Testing the Fujitsu LifeBook
T4215"> With a four-cell battery, we got almost three hours of battery performance from our ThinkPad X60 Tablet evaluation unit. Despite fears about Vistas power-hungry nature, we saw no noticeable battery performance degradation when running Vista on the notebook as opposed to Windows XP Tablet PC. Fujitsu LifeBook T4215The base configuration of the LifeBook T4215, which was released late last year, includes Intels 1.66GHz Core 2 Duo T5500 processor, 512MB of RAM, a 40GB hard drive and an integrated Intel Wi-Fi module capable of accessing 802.11 a, b and g networks. This configuration, which is priced at $1,799, also includes a Modular DVD/CD-RW Combo Drive. The LifeBook T4215 we tested was armed with the more robust 2GHz Intel T2700 Core 2 Duo Processor, 1GB of RAM and a 100GB hard drive. Our unit was also equipped with an indoor/outdoor display with wide viewing angles and a modular dual-layer, multi-format DVD drive. In this configuration, the LifeBook costs $2,429. Putting Windows Vista PCs to the test. Click here to read more. For users who want to run Vista on their LifeBook T4215, we recommend buying at least 1GB of SDRAM. Like the Lenovo X60 Tablet, our LifeBook T4215 evaluation unit shipped with Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005. Microsofts Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor, which we ran before installing Vista, determined that Vista Business was best suited for our hardware configuration. The Advisor warned us to uninstall Norton AntiVirus and the Toshiba Bluetooth Stack before proceeding with the Vista upgrade. Installation of Vista took about an hour. Upon booting Vista for the first time, we scanned our LifeBook T4215 to determine its score on the Windows Experience Index. Our configuration got a score of 2.3 out of 5, hindered by the LifeBook T4215graphics performance when running Windows Aero. When it came to processing performance, though, the system got extremely high marks. Despite the lower graphics score, we found that the LifeBook T4215 handled Aero just fine. As with the Lenovo ThinkPad X60 Tablet, Vista dramatically improved the handwriting experience on the LifeBook. Handwriting recognition was faster and more accurate than it was pre-Vista, and the devices full-featured TIP (Tablet Input Panel) made input easy. However, the first time we ran Vista, the calibration of the LifeBooks pen was off by more than an inch. Rebooting fixed that issue, but we found the LifeBook T4215s pen and screen to be less responsive than the Lenovo ThinkPad T60 Tablets. For example, when it came to pen flicks, we were never able to move the pen just right; the ThinkPad was much more forgiving. We also ran into some issues when using the fingerprint reader on the LifeBook T4215 running Vista. Other than that, however, there were no driver issues that couldnt be easily remedied downloading fixes off the Fujitsu Web site. Senior Writer Anne Chen can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Check out eWEEK.coms for Microsoft and Windows news, views and analysis.
Fujitsus LifeBook T4215 is a convertible notebook best suited for those who make heavy use of tablet capabilities but who want access to a traditional laptop.