- Excellent wide-viewing angle screen
- Good system performance
- Includes optical drive
- Lower than average build quality
- Keyboard has lots of flex
The LifeBook T4410 is one of the latest Windows 7 equipped tablets from Fujitsu. Offering a Wacom-enabled 12.1″ display with multitouch this model is aimed to compete with the Dell Latitude XT2 and Lenovo X200 Tablet. In this review we see how well it stacks up against the competition and see if it deserves a spot on your shopping list.
Our Fujitsu LifeBook T4410 Specifications:
- Windows 7 Professional
- 12.1″ WXGA LED-backlight LCD with wide-viewing angles (300 nit)
- Intel Core 2 Duo P8700 (2.53GHz, 1066MHz FSB, 3MB Cache)
- 2GB DDR3 RAM (2GB x 1)
- 250GB Fujitsu 5400rpm Hard Drive
- Modular Dual-Layer Super-Multi DVD Writer
- Intel 5200AGN, Bluetooth 2.1
- Intel X4500M Integrated
- Built-in web camera
- 6-cell 10.8v 56Wh
- Dimensions: (LxWxH) 11.69″ x 9.17″ x 1.49″
- Weight: 3.9 Starting
- Retail Price: $1,969
Build and Design
The design of the Fujitsu LifeBook T4410 is a cross between a pure business tablet and a consumer tablet. The look and feel is very rounded compared to the business competition which feature squared edges and sleek looks. It lacks the flair of a glossy paint job like the HP TouchSmart tx2 and it is thicker and more “plasticy” than either the Lenovo X200 Tablet or Dell Latitude XT2. The color scheme is very similar to past Fujitsu notebooks with highly contrasting colors inside and out. If a category existed for a small-business oriented tablet, this model would fit in perfectly.
Build quality falls below similarly priced business tablets and even
under some consumer notebooks. With the screen closed you can feel the top cover and bottom panel flex while carrying it around. Plastic creaking is kept to a minimum even with higher levels of body and chassis flex. Even though the T4410 looks better built than some of the consumer models we have reviewed, it doesn’t feel like it. Inside, the tablet has more flex than we would like to see around important components. The keyboard suffers from abnormally high movement on the right side above the optical drive. If you try to grip the tablet from this area with the screen open, your fingers sink into the keyboard from above and dig into the optical drive from below. Another odd design choice for this tablet is the battery design which uses small plastic tabs to keep the battery secured in its bay. We have seen this type of latch system used on Fujitsu notebooks and it seems prone to breakage over time compared to the flip-latch style on almost all notebooks on the market.
Users looking to upgrade or service the T4410 will find it easy to do through a number of panels on the back of the
computer. Fujitsu gives you easy access to the RAM, hard drive, cooling fan, wireless card, and screen cables. I actually found it surprising that they had a panel entirely dedicated to servicing the screen cables in the event you need to remove the display. From a labor perspective this model probably ranks high for speedy repairs.
Screen and Speakers
The screen on the T4410 is a wide-viewing angle panel designed for being used outdoors. It offers a matte finish to reduce glare and higher brightness levels to stay visible in bright conditions. The screen is similar to those found on the Dell XT2 and Lenovo X200 Tablet, with great color accuracy and very good color saturation. The wide viewing angles keep colors looking non-distorted even when viewing the screen from the side. Rotating the screen around 360-degrees we saw no color distortion from any viewing direction. The only problem we noticed was related to the touchscreen layer which made the screen look slightly blurry when looking through it at a steep angle. Viewing brightness was perfect for bright office conditions and partially visible outdoors. The 300-nit screen is less bright than most outdoor panels-which can be as high as 500-nit-but still usable outdoors in the right conditions.
The touchscreen on our T4410 is multitouch-enabled and capable of detecting two fingers simultaneously. It also
supports Wacom pen inputs for higher precision movements. The screen is very responsive, only requiring a very light touch to be recognized. Fresh out of the box the matte surface is difficult to make smooth movements on until oils from your fingers built up to make it easy to glide across. Compared to other multitouch and Wacom-enabled tablets we have used the experience is very similar.
The onboard speakers are average compared to other business and consumer notebooks. Bass and midrange are lacking completely, but they are more than adequate if you are just listening to streaming radio or the occasional YouTube flick. They are located on the bottom edge of the screen, which works very well when the tablet is in slate form. This keeps them always pointing up at the user, instead of possibly being obscured.
Keyboard and Touchpad
The keyboard is very comfortable to type on and gives excellent tactile feedback. With that said the keyboard lacks proper support, giving the user a bouncy feel if they type with more than light pressure. The right side of the keyboard is the worst where it has a void of support above the optical drive. With strong pressure you can significantly move the keyboard tray. The middle and left side have only minor movement so one way to “fix” the problem might be to install the secondary battery inside the modular bay as it wouldn’t have as much flex as the optical drive. Individual key action is smooth with a mild click emitted when fully pressed. The keyboard definitely feels more business oriented, which is great for those of us stuck at our computers for long hours typing.
The touchpad on the T4410 is very ordinary compared to some models we have seen in recent months. It is a standard model with a scroll section, but without any multitouch capabilities. Considering you have the screen to manipulate by finger or pen, this isn’t a problem for us. The touchpad is very responsive and has no discernable lag. Its surface texture has a rough matte finish that is easy to slide across even if your fingers are slightly damp. The touchpad buttons are easy to find and big enough to rest the entire side of your thumb on. They provide shallow feedback and give off a positive “click” when pressed.
Ports and Features
Port selection on the Fujitsu LifeBook T4410 is average compared to other models. It offers three USB ports, HDMI and VGA-out, LAN, and a docking connector. I really enjoy seeing HDMI on notebooks and tablets since it is much more common on monitors and TVs around the home than DisplayPort at this time. Another rather unique feature to Fujitsu computers is a dust filter in-between the fan and heatsink. This supposedly traps dust and dirt, although it has filter elements large enough to pass coins or USB memory sticks through.