Fujitsu ST5020 First Thoughts

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Fujitsu ST5020 First Thoughts

I really had a hard time getting good lighting indoors, so I decided to
take the Tablet out to our front yard.  I’ll bet the neighbors are really
wondering about me now!

Before our full blown hands-on review, we traditionally post a “first thoughts” piece. This editorial can offer a unique “initial” viewpoint as a first impression of any piece of hardware can change over time, especially with incorporating the device into real world deployment. In this case, I have had my first week of carrying the Fujitsu ST5000 Tablet PC. I have used it in a couple of meetings, relying solely on the Tablet to write notes. I left the pen and paper behind electing to instead fully submerge myself into the slat Tablet PC lifestyle.

The Basics:

1.  Setup is easy.
2.  The ST5000 is a truly attractive and well-designed unit.
3.  The handwriting recognition and accuracy on this Tablet is the best I have tested.
4.  Battery life with Wi-Fi on is easily over 4 hours.
5.  This Tablet PC is packed with just about every possible feature one could want. 

Initial specific thoughts:

As I was setting up the Fujitsu, it was a pleasure to see that custom screen overlays were included in the accessory box. If your going to shell out $2,000 for a Tablet PC, the least you should have is basic necessities right out of the box. I know that there is debate about the need for screen overlays on Tablet screens. But I don’t care what they say.

A little history!

Out here in Arizona where I live, we have almost as much dust and sand in our desert environment as the ancient Egyptians had to contend with.  It is a known fact that mummies from that era and location have exhibited excessive wear on their teeth, believed to have been caused by sand and dust filing them down when these ancient people were chewing there food.  Now imagine dust attracted to a bare lcd screen. Next those particles are dragged across the screen over and over again by the pen. There is no doubt that over time you will see an unwelcome degradation of screen clarity – and we don’t even want to discuss the cost of a replacement of that! So in regards to the handy included screen overlays, thanks Fujitsu.

So the screen is protected, what about scalding my arm from processor heat?

Using a slate style Tablet PC or a convertible in “slate mode” can introduce a whole new level of discomfort beyond the simple “hot notebook on the lap” complaint. When you are supporting a device on the delicate skin of your inner forearm, it can get damn hot when that sucker heats up. Thankfully, Fujitsu has conquered this issue in its entirety. Not only does the ultra low voltage Pentium M CPU stay significantly cooler than many other processors (watch out for that skin sizzling AMD Athlon XP-M on the Averatec C3500), but Fujitsu also has incorporated there own “heat dissipating technology” which is basically some suede backing glued to the base. I found that this added component as simplistic as it is does offer some additional comfort.

Close up of the suede I mean “thermal heat dissipation technology”.


How about a visual tour…

This machine is very thin.

Angle 1 (Stunning photography isn’t it?)

Angle 2

I don’t think I have to explain this.

Ethernet, modem, kensington lock, ac in and infared ports.


Too much to explain here. Wait for the full review!

Scroll and screen rotation controls, infared #2 to the right.

Biometric fingerprint swipe scanner, USB 2 ports, headphone and mic jacks, IEEE 1394

Fujitsu ST5020 FULL SPECS:

Ultra Low Voltage Intel Pentium M processor 1.10 GHz which supports enhanced Intel SpeedStep technology; 1 MB on-die L2 cache; 400 MHz system bus speed

12.1″ XGA LCD indoor/outdoor viewable Electromagnetic (active) digitizer

Intel 855GME

System Memory
Two DIMM slots available; upgrade with 256 MB, 512 MB SDRAM, or 1 GB
maximum memory to 2 GB (1 GB x 2)

Memory Type
DDR333 MHz; 200-pin SO DIMM

Hard Drive
60 GB or 40 GB ATA 100, shock-mounted hard drive

Video Controller
Integrated Intel Direct AGP graphics with up to 64 MB Dynamic Video Memory Technology

Realtek ALC202 with wavetable, 3D effect, and 3D positioning; Dolby Headphone
Utility to emulate realistic surround sound using conventional stereo headphones on DVD
models; built-in microphone; headphone, microphone, and stereo line-in jacks.

Multinational  56K V.90 modem, 10/100/1000 Base-T/TX Ethernet, and Intel PRO/Wireless 2100 (Wi-Fi certified 802.11b); diversity antenna

System Ports
2 USB 2.0 ports
Infrared port (IrDA 1.1-compatible, 4 MBps)
External monitor connector
Modem (RJ-11) jack
Ethernet (RJ-45) jack
IEEE 1394 connector
Wireless IR keyboard receivers
System interface connector

Kensington lock slot, Biometric fingerprint swipe scanner, Fujitsu Security Application Panel

PC Card Slot
One Type I or Type II slot; 32-bit PC CardBus architecture; one dedicated Smart Card slot

Media Slot
One shared slot for MemoryStick and Secure Digital (SD) card

Standard lithium ion; (6-cell 10.8V, 4400 mAh); rated up to 5 hours using main battery
High-capacity lithium ion (9-cell 10.8V, 6600 mAh); rated up to 8 hours

AC Adapter
Auto-sensing dual voltage support, 100-240V AC; DC 16V, 3.75A

Standard battery ; 12.77″(h) x 8.66″(w) x .82-.88″(d); Approximately 3.4 lbs.
High-capacity battery ; 13.5″(h) x 8.66″(w) x .82-.88″(d); Approximately 3.9 lbs.

Operating Systems
Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition

Bundled Software
Microsoft Office OneNote 2003, PowerQuest Drive Image Special Edition, Fujitsu Display Controls, Fujitsu Hot Key Utility, Fujitsu Security Application Panel, Adobe Reader, Zinio Reader, MS Reader

Software on CD
Depending upon your optional Tablet Dock configuration, you may also receive
the following: Sonic RecordNow!, InterVideo WinDVD

One-year International Limited Warranty, upgradeable to three years

We will be posting our full in-depth review featuring performance and battery benchmarks, close examination of all components, more “stunning” photography (LOL!) and our honest take of the Fujitsu ST5000 series Tablet PC next week, so be sure to “stay tuned”.  In the meanwhile, we would love to hear your comments and thoughts – especially from any of our readers who might already own this Tablet.




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