Another type of tablet: Zebra ET56

From the outside, the Zebra product looks like an average tablet, but its price already indicates that it’s something completely different here.

Introduction, design

At one time, Microsoft, but many other companies, saw the future of mobile computing on tablets (and the Windows 8.x interface was sacrificed on the altar of this vision), and somehow no one but Apple really figured out what customers wanted. from such a device. Today, tablets are used as a third device in most households, lounging on the couch to consume content, while smartphones with increasing image sizes on the one hand and notebooks in 2 in 1 on the other hand are squeezing this product category. However, there are special areas where the 8-10-inch touch screen, the relatively small size, and the need for a rugged court in general impose conditions that only a few manufacturers can meet.

Many of these are familiar with Panasonic, whose Toughpad series has become virtually synonymous with tablets that can be used in extreme conditions. Another major competitor in this market is Zebra Technologies Corporation in the US, about whom less has been heard, although the company is not just a novice player: they bought Motorola’s corporate business in 2014 for $ 3.45 billion and in 2018 in the rugged tablet market. operating Xplore Technologiest.


The subject of our test can perhaps be described as the child of these two acquisitions: a tablet intended primarily for large companies and similar customers, which is more durable than average, has extra services important to the target audience, and its price tag has been designed accordingly.


It is not easy to create an “exciting” design for a tablet, as the display already limits the possibilities (try of course may), and in the case of the ET56, this was not even approximately important in the design, so we get a simple black device with a medium quality effect wrapped in plastic. To today’s eyes, the 2 cm frame around the 8.4 ”display looks extremely thick, but is ergonomically excellent, as it makes it easy to grip the machine even in gloves without accidentally activating the touch screen.


The already mentioned plastic cover is not only located on the back of the machine, but actually surrounds the entire display and is only broken in some places by an opening: on the right side, under a rubber cover, we find the only Type-C connector, and at the bottom, the normal or pogo pin socket and 3.5mm jack. The stereo speakers “speak” to us through tiny holes in the lower left and right edges, and the frame above the display features a webcam (2 megapixel resolution) and a sensor that monitors the outside light conditions.


Unusually for average user tablets, there is a huge snap-on door on the back, below which is the battery, which can be easily extended to extend the life of the tablet. At the top, the rear camera is watching, it’s 8 megapixels and has its own LED auxiliary light.


Looking at the tablet as a whole, the size of 228 x 150 mm x 13 mm and the weight of 570 grams are not small at all, but all this can be justified by the rugged court, as the ET56 is IP65 protected, ie protected against dust and splash water, in addition and it can withstand falling according to the MIL-STD-810G standard, so you won’t have a problem with a 1-meter fall on concrete. Incidentally, not much of this can be seen on the device, which officially belongs to the “semi-rugged” category, so there is no trace of the rubber edges, handles or spring doors that are common on “fully rugged” models.

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