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Review of the Fujitsu STYLISTIC Q550 Windows 7 Slate

Back in July we were introduced to the new Fujitsu STYLISTIC Q550 Windows 7 Slate and we got some hands-on time. Now we have finish our look at the Q550 with our follow-up review.

The Fujitsu STYLISTIC Q550 is the first Slate PC that will really work for you whether you are a prosumer, work in business, government or SME. It combines a brilliant display with precise and pressure sensitive pen input plus a touch screen for multiple touch input. It brings you the ideal tools for creating data and collaborating. The Windows® 7 operating system integrates perfectly with your existing IT infrastructure and enables hardware based security to meet your most stringent requirements. Its a Slate PC that works for your business!

User Experience
Intuitive user friendly interface to boost productivity „„
Multiple touch input, superior ergonomics, screen auto-rotation and content reflow, rubberized coating on backside, integrated WLAN, Bluetooth and optional embedded mobile broadband or GPS

Content Creation and Collaboration
Rapid content creation and painless collaboration
„„Data entry via pen based handwriting recognition or onscreen keyboard with predictive text, antiglare wide-angle display for indoor/outdoor use, swappable battery, HDMI

Security and Manageability
Perfect data protection against unauthorized users
„„Advanced Theft Protection (ATP), SmartCard reader, Full Disk Encryption (FDE), fingerprint sensor, optional embedded TPM module, seamless integration and security with existing IT infrastructure thanks to Windows 7

Features

Security – SmartCard reader, Full Disk Encryption (FDE) SSD storage (30GB or 62GB), Fingerprint reader plus optional embedded TPM & Advanced Theft Protection (ATP).

Battery – user replaceable Lithium Polymer battery with extended run time of up to 9 hrs.

Connectivity – 802.11 abgn WLAN, Bluetooth 3.0, optional embedded 3G/UMTS or GPS module and integrated SD/SDHC card slot as standard.

Multi-Input – auto-switching dual digitiser supporting both pen input and capacitive 4 finger multi-touch with predictive text technology.

Weight – ultraportable 870 grams and attractive, slim dimensions (192 x 275 x 15.9 – 16.2mm); perfect road-worthy weight.

USB – full USB 2.0 interface for wide peripheral connectivity.

Display – stunning 10.1” wide-angle (160⁰), high-bright (400 nits) WXGA (HD) LED with anti-glare & anti-fingerprint technologies for limitless creativity indoors or in sunlight.

Dual webcams – 1.3 MegaPixel (rear facing) + VGA (front facing) enhancing VoIP. Plus specific vertical market usage – e.g. Car rental.

HDMI – superior AV output quality on external displays and projectors – e.g. Meetings.

Who are Fuijtsu?

From the Fujitsu website:

Fujitsu UK and Ireland is a leading IT systems, services and products company employing 11,400 people with an annual revenue of £1.7 billion. Its business is in enabling its customers to realise their objectives by exploiting information technology through its integrated product and service portfolio. This includes consulting, applications, systems integration, managed services and product for customers in the private and public sectors including retail, financial services, telecoms, government, defence and consumer sectors.

Fujitsu in the UK is part of the global Fujitsu Group, delivering IT-based business solutions to customers in 70 countries through a workforce of 170,000 employees. Our regional structure enables customers to share in best-practice approaches, knowledge and re-use from around the world whilst local operations ensure that solutions are delivered in line with local customer requirements.

Headquartered in Tokyo, Fujitsu Limited (TSE:6702) reported consolidated revenues of 4.6 trillion yen (US$50 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2010.

Specifications

What’s in the Box?

The box contains the Q550 slate, stylus, power supply, manuals and disks and a cloth. Depending on the version you purchase you could also have an additional battery.

A Closer Look

To try and show the size of both the Slate, the power adaptor and the removable battery, I have shown them against my iPhone 4S. As you can see, they are all fairly small!

Using the Q550

You can use the stylus or the on screen keyboard where necessary.

There is also a Fujitsu Launcher installed.

Launcher makes it easy to select applications and tasks without having to click through countless menus.

Here is the video I shot at the launch event:

Hands-on with the Q550 at the Launch

 

Performance Testing

As you can see from the Windows Performance Index results below, the lowest subscore was 2.0 for the processor, which isn’t really surprising with the 1.5GHz Atom!

Here are the details PCMark 7 results:

Final Thoughts

One thing to remember, the Q550 Slate is really aimed at businesses. That’s not to say that you can’t use it at home, it’s just that some the functionality and features of this particular device might be lost on a home user – after all, does the average home user need a fingerprint scanner on their device?

Also, because of the processor it really isn’t geared up for the sorts of things people will want to do at home, such as games and video watching.

As a business device though I think it will be welcomed. I really liked the removable battery, which means you can easily swap out the battery when required, which means more time on the device when you are on the road, or even in the office. And the battery life was good.

I found the pen and touch screen very responsive, in fact one of the better tablets and slates I have used. It was very comfortable holding and using the Q550.

There are a host of ports on the Q550 that make it extremely useful in a number of business scenarios, from checking emails to presenting with it!

The Fujitsu Launcher software is good as well, and very easy to use.

One thing I didn’t like was that there was no where to store the stylus in the Q550, which meant it either has to be tied onto the case, or carried separately. Either way I can see this meaning that sooner or later the stylus is going to either get lost or left behind!

Prices start at £749 including VAT and there are a number of options.

We have given it 4/5 as a business device, as that is what it is aimed at. This rating was primarily because of the security functions included to protect the device and data. If you are looking for something that is a great all-rounder, then you might want to hold on to your money for now.

Learn more from the Fujitsu website