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Fujitsu LifeBook T2020

Modern lightweight Tablet PC convertible
(by Kirk Linsky)

The Fujitsu LifeBook T2020 Tablet PC, which replaces the almost identical Lifebook T2010, is a modern, super-light implementation of the notebook convertible concept, i.e. a computer that can be used both as a standard laptop but also as a Tablet PC slate. To go from one to the other, you simply rotate the display around its single-point pivot and then fold it flat down on top of the keyboard part of the computer, LCD facing up.

The T2020 does all that while also fulfilling a number of other requirements. First, it is light. Just 3.5 pounds with the standard 6-cell battery. Second, it is quit sturdy thanks to a durable magnesium-alloy housing. Third, it offers a nice combination of computing power and long battery life by using either an ultra-low voltage Intel Core 2 Duo SU9300 running at 1.2GHz or the slightly quicker 1.4GHZ SU9400. Speed is improved compared to the predecessor model while battery life remains excellent: the standard 62.6 watt-hour battery yields up to seven hours, an optional 94 watt-hour battery up to 11 hours!

The T2020 is also modern in the display area. Its 12.1-inch display uses the increasingly ubiquitous wide aspect ratio 1280 x 800 pixel format. Customers can order the T2010 either with a very bright (over 220 nits) wide-viewing angle indoor screen, or an outdoor-readable version that has anti-reflective coating and still provides viewing angles of over 160 degrees.

Connectivity is excellent. There are now four USB ports (compared to just two in the 2010), a IEEE1394 "Firewire" port, gigabit Ethernet, a PC Card slot, a Smart Card slot, and a shared Memory Stick/SD card reader. An optional dock adds more USB ports, DVI and an optional optical drive.

Like most convertibles and leightweight notebooks, the T2020 costs a bit more. It starts at US$1,549, and a top-of-the-line machine goes for US$1,849. That is less than the predecessor T2010, but a lot in this climate of ever lower notebook prices.

Added/changed 02/2009 (replaces Lifebook T2010)
Form-factor Notebook Convertible
OS Windows Vista Business with XP Tablet PC Edition 2005 recovery disc
Processor Intel Core 2 Duo SU9300 or SU9400
CPU Speed 1.2 or 1.4 GHz
Chipset Intel GS45
Standard/Max RAM 1,024MB/4,096MB DDR3 800MHz in two slots plus optional 2 or 4GB Intel Turbo memory
Disk/drive 80/120/160GB/250GB (5400rpm) or 160GB (7200rpm), or 64/128GB solid state
Card slots 1 PC Card Type II, 1 MS/SD/Memory Stick, 1 Smart Card
Display type Transmissive wide-angle TFT
Display size/res 12.1-inch/1280 x 800 220 nits, or optional outdoor-viewable with anti-reflective coating
Digitizer/pens Wacom/1
Keyboard/scale Integrated 84-key spill-resistant, 19 mm pitch (100%-scale)
Ruggedness Durable
Housing Magnesium-alloy
Size (WxHxD) 11.7 x 8.6 x 1.34
Weight 3.5 lbs.
Power Li-Ion, 10.8V, 5.8AH, 62.6 WHr ("6:45 hrs"); optional high-capacity battery with 94 WHrs ("approx. 11 hours")
Interface 4 USB 2.0, IEEE1394, RJ11, RJ45 (gigabit)
Interface Audio, Atheros XSPAN 802.11a/b/g/draft-n or Intel WiFi Link 5300, video, DVI-D, fingerprint reader, optional Bluetooth v2.1
List price From US$1,549
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