Thursday, November 09, 2006

Nov. 07, 2006: Major update to Fujitsu's T4200-series tablet convertible.



Fujitsu has just announced a major refresh of its class-leading T4200 series. With the new T4215, you can now once again opt for an SXGA+ (1400x1050) indoor screen. The option was originally available for the T4000 series, but mysteriously vanished when the first iteration of the T4200 series was released. The other major update? You can now opt for the ubiquitous Intel Core 2 Duo CPU - all the way to 2.13 GHz, if your wallet can stand it.

The only knock against it is the inclusion of Intel 950 integrated graphics, which means the T4215 may rock Windows Vista, but not when it comes to any kind of serious gaming.

I recently got to play with a 4200 for a while. The build quality and overall feel of sturdiness were - as I expected - first-class, but I must confess that I found the unit a tad tiresome to use in full-out tablet mode. It's about a pound more than I'm used to, and that would be sufficient to give me pause before thinking of purchasing it. If, on the other hand, you're looking for an exquisite laptop that can do occasional tablet duties superlatively well, this is the machine for you.

U.S. product page:
http://store.shopfujitsu.com/fpc/Ecommerce/buildseriesbean.do?series=T4215

Nov. 07, 2006 - Finally here: Fujitsu P1610 !!!





As expected, the North American version doesn't offer integrated 3 G connectivity, but the inclusion of a PCMCIA card will go a long way to making up for it.

The U.S. configuration options are more plentiful (and powerful!) than the ones on Fujitsu's Canadian webstore, however the essential selling points are there in both locations:

  • 2.5 pounds with extended battery
  • up to 80 GB (1.8-inch, 4200rpm) hard drive
  • special software that eliminates vectoring when using the touchscreen.

As always with Fujitsu, a nice range of accessories are available, most notably a convertible bump case that allows you to use the P1610 in tablet or notebook mode.

U.S.A. product page:

http://store.shopfujitsu.com/fpc/Ecommerce/buildseriesbean.do?series=P1610

Canadian product page:

http://store.shopfujitsu.com/ca/EcomCA/buildseriesbean.do?series=P1610