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Review: Fujitsu Lifebook T4220 Tablet PC

by
Linda A. Epstein ~ September 2007

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Fujitsu continues to expand their Tablet PC line with an assortment of new machines including the The new Fujitsu T4220.  The Lifebook T4220 Tablet PC is a eye pleasing silver with a white keyboard and a matt black top.  It weighs in at 4.9 lbs with the Modular Dual-Layer Multi-Format DVD Writer installed. (4.3 with the weight saver)  Built to meet the needs of the business man/road warrior who is always on the go in mind everything about the T4220 feels strong and sturdy, including the bi directional hinge that allows you to turn the screen in either direction.

Fujitsu's new T4220 Tablet PC is running Windows Vista Business and comes with
Microsoft® Office OneNote® 2007 installed.  Five pre configured base options and the ability to customize each of them to suit your personally needs makes it easy for everyone to order their new Fujitsu Tablet PC with the options and extras best suited to their needs.

When you first start the Fujitsu Primary Setting for the Pc - automatically set up all of the programs and setting in your new Fujitsu Lifebook T4220 Tablet PC - this is a nice touch especially for those who are not familiar with setting up a new machine. 

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What's in The Box:

  • Fujitsu T420 Tablet PC  
  • Getting Started Guide
  • Users Guide
  • Power Supply
  • Pen & replacement nibs
  • 6 cell battery
  • Pen tether
  • Microsoft One Note 2007 CD
  • Fujitsu Recovery and Utility Disc
  • Fujitsu Applications & Drivers Restore Disc
  • Cyberlink Power Producer & Director CD
  • Roxio Easy Media Creator
  • weight saver dummy for bay
  • Computer cleaning cloth
  • Fujitsu Lifebook Warranty book
  • Upgrade Windows Vista Experience DVD

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The Pen and Ink Experience:  The "Pen Feel" when your writing on the 12.1" XGA active digitizer indoor/outdoor viewing display with wide viewing angles is very good and The pen storage compartment gives you access to the pen with a single touch, which makes it fingernail friendly for the female executives and students out there.    The new pen design and storage compartment are finger nail friendly, and the right click button on the pen actually works.  

T4220 Tablet PC Pen
Fujitsu T4220
Tablet PC Pen and Finger Print Sensor

Battery: 3 hours 12 minutes of battery life with the brightness turned all the way up, the wireless and blue tooth on, no standby, sleep disabled and the screen and hard drive set to always on.  

There is no question that these setting are going to give you the shortest amount of battery life.  I need to know the absolute minimum battery life I can expect, that is why I run the battery test this way.
   According to Fujitsu using the max battery setting you will be able to get up to 8 hours of battery life.

Display: the 12.1 screen on the Fujitsu T4220 is excellent.  Its bright, crisp and clear, and looks as good outside as it does inside .   Without question of of the best displays available.  

Speakers: I actually have a movie playing on it as I'm writing this review and The two speakers located on the front of the T4220 Tablet PC produce sound quality that is good enough to listen to music or watch a movie without headphones if you chose to do so, which is nice.   

Who is it For:  The Fujitsu T4220 Tablet PC is one of the few Tablet PC's that is truly an excellent choice for anyone and everyone. Home users, students, office and road warriors will all be happy with the Fujitsu T420 should be very happy with their choice. 

Heat: Heat was not an issue with the Fujitsu Lifebook T4220 Tablet PC, it got a little warm when it was sitting on the carpet for a long time but that's it.

Weight: starting at 4.3 pounds

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Notable Features:

Bi directional Hinge - Allows users to turn the screen in both direction so you can share the screen with people on either side of you

One-Touch Application Launch and Function Buttons
There are five intuitive and easy-to-use buttons that enable you to launch applications or easily navigate within them. With one-touch launch buttons you can easily rotate your screen orientation or scroll up and down within an application document. Each of these buttons also has a secondary function, and two of the secondary functions are user-programmable which means you can assign your most commonly used applications to those buttons for quick and easy access. For detail function description, please refer to the Getting Started Guide or the User’s Guide.

Fujitsu Utility Menu - Fujitsu's Utility menu gives you instant access to the things you need most often,  this Fujitsu feature is something I have always appreciated

Not only is the hardware user-friendly and intuitive, but the Fujitsu-designed software utility bundle is, too. Pressing the Fn (Function) button twice, or clicking from the taskbar, will bring up the floating Fujitsu Menu Utility from which you have one-tap access to almost any setting imaginable for your LifeBook T4220 Tablet PC including brightness control, tablet and pen settings, Fujitsu Display Controls, power options, and more. The Fujitsu Menu is completely customizable and expandable so you can use what you want and remove what you don't want. In fact, it's so user-friendly that you can add your own preferences directly onto the menu to give you the most productive, custom-tailored environment.

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The Display on the Fujitsu T4220 Tablet PC looks as good outside as it does inside!

Display
Indoor (Transmissive) Display—Viewability on this screen is designed for typical office and home work environments. The bright 12.1" XGA TFT display produces a high contrast ratio and complements applications that use high definition graphics. This new display offers greater than 160° viewing angles.

Indoor SXGA+ Display—Higher resolution support may be important to you especially if you need to get more data and detail onto the screen. With a resolution of 1400x1050 pixels, the SXGA+ display produces vivid imagery and brilliant graphics. A higher resolution with the same screen size will display smaller characters thus as a result provides a larger viewing area.

Security Panel
To protect your notebook from unauthorized access, the notebook features four "combination lock" buttons that can be used for pre-boot password log-in. Once set, the notebook will boot up only when the correct combination is entered.

There are 800,000 possible combinations with supervisor and user password levels allowing the IT manager to set a single supervisor password with unique user passwords for each employee for better manageability.

The buttons also allow you to easily launch applications with one easy touch. The buttons can be programmed to launch your email, Internet browser, or other favorite applications.

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Outside in the Shade

The Fujitsu T4220 Tablet PC shown above does not have an outdoor display,
but as you can see for yourself when it is not in direct sun the screen is easy to view.

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Fujitsu T4220

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LifeBook T4220 Tablet PC Specs:

Intel® Core™ 2 Duo Processor T7500 (2.2 GHz, 4 MB L2 cache, 800 MHz FSB)

Genuine Windows® Vista™ Business with
Microsoft® Office OneNote® 2007

12.1" XGA active digitizer display with wide viewing angles

1 GB DDR2 667 MHz SDRAM memory (512 MB x 2)

100 GB S-ATA 150, 5400 rpm hard drive1

Modular Dual-Layer Multi-Format DVD Writer

Multinational2 56K3 V.90 modem and 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet

Intel® Wireless WiFi Link 4965AGN (802.11a/g/n)

Integrated Bluetooth

Integrated Fingerprint Sensor, embedded TPM, dedicated Smart Card slot, Fujitsu Security Application Panel

One-year International Limited Warranty

M-code FPCM11064

  Click Here for Full Specs

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The Fujitsu T4220 Windows Experience Index

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The Pros

  • Exceptional screen quality - Clean, Clear and Crisp
  • Stylish in design
  • Intel® Core™ 2 Duo Processor
  • Good battery life
  • All of the necessary buttons are on the screen for use in Tablet Mode
  • Fujitsu Utility Menu
  • Bi directional hinge rotates in both directions the right so its easy to share
  • Finger Nail Friendly

The Cons: 

  • A little on the heavy side
  • to many programs starting with machine!

Conclusion.....

The Fujitsu T4220 Tablet PC is an excellent machine all around.  It looks good, feels good and has a screen that will spoil you for life.  With its bi directional hinge and Core™ 2 Duo Processor this Tablet looks to be an excellent choice for students, road warriors and everyone in between. 

The exceptional screen quality of the Fujitsu makes it easy to use for long periods of time and a pleasure to watch a movie on. 

While the T4020 did an admirable job with only one gig of memory installed,  like anything else running Windows Vista, the T4020 would definitely benefit from a minimum 2 gigs of memory.  

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Fujitsu T4220 Tablet PC Accessories

Port Replicator
Port Replicator
This handy port replicator allows easy "one-click" attachment to your desktop peripherals including LAN. Its slim and smart design means you won't waste precious desktop space like other bulky docking systems. To maximize convenience, keep one for your desktop and one for your alternate work site.The port replicator provides the following ports:
  • DC-in
  • 4 USB ports
  • External VGA port
  • External DVI port
  • Line out
  • LAN pass-through
  • Suspend/Resume button
Modular bay battery
Modular bay battery
Combine this battery with your main battery to significantly increase the battery life of your computer. This battery conveniently slides into your modular bay and doesn't add any more bulk to your computer.
Specification: 6-cell, 10.8V 3800 mAh
Retractable Pen Tether with Active Stylus
Retractable Pen Tether with Active Stylus

Want another option to tether your stylus? This device attaches to your belt or shirt pocket. The retractable reel has a lock button to lock the tether at a designated length.

Note: This device comes with a stylus that will not fit in the stylus garage of your Fujitsu Tablet PC.

Auto Air Adapter

Auto Air Adapter

Versatile and convenient, this little adapter lets you do your work wherever you are. You can even recharge your notebook while using it.

  • Input: 11-32V
  • Output: 19V
  • Current: 4.8A
  • Continuous 90W (100W Max)
    • On the plane linked to an EmPower seat power connector
    • In your automobile (via the cigarette lighter)
Convertible Bump Case
Convertible Bump Case
Increase the functionality of your LifeBook Tablet PC by putting it into a case that lets you work easily, anywhere. The computer is securely held in the case with clear straps and the zip around enclosure allows you to fully open the case giving you complete access to your computer in tablet and notebook mode. Heavy duty elastic strap on the bottom of the case gives you a firm hold while standing and operating your computer. Made from sturdy ballistic nylon.
Features include: handles, openings for port access, adjustable padded shoulder strap, and a heavy duty elastic hand strap.
Two-Piece Slip Case
Two-Piece Slip Case
Ideal for everyday use and protection for your LifeBook T Series Tablet PC. This sleek case was designed to provide a compact, elegant solution for using and transporting your convertible Tablet PC. This two-piece slip case allows you to use your system either in notebook configuration or in tablet configuration. The two-piece design eliminates the need to remove the case cover before rotating the display. The design also allows you to attach a port replicator without removing the case.
Executive Leather Portfolio
Perfect for carrying your LifeBook T Series Tablet PC while you go from meeting to meeting. The portfolio is made of top-quality leather and its book style cover gives your highly sophisticated Tablet PC the classic look of a traditional paper bound organizer. The Tablet PC is securely held in the portfolio with straps which don't block any portion of the screen or access to essential ports. Creatively designed to easily allow you to use your Tablet PC convertible in tablet and notebook mode. It can be used while standing in tablet mode and while sitting and typing in notebook mode. The interior features pockets to hold letter size documents and business cards.
Replacement Stylus

Replacement Stylus Set (2 pack)

Keep extra stylus pens around in case you lose or damage one. These pens are compatible with your LifeBook T4215 Series Tablet PC with active digitizer.

Set of 2

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