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New LifeBook laptops from Fujitsu Siemens: who needs modern Tablet PC? 
Published 2007/7/10
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Firstly, these devices are rare guests on the shop shelves, secondly, they differ by considerable price and are therefore gained, as a rule, only at vital need in such functionality exactly. However the appearance of immediately two new models LifeBook from Fujitsu Siemens on our market obviously will not pass unnoticed. Particularly is interesting the fact that they are intended for absolutely different auditoriums and have only one common feature - a turning display.

Fujitsu Siemens LifeBook P1610

Processor
Intel Core Solo U1400 (ULV 1,2 GHz)

Operative memory 512 MB

Chipset Intel 945GM

Screen 8,9" WXGA (1280×768)

Screen brightness, max/min
80–0 cd/m²

Hard disk 60 GB

Device of management trackpoint, passive digitizer

External connectors USB 2.0 (2), PCMCIA, D-sub, RJ-45, RJ-11

Network possibilities
1 GB LAN, 56K, Wi-Fi

Cardreader SD-MMC

Battery
lithium-ion, 2600 mA•h (10,8 V)

Time of the work from batteries in the mode of the max load / reading ~ 1,6 / 2,8 h

Mass
0,98 kg (with staff battery)

Size (W×D×H)
232×167×36 mm

Approximate price $ 2350

Warranty 36 months

Not bad complectation;good design;speed

Not the best display; low autonomy with staff battery

Interesting device which will face with strong "out-class" competition from the part of UMPC

In the model row of portable PC from Fujitsu Siemens the special place occupy plane tables "transformers" - they are rightfully considered as one of the best in its class. Two models got in our Test laboratory - ultra portable LifeBook P1610 and classical LifeBook T4215.

It's all clear with the last, as the demand for alike devices is although low but stable - they can be used as usual laptops with extended functionality. But it's more difficult with the first model. With appearance of UMPC the actuality of tiny "transformers" is under a big question - they noticeably give them way on ergonomics and convenience of exploitation in plane table mode. You wouldn't call this fact pleasant for FSC - except it practically nobody paid attention to this subclass of Tablet PC. However, if LifeBook P1610 will be able to oppose anything to the new wave of UMPC, we shall speak about it a bit later, but now let's get acquainted closer with the notebooks themselves.

At first sight LifeBook P1610 looks the most interesting. We won't conceal that this "transformer" we have been waiting long ago. Exactly with it were bounded the hopes of many enthusiasts - judged by features, available in the network at the time of announcement, it was the only device alike UMPC but in the same time having accustomed arrangement of a laptop. It would seem expectations were justified - a pleasant design in black-grey color gamut, comfortable mechanism of the turning screen with a spring fixation and not bad equipment. But, unfortunately, that wasn't an ideal -it has too many contradictive moments.

So, it is impossible not to note the mass - size characteristics - in the mode of plane table the thickness of a model is a bit great and the mass around 1 kg is hard to call small both for such a display diagonal and equipment. Besides, input systems - the size of the keyboard is insufficient and it doesn't suit for typing big volumes of text. The touchpad which place wasn't found for is absent but sensory digitizer practically does not react on light stylus touch - you must make some effort to make it work that negatively tells on the convenience of navigation, particularly if you got accustomed to do it quickly.

The matrix is not the best too: the main defects are quite small corners of the review and low level of maximum brightness. If we can humble with the first one, having regarded it as a certain protection from the curious eyes, then the brightness of highlight is only 80 cd/m2 - this's more serious, its not sufficient for the work in the street or in the illuminated premises. However, it's possible to rank to pluses the resolution of 1280*768 that is quite good for 8,9" diagonal, good color transmitting and small time of response.

The equipment is wholly expected as for similar products, - a processor with low energy consumption Intel Core Solo U1400 (1,2 GHz), 512 MB RAM, 60 GB hard drive. It's bad the Bluetooth is absent and the battery obviously comes short. Strictly speaking, this is the second serious defect of P1610 - 1 h 40 min in mode of the top load in is hard to call the good result. Certainly, it's possible to purchase the battery of full value of double greater capacity but it noticeably enlarges the size of device.

Fujitsu Siemens LifeBook T4215

Processor
Intel Core 2 Duo T7200 (2,0 GHz)

Operative memory 1024 MB

Chipset Intel 945M

Screen 12,1" XGA (1024×768)

Brightness of the screen, max/min
160–25 cd/m²

Hard disk 120 GB

Device of control trackpoint, electromagnetic digitizer

External connectors
USB 2.0 (3), IrDA, PCMCIA, D-sub, RJ-45, RJ-11, Smart Card slot

Connectors in dock-station USB 2.0 (4), D-sub, DVI-D, RJ-45, Line In

Network possibilities
1 GB LAN, modem 56K, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth

Card reader SD/MMC/MS

Battery
lithium-ion, 5200 mA•h (10,8 V)

Time of the work from batteries in the mode of peak load / reading ~ 1,3 / 4,9 h

Mass 2,18 kg (with a battery)

Size (W×D×H)
292×236×36 mm

Approximate price $2750

Warranty 36 months

Good complectation and equipment; design; not bad time of the autonomous work; excellent display

Considerable weight on the standard of Tablet PC

One of the best 12-inch Tablet PC for today with good functionality and ergonomics

LifeBook T4215 is more perspective in the market plan. This is a classical "transformer" with a display diagonal of 12 inches and functionality of full value. In the first place,it has an attractive exterior appearance - a combination of black and silvery colours in the decorating of the body and brand white keyboard noticeably distinguish the notebook from the grey row of devices with traditional design. Also ergonomics is well made: as this model is oriented on the work in flatbed mode, then the three USB-ports, slot PCMCIA, card reader and smart-card reader are accessible. The connectors for the network cable, modem and external monitor are locked with the dummies - they can be needed only in the desk mode, but not too often as after all the dock-station with four USB-port, D-sub, DVI and wall-plug are in the set.

Despite the fact LifeBook T4215 outwardly practically doesn't differ from a usual notebook, it is optimized basically for the use as a Tablet PC - on that indicates the location of "hot" keys, indication of official TFT-display state, socket for stylus. The keyboard of normal size and suitable touchpad with separate keys of vertical rolling do not create any problems in the work and practically do not require time for adaptation. The deficiency of keyboard is a colour. White buttons, certainly, look stylish but by leaps and bounds become dirty.

Display as for Tablet PC of such a size is ideal - a splendid corners of the review, good range of brightness regulation, not bad color transmitting and speed. The only minus typical for all Tablet PC with such a diagonal of the screen is a electromagnetic digitizer which does not differ with a good sensitivity and accuracy of the positioning. Unfortunately, on the screens with more than 9" the application of usual passive digitizer is impossible because of problems with casual wearing while working on hands. Typical for such panels dull covering presents, giving an impression of little "lathery" images but you quite quickly get accustomed to this particularity.

Not bad equipment - a processor Intel Core 2 Duo T7200 (2,0 GHz), 1 GB RAM, 120 GB hard drive, full set of network adapters and lightly detached DVD-drive, instead of which is possible to install the additional battery. It won't be an excess obviously - LifeBook T4215 works from staff battery about 1,3 h in the mode of peak loading but nearly 5 h - in the mode of reading. One of best in class result, testifying of literate adjusting system of energy saving. But at all this is not enough for working in autonomous mode during the whole day.

In total exactly LifeBook T4215 turned out to be the most interesting and the most perspective model - for the present day it's one of the best 12-inch Tablet PC. LifeBook P1610 is not so lucky - it's been released a bit late on the market and does not bear the competitions with UMPC practically on all parameters, except only the speed. Samsung Q1 Ultra is lighter, more compact, more comfortable in the mode of tablet, is equipped much more by qualitative screen and offers the greater autonomy. One only plus in asset of P1610 is a built-in keyboard which it is not enough for any serious competition.

Perhaps, it's not correct to compare these devices - even so they are in different classes. But, nevertheless, they have much in common, so UMPC, on essences, presents itself a change alike to decisions. Ideally on the base of LifeBook P1610 is possible to create a good UMPC: if to finish a bit a corpse, refuse keyboard and enlarge the capacity of battery, then in total we'll get a product capable easy to form a competition to that Q1 Ultra. The question is that if they do such a step in Fujitsu Siemens, known as a producer of decisions for a corporative sector, to which UMPC is possible to refer with a big exaggeration.




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