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14 GCN NOVEMBER 2013 • GCN.COM [BrieFing] While tablets are extremely convenient for mobile employees, government work often demands something a little tougher than the plastic that houses most consumer electronics. The Algiz 10X from Handheld Group is an attempt to create a rugged tablet that can also deliver high performance in the eld, regardless of the environment. Physically, the Algiz 10X looks like a typical tablet, if a bit thicker than most. It's 2.9 pounds overall, so not very heavy, but 1.2 inches thick, not count- ing the rubber bumpers that protect the corners. It's also 6.7 inches long and 10.8 inches wide. One odd design fea- ture is that the tablet's battery simply snaps into the back of the unit. This makes it hot-swappable, but it does not offer any extra protection. Still, it snaps in place solidly, and it didn't dislodge during our drop and shock tests. The Algiz 10X ships with a 1.86 GHz Intel Atom N2800 processor and 4 GB of DD3 RAM. Atom processors are strong on battery life but low on performance. The 10X's Passmark Performance Test benchmark was 216.4, compared with the 1,500s most tablets we review these days score. But this is a tablet for the eld, where battery life is paramount and no one is likely to be running CAD or 3D simula- tion programs. There were no busi- ness apps that the Algiz 10X, running Windows 7, could not handle. Just be aware that blazing fast speeds are not something a user should expect. What the Algiz 10X renders looks great on its 10.1-inch screen, but mapping applications were painfully slow with more detailed datasets. It has a resistive single touch screen, which means it will respond to either a nger or the included stylus. The touchscreen was pinpoint accurate once con gured, and the high-bright- ness mode made data more easily readable when outside in the bright sunlight. On the positive side, hard-drive ac- cess times are lighting fast, thanks to the 128 GB solid state drive. And of course, the Algiz 10X is great in terms of battery life. In our worst-case sce- nario testing where we run a video con- stantly and disable all auto-shutdown functions, the tablet was still able to run for 4 hours, 46 minutes. Using the unit as intended would likely get users beyond the eight-hour mark, for a full day of use. We were a little disappointed that the Algiz 10X did not have a ngerprint reader, which would have allowed gov- ernment workers to add the required two-factor authentication, along with a password, without having to install any third-party programs. Even many consumer devices are starting to ship with them. Where the Algiz 10X really shines is in ruggedness. It was absolutely a star as we ran it through all the MIL-STD-810G testing, surviving 26 drops from up to four feet without a scratch or any of its doors popping open. It also ran ne after three hours in the GCN Rainfor- est Environment, where temperatures soar to 120 degrees Fahrenheit and the humidity level easily tops 90 percent. As con gured for our testing, the Algiz 10X was $2,849, a great price for a fully rugged unit that survived all the mil-spec testing and holds an IP rating of 65. Users who don't need lightning- quick performance will appreciate the Algiz 10X because it can certainly survive almost any environment, or at least any that its human user could, and probably a few more. Govern- ment users might need to add some type of third-party security program or device to get two-factor authentication because there is no native ngerprint scanner, but with the money saved on the unit, that should not be much of a problem. • Tough tablet has strength, endurance and speed BY JOHN BREEDEN II The Algiz 10X won't set any performance records, but it can handle field apps and take just about anything a rugged environment can dish out.