We actually like Windows tablets and see plenty of real world reasons to use one. From graphics arts to vertical market use, to just plain old liking the comfort of a slate tablet while needing the power of the Windows ecosystem, the have their place. The Fujitsu Stylistic Q550 joins the ranks of the HP Slate 500, Acer Iconia W500 and the larger and faster Asus Eee Slate EP121 Windows 7 tablets, but it's geared more toward vertical and business use.
That means features enterprise and field workers love: a replaceable battery, biometric fingerprint scanner, a smart card reader and an outdoor viewable display. The 10.1", 1280 x 800 IPS display has 400 nits of brightness, and it is indeed viewable outdoors, but it looks a little murky compared to glossy consumer tablets because it has an anti-glare coating and durability layer on top. It's available with a 2 cell battery that's good for 4 hours according to Fujitsu, and a 4 cell 38wh battery that's good for 8 (we saw 6 hours in our tests). The tablet is almost as light as mobile OS tablets at 1.9 lbs. with the 4 cell battery and 1.7 lbs. with the 2 cell battery.
The catch? This is a very slow tablet. Whether you're using it for personal or business use, you need a reasonable amount of horsepower, and the 1.5GHz Intel Atom Oak Trail CPU just can't keep up with even current netbooks. The HP Slate uses a faster CPU and is more usable in terms of performance, and the Acer W500 with AMD Fusion is faster. The Asus Eee Slate with it's Core i5 is wildly faster, though it lacks the Fujitsu's compelling business features.
The tablet runs Windows 7 Pro 32 bit with 2 gigs of DDR2 RAM and Intel GMA 600 integrated graphics. It comes with your choice of a 30 gig SSD or a 64 gig SSD, though application launch times aren't that fast (blame the CPU). It has WiFi 802.11b/g/n dual band, Bluetooth and 2 cameras. The 30 gig, 2 cell battery model sells for $729 and the 62 gig, 4 cell battery model sells for $849. It has N-Trig DuoSense technology, and that means it's a capacitive multi-touch display with an active pen (not a less precise capacitive stylus).
Intel Atom Z670 1.5 GHz, 512 KB cache, 800 MHz, Aok Trail
Windows 7 Professional 32 bit
Microsoft Office Starter 20101
Anti-glare, bright (400 nit) 10.1" WXGA LED backlit IPS display with 160 degree vertical and horizontal viewing angles
Capacitive multi-touch screen with digital pen input
62 GB S-ATA Ultra DMA/300 with full disk encryption and TRIM command support
Quick-swap battery: Lithium ion (4-cell, 38 WHr)
Embedded Trusted Platform Module (TPM) v1.2
2 GB DDR2 800 MHz memory
Intel GMA 600 integrated Graphics (up to 1080p video decode and HDMI)
Integrated WiFi (802.11a/b/g/n) and Bluetooth v3.0
Advanced security: Integrated Fingerprint Sensor, dedicated Smart Card reader slot, Computrace(R) enabled BIOS
Noise cancelling dual microphones
Expansion: bootable USB 2.0 port, HDMI (type A connector) port, SD/SDHC slot, audio-out, docking cradle connector
Approximate weight: 1.9 lbs with 4 cell battery, 1.7 lbs with 2 cell battery
Approximate battery life: Up to 8 hrs and 10 mins
Here's our Fujitsu Stylistic Q550 video review:
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