Fujitsu Stylistic ST4121 with Indoor/ Outdoor display
Review by Linda A. Epstein
As the editor and publisher of TabletPc2.com and a Microsoft MVP for the Tablet PC, the two questions I am asked most often are, what is the best Tablet PC and which is your Favorite Tablet PC?. Until recently my answer was, "which ever Tablet PC best suits your needs is the best tablet for you". As for my personal favorite, it was a convertible, as it is what I believed was best suited to my needs. I was Wrong.
The truth of the mater is that within 24 hours of opening the box containing the Fujitsu 4121 Tablet PC with its indoor outdoor display, everything changed. With the ability to use the Fujitsu Tablet PC anytime, anywhere, in any lighting situation, a battery that consistently lasts three to four hours, a pen that I can't lose and its Bump Case, The Fujitsu 4121 quickly became my personal favorite Tablet PC.
What's In The Box: Fujitsu Stylistic 4121 Tablet PC, Drivers and applications Restore Cd, Windows XP Tablet PC Edition CD, Pen, tether, extra pen tips, Screen Protector, Ac adapter + EMI-asorbing clamp filter, Getting Started With your Stylistic St 4000 series Tablet Pc, Users guide: Learn how to use your stylistic St series Tablet PC, registration card.
•Ultra Low Voltage Mobile Intel® Pentium® III Processor 933MHz - M
•10.4" XGA TFT with indoor/outdoor display
• 760MB SDRAM memory
• 60GB hard drive¹
• Built-in wireless LAN (802.11b), multinational² 56K³ V.90 modem and 10/100 Base-Tx Ethernet
• Windows® XP Tablet PC Edition
• One-year International Limited Warranty 10.4" XGA TFT, indoor viewable or indoor/outdoor viewable for full spec's click here
On the left: Fujitsu stylistic st4121 with indoor outdoor display
On the Right: Fujitsu stylistic st4110 with indoor viewable display
The Display: The display on the st4121 can be viewed in any lighting condition, which set its apart from all of the other non-rugged Tablet Pcs currently available. The display is clear and easy to easy to read in any lighting condition, and bright enough to uses as a flashlight if the power goes out.
I have used the 4121 in homes where wall to wall plate glass windows prevented me from showing clients other Tablet Pc's any where other than in their bathrooms. I have I have used it at the beach, in the car, in outdoor restaurants, to take notes on hi end audio equipment in theatres being redesigned and from the comfort of my own balcony.
What ever the lighting, this display is clearly viewable and easy on the eyes. The color depth may not br quite as bright inside as the st4120 with the indoor only display, but the flexibility and versatility of being able to use it in any lighting condition makes it well worth the trade off. While there were times that not having a display that was outdoor viewable was a problem, I did not realize just how much more use I would get out of my Tablet with the ability to use it
Battery Life: A consistent 3 hours and 15 minutes with the backlighting and Wi FI turned on and just over 4 hours when I remember to turn off the WIFI. When running the tablet for over three hours straight I was using a combination of Programs including MindJet's MindManager, MS Word, Windows Journal, One Note, Corel Grafigo, Alias Sketchbook Pro and solitaire.
For those who are in need of longer battery life, Fujitsu offers a hi-capacity battery that I have been told will last seven hours. While I have not had the opportunity to use the hi-capacity battery myself others who have, say that the seven hour claim is accurate.
Heat: I am not in the habit of working with the Tablet PC in my lap, but I frequently do use the tablet with my hand behind it when its hanging around my neck from the bump case. Due to the fan inside the st4121 and the design of Fujitsu's Bump Case I have used the 4121 hanging around my neck for over three hours at a time without heat being a problem, even in weather over 100 degrees. While you can feel the warm air coming from the vent in the case if you put your hand over the vent, the heat has not been an issue.
WiFi: Worked even better than expected, I have excellent signal strength from second and third floors of my home and both outside balcony's.
The Pros: Indoor outdoor display gives you the ability to use your Tablet PC anywhere, any time in any lighting condition., long battery life, the pen tether and great accessories.
The Cons: Ships System Restore disabled, because Drive Image SE(special edition) is installed, but this is easy to remedy.
In Conclusion: As I said at the beginning of this review, it took less than 24 hours for the Fujitsu st4121 to become my personal favorite. I am still amazed at how much more I use the Tablet PC now that I can use it anywhere in any condition. Another advantage to the Indoor Outdoor display is that it has allowed me to share the Tablet PC experience with many more people in more places, and the "wow" factor has yet to wear off.
The best Tablet PC for anyone is still what is best suited to their individual needs but the indoor outdoor viewing flexibility of the Fujitsu Stylistic st4121 make it the TabletPc2.com Editors Choice and a top contender for anyone.
To configure and Order a Fujitsu of your own click here
For a list of all available Fujitsu accessories click here