Why not buy a Fujitsu TabletPC?

Saturday, March 19th, 2005
Well, since I cannot have the Toshiba M200 TabletPC that I want anytime soon, I'm now considering the Fujitsu T4010D TabletPC.

What it would take to make me
  • Convertible format
  • High screen resolution  (I 'd like to have 1400x1050)
  • Fast processor, Low power mode (Intel Dothan?)
  • Fast video for document management/imaging/demos
  • Excellent support for simultaneous external monitor
  • Very fast hard drive, 60 gigabytes minimum
  • 1-2 gigabytes of RAM
  • Wireless 802.11 abg, Bluetooth, USB 2.0, LAN, Modem, Dock
  • Reliable hardware; excellent service available, when needed.
  • Excellent TabletPC OS driver and utility support
Possible advantages of Fujitsu over Toshiba TabletPC:
  • Internal Dual-layer DVD-RW Drive
  • Option for second battery pack. (trade-off of weight vs battery)
  • Option to have nothing in the drive bay to lighten things up.
  • Optional indoor/outdoor wide view screen (XGA model only)        
  • FireWire support
  • Free scanner, free shipping, I can have it soon. :-)
Possible disadvantages of going with the Fujitsu TabletPC:
  • The Fujitsu weighs 22.75 lbs.  (OK, Just Kidding)
  • Slower hard drive, no high-speed option.
  • I'm not sure if shared-memory video card is better than the M200
  • Dual mic array vs triple mic array
  • I still have to wait 10 days from order. :-(
Am I missing anything?

UPDATE 1: Marc and James, over at the the Tablet PC show, just posted a link to this review. Perhaps they will have more to say on their next show.

UPDATE 2: I just spent an hour reviewing posts on the T4010D at Tablet PC buzz. Looks like I need to choose between XGA wide angle indoor/outdoor vs SXGA plain vanilla. It seems like the wide angle would be important when writing with the Tablet on a desktop. Likewise, in brightly lit rooms, the indoor/outdoor option might be the way to go. Ahh choices, choices. Why can't I have it all?

Discussion/Comments (1):

Good Pro/ Con list.

If you plan to use the system mainly indoors, choose one of the regular indoor displays. It is easier to read from the indoor/outdoor display outside.

If you need lots of screen realestate or prefer privacy, then choose the SGXA+ resolution.

If you will do many presentations / demos using the Tablet PC display, then choose the wide angle, XGA display.

In terms of 5400RPM versus 7200RPM, keep in mind that there is variation among brands and models. Many of the 5400 RPM drives rival certain 7200RPM drives.

Posted at 3/20/2005 11:02:57 PM by Lora Heiny

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