Fujitsu LifeBook T4220 Tablet PC First Look Review
Fujitsu has made many users happy with the release of their newest Tablet PC, the LifeBook T4220, and guess what we got our hands on one. That’s right we have had the chance to have a little hands-on with the LifeBook T4220 that was delivered to our office this afternoon. The T4220 is much like its predecessor the T4215, but it is built on the Santa Rosa platform.
Front view of the LifeBook T4220. (view large image)
The Fujitsu LifeBook T4220 specs as reviewed (price as tested $2,099)
- Intel Core 2 Duo 2.2GHz T7500 processor
- Intel GM965 Express Chipset
- Windows Vista Business with Microsoft Office OneNote 2007
- 12.1" XGA active digitizer display with wide viewing angles and bi-directional hinge
- 1GB DDR2 667 MHz SDRAM memory
- 100GB S-ATA 150, 5400 rpm hard drive
- Modular Dual-Layer Multi-Format DVD Writer
- Multinational2 56K3 V.90 modem
- 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet
- Intel Wireless WiFi Link 4965AGN (802.11a/g/n)
- Integrated Bluetooth
- Integrated Fingerprint Sensor
- Embedded TPM
- 3 x USB 2.0
- Dedicated Smart Card slot
- Dimensions: 11.5" x 9.3" x 1.1/1.4"
- Weight: about 4.3 lbs.
- 6-cell (5200 mAh) Lithium-Ion battery
- Fujitsu Security Application Panel
- One-year International Limited Warranty
Design and Build
The T4220 has a solid chassis. Right off the bat I noticed how sturdy the design was and how there was no flex in the screen or wobbling from the hinge. The great thing about the hinge is that it is bi-directional as well, meaning users have the option of turning their screen both ways, which comes in handy for those presentations.
The T4220 converting in to Tablet mode. (view large image)
It is a little on the heavy side weighing in around 4.3 pounds, but it is still small enough to take with you to class or on those business trips. I didn’t have any problems carrying it around in Tablet mode and the display automatically changes once you rotate it. As far as I can tell (from the little time I have spent with it) the battery life is good. It has about a four hour battery life running in standard mode.
The Tablet functions on the T4220 worked as expected. The pen is made of durable plastic and almost the same size of a normal ink pen. It felt comfortable in my hand and was easy to write with on the screen. Of course the active digitizer and Vista helps this. The white keyboard kind of blends in with the silver casing, but the black lid has a nice sheen.
As for the keyboard, I was not that impressed, but I am going to pay more attention to it in my full review. It has a good amount of flex and the keys are springy, but some users may like their keyboards not as stiff.
The T4220 keyboard. (view large image)
The display was nice and probably one of the best Tablet screens I have reviewed. The colors were bright and bold, I hardly noticed the graininess that comes standard with Tablets. You can adjust the brightness level as well, which helps if you are in a dark or well-lite area.
Fujitsu LifeBook T4220 vs Lenovo ThinkPad X61
Here are a few comparison shots between the Fujitsu T4220 and the ThinkPad X61. The screen was much nicer on the T4220 compared to the X61, but the X61 has a more compact design. Both overall are very solid Tablets that I would recommend to any user.
The LifeBook T4220 on the left and the ThinkPad X61 on the right. (view large image)
Closed view, the LifeBook T4220 on the left and the ThinkPad X61 on the right. (view large image)
Side view, the LifeBook T4220 on the left and the ThinkPad X61 on the right. (view large image)
Stay tuned because next week I will be posting a full detailed review of the T4220 and some hands-on video. I ran some benchmark tests, but would like to do a little more testing before I publish the results. Performance wise it did well though. I didn’t experience much lag during boot-up or while surfing the Web. My first impression of the the T4220 is great. It has a solid design, great display and a nice appearance. I can’t wait to dive into this review and see how the T4220 stacks up against its other newly released Tablet contenders.
Right side view of the ports.(view large image)
Left side view of the ports. (view large image)
Back side view. (view large image)
Front side view. (view large image)
Under side view, love the suede patches for heat resistance. (view large image)