Fujitsu Stylistic

By John Taschek  |  Posted 2002-11-25 Print this article Print

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.

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.

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 ports—the network and modem—are 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 set—the 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.

As the director of eWEEK Labs, John manages a staff that tests and analyzes a wide range of corporate technology products. He has been instrumental in expanding eWEEK Labs' analyses into actual user environments, and has continually engineered the Labs for accurate portrayal of true enterprise infrastructures. John also writes eWEEK's 'Wide Angle' column, which challenges readers interested in enterprise products and strategies to reconsider old assumptions and think about existing IT problems in new ways. Prior to his tenure at eWEEK, which started in 1994, Taschek headed up the performance testing lab at PC/Computing magazine (now called Smart Business). Taschek got his start in IT in Washington D.C., holding various technical positions at the National Alliance of Business and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. There, he and his colleagues assisted the government office with integrating the Windows desktop operating system with HUD's legacy mainframe and mid-range servers.

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