The topic of today’s "User Opinions" article is the Fujitsu LifeBook T4220 Tablet PC. The T4220 has been holding strong on our Most Popular Tablet PCs list, coming in at number four this past month. Since its release many users have commented on the pros and cons of this tablet and we would like to share them with you. The opinions are chosen based on the value of the information (in our opinion) to our readers. We don’t necessarily pick only the "positive" opinions or only the "negative" opinions. We pick the opinions that we think will be most helpful to you as you shop for and compare Tablet PCs.
The Fujitsu LifeBook T4220 Tablet PC in all its glory. (view large image)
The T4220 is an evolution of the T4215, a 4.3 pound ultra-light and convertible notebook. It is designed for mobile professionals who need note-taking abilities via pen input as well as the traditional keyboard input of a standard notebook. It sports a Core 2 Duo processor from the Santa Rosa platform and can be configured to the users liking.
The screen can be turned in both directions thanks to the industry’s first bi-directional hinge. The T4220 also features Fujitsu Shock Sensor hard drive protection technology. The T4220 has been a user favorite and I know many students have recently chosen it as their back to school companion, thanks to the great screen, lightweight design and active digitizer.
Pros: The T4220 is my first Tablet PC and it functions amazingly as a laptop with the bonus of being able to swivel the screen in any direction, which has already come in handy many more times than I ever realized before. Overall great computer with great support.
Cons: The T4220 can work hard and when it does it gets hot and the vents put out very hot air. That is something to be careful about because the heat can be annoying and uncomfortable.
Digitizer broke 1 month after warranty expired!
Pros: The tablet looks great and works great — for the warranty period. Then I came across some problems.
Cons: Once the warranty is over, all bets are off and Fujitsu charges an outrageous amount for repair. My Lifebook’s digitizer stopped working ONE MONTH after the warranty expired and Fujitsu wanted to charge me $600 for the repair. I said forget it; I’d rather spend the money on a new Lenovo, which will last longer. This may not happen with all T4220’s, but I would beware.
I love this Tablet! Not too heavy; Great Features; Looks great
Pros: I did an insane amount of research and it paid off, as I love this laptop. This PC feels pretty light despite the specs. I have been using the now discontinued Dell XPS M1210, with widescreen and for some reason the XPS feels heavier at supposedly 3.72lbs (even though it has the regular 6-cell battery and not the 9-cell, which is what would make it heavier). The screen is great and it is better than a widescreen for a tablet since the rotation doesn’t change the content much. I tried out the HP tx1000z and the widescreen while in tablet mode was very awkward (I returned it the same day I got it, if you want a tablet for writing, don’t even try the tx1000z). The responsiveness of the pen and features are pretty amazing. I write both in English and Spanish and Windows Vista’s handwriting recognition picked up most of my bad (and fast) handwriting and turned in into text with very few errors. Windows recognized it better than any friend or student of mine!
Cons: My main complaint are Fujitsu’s pre-configured models. They do not offer the indoor/outdoor display or the SXGA unless you customize. The problem with customization is that all sales are final so you can’t return the PC. Because I needed to try it first, I felt forced to order a pre-config model and I am now returning it because I feel the need the SXGA display (more desktop space) and I want more hard drive space. But that is a matter of taste. Most people don’t have a problem with XGA. The keyboard flex and heat are secondary complaints, but nothing too uncomfortable. It still runs cooler than my XPS M1210. The suede patches do work in making the heat issues more comfortable. The black cover does tend to grab finger prints easily, so keep a cloth handy.
This is one high quality and reliable convertible tablet device. Bought 50 recently!
Pros: The T4220 has a solid design, bi-directional hinge (turns clockwise or counterclockwise), nice keyboard layout, newer and better pen design, optical bay drive (DVD/CD-ROM drive or modular bay battery), and the weight is well-balanced whether in portrait or landscape modes. This unit feels durable and it has a nice appearance too!
Cons: Can seem a little heavy, but being well-balanced it’s not a big issue. Considering all the features it has, helps compensate for the weight as well.
I expected better but I’m glad I bought
Pros: It’s a great looking machine and the tablet screen hasn’t given me any issues like I would have expected, so that is a major plus.
Cons: The unit gets unusually warm, too warm to put on your lap when working. I’ve called Fujitsu and they don’t have a recall for this issue. My tablet is 13 months old, yes one month beyond the warranty and the hard drive sounds like it’s about to grind itself to death. Between that and the excessive heat coming from the unit, I would have expected more for a $2,000 + Fujitsu computer. Good news is now they’re only $1,700 so buy one knowing you’ll need a new hard drive and deal with the heat.
Supreme Tablet and worth ever cent!!!
Pros: Very powerful with an ergonomic design that’s sure to blow your expectations out of the water. Love the CD bay and all of the great features, plus the new SXGA option is definitely worth checking out.
Cons: As many other users have commented on the T4220 does get a bit warm. A cooling pad or fan might be a good buy for heavy users.