which is low compared to many consumer tablets but long enough to last a regular work shift. The company also offers a dual battery that’s good for up to 20 hours. Unlike consumer tablets, the two internal batteries can be swapped out, so the tablet can continue to be used on a replacement battery while the first is recharging.
In addition, an external battery that’s hot swappable is also available.
As sometimes happens even with consumer-oriented Windows tablets, this model uses with a power “brick” typical of a laptop.
In order to combat heat buildup, Xplore built in a fan and a very large grate to vent hot air — so large it takes up almost half of the left side of the tablet. With a processor this powerful, it’s not surprising that the fan runs frequently, unfortunately helping to lower the battery life.