zebra l10 xpad product review

While the Zebra L10 has some fantastic features, it’s also one of the most expensive tablets on the market. Companies purchasing large quantities of devices for their employees, would likely benefit from tablets offering the same quality at a more affordable price point. In this article, we will give you the Zebra L10 review, along with a back-to-back ranking against the newly released Sonim RS80. Let’s see how the two devices compare and which one is the better buy.

Here’s our complete review on everything that you need to know before you purchase the Zebra L10 XPAD Tablet. Our overall score for the Zebra L10 Tablet is a 6.5/10.

Overview

Zebra offers three models of their L10 Series and each can be customized to fit your business needs.

  • XSLATE is a standard rugged tablet
  • XPAD is a similar model but with a built-in handle and barcode scanner (this article)
  • XBOOK transforms from a tablet to a laptop with a keyboard

Of the three models, the only one that has an option to add an integrated barcode scanner, like the Sonim RS80, is the XPAD so that’s the item that we’re reviewing here.

Zebra L10 XPAD
Dimensions11 in. L x 7.7 in. W x .88 in.
Display10.1 inch 1920 x 1200
Weight 3.0 lbs
Operating SystemAndroid 10 or Windows 10
Data CaptureOptional Integrated 1D/2D Barcode Scanner
BatteryUp to 9 hours on a single charge

Operating System of Zebra L10

Zebra L10 XPAD forklift in warehouse

The operating system is one of the most important aspects of mobile computers since it lays the foundation for a fast network. Zebra offers two options for their XPAD tablet. You can choose from a model powered by Windows 10 or one with Android 10.

The Windows model does offer some interesting features such as and integrated fingerprint reader for security purposes. While the system works well in conventional office settings, the interface and user experience is not as optimized for mobile use as Android.

If you opt for the Android XPAD you’re getting a super-fast platform that allows for seamless communication using your workforce apps. The system is easy to use and many of your workers may already be familiar with the mobile-friendly interface.

The system also offers some tremendous safety advancements. By specifying how much of your data will be available to other users and when the sharing takes place, you gain full control of all your information. Making these adjustments is super easy, too, since you can do it from a single location. There’s also the coveted Focus Mode that allows you to pause your apps, thus minimizing workplace distractions.

Zebra L10 XPAD Tablet Specs

Here is a summary of the major specifications and elements of the L10 XPAD.

Zebra L10 Processor

Zebra L10 XPAD warehouse inventory

When it comes to the processor you’re getting a fantastic option with the Zebra L10 XPAD. The tablet comes equipped with Qualcomm Octa-Core processors that operate at 2.2GHz, providing you with high speeds and the ability to complete all sorts of demanding tasks without slowing down. Plus, there’s no extra strain on your battery so even after using the device for a long workday, you won’t face any lags.

The high quality chipset enables you to perform effortless multitasking. For instance, you can switch between various productivity apps such as Outlook, Chrome, and Trello, without delays. The internet browser can also support several open internet tabs with demanding apps and continue to operate seamlessly.

Connectivity

The Zebra L10 also has some pretty solid connection properties. The Wi-Fi range is decent, and it can connect with multiple other devices simultaneously. It also supports 4G LTE connections and is FirstNet certified for use by emergency worker and first responders.

In addition to the above specs, the Zebra L10 has NFC, Bluetooth, and GPS enabled.

Data Capture

As far as the scanning capabilities go, you can opt for a Zebra XPAD model with a built-in scanner for easy data capture. Adding the barcode scanner may drastically increase the price however, so that’s something to consider. Alternatively, if you choose a model without the integrated scanner, you can connect a separate reader using Bluetooth. That does mean however, porting around an extra piece and having to charge a separate device so it may not be the most efficient option, especially in mobile work environments.

Software Tools

Zebra’s integrated software includes their Mobility DNA family of management and security apps. Some key features include the Device Tracker to help find misplaced tablets, and the Enterprise Keyboard that can be customized for easy data entry.

Key Features

Kiosk Mode – Manage your apps by modifying their look and feel. Get rid of workplace distractions while your team is deployed in a hazardous environment to eliminate any safety concerns.
SafeGuard – Control your applications and ensure that your devices are configured for work-related tasks.
MDM Helper – Organize key business operations by specifying the applications your team can use.
Setup Wizard – Make initial and subsequent adjustments to your settings effortlessly.

Sonim R

Display

The Zebra L10 XPAD comes with a 10.1-inch display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3. The screen resolution is 1920 x 1200 and it’s optimized for use with gloves and wet fingers.

Build

As far as weight goes, the L10 XPAD stands at 3 lbs. with the built-in handle for easy carrying.

The Zebra L10 XPAD is classified as a rugged tablets and is meant to withstand harsh use and extreme environments. Each tablet is MIL-STD-810G certified which means they’re resistant to drops, dust, vibrations and shocks. They’re also capable of operating under extreme temperatures.

In terms of water resistance, the Zebra XPAD is IP65 rated for protection against low pressure water jets.

Zebra L10 XPAD Battery

With the Zebra L10 you’re getting a 36 WHr battery, which is enough for just around nine hours of operations. There is an option to add an extended battery, at an additional cost, for up to 26 hours.

Zebra L10 Memory

When it comes to memory, Zebra offers several configurations and the price varies drastically based on the specific model. The standard option gives you 4GB of RAM with 64GB or up to 128GB of eMMC and you can also upgrade to a 8GB/128GB model.

Zebra Tablet Accessories

Zebra offers a decent number of accessories for their L10 tablets including, docking solutions, cables and adapters, and in-vehicle mounts and power supplies. Sonim also offers quite a few add-on products designed to suit specific industries, such as dispatch gear, wireless and wired PTT headsets, multi-bay handset and battery charging components, and In-vehicle pro-install and passive kits.

Price of the Zebra L10 XPAD

As mentioned above, the L10 XPAD comes in several configuration and each added component affects the price. The base model (no scanner, basic memory, etc.) starts at around $2,200 and that number can climb to nearly $4,000 with the added features. In addition, while the customization aspect has some definite benefits, choosing the correct model for your business can be confusing as there are so many configurations available.

A more evenly priced option may be the Honeywell Dolphin CT60, the Honeywell RT10A or the Getac T800.

Warranty

Zebra provides a generous three-year warranty that covers your device from the date of the shipment.

Final Verdict

So all things considered, is the Zebra L10 XPAD a good device? Yes.

Is it our first choice for a rugged work tablet? No.

Well, when you look at the specs, the L10 is just priced a little higher, compared to other rugged tablets on the market. And although it is a solid choice on its own, when weighed against the competition, the L10 does not justify the price tag.

In conclusion, we rank the Zebra L10 XPAD with a 6.5/10.

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