Zebra Technologies TC22 and TC27 rugged mobile computer

Exploring Zebra’s New TC22 and TC27 Mobile Computers

July 25, 2023

Zebra has long been an industry leader in the field of rugged hardware and technology, and the release of two new additions to its TC2X series of mobile computers (the TC22 and TC27) further cements that position at the top of the table.

Offering enterprise-level capabilities to small- to medium-sized professional businesses, whilst at the same time offering the look and feel of a commercial smartphone device, the TC22 and TC27 devices offer the perfect solution to modern business requirements.

Further Iterating on the TC21 and TC26

The TC22 and TC27 have been introduced to build upon their forerunners in the TC2X series, the TC21 and TC26 (which are already incredible devices in their own right). The new models add to the series’ existing successes, providing genuine Zebra quality at a price point that will have you rubbing your eyes.

But why change from the TC21/TC26? Simply put, because the business world is becoming more demanding and the devices used therefore need to reflect that. The TC22 and TC27 feature a 20% larger display (without adding to weight), a higher resolution rear camera and wireless capabilities guaranteed to meet the needs of today’s (and tomorrow’s) business world.

Industries that Utilise the TC22 and TC27

These mobile computers can be utilised across a wide array of industries, including retail, hospitality, transportation and transit, warehouse and distribution, and more. Zebra positions its models in the TC2X series as cost-effective, all-in-one computing solutions, and the TC22 and TC27 certainly both deliver on that promise.


6-Inch Full HD+ Display

Undoubtedly, one of the best features of these two mobile computers is their easy-to-read 6-inch display screen, which can be read in both dim indoor conditions, as well as in bright sunshine. This makes it perfect for those businesses whose services run the gamut of internal and external conditions.

Fastest Wireless Connections (Wi-Fi and Cellular Data)

Whether your business only needs to utilise Wi-Fi 6/6E (the TC22) or needs the addition of 5G connectivity out in the field (the TC27), the two new models in the TC2X range deliver lightning-fast connectivity to maximise business productivity. Both Wi-Fi 6/6E and 5G provide the fastest connections currently available on the market.

Tough (But Stylish) Ergonomic Design

Zebra’s devices are built with durability in mind and the TC22 and TC27 mobile computers are no exception. They’re waterproof, dustproof and drop-proof, and have been extensively tumble tested during their development to truly ensure their ruggedness.

Not only that, however, but these new models and their contoured surfaces are 10% thinner, meaning they’re even more comfortable to hold for long periods of time. If your employees are going to be spending all day on their feet with a mobile computer, you want it to feel nice to use, ergonomically speaking.

Back view of the Zebra Technologies TC22 and TC27
The TC22/TC27’s contoured surface has been designed to minimise pressure points and offer a secure and comfortable grip for hands of all sizes.

World Class Scanning Capabilities

In industries where barcode and RFID scanning is frequent, you need a device that’s going to stand up to the test, time after time. No more so than in busy holiday seasons, where demand will have your teams working at full stretch, and where your devices simply can’t afford to falter.

Purpose-built with scanning in mind, these mobile computers will be worthy additions to your armoury of hardware; in fact, according to a white paper from the manufacturer, using a Zebra enterprise device for your scanning can offer the following benefits when compared with consumer smartphone or smartphone-style devices:

  • 25%-40% faster pick times.
  • 23%-48% less muscle work.
  • 30%-60% less postural demands.

The TC22 and TC27 come with two different scanning options:

1) SE4710 1D/2D standard scan engine (ideal for standard scanning).

2) SE55 1D/2D Advanced Range scan engine with Intellifocus™ technology (perfect for long-range and warehouse scanning).

Perfect for Contactless Transactions

We’re living in the era of contactless, and a company’s mobile computer needs to have contactless capabilities as part of its POS solution; both new models in the TC2X support Apple VAS and Google Smart Tap, meaning that tickets in digital wallets can be scanned and read with just a tap of the device.

Various Battery Options (Depending on Needs)

Both models come with the option of three different batteries, depending on need; a standard 3800 mAh battery to grant full-shift power, a 5200 mAh battery for multiple shift uses, and a BLE 3800 mAh battery that enables device tracking regardless of battery status or whether the device is turned on or not.

Easy Staging

If you’re a warehouse taking on temporary/holiday staffing to fulfill additional seasonal orders at Christmas, for example, then you need to be able to stage your mobile computing devices as quickly and as seamlessly as possible.

With Zebra’s Mobility DNA Professional packaged in as standard, users can make use of StageNow, staging as many devices as they need with just a tap on an NFC tag or barcode scan.

Mobility DNA Professional

Speaking of Mobility DNA Professional, let’s explore it in more detail. Zebra’s own suite of specially-designed software solutions that helps, in Zebra’s own words, “deploy, manage, and support every stage stage of your devices’ lifecycle”.

Featuring everything from device tracking and diagnostics tools, to push-t0-talk (PTT) functionality and simultaneous scanning capabilities, Mobility DNA will keep your devices secure, optimised and performing to the best of their ability.

Final Thoughts

If you’re looking for a long-lasting mobile computing solution that doesn’t break the bank, then look no further than the new TC22 and TC27. Upgrade your business (and remain profitable whilst you do so) with devices that will serve you for many years to come.

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