How to Choose a Tablet PC for Enterprise Use

In harsh conditions like a warehouse, field services, or manufacturing facility, consumer devices may not be the best choice because they are too fragile for use in industrial environments where dust, rain, and outdoor work are expected. Drop that tablet on the ground several times a day, and it's either headed for repair or replacement — which means downtime and cost.

Rugged tablet computers are engineered to withstand harsh work environments and delivers reliable performance with various OS choices and data capture. Rugged devices cost more up front to purchase, but have a longer life span in enterprise environments.  Enterprises are rapidly adopting mobility solutions to improve business operations. With enterprise-grade tablets, workers stay connected all day long. They could access enterprise systems for updates and communicate across the network.

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Some Tips on Choosing Enterprise-Grade Tablet

Choosing the best portable tablet for business is not easy. Now you have countless options. After all, you need a device to be durable, secure, robust, light, and capable of lasting through a long workday. Read on some tablet buying tips that will help you to make smart buying decisions for your business for years to come.

  • Define your basic requirements

Every option starts with the basic requirements. First, you should define the necessary product specifications, including screen size, operating system (Windows, Android, or Linux), the usage scenario, and the price range. When you have basic requirements on hand, you can dig deeper into the usage scenario to understand how exactly the devices are intended to be used. In the end, you will have to choose wisely the device to provide a good balance between portability and productivity.

  • Choosing a tablet for enterprise use

Use a device that is designed for your work environment. When selecting the right solution, only compare specs that matter to you. For industrial applications, several features matter — IP rating, drop and vibration resistance, battery life longevity, and data capture capabilities. But do not be mislead by the numbers. For example, a higher IP rating does not necessarily mean that it is better for performing tasks in your application. Generally, the higher is the score, the better the protection — the choice of protection level, IP65 or IP67, depends on the needs of your application.

  • Consider available accessories for your application

Accessories can add flexibility and utility to your tablet and handheld. Make sure you consider options like a charging dock, carry-case, stylus, and vehicle mount solution. Keep in mind the end-user application scenario. Think of whether this tablet will be installed in the vehicle and occasionally used for data collection, or the worker will carry the device around the site all day long. Then narrow down your choices by looking at available add-ons for the devices you are considering.

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WM-M101P: 10.1" Fanless Tablet PC

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WM-M101S: 10.1" High-performance Tablet PC

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Description From enhanced shock and vibration resistance to eliminating dust circulation in fabs, WM-M101P can achieve both feats. Plus, the fanless design makes it completely noise-free for sound-sensitive environments. Featuring 7th Generation Intel® Core™ i5 (Kaby Lake) Processor with an incredibly efficient cooling system, WM-M101S provides stable performance and low power consumption.
CPU Attributes Intel® Pentium N4200 / Apollo Lake 7th Generation Intel® Core™ i5/ Kaby Lake
Clockspeed 1.1 Ghz 2.6 Ghz
Turbo Speed Up to 2.5 GHz Up to 3.5 GHz
No. of Physical Core 4 2 (2 logical cores per physical core)
Max TDP 6W 15W
Features
  • 10.1” 1920 x 1200 IPS LED Panel with PCAP Touch
  • Intel® Pentium N4200
  • IP65 Water and Dust Proof
  • Optional Barcode Reader and HF RFID Reader
  • Dual Camera Design: 8MP Rear / 2MP Front
  • Optional Expansion port for USB / RS232 connection
  • Hot-Swappable Battery Design
  • Optical Bonding for Sunlight Readability
  • 10.1” 1920 x 1200 IPS LED Panel with PCAP Touch
  • 7th Generation Intel® Core™ i5
  • IP65 Water and Dust Proof
  • Optional Barcode Reader and HF RFID Reader
  • Dual Camera Design: 8MP Rear / 2MP Front
  • USB 3.0 Type-C Connector
  • Hot-Swappable Battery Design
  • Optical Bonding for Sunlight Readability