The Fujitsu LifeBook P1500 Series Tablet PC – First Look (pics, specs)

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The Fujitsu P1500 Series Tablet PC – a Tiny Titan of a Workhorse


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The Fujitsu P1500 Series “notebook” can finally be called a convertible Tablet PC. In the fall of 2005 Fujitsu made a great decision to update this popular model with Windows XP 2005 Tablet PC Edition. Now this device which is a bit larger (as Fujitsu puts it) than a “DVD case” is fully loaded with the best security, data protection and functionality of the lot. Yet, this model weighs in at a modest 2.2 lbs. Starting at $1499, this uber ultraportable is an a affordable option for the most demanding road warrior who wants to travel light – without sacrificing the full functionality of a true PC.



SPECS

Processor

Intel Pentium M Processor Ultra Low Voltage 753 (1.20 GHz, 2 MB L2 cache, 400 MHz FSB)

Chipset

Intel 915GMS

System Memory

Minimum of 256 MB; one Micro-DIMM slot; maximum memory to 1 GB

Display

8.9″ WSVGA display with touch screen

Digitzer

Resistive (Passive)

Video Controller

Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 900. Maximum internal display resolution of 1024×600, 16M colors

Video Memory

Dynamic Video Memory Technology (DVMT) responds to application requirements and efficiently allocates the proper amount of system memory (up to 128 MB) for optimal graphics and system performance

Display Resolution

Internal display resolution (max): 1024×600, 16M colors. External monitor display resolution (max): 1600×1200, 16M colors

Hard Drive 30 GB or 60 GB; 4200 rpm, P-ATA 100; shock-mounted

Audio

RealTek ALC203 AC’97 Rev. 2.3 compliant, 18-bit stereo full-duplex CODEC with independent and variable sampling rate; headphone, microphone, and stereo line-in jacks; internal built-in microphone included

Communication

56K V.90 modem; 10/100 Base-T/TX Ethernet

Wireless Communication

Integrated Atheros Super AG (802.11a/b/g): Wi-Fi Certified; diversity antenna

User Interfaces

StickPoint by Alps, 82-key keyboard with 16 mm key pitch and 2 mm key stroke

Ports

Two USB 2.0, external monitor, modem (RJ-11), Ethernet (RJ-45), headphone, microphone, and docking port

CF Card Slot

One Type I or Type II CF Card

Media Slot

One Secure Digital (SD) Card

Security Platform Integrated biometric fingerprint sensor; embedded Trusted Platform Module (TPM); Kensington lock slot

Battery Life

Standard Lithium ion (3-cell: 10.8V, 2600 mAh); rated up to 3.5 hours of battery life
High-capacity Lithium ion (6-cell: 10.8V, 5200 mAh); rated up to 7.0 hours of battery life

AC Adapter

Auto-sensing dual voltage support, 100-240V AC; DC 16V, 2.5A

Dimensions and Weight

9.3″ x 6.57″ x 1.36″ – 1.46″; Approximately 2.21 lbs. with a 3-cell battery

Port Replicator Interfaces (Optional)

Two USB 2.0, external monitor, Ethernet (RJ-45), and DC-in

Operating Temperature 41 F to 95 F (ambient temperature); 20% to 85% relative humidity, non-condensing
Non-operating Temperature

5 F to 140 F; 8% to 85% relative humidity; non-condensing

Service & Regulatory Information

Regulatory and Compliance

Energy Star-compliant; FCC part 15 Class B and Subpart “C”, UL and cUL approved, Industry Canada RSS210, CE Mark, ETS 300-826, ETS 300-328, FCC part 68, IC CS-03
Warranty
  • One-year or three-year International Limited Warranty
  • 24/7 technical support
  • Fujitsu Premium Care Service Plans available

   


Reverse engineering? That would be the battery in the front. Smart move. This design leaves the back end flush with the display lid. Secondly, it allows a small area to rest the palms for typing.


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This P1500 is yet another model to feature a “trackpoint” type of navigation vs. a trackpad. A functional trackpad would most likely take up too much space to fit on this small device.


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Above: Screen rotation, scolling and application launch controls are postioned right under the biometric fingerprint sensor.



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Above: Status lights and the power button.



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The P1500 features an 8.9″ WSVGA display. It is bright and clear. In the photo we dimmed the lights a bit to capture the brillance of the screen. In our full review we will take the P1500 outdoors to test visibility in daylight.



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Yes, you now get the new logo on your Intel sticker – LOL!



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The exterior of the P1500 is very attractive. It feels sturdy to the touch and solid in hand. We will go into much further detail on the build quality in the full review. Until then ask yourself if a two-pound tablet computer is a requirement to suit your needs. If this form factor fits the bill for you, check back with us in February for all the details on the P1500.

Barry


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