Configurable buttons? Yep, the Mesa 2 Rugged Tablet has those

In the age of the touchscreen, some jobs still require pressable buttons. At Juniper Systems, an industry leader in rugged handheld computers, we know that all too well.

Juniper Systems’ entire Juniper product line is equipped with buttons, even the Mesa 2 – the company’s flagship rugged touchscreen tablet – comes standard with a row of them. These buttons, though, are configurable.

“Our products are used in working environments,” said Jeff Ricks, Juniper Systems’ senior design engineer. “People both like and need tactile buttons they can press down, especially in industries where keeping alert is critical. Some workers don’t look down at the screen. You don’t have to look for a button; you just feel it and press.”

The Mesa 2 Rugged Tablet comes equipped with configurable buttons on the Windows 10 and Android versions. This allows you to quickly adjust your favorite settings or access an important feature with one simple click.

“We have clients who work in a variety of industries and each industry needs a unique button configuration,” said Slade Gurr, a Juniper Systems product manager. “Customizable buttons let us fill those needs.”

Gurr said forestry professionals customize the buttons to quickly disable and enable the touchscreen, which helps them move through the heavy canopy. Other users program the buttons to enable their custom barcode- and RFID-ready Mesa 2s.

“Most people don’t know about the feature,” Gurr added, “but they should because it really helps tailor the user experience.”

Here’s how to configure the Mesa 2 buttons

Windows 10

On the Windows 10 Mesa 2, the “P1,” “P2,” and “P3” buttons below the screen are configurable. The standard button configurations let you adjust the volume up and down and open the keyboard.

Changing the configurations is easy.

Select the desktop icon titled “Keypad.” If the desktop icon is missing, go to your applications list and search for “Keypad.” Here you can choose from dozens of options for each button. In addition, you can adjust the backlight brightness of the buttons. You might want “P1” to open the camera and “P2” to lock the screen. Find what works best for you.

Some of the options include: switch tasks; open Cortana, the Windows 10 voice assistant; open camera; and close application. There are several dozen options.


Android

On the Android Mesa 2, every one of the buttons below the screen is configurable. To change them, simply click on the “settings” icon and select the option titled “buttons” in the section titled “device” to create your purpose-built keyboard.

Some of the options include: increase, decrease screen brightness; screenshot; backspace; and app selection.


The Mesa 2 configurable keyboard is simple to use and empowers you to make your rugged tablet work even harder and smarter. If you’d like more information about the Mesa 2, please call 435-753-1881 or email sales@junipersys.com.

Find technical details about the Mesa 2’s configurable keyboard here.

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