Fujitsu T2010 Tablet PC User Review

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by Ed Starkey

The T2010 is Fujitsu’s latest soldier in its mobile space army. The sleek black tablet doesn’t have an optical drive, which is a departure from the tried and true 42xx platform, but in the ultra-light arena optical access is usually omitted. I definitely have a triumvirate of firsts going here (first laptop, tablet and Fujitsu product), but upon unwrapping the well packaged device, I felt right at home.


The Fujitsu T2010 Tablet PC.

Specs for the Fujitsu T2010 Tablet PC as reviewed (price $1,499)

  • CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo ULV 1.06GHz U7500
  • Chipset: Intel 965GM
  • Display: 12.1" widescreen with active digitizer
  • RAM: 2.5GB DDR2 (upgraded)
  • Hard Drive: 60GB
  • Battery: 6-cell Lithium-Ion (can upgrade)
  • Network: 10/100/1000 Ethernet + Bluetooth
  • Wireless: 802.11a/b/g/n
  • Operating System: Windows Vista Business
  • Connectivity: 2 x USB, 1 x VGA, 1 x headphone and microphone, Smart Card slot, IEEE 1394

Display

Upon charging the battery, I couldn’t refrain from powering the unit up! The screen is like looking at a photograph. On maximum brightness, limited outdoor use may be possible, but upon application of the included screen protectors, this dream slowly dwindled. Maybe I’m just spoiled from the deep contrast and rich colors of the 12.1" widescreen naked.


T2010 converting into tablet mode.

On the short list is something that would allow me to relive this fleeting memory, even if sacrifice of glare resistance is required. As great as this screen is, nothing can match the indoor/outdoor screen option for a "paper-like" appearance; even usable in direct sunlight. If you’ve haven’t purchased it yet, the indoor/outdoor screen should be at the top of the list. If you’re green with envy, and already made the indoor plunge, check out Screentek and for $100, get the finish the T2010 deserves.

The T2010 screen.

Keyboard/Touchpad/Pen

There is no latching mechanism for the lid, in either tablet or laptop mode, but the unit remained fairly stable in both modes. The keyboard has a good feel to it, but I’ve used better ones. It is very quite, has a great layout, nice size, but there is more flex in it than I expected (especially around the ASD and E keys), and hence the keyboard can feel a little mushy. It’s not something that I notice when I’m typing, but if I look for it, I will find it. The pen is on the small size compared to my Wacom Graphire 4×5 tablet, and larger hands may feel cramped in extended inking sessions. My hands are middle of the road, and it worked fine, but not perfect.


The T2010 pen vs. Wacom pen (view large image)

At first, the erase function of the pen seemed to require way to much pressure in order to erase. I thought I may need a new Wacom driver to enable the feature, but under closer inspection, I could see the eraser graphic appear on the screen. It wouldn’t function without heavy pressing of the erase head though. After a week of ownership, this eased to acceptable levels. I also could not get my Wacom Graphire pen to work on the T2010, something to note if you may want to use an alternative inking solution. The Fujitsu 4220 series users should rejoice, already in the 24 hours of ownership I have left my pen at home (twice) while my T2010 and I masqueraded around the campus of my university. Possibly if the pen was in sight, I would have been aware of its absence.

The touchstick would wander aimlessly when the sensitivity was set too high. Reducing it all the way to heavy touch decreased the frequency of this, but in the end I had to opt for a wireless notebook mouse. This won’t be an issue if you use tablet mode the majority of the time, but in notebook mode it drove me wild! Now my thin and light is bogged down with a wireless mouse. I oh so miss a trackpad, and I know a skillful engineer could have found a way to integrate one.

Upgrades

Since I went for the low end option, (1.06GHz, 1GB RAM, 60GB hard drive) I knew I would be in need of a RAM upgrade. I chose one stick of 2GB of OCZ DDR2 667, hoping and praying I didn’t fall victim to the Fujitsu RAM problem. To my surprise, the installed micron brand memory was recognized without incident. The speed difference was dramatic between 1GB and 2 1/2GB of RAM. The system booted at least twice as fast, even though it wasn’t slow to begin with. However, 1GB left the system clawing at the hard drive, even during modest loads. Speaking of hard drive activity, Vista’s indexing activity can be a battery killer. Options in power settings can adjust this activity to only occur when AC Power is utilized.


512MB DDR2 stick. (view large image)

Heat and Noise

System noise is very low during power save mode and very modest in performance settings. Heat also wasn’t a problem in tablet mode (it was warm, not hot), but if you want the tablet in high performance mode, I think it would be an issue. Air intake is at the rear and exhaust is on the left side, which doesn’t cause any problems.

Speakers

Low system noise is great, unless you want to get audio from the T2010. The single speaker was by far a blemish on an otherwise jewel of a laptop. It’s also was covered in tablet mode, meaning there goes your sound. Maybe the integrated Bluetooth will allow streaming audio to wireless headphones? Microphones worked great in both laptop and tablet mode for speech recognition.

The one lonely speaker on the T2010.

Performance

Speaking of performance, the overall feel of the unit was fine for daily usage tasks, such as note-taking, Web browsing and email. Wireless performance was top notch on 802.11g. I don’t have a router with N capability, but if it’s anything like the G, I’m sure it will be very acceptable. The lack of an optical drive allowed me to run Wi-Fi through its paces. I installed OneNote 2007, Firefox, Thunderbird, Photoshop CS2, and Trend-Micro anti virus, Microsoft Office 2007 and then uninstalled Norton and EverNote Lite.

Super Pi

In the below results of Super Pi, where the processor is timed in calculating Pi to 2 million digits: The T2010 didn’t do that bad with its ULV processor, the upgraded configurations would do much better.

Notebook Time to Calculate Pi to 2 Million Digits
Fujitsu T2010 (1.06GHz ULV Core 2 Duo) 1m 47s
Gateway C-140x (2GHz Core 2 Duo) 58s
HP Compaq 2710p (1.2GHz ULV Core 2 Duo) 1m 39s
Lenovo ThinkPad X61 (1.6GHz Core 2 Duo) 1m 10s
Fujitsu LifeBook T4220 (2.2GHz Core 2 Duo) 54s
Gateway E-155C (1.06GHz ULV Core 2 Duo) 1m 58s
LG C1 (1.2GHz Intel Core Duo) 1m 49s
Toshiba R400 (1.2GHz ULV Core Duo) 2m 10s
Asus R1F (1.66GHz Core Duo) 1m 20s
Lenovo ThinkPad X60t (1.66GHz LV Core Duo) 1m 24s
IBM ThinkPad X41t (1.5GHz LV Pentium M) 2m 02s
HP TC4400 Tablet PC (2.0GHz Core Duo) 1m 13s
Dell Latitude D420 (1.06GHz Core Solo ULV) 2m 11s
Toshiba Portege M400 (1.83GHz Core Duo ) 1m 19s

 

Comparison Results for 3Dmark05

3DMark05 tests the overall graphic capabilities of a notebook, and overall the T2010 did average considering it has an ULV processor and a bunch of other software installed.

Notebook 3D Mark 05 Results
Fujitsu T2010 (1.06GHz ULV Core 2 Duo, Intel 965GM chipset) 566 3DMarks
Gateway C-140x (2GHz Core 2 Duo, ATI X2300 HD graphics) 1,956 3DMarks
HP Compaq 2710p (1.2GHz ULV Core 2 Duo, GMA X3100 graphics) 634 3DMarks
Lenovo ThinkPad X61 (1.6GHz Core 2 Duo, Intel GMA X3100 graphics) 812 3DMarks
Fujitsu LifeBook T4220 (2.2GHz Core 2 Duo, Intel GMA X3100 graphics) 925 3DMarks
Gateway E-155C (1.06GHz ULV Core 2 Duo, Intel GMA 950) 500 3DMarks
LG C1 (1.2GHz Intel Core Duo, Nvidia Go 7300) 1,392 3DMarks
Fujitsu LifeBook S2210 (1.6GHz AMD Turion 64 X2 TL-52, ATI x1150) 810 3DMarks
PortableOne UX (2.0GHz Core 2 Duo, Intel GMA 950) 590 3DMarks
Toshiba Satellite A135 (1.73GHz Core Duo, Intel GMA 950) 519 3DMarks
Lenovo ThinkPad T60 (2.0GHz Core Duo, ATI X1400 128MB) 2,092 3DMarks
Fujitsu n6410 (1.66 GHz Core Duo, ATI X1400 128MB) 2,273 3DMarks

 

Battery

With 100% battery, I get the following battery life reading from Vista.

With Wi-Fi off:

  • 6 hours 57 minutes on Power Saver
  • 5 hours 57 minutes on Balanced Power
  • 4 hours 16 minutes on High Performance

With Wi-Fi on:

  • 5 hours 10 minutes on Power Saver
  • 4 hours 38 minutes on Balanced Power
  • 3 hours 13 minutes on High Performance

The Vista power meter has hysteresis, so there is a delay before new battery life numbers display. I didn’t get the nine hours of battery life Fujitsu claims, but very respectable. I can only wonder what the extended battery life can do. I recommend modifying the display settings for indoor use to help reduce the brightness even more. On maximum brightness the display is brilliant, and you won’t lose much by going to 80% or even 70%. I’m sure most users will run 50% daily.

There is definitely an anomaly with Vista power functions. On power saver the displayed brightness is set higher than on balanced power. I’m not sure what other features may be reduced in order to allow power saver to have greater power reduction than balanced power, but Vista has plenty of customization options to reduce power even further.

Actual battery life was five and a half hours with non stop working, and power meter says I have 10% battery life! I don’t know how long it takes to charge the battery, because I haven’t run it down all the way yet.

Ports

The configuration I have has a nice array of ports, but just your basics. It has two USB ports, one VGA-15 pin, a headphone and microphone port, IEEE 1394 and a dedicated Smart Card slot. If you go with the Port Replicator then you get the DVD/CD-RW Combo Drive and AC Adapter.


Front view of the T2010. (view large image)


Right side view of the ports. (view large image)


Left side view of the ports. (view large image)


Back view of the T2010. (view large image)

Conclusion

In summary, the T2010 is all that it can be. Everything it isn’t was given up for the design, making it a lightweight, handsome tablet disguised as a laptop with adequate performance for the ultra-slim sector and business needs. Great integration with Vista Business will make all, but the most prude forget that XP ever existed.

Pros:

  • Awesome screen
  • Great battery life
  • Very lightweight
  • Handsome business looks
  • Did I say Awesome screen already??

Cons:

  • Trackpoint wondering erratically
  • Abysmal speaker – (speaker not speakers, and it gets covered in tablet mode)

Photo Gallery


The T2010 in tablet mode. (view large image)


In tablet mode and working with Photoshop. (view large image)


The T2010 keyboard and display. (view large image)

 




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