Fujitsu T4010 Review
The Fujitsu T4010 Tablet PC is the first I've reviewed
with a built-in optical drive.
The model I tested used
Pentium® M Processor 745 with 1.80 GHz, 2 MB L2 cache, and
400 MHz FSB and 512Mb ram. The Tablet did
everything I asked it to do without hesitation. Another 512Mb of
ram would make it respond even faster.
After taking the machine out of the box, the wizard
ran through the setup for Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005. This allows
the buyer to set up accounts as they'd like from the beginning.
The 12.1 inch screen was easy
to read from almost any angle.
I would have liked to have
tried the Indoor/Outdoor screen, but the model I received wasn't
equipped with that option. Screen resolution is 1024x768, although
it will support up to 1600x1200. Not very practical for most
applications since you'll need to scroll to see the entire screen.
The T4010 came with Acrobat Reader, Microsoft Office
One Note 2003 and MS Reader, along with specific Fujitsu utilities. Each has an icon on the desktop so new users can explore easily.
The pen has a tether, which is a nice touch as anyone who's ever
misplaced the pen can tell you. I've gotten so used to my Cross pen,
though, that I admit I didn't use the included pen at all. Since the pen
is a necessity with Tablet PCs, it's nice to know there's always a pen handy and
you won't walk off without one.
Fujitsu recommends using a screen protector to keep the screen from scratching.
They include a package of protectors with the unit.
Although I didn't use
the built-in DVD-RW more than once, I can see where people who need access to
CDs or DVDs on a regular basis would like it. It was nice just hitting a
button rather than having to dig out the external drive and hook everything up. The drawback - the additional weight. Although a pound doesn't sound like
a lot, it's very noticeable when lifting the Tablet with one hand, especially
since I'm used to using a slate model. Actually, the Fujitsu T4010 feels about
the same as my Toshiba M200.
Another feature that I liked is BayLock™. The optical drive is locked when the computer is being carried or used as a
Tablet. This keeps the drive from being damaged and any media from being
ejected accidentally. With BayLock™ in place, the bay door is locked and
the drive is disabled. It can be changed by the user.
The built-in Intel pro wireless 2200
was effortless to set up. It immediately found both my 802.11b and
the 802.11g networks and once the security key was entered, joined the
network with no problem. Bluetooth is also standard. I often
use Speech as an input method, so the dual array microphones were a big
Battery life was better than I expected.
With wireless turned on, I got a solid 4 hours with more time remaining.
One minor annoyance I found was that the
screen automatically rotated to portrait when the screen was lowered to the
keyboard. It isn't a problem since using the screen rotation button turned
it back, but there are times that I want to use the Tablet in landscape mode for
just a minute, then revert back to the keyboard.
Overall, this Tablet PC is impressive! If
you want a good, all-around Tablet PC, then be sure to take a second look at the
Fujitsu T4010. MSRP: $2249 US.
For more information on Fujitsu Tablet PCs, check the Fujitsu Web site.
For a comparison of specifications with other Tablet PCs, please check our