- Editor's Rating
- Good connectivity options
- Less expensive than comparable tablets
- Windows 7 isn't optimized for tablets
- Base model sacrifices on features
Quick TakeThe Gammatech Durabook CA10 is an inexpensive tablet that is lacking in certain areas, so users will want to evaluate their needs before purchasing.
The Gammatech Durabook CA10 is a relatively inexpensive ruggedized Windows 7 tablet that offers users a rugged build and minimal features. TabletPCReview noted with the tablet “users get what you pay for,” which can be good or bad depending on a buyers needs. The device is priced at $1,300 at the time of the review, which is significantly cheaper than many other rugged tablets, which tend to be priced from $2,000-$4,000.
The CA10 is designed for specific types of enterprise use, including inventory tracking, and particularly suited for the manufacturing sector and delivery personnel. The tablet is hardened against drops, impact, crushing and vibration. TPCR tested the device’s durability by having a 200 pound man stand on the tablet, which easily survived the test. However, the CA10 is not designed to be subjected to water or dust. The tablet is 1.6 inches thick and weighs around three pounds. It comes with a nylon strap handle and an option four-point harness. TPCR noted the CA10 is “as chunky and industrial as it looks.”
The display is a resistive-style touchscreen capable of reading two points of pressure at once. The CA10 is also offered with an ungraded screen that features higher contrast and 500 nits of brightness. The tablet has two full-size USB ports, a RJ-45 network connector, a legacy serial port, a docking connector, smart card reader, full-size SD card slot for expandable storage. Using the SD slot, storage could be expanded up to 256GB. The base model comes with 32GB of internal storage, most of which is taken up by Windows 7. A 64GB model comes with 39.3GB out of the box.
TPCR found the tablet’s processor did a good job of handling light work without killing the battery life. The biggest disappointment when it came to the CA10’s performance was the on/off time. TPCR noted powering up the device from stand-by mode took nearly 30 seconds. In terms of software, TPCR called the CA10 “unremarkable.” The device comes standard with Windows 7 Home but can be upgraded to Windows 7 Pro. TPCR noted Windows 7 was not designed to be run on a touchscreen, which resulted in frustration with the user experience. The tablet comes with a small, front-facing camera for video conference, which TPCR is “fairly poor quality.” The CA10 battery can be expected to last between 6-7 hours.
Overall, TPCR found the Gammatech Durabook CA10 is the ultimate study of “you get what you pay for.” TPCR was impressed with the price and connectivity options of the tablet, but was disappointed in the lack of features and user experience of Windows 7. However, TPCR said users looking for a basic “tablet that won’t be crushed or broken easily, the Durabook CA10 presents a solid value.”