Fujitsu's new Stylistic slate device set to target the commercial market, not a competitor to iPad and Android-based tablets
Fujitsu's Stylistic Q550 is not a tablet designed for consumers. In fact, Fujitsu doesn't even want you to call it a tablet (a label it reserves for its tablet-convertible range of notebooks); it's a slate device. It has a 10in dual-digitiser screen, runs the 32-bit version of Windows 7 Professional and is powered by an Intel Atom Z670 CPU. You also get 2GB of RAM and an SSD drive with a formatted capacity of 56.5GB.
The Stylistic Q550 addresses many of requests commercial users have regarding slate (or tablet) computers: the ability to run Windows, security, connectivity and a removable battery. The Stylistic Q550 will ship with the 32-bit version of Windows 7 Professional. We took a photo of it as it booted up for the first time.
The battery is designed so that it can be easily removed and replaced while out in the field. There is a lock to prevent the battery from accidentally popping out during regular use.
Part of the security solution is a Smartcard slot, which Fujitsu says is mandatory for devices that are to be used in the health sector.
A fingerprint reader is also present for authentication. Additionally, the Stylistic Q550's BIOS is certified to run anti-theft software (or a 'kill pill') from Absolute Software.
The device itself is only around 18mm thick and it feels very well constructed.
While its screen is 10in (it has a native resolution of 1280x800), the product itself is closer to 12.5in when you take the bezel surrounding the screen into account.
The screen itself has a nice non-reflective finish and its viewing angles are wide. It can be viewed perfectly regardless of the orientation (an accelerometer is installed so that the screen will auto-rotate).
The screen is capacitive and it uses dual-digitiser technology, which allows it to accept both finger input and pen input. This means that the slate can be used for hand-written notes and its accuracy, thanks to Windows' built-in handwriting recognition, is very high.
The screen's surface sometimes felt like it had too much grip during our tests, which made scrolling and other long movements a little uncomfortable.
A range of buttons is present on the right side of the tablet. From left to right, there are buttons that bring up a keyboard application, manually rotate the screen and the last button is a Ctrl-Alt-Del shortcut. The buttons feel too squishy though, and it's difficult to tell if you've actually pressed them or not. On the far right is a switch for the Wi-Fi module.
There are many useful ports and slots around the edges of the Q550. The top edge of the unit has a full size SD card slot.
The left side has a built-in microphone and an a USB port.
It's also where you can find a headphone port and an HDMI port.
The bottom has a dock connector, which plugs into the optional dock accessories.
The bottom also houses the integrated speaker and the power connector.
There is a user-facing webcam installed.
There is also a rear-facing camera.
One thing that's missing is a space to house the stylus, but there is a dedicated point to which you can attach it with a cord.
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