Best and worst tablet notebooks

The Apple iPad may have everyone talking, but tablet PCs have been around for ages. Here are some of the best

The tablet space may be currently exploding thanks to the popularity of Apple's iPad, Dell's Streak, the Telstra T-Touch Tab Android Tablet and Samsung's Galaxy Tab, but tablet-convertible notebooks have been around for many years and are a good tool for graphic designers and other professionals.

In this round-up we've included a selection of the tablet-convertible notebook PCs that we've reviewed since mid-2008. The most prominent manufacturer of tablet PCs is Fujitsu, but Lenovo, Dell, HP and Panasonic (with its Toughbook notebook PC) also play in this space.

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Fujitsu Australia LifeBook T2010 (3.5G)

For the travelling business professional, theT2010's 3.5G and tablet features, spill-resistant keyboard and overall build quality are strengths. It performs everyday applications and handwriting well, but it's has a few quirks.

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  • 14th April, 2008
  • Elias Plastiras
  • Fujitsu Australia
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  • Pros:
  • Excellent handwriting recognition, active digitiser tablet, fast networking and 3.5G capabilities are built in, good battery life, bi-directional hinge
  • Cons:
  • Screen orientation wasn't saved and had to be reset each time in tablet mode, Omnipass consumes half the CPU while it's running, QuickPoint pointing device is uncomfortable to use, no optical drive
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