Fujitsu Stylistic One of the more anticipated Tablet designs is from Fujitsu, which has had a strong penetration in health care with pen-based computers based on more proprietary operating systems and applications.Fujitsu has been in the tablet business for more than 10 years, and its expertise shows with the Stylistic ST4110. This slate model is not only nice to look at but also comfortable to hold, thanks to a soft-covered back. This backing also helps to dissipate some heat, which with most Tablet systems becomes noticeable after a few hours of use. In tests, the Stylistics 10.4-inch screen was clear. The placement of ports on the top of the unit (or, in display mode, on the units right side) made it functional as both a Tablet and as a subnotebook with external keyboard or Tablet dock. Two of the portsthe network and modemare placed on the left side of the screen in portrait mode and might be a hindrance to left-handed users. The main problem with the Stylistic is the same problem that all the slates except the Compaq have: They become clunky when the keyboard is attached. With cables protruding out of the unit and ultralight keyboards, theyre functional but downright hard to work with as a notebook replacement. The Stylistic is powered by an 800MHz PIII-M with the Intel 830 MG chip setthe most common among the Tablet systems we tested. Performance was good: There was no notable lag on the pen, and applications ran quickly. Disk performance was outstanding, so large applications that are commonly used in the health care, CAD and legal industries should run without problems.
The Fujitsu device that we evaluated will have strong consumer and enterprise appeal, and if there is a crossover hit, it will be the $2,199 Fujitsu Stylistic ST4110.