GOLE F7 Rugged Tablet Review – Part 1: Unboxing and Charging Dock

GOLE F7 is a rugged Windows 10 Pro tablet with a 10.1″ touchscreen display, an Intel Atom x5-Z8350 Cherry Trail processor,  and “triple-proofed” with resistance to shocks, waterproofness, and dustproofness (see full specs). The tablet also comes with various features that can be useful to industrial use cases.

The company sent me a sample fitted with 4G, a QR and bar code scanner, and a fingerprint print, as well as a separate charging dock.

GOLE F7 Rugged Tablet & Charging-Dock
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I’ll first have a look at the device and its hardware features in the first part of the review before trying it out with Windows 10 Pro in the second part that will focus on special features and ruggedness.

GOLE F7 Rugged Tablet UnboxingThe tablet comes with a rubber cover to protect all sides.

Water & dustproof covers for tablet ports
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All ports are covered to make the tablet dust-and-waterproof, and I could easily pull those to reveal USB, Ethernet and a COM port on one side…

GOLE F7 Audio Jack HDMI USB COM Port
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… a 3.5mm audio jack, micro HDMI port, micro USB port, USB 3.0 port and power jack on the other. If you need to use any of the ports IP67 waterproofness obviously goes out of the window on the exposed side.

GOLE F7 Dock PinsWe’ve got holes and pins to connect to the charging dock on the bottom side…

GOLE F7 Buttons Barcode Scanner
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… scanning on/off, power on/off, and volume buttons, as well as QR/barcode scanner visible through a transparent window. Both top and bottom sides have M4 threads for mounting.

GOLE F7 Power Adapter & User Manual
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The tablet comes with a 5V/3A power supply and a user manual in English.

If we look at the back of the tablet we’ll see NFC support, the camera, a fingerprint sensor,

Tablet NFC, Fingerprint Scanner, Camera
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and a hand strap that allows for safe single-hand operation.
Rugged Tablet Hand Strap

The hand strap really keeps the tablet firmly against your hand, and it will not fall off.
Windows 10 Rugged Tablet Single-Hand Use
If we take out the hand strap, we can remove the back cover which will reveal a 12,000 mAh/3.7V battery.

GOLE F7 Battery
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The battery is removable and will give access to a MicroSD slot and SIM card socket which are not that convenient to access.

 

Rugged Tablet SIM Card & MicroSD Card
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Let’s switch to the other package which contains the charging dock with another 5V/3A power supply.

Tablet Charging Dock & Power Supply
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There are two rubber pads placed on the dock with a protective film which can be peeled off if you intend to leave the tablet in place all the time.

Charging Dock USB Port

The rear panel of DC7 “Charging Docking” just includes the power jack and one USB port.

GOLE F7 Rugged Tablet Review
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That’s what the setup looks like when GOLE F7 is placed on its charging dock.

Since Intel Atom x5-Z8350 mini PC‘s have been around for several years, I’ll limit benchmark testings in the second part of the review, and instead, showcase waterproofness and shock resistances of the rugged tablet, and test features like QR code & barcode scanner,  fingerprint scanner, potentially 4G support, and so on.

You can contact the company for pricing based on options and volume requested for your application via the product page.

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