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Jewish World Review
Sept. 7, 2007
/ 24 Elul, 5767
Fujitsu's amazing notebook
Just when I was getting very jaded about portable computers, along comes
Fujitsu Computer Systems (http://store.shopfujitsu.com/fpc/) with a
notebook/tablet PC running Microsoft Windows Vista that starts at $1,599 and
tops out at $2,309. The model sent to me for testing is one down from the
top model, with 2 Gigabytes of memory, a 100 Gbyte hard disc drive and an
Intel Corp. Core Duo 1.2 Ghz processor. It weighs about 3.5 pounds
and that's not a typo. The price may not be ultralight, but the computer
There's a very nice display screen which the maker says is a "12.1-inch WXGA
indoor/outdoor active digitizer display with wide viewing angles."
Translated, that means the screen can be viewed in sunlight as well as
indoors, and is in the wide-angle format now popular with operating systems
such as Vista.
The keyboard is friendly for a small notebook and is advertised as "spill
resistant," though I didn't test that claim. It lacks a separate numeric
keypad, found only on larger, 17-inch display-sized notebooks, but does have
separate page up and page down keys, not to mention a point-stick mouse
device with click buttons below the spacebar.
Battery life on the computer is very, very good I started off without
connecting the power cord and was able to work for several hours at least
two and one-half before even thinking about battery life. The battery is
"rated" at about 5-plus hours on a single charge, which makes it seem very
good for a cross-country flight, or even a long meeting where outlets don't
abound. If one loaded a movie on the hard drive, the screen would make an
excellent viewer for a similar period.
It should be noted that the T-2010 is, primarily, a business computer.
Though sound via the headphone jack is superb, the internal speaker isn't as
robust as the audio found in other models. There's no built-in Webcam
, something often found in similar notebooks. And getting an external
DVD-ROM drive requires a "slice" which is optional, and costs either $250 or
$350, depending on disc-writing formats desired.
Having said all this, it's important to note that this computer is also a
Tablet PC. Its display swivels around and creates one of the lightest tablet
computers I've ever come across, with a screen that's essentially large
enough to replicate a letter-sized sheet of paper. Given the overall
improvements to Microsoft's handwriting recognition software over the years,
using the computer as a tablet is far more appealing than might first be
thought. The T-2010 functions very well in tablet mode and again, that low
weight makes it portable, and not a "lightweight" machine. A stylus is
included for writing and editing on the "digitizer" display, and it
can be tethered to the machine.
Fujitsu has included a fingerprint reader, and attendant software, as an
added security feature. I'm avoiding it, frankly, since an earlier
experience this year, with a similar device on a Lenovo ThinkPad
left me a tad cold. In government and other settings, however, having the
device could easily be an advantage.
Overall, I could see myself using this computer in a variety of settings,
especially if I were on the go and collecting information. Built-in WiFi
and a card slot for wireless broadband cards make it easy to stay
connected, and the display is very easy on the eyes. One might wish for the
odd additional feature, but overall the Fujitsu Lifebook T-2010 has the very
real potential of being the business lifesaver you're looking for.
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