Fujitsu LifeBook T5010 First Look Review

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Fujitsu announced today the addition of two new Tablet PCs to their line-up. The first one is the LifeBook T5010, which is the successor to the T4220. The second is the LifeBook T1010, which is very similar to the T5010, but has a few less features. Luckily today we got our T5010 review unit and the chance to get some hands-on time with it. So check out our first impressions of this sleek new LifeBook.

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Fujitsu LifeBook T5010 Tablet PC specs (as reviewed):

  • Intel Core 2 Duo P8400 2.26GHz processor
  • Mobile Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 4500 MHD graphics
  • 2GB RAM
  • 80GB, 5400rpm hard drive
  • 13.3-inch WXGA active digitizer display (1280×800)
  • Windows Vista Business OS
  • Bluetooth
  • 1x 15-pin D-SUB connector for VGA external monitor
  • 3x USB 2.0
  • 1x DC In connector
  • 1x IEEE 1394 (4-pin type) jack
  • 1x LAN (RJ-45) connector
  • 1x modem (RJ-11) connector (on certain configurations)
  • Docking port (100-pin, to dock with port replicator)
  • 1x stereo headphone jack
  • 1x stereo microphone/line-in jack
  • PCMCIA Card slot for one Type I or Type II card
  • Memory Stick/SD Card slot
  • Dedicated Smart Card slot
  • Battery: standard 6-cell Lithium-Ion
  • Dimensions: 12.56" x 9.61" x 1.44/1.52”
  • Weight: 4 pounds 13 ounces with battery

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Design and Build

The LifeBook T5010 has a solid design. The chassis is sturdy and it doesn’t feel cheap. The model we have is a preproduction unit, but I haven’t noticed any problems with it yet. It has a sleek appearance, but nothing fancy or high-gloss like with HP tablets. The T5010 has a black lid, silver palm rest area and the keyboard has white keys.

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It converts to tablet mode easily and only weighs in around 4.5lbs. It has that simplistic feel to it. Great for taking notes and browsing the Web, very functional. It has a good variety of features, but the price may need to drop a little more to entice consumers. Although I think that is the targeted market for the T1010.


The T5010 has a nice 13.3-inch display. I always love Fujitsu’s screens. The colors are bright and vivid. It’s very easy to read and has a resolution of 1280 x 800. The screen has a little reflection to it, but nothing major. Some users prefer the gloss screens. I like that there isn’t much graininess because that is a huge plus for a tablet. It makes the screen look more like a notebook.

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The T5010 has an active digitizer and the pen is very accurate. I had no problems opening applications or taking notes with it. The bi-directional hinge is a bonus because the screen can rotate in both directions, great for presentations. The viewing angles are good as well. You get a little color bleed on the right side of the screen, but not much. Even in tablet mode the screen is easy to read and it automatically changes orientation as well.

Performance and Benchmarks

The LifeBook T5010 sports an Intel Core 2 Duo 2.26GHz processor and a 80GB hard drive. Well this preproduction model we have does. I would go with the better processor and hard drive option if I was purchasing one though. It also has the Centrino vPro technology. I thought browsing the Web was fast and easy and even downloading benchmarks went fairly quickly. It’s PCMark score is good and it had no problem running multiple applications. I did notice the left side of the keyboard and palm rest do get pretty warm when running benchmarks and the fan runs too. It’s a nice work-horse as long as the battery life is acceptable.

Comparison Results for PCMark05

PCMark05 measures the systems performance as a whole. As you can see the T5010 is on top of the competition with the new Centrino 2 processor technology.

Notebook PCMark05 Score
Fujitsu LifeBook T5010 (Intel Core 2 Duo 2.26GHz, Mobile Intel 4500 MHD graphics) 4,864 PCMarks
HP tx2500 (AMD Turion X2 Ultra 2.4GHz, ATI HD 3200 graphics) 3, 873 PCMarks
HP tx2000 (AMD Turion 64 X2 2.3GHz, Nvidia Go 6150 graphics) 3,738 PCMarks
Asus R1E (Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4GHz, GMA 965 chipset) 4,679 PCMarks
Fujitsu LifeBook T2010 (Intel Core 2 Duo ULV 1.2GHz, GMA X3100 graphics) 2,334 PCMarks
Gateway C-140x (Intel Core 2 Duo 2GHz, ATI X2300 HD graphics) 4,342 PCMarks
HP Compaq 2710p (Intel Core 2 Duo ULV 1.2GHz, GMA X3100 graphics) 2,453 PCMarks
Lenovo ThinkPad X61 (Intel Core 2 Duo 1.6GHz, GMA X3100 graphics) 3,473 PCMarks
Fujitsu LifeBook T4220 (Intel Core 2 Duo 2.2GHz, GMA X3100 graphics) 4,171 PCMarks
Gateway E-155C (Intel Core 2 Duo ULV 1.06GHz, Intel GMA 950 graphics) 2,205 PCMarks
Toshiba R400 (Intel Core Duo ULV 1.2GHz, Intel GMA 950 graphics) 2,187 PCMarks
HP tx1000 (AMD Turion X2 2.0GHz, Nvidia Go 6150) 3,052 PCMarks
Toshiba Tecra M6 (1.66GHz Intel T2300E, Intel GMA 950) 2,732 PCMarks


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The T5010 has a nice array of ports. I know some users will want more, but it does have the basics. The optical drive is swappable for the optional 6-cell battery too. I know an HDMI port would be nice, it does seem like Fujitsu is a little behind the times.

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First Impressions

My first impressions of the T5010 are positive. It rendered Web pages fast and browsed through applications with no problems except the left side of the keyboard getting excessively warm. The new processor update is a bonus. It has a solid design and I like the bi-directional hinge and 13.3" display. As I mentioned Fujitsu has nice bright screens.

It does have the Wacom active digitizer unlike the T1010, which is passive. For being the successor to the LifeBook T4220 though I don’t like the pen location. It gets stuck in the silo sometimes. The design is similar though, except for the black lid, which seems to be trademark for Fujitsu now. Their tablets and notebooks have that simple yet functional look.

In tablet mode the T5010 is easy to carry around and great for note-taking. The speakers don’t get covered in tablet mode either so you can still listen to music. However, I recommend going with headphones, this isn’t a entertainment tablet. Overall the T5010 feels solid and seems to be your basic tablet. Look for our full review in the next week. There will be more photos, benchmarks and some battery testing to see how well the T5010 stands up to day-to-day life.



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