Introducing the best rugged tablet of 2020: The Mesa 3 Rugged Tablet

Behind the specs

In this article, we take a deep dive into the latest product in the Juniper Systems family, the Mesa 3 Rugged Tablet. We will be taking a look at what makes the Mesa 3 the most advanced rugged device that Juniper Systems has ever made. Let us know in the comments below if you have any questions or thoughts about the device and please subscribe to our Get Rugged blog for continued articles and videos featuring the Mesa 3.

Unboxing and closer look at the Mesa 3 Rugged Tablet

Meet the Mesa 3 Rugged Tablet

The new Mesa 3 Rugged Tablet by Juniper Systems is now available and represents the company’s most advanced rugged handheld to date.

The Mesa 3 Rugged Tablet offers powerful new functionality while retaining impressive features from the popular Mesa 2 Rugged Tablet. Its quad-core processor is ready to run even the most demanding field data collection application, while its rugged ergonomic design is ready to handle a long day on the job in the harshest environments out there. All this backed by Juniper Systems’ world-class support and durability. The Mesa 2 is still available and continues to be a strong option for organizations and individuals who’s computing tasks don’t require the extra processing power the Mesa 3 provides.

We can’t wait for you to get your hands on the best rugged tablet of 2020— the Mesa 3.

A Windows 10 Rugged Tablet

Powered by Windows 10, the Mesa 3 offers a familiar interface with the portability and flexibility needed for mobile data collection. Running Windows 10 also allows users to have a large selection of new applications, data collection software, office suites, and older legacy software.

Easily dock the Mesa 3 to an M2/3 Dock and use it with a keyboard, mouse, and monitor while in the office. Once you hit the field, the rugged tablet quickly undocks to become your office, anywhere.

Note: An Android™ 9.0 version of the Mesa 3 will be available soon.

Easily dock your Mesa 3 for a full desktop experience

Powerful processing power

The Mesa 3 was built to run the most demanding applications while in the field. At the heart of this rugged tablet you’ll find a new quad-core Intel® Pentium processor. The processor, the Pentium N4200, represents a significant shift in computing power and allows the Mesa 3 to perform CPU intensive tasks in the office and in the field. The device also sports Intel HD Graphics.

One of Mesa 3’s greatest increases in power comes by way of doubling the amount of system memory that supports the processor in its tasks. The Mesa 3 features 8 GB of LPDDR4 RAM, up from the 4 GB of LPDDR3 found in the Mesa 2. Not only is the amount of RAM larger, but Mesa 3 is moving to newer and faster LPDDR4 RAM. LPDDR4 is more power-efficient and runs at higher frequencies which helps feed the processor data quicker. This upgrade in RAM allows the Mesa 3 to run more intensive programs, handle larger datasheets, and have more background programs running than previously possible with 4 GB.

Mesa 3 Rugged Tablet (Windows)
The Mesa 3 Rugged Tablet


Storage on the Mesa 3 also sees an increase to 128 GB of flash storage as the standard, and up to 256 GB as an upgrade option. This gives you the space you need for data and programs to get the job done. The Mesa 3 also includes a user-accessible MicroSDXC card slot for expanded storage.  

All-day usability

Nothing stops your work faster than a dead battery. Mesa 3 retains the same amazing all-day battery life as the Mesa 2. The included 43.2 Watthour (Whr) removable battery offers 8–10 hours of battery life.

Some days you need to go beyond an 8–hour shift, that is why the Mesa 3 has an option that allows you to hot-swap batteries to keep you moving all day. By adding an optional internal 21.6 Whr battery you provide the Mesa 3 with an additional 4–5 hours of battery and give the device the ability to hot-swap the removable 43.2 Whr battery. Hot-swapping is easy and can be done quickly in the field.

Hot-swap batteries in the field


The Mesa 3’s display is not only large, it’s also very sharp. Coming in at 7 inches, it provides the viewing experience you need while working in the field. Did we mention it has best-in-class sunlight view-ability? Rest assured you’ll be able to see the work you are doing, even in the brightest of conditions. Featuring a 1280×800 resolution screen that keeps applications sharp and still helps with battery life.

Mesa 3 features a bright sunlight visible display
Mesa 3 features a bright sunlight visible display


Featuring a wide range of connection protocols and 4G connectivity, the Mesa 3 is always ready. The Mesa 3 includes long-range Bluetooth®, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac with bands for both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz, and 4G LTE with major wireless carriers.


The Mesa 3 features a USB 3.0 port, 12 VDC power input jack, and 3.5 mm audio jack. The Mesa 3 also features a grid of pins along the side of the device for connection to the M2/3 Dock and M2/3 Attachable Keyboard. The M2/3 Dock features additional USB ports, ethernet port, and HMDI for connecting to a display.

Ports that allow for flexibility

Built Juniper Rugged

When we say our products are built Juniper Rugged, we mean it. The Mesa 3 is no different. The Mesa 3 is rated IP68, making it waterproof and dustproof. It is also designed to stand up to MIL-STD-810G test procedures. This includes various military standard stress tests, including drop, shock, altitude pressure, high and low temperatures, and various other stress tests. Use the following links to learn more about MIL-STD and IP68.

The Mesa 3 Rugged Tablet is built for what you do. Your time is valuable, your data is invaluable. Rest assured that your data is safe in a Juniper Systems’ product.   

Carefully designed and supported

Designed and assembled in the United States, the Mesa 3 promises device longevity and data protection. In addition, each device is supported by live and personalized customer support whenever it’s needed. Our robust support website provides you the tools necessary to maintain your Mesa 3 for years to come. All Mesa 3 Rugged Tablets come with a 2-year warranty, with additional support and care plans available.

The Mesa 3 has the same ergonomic design and ease of use functionality as the Mesa 2. With various mounting points and accessories available, users in the field can carry the device the way that makes the most sense to them.

Ergonomic for all-day use

Your office, anywhere

The Mesa 3 is built rock solid and field ready. With best-in-class features including an ultra-rugged ergonomic design, sunlight-readable display, and all-day battery life, the Mesa 3 Rugged Tablets provide the ultimate device for mobile data collection applications. Its racing-fast processor and ergonomic design ensure maximum efficiency and minimal fatigue. With all the functionality of a desktop computer packed into one ultra-tough tablet, the Mesa 3 will truly become your office, anywhere.

Mesa 3 sitting in the wild
Your office, anywhere


  1. Tablets are useful, but can be fragile.

    • Brad Thatcher says:

      A consumer tablet may be considered fragile. Our rugged tablets are designed from the ground up to meet the toughest standards in IP ratings and Military standards for durability. Thank you for reading our blog.

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