Fujitsu LifeBook T2010 Tablet PC First Look Review

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Fujitsu LifeBook T2010 Tablet PC First Look Review

The Fujitsu LifeBook T2010 has been on the market for a little bit now, but this is the first time we have had the opportunity to spend some quality time with it, besides the quick hands-on when it was announced. The T2010 definitely fits in the lightweight, ultra-portable category considering it has no optical drive and runs an Intel ULV processor, which allows for the slim design. I have to say like the other Fujitsu models I have reviewed the 12.1" display is impressive. The screen is amazing, the colors are bright and vivid and the bi-directional hinge is a bonus.


Fujitsu LifeBook T2010 Tablet PC. (view large image)

Fujitsu LifeBook T2010 Tablet PC specs as reviewed (price as tested $2,279)

  • Intel Core 2 Duo processor Ultra Low Voltage U7600 1.2 GHz
  • Windows Vista Business with Microsoft Office OneNote 2007
  • 12.1" WXGA indoor/outdoor active digitizer display with wide viewing angles
  • 2GB DDR2 533 MHz SDRAM memory (1GB x 2)
  • 100GB S-ATA 150 (5400 rpm) hard drive
  • Multinational 56K V.90 modem and 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet
  • Intel Wireless Wi-Fi Link 4965AGN (802.11a/b/g/n)
  • Integrated Bluetooth wireless
  • 2 x USB 2.0
  • Integrated Fingerprint Sensor, embedded TPM, dedicated Smart Card slot, Fujitsu Security Application Panel
  • High-capacity main battery: 9-cell Lithium-Ion (8700 mAh, rated up to 11 hours)
  • One-year International Limited Warranty

Design and Build

The T2010 has a simple design that is sleek and appealing. Right off the bat, you get that business feel. It would be perfect for college students as well considering it is so small and only weighs in around 3.8 pounds. The graphite color hides dirt very well and keeps the tablet looking professional. The chassis is solid and there is minimal flex, except for the keyboard area.


The T2010 converting into tablet mode and it can turn either way. (view large image)

Don’t get me wrong the keyboard has a nice design, it’s just a little to soft and springy for my liking. When you are typing you can actually see the keys flex. Although, it is very easy to read since the characters are bolded and plenty big enough and there isn’t any keys that are shortened. Everything looks small though including the space bar because Fujitsu didn’t compromise any room on this design. Some users may feel a bit cramped.

There is no touchpad just the pointing stick, which is very responsive and easy to get adjusted too. I mean there is barely a palm rest. Actually the palm rest is the battery, which connects in the front. The location of the battery didn’t bother me though and it never got hot. This is definitely the perfect travel companion.


The T2010 keyboard and pointing stick. (view large image)

The active digitizer is great and like I mentioned before the screen is flawless. You can adjust the brightness level to your liking and I didn’t notice any graininess. The pen feels solid in your hand and is responsive. It has an eraser too, which is a convenient feature. I had no problems taking notes and since the T2010 has a bi-directional hinge it is great for presentations. I love being able to turn the tablet screen in both directions. It automatically changes orientation in tablet mode as well.

Performance

The T2010 I reviewed has a Intel Core 2 Duo 1.2GHz ULV processor and a 100GB hard drive. It didn’t show any signs of lag at all. It booted-up quickly and had no problems surfing the Web or running the benchmarks. It did make a little noise when running the benchmarks, so you will know when this little machine is hard at work. I will give you a little taste of the benchmarks, but the rest will be in my complete review.

Super Pi

In the below results of Super Pi, where the processor is timed in calculating Pi to 2 million digits: The T2010 didn’t do that bad with its ULV processor.

Notebook Time to Calculate Pi to 2 Million Digits
Fujitsu T2010 (1.2GHz ULV Core 2 Duo) 1m 40s
Gateway C-140x (2GHz Core 2 Duo) 58s
HP Compaq 2710p (1.2GHz ULV Core 2 Duo) 1m 39s
Lenovo ThinkPad X61 (1.6GHz Core 2 Duo) 1m 10s
Fujitsu LifeBook T4220 (2.2GHz Core 2 Duo) 54s
Gateway E-155C (1.06GHz ULV Core 2 Duo) 1m 58s
LG C1 (1.2GHz Intel Core Duo) 1m 49s
Toshiba R400 (1.2GHz ULV Core Duo) 2m 10s
Asus R1F (1.66GHz Core Duo) 1m 20s
Lenovo ThinkPad X60t (1.66GHz LV Core Duo) 1m 24s
IBM ThinkPad X41t (1.5GHz LV Pentium M) 2m 02s
HP TC4400 Tablet PC (2.0GHz Core Duo) 1m 13s
Dell Latitude D420 (1.06GHz Core Solo ULV) 2m 11s

 

First Impressions

Overall I am impressed with the T2010. It has a nice array of features including two USB 2.0, IEEE 1394 (FireWire), External monitor/VGA, modem (RJ-11), Gigabit Ethernet (RJ-45), docking connector, headphone jack, and microphone jack. It also has a Type I/II PCMCIA slot, Smart Card slot, and media card reader. All of this is packed into such a small tablet. It even has nice wireless options including 802.11 a/b/g/n and BlueTooth 2.0.


Front side view of the T2010.(view large image)


Right side view of the ports. (view large image)


Left side view of the ports. (view large image)


Back side view of the T2010. (view large image)

The T2010 connected to the Internet with no problems, but it does have poor signal strength in some areas. The Bluetooth comes in handy if you want to connect a mouse, which some users will because they can’t get past the pointing stick, so getting a mouse might be the option. I mean the display alone is reason enough for buying this tablet.

The small form factor and battery life make up for the price of this machine. The battery life is supposed to last for up to 11 hours with the 9-cell. I haven’t had that much luck, but I have pushed 8 hours, so there will be some more testing on that issue. If you need to be in high performance mode the battery life isn’t as long either, but you could easily use this an entire work day. Even in high performance mode the T2010 puts my Asus R1 battery to shame. Complete battery tests and benchmarks will be published next week in my full review of the T2010, so stay tuned.

Photo Gallery


The T2010’s 12.1" indoor/outdoor WXGA display. (view large image)


Bottom side of the T2010 and the famous suede patches. (view large image)


The T2010 screen in tablet mode with pen. (view large image)

 

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