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Fujitsu introduces two new Tablet PCs

Now here is a tablet series that sure to set more than a few hearts ablaze. Fujitsu has announced its new Stylistic ST5100 Tablet PC Series that takes advantage of Intel Core Duo processors and is primed for Windows Vista.

There are two models in the series: the 10.4" Stylistic ST511 and the 12.1" ST5112. Both are packed with security features including embedded Trusted Platform Module (TPM), Smart Card slot, CompuTrace/LoJack theft recovery and a two-level hard drive password.

Other more pertinent features include an Intel Core Duo Processor Ultra Low Voltage U2500 (1.2 GHz), support for up to 4GB of memory, Intel GMA950 graphics (XGA screen resolution), SATA hard drive support, 56k modem, GbE, Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG, Bluetooth 2.0+EDR, biometric fingerprint sensor, two USB 2.0 ports, 3-in-1 media reader and a PCMCIA slot.

The ST5111 measures 12.77" x 8.66" x .91-1.01" and weighs just 3.5 pounds. The ST5112 measures 13.51" x 8.66" x .82-.88" and weighs 3.9 pounds. With a 6-cell battery, the tablets are rated at up to 6 hours of battery life while the optional 9-cell battery pushes that figure to 9 hours.

Both tablets are available now with the ST5111 starting at $2,492 and the ST5112 starting at $2,199.

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By lufoxe on 11/22/2006 9:36:24 AM , Rating: 2
I'm glad to see a tablet with a core duo. Also this tablet sounds great for any doctor of lawyer on the go, especially with the smart card two-level hard drive password, and biometric fingerprint sensor. And the weight of it is also a plus. Now let's just see if the docs and lawyers want to fork out 2200 to 2500 dollars.

RE: Tablets
By AnnihilatorX on 11/22/2006 10:09:24 AM , Rating: 2
I am a student and I am planning to get one of these to replace myaging Compaq TC1000.

I prefer the Fujitsu Lifebook P1610 though as it has a keyboard attached; which is also a new tablet PC. However, the P1610 only uses Core Solo U1400, not the U2500 Core Duo ULV processor on ST51xx series. Since I am tired of poor performance of my TC1000 I am afraid I might not be satisfied with the Core Solo.

RE: Tablets
By othercents on 11/22/2006 10:44:35 AM , Rating: 2
There are many uses for Tablet PCs. I know many secretaries that would love to have one during meetings. They could take notes right on the computer instead of dictating them from a piece of paper later on.

Even though the idea is a good one, it has been very cost prohibited. I would personally rather get a high end laptop for $2000 than a low end tablet for the same price.


RE: Tablets
By AnnihilatorX on 11/22/2006 10:59:56 AM , Rating: 2
ST511x can be considered as a top end Tablet PC
There are two types of tablet PCs, yuou can get more powerful ones with Core 2 Duo processors like the Lifebook T4215. They are even a bit cheaper than the ST511x. The trade-off of performance to ST511x is the mobility. It is 1/3 lighter than the powerful tablet PCs and have a compact profile.

I wouldn't say both systems are not top-end as there are older generations with Pentium M Centrino processors

RE: Tablets
By protosv on 11/23/2006 9:16:07 AM , Rating: 2
Amen! I'm a medical student, and a few of my buddies have sprung for Fujitsu tablets. They're absolutely indispensible for very visually based classes like human anatomy, and reading radiology slides. We're all secretly jealous! =)

Why So Expensive
By porkster on 11/22/2006 1:42:27 PM , Rating: 2
Why are Tablets so expensive? LCD screens aren't so costly, so what gives? Thye should be cheaper than laptops.

RE: Why So Expensive
By AnnihilatorX on 11/22/2006 3:20:27 PM , Rating: 3
It cost a lot to miniturize these devices. If you plot a curve of weight against price of a PC, you get a reverse bell shape curve. The more mobile a PC while being function rich, the more expensive it get. On the other end you got those monster heavy laptops with high end performance which cost just as much.

There's of course demand problem. The middle of that reverse bell curve is a large market which is profitable without selling at high price margin.The converse is true of course.

Id shoot myself immediately
By thecoolnessrune on 11/22/2006 5:30:14 PM , Rating: 1
If I dropped it on its face...

By spa on 11/22/06, Rating: -1
By Lazarus Dark on 11/22/06, Rating: -1
RE: tpm
By sprockkets on 11/22/2006 12:17:08 PM , Rating: 1
you don't have to use it :)

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