Fujitsu U1010

May 1st, 2008 Mobile Computing, PC Update, Tech

The Fujitsu Lifebook U1010 is an example of the first style of ultramobile PC to fully embody the notion of a mobile computer. Not because it’s small — which it is — but because it comes with 3.5G mobile connectivity embedded. Just slide your SIM card into the underside and you’re connected to fast broadband everywhere you can get a third generation mobile (HSDPA) signal.

For a machine only 17 by 13 centimetres, it’s as close to a full featured PC as you can get. It’s a difficult proposition to provide a true mobile and PC experience in a single device and whether the experience is for you is going to be a very personal thing, more so than just in choosing an everyday notebook.

There’s no room for a trackpad or mouse buttons, so you use a small rubber nodule on one corner that does both. The keys are just on the uncomfortable side of tiny and a quick test produced a few lines of text full of characters hit in errant keystrokes.

Fujitsu have jammed so many features you’ll wonder how they all fit. Despite being only 600kg you get four USB 2.0 ports, a fingerprint security reader, SD card reader, Bluetooth, a 1024 x 600 pixel display and programmable buttons. What’s more the U1010 is a tablet, so it has a swivelling screen, stylus and full on-screen writing facilities through the passive touch screen panel.

The processor is the 800MHz Intel mobile A110, so the U1010 is more than enough for very basic office and online functions while you’re away from your desk. A 40GB hard drive and 1GB of RAM mean the battery doesn’t suck too much power, and you should get 2-2.5 hours from it.

Overall the U1010 is a nicely realised idea and has a nice form factor, but it seems just a little too big and too full of features that overcrowd it as an ultramobile PC and too small to be an effective tablet PC.

Price: $1,999

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