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Mobile Demand xTablet T8600

by Linda A. Epstein

September 2006

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Mobile Demand xTablet T8600

The MobileDemand xTablet T8600 Rugged Tablet PC has a screen that can been seen indoors and out from every angle.  There is no loss of clarity indoors which is very impressive.   This is one screen that has the right to claim it can be viewed anywhere.

The MobileDemand xTablet T8600 Rugged Tablet PC is a slate style Tablet PC that boots in under 50 seconds with 1 GB of memory installedWe got an amazing 5 hours and 1 minute of battery life with the Tablet running in always on mode, the wireless on, no standby, no hibernate and the screen and hard drive set to always on.

With a wide viewing angle, 8.4 active digitizer indoor/outdoor display , 1.1 GHz Intel® Centrino® - Pentium® M 733 Processor, and 40 gigabyte hard drive the MobileDemand xTablet T8600 Rugged Tablet PC is an excellent choice for those who spend a lot of time outdoors and need a rugged Tablet PC.   

Mobile demand Tablet PC indoors

The MobileDemand xTablet T8600 Rugged Tablet PC inside in normal lighting conditions

Unlike most Outdoor displays, the display on the MobileDemand xTablet T8600 Rugged Tablet PC looks good indoors as well as out.

Available Options: Options: Bluetooth, EV-DO, EDGE/GPRS/GSM radio, xMount in-vehicle system, 1D/2D imager/bar code reader with digital imaging capability

Available Accessories: Vehicle Cradle, Vehicle Power Supply, Magnetic Credit Card Swipe Reader, Desk Stand, Hand Strap, Carrying Case, AC & Auto Adapters, Screen Protector


Mobile Demand Tablet PC outdoors in shade

Unique to the MobileDemand xTablet T8600 Rugged Tablet PC is the integrated backlit numericMobile Demand keypad keypad which is a very handy feature for the road warrior or those out in the field who are working with numbers on a regular basis.   When the user has their hand through the hand strap on the back they can easily and efficiently write or use the integrated keypad with ease.

The display on the xTablet T8600 is nothing short of amazing, so much so that I asked Matt Miller at Mobile Demand  what made their display stand out from the rest. 

Here is what Matt had to say:

“The display in our xTablet T8600 has an enhanced brightness, 300nit transmissive display. Basically, this is a brighter backlight with some changes to polarizers. As it is a truly transmissive display, it maintains superior visibility indoors as well - as opposed to a transflective display that tunes down the backlight and relies upon ambient / outdoor sunlight for brightness in the outdoor conditions, but is not as bright in indoor lighting conditions. MobileDemand includes the 3M Vikuiti (TM) brand screen protectors / display enhancement film that enhances screen viewability indoors and out by reducing glare and reflectivity.”

Mobile Demand Tablet PC outdoors

The indoor outdoor display is clearly visible in full sun even from an angle

What's in the Box:Mobile Demand Tablet PC  Box

This is a pre-production unit what you get will differ from what is pictured
  • MobileDemand xTablet T8600 Rugged Tablet PC PC
  • Pen
  • AC & Auto Adapters
  • Hand Strap for back of unit
  • Carry Case & Shoulder Strap

Specs on Review Unit

  • Intel® Centrino® - Pentium® M 733, 1.1 GHz
  • 8.4” SVGA (800 x 600) enhanced brightness transmissive TFT
  • 1.28 GB DDR2
  • Shock Mounted, 2.5 inch Hard Disk, 40GB
  • One mono speaker, mic-in and speaker-out
Mobile Demand Tablet PCat Anhauser Bush


The MobileDemand xTablet T8600 Rugged Tablet PC being used at Anheuser-Busch

The Display: 8.4” SVGA Color TFT Outdoor Transmissive LCD with Digitizer Touch screen is an excellent choice for those who spend a good deal of time outdoors and need to be able to see the screen outdoors in sunlight on a daily basis.  

Keep in mind that outdoor screens are great to have when you need one, but outdoor screens are not for everyone.   Normally The price you pay for the ability to use a Tablet PC in full sun is not having as clean or crisp a screen indoors, but with the MobileDemand xTablet T8600  the screen is as nice indoors as it is outdoors.

MobileDemand Hand strap

The included Hand Strap on the back of the T8600 Rugged Tablet PC Makes it easy to hold in one hand and write with the other, without the fear of dropping your Tablet.

Battery Life: 5 hours 1 minutes in always on mode, wireless on, no standby, no hibernate and the screen and hard drive on.

Heat:  sitting on the desk with the nothing blocking the fan, the T8600 does get warm.

WiFi: 802.11b/g) worked where ever we moved without a problem.


  • RJ-11 integrated fax/modem,
  • RJ-45 10BaseT 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet
  • 2 USB 2.0
  • Surface contact docking connector

    Card Slots

  • Compact Flash Type II Slot,
  • PC Card Slot Type II-Card Bus 2.1 (external access)

Notable Features:

From the MobileDemand Web Site:

  • User friendly, integrated backlit numeric keypad
  • Integrated imager and bar-code reader
  • High capacity battery provides seven hours of operation
  • Lower total cost of ownership (TCO) than consumer grade computers
  • Rugged design to survive rough and extreme handling by road warriors
  • Superior mounting capability providing charge power and communications to printers

The xTablet™ is powerful and rugged enough to survive the rough handling of your sales, delivery, maintenance, and data collection personnel, while allowing you to achieve your objectives and become more effective dealing with your customers.

Elevate Your Field Productivity
Your field service and mobile workers will easily take your standard line of business applications to their remote locations and in their vehicles.

For example, your sales staff will easily manage standard sales activities, such as taking inventory, tracking objectives, payments, order taking, and collecting survey and competitive data while simply utilizing the integrated numeric keypad. They will also take advantage of potent marketing practices by making professional looking slide show sales presentations to customers and demonstrate full motion videos of commercials or other marketing videos. Your sales people can track and manage shelf sets on their own!

Lower Total Cost of Ownership than Non Rugged Computers
Recent studies have shown that rugged computers result in a lower total cost of ownership when compared to their consumer counterparts. The rugged xTablet has been built to withstand the wear and tear of the distribution industry. This durability translates into a computer that offers significantly better uptime in the field and lower long term maintenance and service costs.

Designed and Built for Field Use
The xTablet is part of a system designed for the ease of your mobile workers. The xTablet system includes a variety of accessories to fulfill your specific needs, such as vehicle cradle, printer mount and even rugged mobile printers – mounted seamlessly in the cab of your vehicles.

The Pros
  • Amazing Screen
  • Dual digitizers (active and passive)
  • 7 hour battery life
  • integrated backlit numeric keypad
  • hand strap on back makes it a pleasure to use while moving around

The Cons: 

  • Heavy
  • The price of a great outdoor screens is still high.

In Conclusion: 

WIth Its numeric keypad and amazing screen the new MobileDemand xTablet T8600 Rugged Tablet PC is an excellent choice for those in need of an rugged Tablet PC that functions equally well indoors as it does outdoors.  

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