Fujitsu LifeBook U810 First Impressions Review

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  1. tiffany boggs

    tiffany boggs Mobile Enthusiast

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    When Fujitsu announced the LifeBook U810 mini Tablet PC, I couldn't wait to get my hands on it, and guess what, we just got one in our office.

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    This tiny tablet is amazing. I can't say it would be a permanent replacement to a full-size tablet or notebook, but it is a great travel companion.

    It runs on Intel's A110 processor and has a 40 GB hard drive. The 5.6-inch WSVGA display is small, but still up to Fujitsu's standards, meaning it looks great.

    Design and Build

    The U810 is a solid little tablet. The chassis is sturdy and I didn't notice any flex. The mini-keyboard has a little flex, which reminded me of the LifeBook T2010.

    After a while, though, you wouldn't want to type on this keyboard because it really is too small.

    Fujitsu planned out every inch of this design. There is a pointing stick on the right corner and the mouse buttons on the left, just in case you don't want to use the pen or touchscreen.

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    It takes a while to get used to the mouse, and the passive touchscreen isn't always as responsive as I wish. Sometimes your finger doesn't register on the screen unless you push hard, so I opted to use the pen, which let me navigate faster.

    The 5.6" screen isn't that hard to read and the display is great. It has nice bold vivid colors, with little graininess. I wouldn't want to work on this all day, but for those one-day business trips it would be perfect.

    Since the keyboard is so small some of the keys are combined, like the Home, Tab, Page-Up and Page-Down. This isn't a problem though.

    The U810 converts into tablet mode easily thanks to its solid hinge, and the screen automatically changes orientation.

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    It really is small enough to put in a purse or small case and since it only weighs around 1.8lbs with the battery, I am sure you won't notice the weight.

    It has a glossy gunmetal colored lid, which hides dirt well and black suede patches on the bottom to reduce heat, a Fujitsu trademark.

    Performance

    The U810 sports Intel's A110 800 MHz processor. It has 1 GB of RAM and a 40 GB hard drive. Not to bad for such a tiny tablet, but I think I would rather have Windows XP Tablet PC Edition instead of Vista. Don't get me wrong Vista works fine on the U810, but you would gain more performance from Windows XP, which is an option.

    Super Pi

    In the below results of Super Pi, where the processor is timed in calculating Pi to 2 million digits: The U810 didn't do bad at all considering it's built on a different platform then the rest of the notebooks. Remember it has a different processor, small hard drive, and it's running Vista.

    NotebookTime to Calculate Pi to 2 Million Digits
    Fujitsu LifeBook U810 (800MHz Intel A110)6m 22s
    Fujitsu T2010 (1.2GHz ULV Core 2 Duo)1m 40s
    Gateway C-140x (2GHz Core 2 Duo)58s
    HP Compaq 2710p (1.2GHz ULV Core 2 Duo)1m 39s
    Lenovo ThinkPad X61 (1.6GHz Core 2 Duo)1m 10s
    Fujitsu LifeBook T4220 (2.2GHz Core 2 Duo)54s
    Gateway E-155C (1.06GHz ULV Core 2 Duo)1m 58s
    LG C1 (1.2GHz Intel Core Duo)1m 49s
    Toshiba R400 (1.2GHz ULV Core Duo)2m 10s
    Asus R1F (1.66GHz Core Duo)1m 20s
    Lenovo ThinkPad X60t (1.66GHz LV Core Duo)1m 24s
    IBM ThinkPad X41t (1.5GHz LV Pentium M)2m 02s
    HP TC4400 Tablet PC (2.0GHz Core Duo)1m 13s
    Dell Latitude D420 (1.06GHz Core Solo ULV)2m 11s

     

    It takes over a minute to boot-up. I almost forgot I turned it on until I heard it beep.

    I haven't ran any benchmark tests yet except Super Pi and probably won't run to many since we know this isn't made to be some high-performance gaming tablet. There will be a few tests covered in the full review to come next week, so stay tuned for those results.

    I will also be testing out Fujitsu's battery claim of 5.5 hours also. I hope it lasts that long and so far it seems pretty close.

    First Impressions

    Overall I am impressed with the U810. It has a nice array of features including one USB 2.0 port, docking connector, headphone jack, microphone jack, a Type I/II Compact Flash slot, and Smart Card slot. It also has the option of External monitor/VGA and Gigabit Ethernet (RJ-45) on the included cable. All of this is packed into such a small tablet.

    Although I do wish it had just one more USB port. It even has nice wireless options including Atheros Wireless LAN 802.11 a/b/g and Bluetooth 2.0. The U810 connected to the Internet with no problems, but it does have poor signal strength in some areas. Bluetooth comes in handy if you want to connect a mouse, which some users will because this tablet is so small.

    It also has an included VGA plug, so you can connect it to another monitor as well.

    The U810 is a great travel companion and could be used for those important presentations. The battery life seems good so far, but I will be testing it under other conditions in my full review. So check back next week to see more pictures and benchmarks on this tiny wonder. It has been a big hit in our office so far!

    Video

    Check out my hands-on video of the LifeBook U810 in action.

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    Specifications

    Fujitsu LifeBook U810 Tablet PC specs as reviewed (price as tested $1,099):

      Intel Processor A110 800MHz

      Intel 945GU Express Chipset

      Windows Vista Business with Microsoft Office OneNote 2007

      5.6&quot; WSVGA Crystal View display with passive touch screen

      1GB DDR2 400MHz SDRAM memory

      40GB (4200 rpm) hard drive

      10/100 Ethernet (with included cable)

      Atheros Super AG Wireless LAN (802.11a/b/g)

      Integrated Bluetooth wireless

      Integrated Fingerprint Sensor and embedded TPM

      1 x USB

      SD slot

      Type I/II Compact Flash slot

      Microphone and headphone jack

      Main battery: 4-cell Lithium-Ion (5200 mAh, rated up to 5.5 hours)

      Dimensions: 6.73&#8221;(W) x 6&#8221;(D) x 1.26&#8221;(H)

      Weight: 1.8lbs with 4-cell battery

      One-year International Limited Warranty

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  2. luigi

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    Nice review, Tiffany!

    Actually, if this stuff would have come out as Palm Foleo 2, a lot of us would have said: "Ohhhhhhhhhh"!

    Maybe not for the price, that's quite high for me, but at least for its shape and good looking.

    Luigi
     
  3. Girt

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    Great job, Tiffany, thank you.

    Question - it's so small - can you thumb-type on it?
     
  4. LeoB

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    I ordered one but returned it after five days. The machine itself is solid and a great performer, considering its RAM limitations. I had XP Tablet, so no Vista issues.

    The keyboard is not touch-typable. You need to use two fingers and watch where they're going because the keys aren't space the same as a regular keyboard.

    But, the screen was just too small for me, especially menus. I found that I was using a magnifying glass to figure out what to hit. The Windows Magnifier was not of much help. If you have excellent eyes, this could be a great machine.

    Cheers,
    Leo
     
  5. Girt

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    Other owners can try this:

    Right-click desktop
    Properties
    Settings Tab
    Advanced button
    DPI Setting - maybe 200%?

    You can also reduce the Screen resolution, but I've found most LCD panels only look right with the res they were made for (its a matter of pixels).
     
  6. cktlcmd

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    I want one :)

    Is there a CF card that will accept any SIM card so we can also accept or make calls using this little gadget through BT?

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  7. kdskamal

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    I m actually buying one soon :)
     
  8. cktlcmd

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    I hope someone can compare the windows Vista vs the XP version. Especially with regards to resuming from standby mode or coming from the OFF mode.
     
  9. Urban Strata

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    Great mini-review, Tiffany! I'm eagerly looking forward to the full review next week -- thinking about buying one of these soon.

    In particular, I'm looking forward to your impressions about boot-up / sleep / shut-down speed, and if the device's slowness wears on you over time. Speed is really my biggest concern with this device, but ~90 seconds or so for boot up doesn't seem that unreasonable to me. Appreciate your thoughts!
     
  10. kdskamal

    kdskamal ***** of GadgetMix.com

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    Well, I've been hovering over various UMPC forums from the past couple of months. People who have put xp tablet OS have experienced short resume/wake up to/from the stand by mode :)
     
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