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Fujitsu Stylistic ST5100 Series

Fujitsu's flagship slate computer
(by Conrad H. Blickenstorfer)

Of all the current Tablet PC vendors, none has more experience than Fujitsu Computer Systems which has been designing and selling pen slates for over 15 years. This experience is plainly obvious in the design, high quality, and overall execution of the Stylistic ST5100 Series of Tablet PCs, the successor to the ST5000 and ST4000 Series.

The 5100 Series comes in two versions, the ST5111 with a reflective 10.4-inch display, and the ST5112 with a transmissive 12.1-inch wide-viewing-angle Hydis display (or even a coated outdoor version). Both initially had 1.2GHz ultra-low-voltage Intel Core Duo U2500 processors running at 1.2GHz that were then replaced with 1.33GHz Core 2 Duo U7600 and U7700 chips, and both are available with Atheros 802.11a/bc chipsets as well as with the Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG module. Fujitsu offers several optional stands and docks and other accessories needed for business or vertical market applications. The 5112 model has an integrated fingerprint reader.

Battery life is impressive: you get up to six hours with the standard 56 watt-hour battery, and up to nine hours with the high-capacity 84 watt-hour battery. Hard disks are shock-mounted and come in capacities from 40 to 160 GB, all are 5400rpm Serial-ATA devices. There is more than adequate onboard connectivity, and that can be complemented with a Tablet Dock that also has a modular bay for a variety of optical drive options.

This is a reliable slate computer from a blue-chip vendor that gets the job done. The new models are technologically up-to-date, provide a good balance between performance and battey life, and remain light and handy.

Added/changed 02/2007: replaces ST5000 Series; 06/08: processor upgrades
Form-factor Tablet PC slate
OS XP Tablet PC Edition 2005 or Vista Business
Processor Intel Core 2 Duo U7600/7700 2MB L2 cache
CPU Speed 1.33 GHz, 533 MHz FSB
Chipset Intel 945GM and Graphics Media Accelerator 950
Standard/Max RAM 512MB/4,096MB in two DDR2 533 MHz slots
Disk/drive 40/60/80/100/120/160 GB 5400rpm serial-ATA 150
Card slots 1 PC Card Type II, 1 SD/MS slot, 1 Smart Card slot
Display type 5111: reflective; 5112 transmissive wide viewing angle (160+ degrees)
Display size/res 5111: 10.4 XGA; 5112: 12.1-inch XGA
Digitizer/pens Wacom/1
Keyboard/scale External 87-key, 100%
Ruggedness Standard
Housing Magnesium bottom, plastic
Size (WxHxD) 12.75 x 8.65 x 0.91
Weight 3.5 lbs.
Power Li-Ion, 56 WHr ("up to 6 hrs"); High capacity 84 Whr ("up to 9 hours")
Interface 2 USB 2.0, RJ11, RJ45 (gigabit), IR, fingerprint reader (5112 only)
Interface IEEE1394, audio, 802.11 a/b/g, video, dock, BT (optional)
List price From from US$1,999
Contact www.computers.us.fujitsu.com
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