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Old 02-18-2008, 12:25 PM   #16
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This one sounds quite doable, though regardless of the weight, Fujitsu is notorious for making thick laptops campared with Sony's, esp. regarding their LCDs. I like the size of the screen, though you really cannot trust pictures of the product alone without having some human reference in the same pic; i.e., hands actually using the device, not just holding it. Thanks for the ref!
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Old 02-18-2008, 01:29 PM   #17
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This one sounds quite doable, though regardless of the weight, Fujitsu is notorious for making thick laptops campared with Sony's, esp. regarding their LCDs. I like the size of the screen, though you really cannot trust pictures of the product alone without having some human reference in the same pic; i.e., hands actually using the device, not just holding it. Thanks for the ref!
We use Fujitsu-Siemens laptops at the company I work for. They're pretty good - reliable and sturdy. Not "sexy", certainly, but good everyday business tools.
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We use Fujitsu-Siemens laptops at the company I work for. They're pretty good - reliable and sturdy. Not "sexy", certainly, but good everyday business tools.
I am currently writing this on the Fujitsu P7120. It's not a "tablet", but it's quite a small laptop, and has a form-factor I like. I prefer small footprint to thinness, though I should point out that this impacts screen size negatively (not a problem for me, but others have different preferences). As you say, the Fujitsu is certainly not "sexy", but, then, I'm not after "sexy". It's solid, gets a good knockaround with nary a whimper (I'm sure you're not suppose to pick it up regularly by the top of its screen ), and it's got a nice, long battery life if you want it (note, low-power processor also means slower processor). It also slips into my little Crumpler bag - the Breakfast Buffet - with enough space for a book (or an Iliad) in the front. This laptop was definitely designed with a good corporate bashing in mind, but was priced accordingly. (Note, I choose a bag big enough to hold the laptop, the power adapter if necessary, and a book - anything else tempts me to load-up with a whole heap of other crap, which defeats the point for me of aiming for "small" and portable).

I'd not previously considered Fujitsu prior to this. The other choice in this size was a Sony, and it didn't have a required CD/DVD drive, nor did it seem quite as well-built when I played with one (there were expressions of weakness in the build of the screen in some reviews, though it should be noted that "flex" does not always equate with breakage - sometimes flex is preferable to the alternative ). I think the Sony was very marginally smaller again too (I think it was in the screen thickness); it was definitely sexier, though in a "pay for it" kind of way. I know that, from my experience working IT procurement for a couple of companies, and buying from multiple manufacturers, these Fujitsu laptops have been one of my better choices for the required purpose. My former boss absolutely loves his (he's had a gazillion laptops in his time, and he's quite hard on them) and that was always good news for me.

(Note, my "procurement" and IT experience has never extended to Apple - they were for a couple of reasons - none of them to do with quality - incompatible with the corporate requirements of both companies I have worked for in that field).

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Just to follow up on this. Apparently I'm getting one of the new Dell tablets for testing in work. I don't know what type of screen are on the ones that are on order. Looks good though. See:

http://www.dell.com/tablet?s=biz&cs=555

I'll post a mini-review after I get it and have used it for a while.

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Just to follow up on this. Apparently I'm getting one of the new Dell tablets for testing in work. I don't know what type of screen are on the ones that are on order. Looks good though. See:

http://www.dell.com/tablet?s=biz&cs=555

I'll post a mini-review after I get it and have used it for a while.

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That would be great as I was just shopping them the other night.
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I got my grubby mitts on the Gigabyte M704 this weekend (didn't have any in-stock to purchase though... sigh...). It's actually on of the better UMPC/small size Tablets I've played with recently. It was actually at a decent price-point too ~$800. My only qualms were not knowing if it flips to portrait-mode or not and the smallish-keyboard, other than that it had an awesome resolution & size. Screen ~7"
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