Sometimes it the little things that set one machine apart from the others, in this case, it's Xplore's attention to little details and exceptional accessories set it head and shoulders above many others.
When it comes to outdoor displays that we have used, reviewed and photographed in 2005 the Xplore iX104 Rugged Tablet PC wins our Editors Choice for a Indoor Outdoor display. We suspect that their AllVue technology which is not available on the dual mode we had for review is an even better choice for those who need a true indoor outdoor display.
The Xplore iX104C2 is a 1.1 hz rugged slate style Tablet PC, that boots in under 60 seconds with 1gig of ram installed. We got 3 Hours 38 minutes of battery life with the Tablet running in always on mode, with the wireless on, no standby, no hibernate and the screen and hard drive set to always on.
With its thick dark blue case and large rubber bumpers on the corners the look and feel of the Xplore Tablet PC is masculine and rugged, yet it wouldn't necessarily be out of place in the boardroom. The iX104C2 has an elegance all its own.
Los Angeles Philharmonic Sound designer Fred Vogler
checks out the Xplore Tablet PC at the Hollywood Bowl
From the Xplore website:
Our favorite features:
Dual Mode, In the case of the Xplore iX104C2 the pen is conveniently tethered so your not likely to lose it. But the fact remains that the general population, myself included has a habit of losing pens. Having the ability to access your Tablet PC without the pen if need be is a sweet feature.
The ability to use either the pen or your finger or in my case - finger nail is a valuable feature that I would very much like to see on more Tablet PC's.
Pen Feel , Not all pens feel alike. Every Tablet we use has a diff rent pen, although for all intent and purpose they serve the same function they do not all feel the same in your hand. a combination of metal and plastic the pen included with the iX104C2 simply feels good in your hand and is easy to adapt to.
The Hands Free, snap around case also included's a shoulder strap (not shown)
The Case: The absolute best designed case of this type I have used to date. This "Bump Style" is close fitting and well designed. Rather than fight to get the Tablet into and out of the case, unlike any others we've seen or used, this one snaps around the Tablet and ads no extra bulk making it convenient to use and comfortable to carry.
If this case had fit any of the the tablets I own -- I would have put a check in the box and not returned it!
Ambient light sensor: the Ambient light sensor does a great job of the amount of backlit sent to the screen
Buttons: Control-Alt-Delete, Screen Rotation, Function Key, Windows Toggle, Enter Key, windows start menu, three hot keys
Backlit Buttons: Another nice feature we haven't (or don't remember) seeing on any other Tablet PC is backlit buttons that allow the user to use the Tablet PC in the dark with ease. The case mentioned above gives you easy access to the buttons at all times.
Last but not least: A user friendly users manual!
The iX104C2 in full sun( Left) and outside in the shade (Right)