First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.
Ashampoo Core Tuner
Ashampoo Core Tuner talks a good game -- but results aren't obvious
Ashampoo's Core Tuner promises to boost your multi-core PC's performance by tuning XP's or Vista's usage of multiple CPU cores for individual applications. Perhaps it does. There are inefficiencies in the way XP and Vista handle multiple CPUs, though this has been fixed in Windows 7. In appearance, Core Tuner has the aspects of a fancier version of Window's own Task Manager with a drop-down menu that allows you to set each applications priority to low, below normal, normal, above normal, or high. There's an auto-optimise option as well that lets Core Tuner do the thinking.
- The program behaved itself, there may have been a performance boost that simply wasn't measurable by the naked eye
- No noticeable performance boost
My guess is that during a normal workday, Core Tuner's performance benefits will never make up for the resources and CPU cycles utilised by the program sitting in the system tray.
Price$ 31.99 (AUD)
Bottom line, I was unable to spot any difference in performance in Word, Outlook, or any other application set to high priority on either my Intel Core 2 6600 or AMD Phenom II 9550 with Core Tuner. I was able to perform only subjective testing so there may have been a performance boost that simply wasn't measurable by the naked eye. That said, if you need a stopwatch to notice the difference, any improvement may be too minor to mention for standard PC use. My guess is that during a normal workday, Core Tuner's performance benefits will never make up for the resources and CPU cycles utilised by the program sitting in the system tray. That said, the program behaved itself, so there's nothing to stop you from benchmarking it yourself.
Caveat: You'll want to be careful downloading the Core Tuner free trial if you do so from Ashampoo's Web site. The Softonic site Ashampoo points you tempts you with $3 faster, always available download option--which is completely unnecessary. Plus, the page that comes up after you click on the free download button sports one of those advertising download buttons you might be fooled into clicking before the real download dialog appears. The whole process is disingenuous at best.
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GGG Evaluation Team
For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.
The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.
The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.
My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.
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