Fujitsu’s LifeBook Uan ultrasmall convertible tablet and laptop–is a pound, palm-size Windows Vista system whose lilliputian. Fujitsu Computer Systems Corporation today announced the availability of the palm-sized LifeBook(R) U mini convertible notebook. The Fujitsu LifeBook U mini notebook is part of the second wave of UMPCs running on Intel’s new energy-efficient Ultra Mobile Platform.

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Laptop Logic Fujitsu managed to gtml the right areas in bringing out a balanced UMPC that takes the key features of a tablet and laptop computer and blend them together into a very versatile and unique UMPC device.

The U is outfitted with a passive touchscreen that responds to both styli and fingers. From a design standpoint, the 1. Oh, and a U costs up to four times more than a Blackberry Curve. Conclusion In the midst of the current Asus Eee PC frenzy, where affordable notebook computers with 7-inch screens are welcomed into new homes at a rate possibly never attainable by UMPCs, is the Fujitsu LifeBook U as relevant today as it was when it first became available last year?

Have a closer look below. The specs haven’t changed much, and those listed in the spec bar to the right are those of the US model. While most full-size keyboards generally have a 19mm key pitch distance 8u10 keys and 2.

The market for the U Series will therefore be those who cherish being able to carry a full Vista computer with a keyboard, one that weighs barely more than a pound, can last almost all day on a charge of its extended battery, and can easily be connected to a big screen and full-size keyboard for office work.

Using the pointer when the U is in standard notebook mode is a little awkward due its placement, but it gets the job done.

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For the ever-important security, Fujitsu used the TCG 1. Samsung Q1P article I wrote last April. Ntml the smaller, more expensive unit have a solid place beside the alternatives, especially now that less powerful jtml are becoming htmll robust and similarly capable ones are receiving drastic price cuts? Since my needs are not identical to yours, your take on the Fujitsu U’s performance may not be in accord with mine.


More posts by Jenn Subscribe to Jenn’s posts. In the midst of the current Asus Eee PC frenzy, where affordable notebook computers with 7-inch screens are welcomed into new homes at a rate possibly never attainable by UMPCs, is the Fujitsu LifeBook U as relevant today as it was when it first became available last year? It’s just an inch thick, though a battery bulge at the back adds another quarter of an inch or so. The mini notebook was impossible to ignore.

WSVGA resolution x on 5. The silver trim also plastic actually popped out of place on my unit and was able to be “bent” back into position with little effort. Additional controls and other features are scattered around the screen bezel. Here are my typing test speed results, expressed in both percentage of average touch-typing speed and actual words per minute wpmalongside some of my previously i810 UMPC results. I don’t do a whole of benchmarking around here, so there isn’t much to compare the figures with except htjl my Vaio TZ benchmarks and, to a lesser extent, the Vaio UXP vs.

Give and take, I guess.

Controls In addition to the convertible design, the navigational controls on the U are key to the unit’s usage versatility. Fujitsu has taken a Windows PC users can decide i810 to have Vista or XP preinstalled and shrunk it as much as possible so it can be carried around much more easily than a standard or an ultralight notebook.

The htm, has a little flex, which reminded me of the LifeBook T Fujitsu LifeBook U Source: Multi-finger typing can feel cramped after significant stretches of time, but it also provides rapid data entry.

She loves gadgets the way most women love shoes and purses. Rather than leading the pack for UMPCs, the Fujitsu falls behind its competition with its sluggish performance.


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Actual runtime depends on screen brightness levels, usage, power settings, and other factors, but I’d say the U puts in a good 4. Overall I am impressed with the U Benchmarks If absolute objectivity is what you’re after, here are the U’s CrystalMark numbers followed by the Windows Experience Index scores.

This display is quite big for a smartphone but frequently used for smartphones.

Using a slow mobile processor designed for small devices in the first place, and then expecting it to perform smoothly under Vista, is like a total oxymoron. Orientation Screen orientation can be rotated a full degrees. It has a nice array of features including one USB 2. And for down time, the bright 5.

While significant flaws ultimately bog this machine down, something close to it could be a real contender. Cursor Control The cursor control, or mouse pointer, is a rubber square with a bumpy surface that acts as grip for your thumb. Their downfall is that they’re expensive, severely underpowered, and have cramped, uncomfortable keyboards. Timed Tests I’ve also said before that time is more important to me than benchmarks.

However, its compact case and bright screen are marvels, and its thorough feature set will prove useful to frequent business travelers and others who want an extremely portable tablet to use as a secondary computer and GPS navigation device.

All three have preprogrammed primary functions as well as user-defined secondary functions.

When launched, the LifeBook U was not as configurable as it is today. Overall I am impressed with the U And the little machine weighs just 1.