Windows 8 is good for tablets and touch-enabled PCs, but not so much for enterprise and industrial systems, at least not yet, which is why DAP Technologies didn't outright embrace it when it launched the MT1010 rugged tablet.
Rather than Windows 8, the slate runs Microsoft Windows Embedded Standard 7, though buyers can still install Windows 8 on it if they so wish (and have a USB stick with the OS ready to do the work).
Speaking of USB, DAP gave its slate USB 2.0 technology (no USB 3.0), in addition to HDMI, Ethernet and a serial port.
What's more, the list of connectors can go higher when the optional dock comes into play. There are some expansion connectors too, so that normal peripherals may work with more advanced ports.
We should mention that by “optional” we don't mean that people can opt out of buying said docks and extra adapters.
They are part of the whole bundle after all. Nevertheless, it falls to customers to decide if the situation calls for their use.
That said, the tablet itself is very rugged. DAP itself used the word ultra-rugged on the official product page.
The case is sealed to IP65 specification and certified for a 6-foot drop (1.8 meters). The magnesium-alloy case is backed up by Corning Gorilla Glass 2, which protects the 10.1-inch LCD.
As for the performance specs, we have an Intel N2600 dual-core 1.6 GHz CPU, an MSATA SSD of 64 GB, 2 GB of DDR3 RAM, a 16:10, 1280 x 800 resolution five-point touchscreen (IPS LED), two cameras, a fingerprint reader (biometric) WLAN, WWAN, GPS, Bluetooth 4.0 + EDR.
An ID/2D varcode scanner is included for extra versatility, along with many extras that the aforementioned product page spends a great deal of effort listing.
“With tablets continuing to claim portability superiority over laptops, DAP’s new MT1010 tablet allows enterprise customers to benefit from this trend, while maintaining Microsoft Windows compatibility and I/O connectivity with legacy peripherals,” said Simon Bowe, managing director of DAP Technologies.