Stylistic Q550 Conclusion

July 3, 2011 by Matthew Elliott Reads (42,108)
Editor's Rating

Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

    • Software & Support
    • 6
    • Upgrade Capabilities
    • 6
    • Usability
    • 6
    • Design
    • 6
    • Performance
    • 6
    • Features
    • 6
    • Price/Value Rating
    • 6
    • Total Score:
    • 6.00
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10

CONCLUSION
We commend Fujitsu on the design and build quality of the Stylistic Q550; it really is a slick and sturdy tablet – until you actually start using it. And we applaud the inclusion of its touch utilities, which do improve the user experience to a degree. We must fault Fujitsu on its outfitting the Stylistic Q550 with an underpowered, single-core Intel Atom processor. Wrestling with Windows 7 on a touch screen is difficult enough without being left wondering if a click was on target as you wait for a command to be recognized. Unless your business has software built to run on a Windows 7 tablet, you are better off waiting a few months for Windows 8.

If you simply must have a Stylistic Q550 tablet, do note Fujitsu sells two Q550 models. The other model costs a bit less at $729 and features a smaller hard drive (30GB), a smaller battery (2-cell), and no TPM chip. 

Pros

  • Attractive and durable design
  • Silent during operation
  • Replaceable battery
  • Robust security features

Cons

  • Windows 7 not optimized for touch
  • Pokey Intel Atom processor
  • No place to store stylus on tablet


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