Fujitsu Siemens has recently dropped the Siemens part of its name, but its laptop ranges remain unchanged. So the Fujitsu Lifebook T1010 is a Tablet PC, designed (so the company’s marketing suggests) to appeal to students. Certainly its white outer shell is trendy.
It is a little large for carrying, Tablet PC style, in the crook of an arm. At 2.3kg you’ll notice its weight and at 319 x 244 x 39mm you’ll feel its size. But if you do want to prop it on a desk and write onto its screen, then the screen-outward Tablet PC format may work well for you.
Importantly, the screen responds to finger touch as well as to input from the supplied stylus. So you can prod at icons to launch applications, fingerpan around Web pages and generally put greasy marks on the screen.
The 13.3-inch screen delivers 1,200 x 800 pixels and has an anti-glare coating. The keyboard is lovely to use. Keys are large and there is no flex at all.
If we do have a grumble about the ergonomics of use it is to do with the scroll bars. On the touchpad you’ll find a vertical scroll bar. The horizontal one is built into the lid section so you can use it when the lid is facing outwards. That’s OK as far as it goes, but actually we’d have liked both vertical and horizontal scroll bars on both the lid section and the touchpad.
Specifications-wise this notebook is accomplished enough to suit the average student. The Intel Core 2 Duo P8400 2.26GHz processor in our review sample is supported by 2GB of RAM, while Bluetooth and Wi-Fi are built in and there is a 1.3-megapixel camera for video calling. Our review sample had a 160GB hard drive and you can go up to 320GB if necessary.
Connectors and ports are plentiful. There is an on/off switch for the built-in wireless modules on the front of the casing. The right side houses the optical drive, while on the left side is an ExpressCard slot, one USB 2.0 connector and microphone and headphones connectors. On the back edge are two more USB 2.0 connectors, Ethernet port and VGA-out connector.
Battery life was not as good as we’d have liked. Video playback from a full battery charge only ran to two and a half hours. This will get a student through a movie, but the battery may not be up to a serious day’s work away from mains power.
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