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Fujitsu LifeBook T5010

Fujitsu Tablet PC convertible with wide screen, Centrino 2, and optional dual mode digitizer
(by Kirk Linsky)

In July of 2008 Fujitsu Computer Systems Corporation introduced the LifeBook T5010 Tablet PC convertible as part of an announcement that also included another T-Series Tablet PC convertible, the LifeBook T1010, and a number of new and updated notebooks. The introduction coincided with Intel's official announcement of the "Montevina" Centrino 2 platform that combines faster Core 2 Duo chips with Mobile Intel GM45 chipsets and the Intel WiFi Link 5000 series for faster wireless communication.

While all this new Intel technology certainly makes the new LifeBooks faster and more efficient machines, Fujitsu also used the opportunity to add models with the increasingly popular "wide" screens to its Tablet PC convertible lineup. Both new models sport a 13.3-inch wide aspect ratio display with 1280 x 800 pixel WXGA resolution. The display has an active electromagnetic digitizer and an LED backlight. Displays are available in indoor or indoor/outdoor versions (the price difference is only US$50), though the nature of the outdoor display is not described.

While the LifeBook T4220 was still available at the time of the T5010's introduction, Fujitsu's press release described new machine as the T4220's successor. If it is, it's a larger and more powerful follow-up. The T5010 weighs almost five pounds with an optical drive installed in its modular bay. That is still light, but almost a pound more than the T4220 whose width the new machine also exceeds by more than an inch.

The T5010 is available with either a Core 2 Duo P8600/P8800 processor with a Thermal Design Power (TDP) of 25 watts or a faster Core 2 Duo T9550/9600 processor with a higher TDP of 35 watts. The standard 56 watt-hour Li-Ion battery is good for up to 3:45 hours. Add the optional media bay 41 watt-hour battery to boost that to almost seven hours.

Fujitsu offers 80 to 250GB 5400rpm hard disks, a quicker 160GB 7200rpm drive, or a 64GB SSD. You can choose from a variety of optical drives but there seems like reason to pick anything but the dual-layer multi-format DVD writer as they all cost the same. For wireless you can still pick between Atheros (bye-bye Centrino sticker) or Intel. Both support Draft-n for quicker wireless.

Onboard connectivity is even better than before. There are now three USB 2.1 ports, a IEEE1394 "Firewire" port, gigabit Ethernet, a PC Card slot, a Smart Card slot, and a shared Memory Stick/SD card reader. An optional port replicator has four USB ports, DVI, and HDMI.

With security being an ever more important concern, Fujitsu designed the T5010 with a variety of security features, including a Trusted Platform Module, a biometric fingerprint sensor, Fujitsu Portshutter data leak prevention software, two-level BIOS and HDD password protection, support for Absolute Software's Computrace computer theft recovery solution, and Smart Card slot. It also includes Intel's vPro technology that provides advanced motherboard-base security and remote manageability for enterprise customers.

Pricing for the T5010 starts at US$1,769.

On September 15, 2009, Fujitsu announced that the T5010 could be ordered with an optional dual mode active digitizer/capacitive touch panel with two-finger support for gestures including zoom, rotate, and flicks; stylus support for inking, and editing/annotating files.

Added/changed Added 07/2008, updated 09/2009
Form-factor Notebook Convertible
OS Windows Vista Business or downgrade to Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005
Processor Intel Core 2 Duo P8600, P8700, P8800, T9550, T9600
CPU Speed 2.40, 2.53, 2.66, 2.80 GHz
Chipset Mobile Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 4500
Standard/Max RAM 1,024MB/4,096MB DDR3 1066MHz in two slots
Disk/drive 80/120GB/160/250GB 5400rpm, 160GB 7200rpm SATA, 64GB SSD
Optical drive Dual layer DVD writer, DVD/CD-RW, DVD-ROM
Card slots 1 PC Card Type II, 1 MS/SD/Memory Stick, 1 Smart Card
Display type Indoor or indoor/outdoor TFT
Display size/res 13.3-inch/1280 x 800 pixel WXGA
Digitizer/pens Wacom/1 (as of 09/2009 also optional capacitive touch with multi-touch capability)
Keyboard/scale Integrated 84-key spill-resistant, 19 mm pitch (100%-scale)
Ruggedness Durable
Operating temp. 41 - 95 degrees Fahrenheit
Housing Magnesium-alloy
Size (WxHxD) 12.6 x 9.6 x 1.5
Weight 4.9 lbs. (with optical drive installed)
Power Li-Ion, 10.8V, 5.2AH, 56.2 WHr ("up to 3:45 hrs"); optional modular bay second battery with 41 WHrs ("up to 6:45 hours")
Interface 3 USB 2.1, IEEE1394, RJ11, RJ45 (gigabit), audio, video, dock, optional 1.3 megapixel webcam
Interface Atheros XSPAN 802.11a/b/g/draft-n or Intel WiFi Link 5300AGN, Bluetooth v2.1
List price From US$1,769
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