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What's hot: Affordable Windows 7 tablet, lots of enterprise features.

What's not: Quite slow, no silo for stylus, display looks murky.


Reviewed August 14, 2011 by , Editor in Chief (twitter: @lisagade)

Though the Fujitsu Stylistic Q550 10" Windows 7tablet is available in quite a few retail locations, Fujitsu targets enterprise and vertical market users. It has features like a replaceable battery, fingerprint scanner and smart card reader that businesses crave, but is short on performance thanks to an Intel Atom CPU that's meant for embedded solutions. The display works both with touch and the included stylus that attaches to the tablet via a tether (there's no silo or slot for it). The pen is handy for vertical market use for digital forms and diagraming, but the 10" is a little small for graphic artists who wish to paint and draw.

Fujitsu Stylistic Q550


The tablet runs Windows 7 Professional 32 bit on a 1.5GHz Intel Atom Z670 CPU with 2 gigs of RAM. It's available with a 62 SATA SSD drive for $849 and a 30 gig SSD drive for $729. It has Intel GMA 600 integrated graphics and an HDMI port. The IPS display has an anti-glare coating and is chemically strengthened. That and the 400 nit brightness are good for vertical and outdoor use, but the display doesn't look as sharp and beautiful as the Lenovo ThinkPad X220 outdoor IPS display. In fact, it looks a bit grainy and dull.

Fujitsu Stylistic Q550


Fujitsu Stylistic Q550


Fujitsu Stylistic Q550


Fujitsu Stylistic Q550


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Fujitsu Stylistic Q550 Video Review


Though the Stylistic Q550 offers quite a few desirable features like relatively long battery life (up to 7 hours in our tests with the 4 cell battery), security features and a swappable battery, it's sluggish performance makes it hard to recommend. The 10.1" IPS display isn't a beauty to behold thanks to an anti-glare coating and chemical strengthening that make it look a little murky. Windows 7 works best with a 12.1" display for touch and stylus, and we found it hard to use with fingers vs. 12" and larger Windows tablets. But if you're a business owner that needs a lightweight Windows tablet in the field that's sturdy yet light, the Q550 might be worth a look for less demanding tasks like digital forms entry.

Pro: Decent battery life for a Windows tablet, replaceable battery, fingerprint scanner, bright display that's outdoor viewable. Quite light for a Windows tablet. Works both with fingers and included stylus.

Con: Very slow, the Intel Atom CPU used in this tablet isn't fast enough and even simple tasks will keep you waiting. Display isn't very sharp thanks to anti-glare and durability coatings.

Price: $849

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Display: 10.1", 1280 x 800 anti-glare 400 nit IPS display with 160 degree viewing angles. Intel GMA 6090 integrated graphics. Has HDMI port.

Battery: Lithium Ion rechargeable, 4 cell, 38 WHr, 2 cell battery also available. 2 cell claimed runtime: up to 4 hours. 4 cell claimed runtime: up to 8 hours.

Performance: 1.5GHz Intel 2Z670 Atom processor with 512k L2 cache and 800MHz FSB. 2 gigs RAM. Intel SM35 Express chipset. 30 gig and 62 gig SATA SSD drives available with TRIM command support.

Size: 10.83 x 7.56 x 0.63 inches. Weight: 1.7 pounds with 2 cell battery, 1.9 pounds with 4 cell battery.

Camera: VGA front camera and 1.3MP rear camera.

Audio: Built in mono speaker, noise-cancelling mics and 3.5mm stereo headphone/mic jack. Realtek ALC269 HD audio.

Networking: Ralink WiFi 802.11b/g/n and Bluetooth 3.0. A Gobi 3000 broadband modem with GPS is optional.

Software: Windows 7 Professional 32 bit. Microsoft Office 2010 Starter Edition, Adobe Reader, Fujitsu Launcher, OmniPass fingerprint scanner application, Nuance XT9, battery swap utility (hot swap batteries).

Expansion and Ports: 1 USB 2.0 port, HDMI, 3.5mm headphone/mic jack, 1 SD card slot and Smart Card reader slot.

Security and Durability: Biometric fingerprint scanner, Smart Card reader and Computrace BIOS. Chemically strengthened glass, magnesium alloy back cover, MIL-STD-810G tested for shock, vibration, altitude, temperature and blowing dust.



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