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Fujitsu Q550 Tablet/Fujitsu Q550 Tablet Hyacinth Macaws Outside

TabletPc2.com 2011 Editors Choice Tablet PC Slate

The Fujitsu Stylistic Q550 Slate

by
Linda A. Epstein ~ October 2011

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An Editors Choice Tablet PC is a Tablet that offers not just bells and whistles, but a great combination features that people need and use on a regular basis, good value and a machine that offers uses an exceptional computing experience right out of the box.  The Fujitsu Stylistic Q550 Tablet is all of that and more.  

To begin with the Fujitsu Stylistic Q550 is not not a "companion device" like the iPad2, it is full featured computer running Windows 7 Professional operating system, which means that users can install and run all of their current Windows programs on it.  

For the record, I do not have anything against the Apple OS or Android, however I find that for myself as well as for the the average user if you can only afford or only want to carry one computer around with you, a Tablet running the Windows OS gives you the most flexibility and by far the best productivity. 

If you don't want to change the way you work and you use Microsoft Office, Outlook and programs like Adobe Photoshop and Dreamweaver and Flash, your going to love the Stylistic Q550 because you don't have to change the way you work.

The Intel Atom Z670 processor isn't the fastest or most powerfully horse in the staple, but it gets the job done.  Would I like to see the option of an Q550 Tablet with an Intel core i7 processor, on the Q550 - With out question, but how many people would be willing to pay the price is questionable at best. 

Size does matter and so does security....   I've always enjoyed using a slate style tablet but for security I very much appreciate being able to log into a tablet using biometrics.  Most of today's new slates do not have finder print readers but this is another detail that did not escape Fujitsu when designing the Q550.

Fingerprint reader located on the back  of the Q550
Fingerprint reader located on the back

The Q550 has a 10.1 inch screen and a 10.1 inch screen is easy to see, easy to carry around, easy hold in one hand, easy to put in your purse or briefcase and easy to work on.    For the average person a 7 inch screen lacks enough screen real estate to work on working comfortable.   In addition to that for those of us with less than perfect vision the 10.1 screen on the Q550 means you can see what your doing so you don't have to take out your glasses to use it. 

Rocky the Squirrel checks out the Fujitsu Q550 Tablet
Rocky the Squirrel checks out the Fujitsu Q550 Tablet

In true Fujitsu fashion the screen on Q550 Tablet is crystal clear and a pleasure to look at.  I chose the brightly colored Scarlet and Hyacinth Macaws for backgrounds for this review to try to show you the depth and brilliance of the colors displayed on the WXGA LED backlit IPS display.  As you can see from the photos the display is beautiful and it is easy to see both indoors and outside.  

Fujitsu Q550 Tablet inside
Dancer thinks the Macaws on the Fujitsu Q550 screen are are real and tries to play with them

It's clear that the powers that be at Fujitsu were listening to what people wanted and they designed the Stylistic Q550 Tablet to included all the features, button's and ports users need to be productive .   With an Intel® Atom™ Z670 (1.5 GHz) 2.GB RAM, Windows 7 Professional, Capacitive multi-touch screen with digital pen input, hot swappable batteries, excellent security features, Fingerprint sensor, SD slot, USB & HDMI ports, SmartCard reader slot and more, If you were waiting for something thin and light like the iPad but you want a computer that allows you to run flash, Microsoft Office & Outlook your going to be very happy with the Fujitsu Stylistic Q550 Tablet PC. 

 

If you have read my past reviews you know that i hate clutter on my desktop and i dislike having to waste my time uninstalling programs before i use a machine.  In what may be an industry first, Fujitsu leaves the desktop free of unnecessary clutter, which i very much appreciate. Fujitsu does include a Bonus Apps folder which includes a Battery Utility, Nuance OSK , OmniPass Fingerprint Utility, On-Screen Touchpad, Port Shutter, Power Saver Utility, Touch Launcher and Touch Note Pad programs that users can install at their own discretion.

Ink on the Fujitsu Q550 Tablet
Ink on the Fujitsu Q550 Tablet

The Stylistic Q550 Tablet switches from pen to touch automatically so there are no issues if your hand is resting on the screen when your writing.  When your not using the pen the Stylistic Q550 automatically switches to the touch interface.   The pen for the Stylistic Q550 Tablet comes with two tethers so that you don't lose it, but t because the Q550 is to think to accommodate a pen holder.  There is no question that I would rather than a pen with out a holder than a Tablet with no pen.

Multi Touch on the Fujitsu Q550 Tablet
Multi Touch on the Fujitsu Q550 Tablet

The capacitive multi-touch is user friendly and very responsive. You can use touch gestures to navigate web pages and draw in programs such as paint.

Fujitsu Q550 buttons

Fujitsu Q550 SD slot
Fujitsu Q550 USB and HDMI ports

On the right side of the Stylistic Q550 there are buttons for applications and switching from landscape to portrait mode as well as a switch for turning the wireless on and off.   Having those buttons accessible makes the Stylistic Q550 a pleasure to use.  Also worth noting is the fact that the buttons are fingernail friendly.

Fujitsu Q550 handwriting input panel    On Screen Keyboard -Fujitsu Q550 Tablet
The tablet handwriting input panel (TIP) & On screen keyboard can be moved anywhere you want them on the screen

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What's in The Box:  Fujitsu Q550 - whats in the box

  • Fujitsu Stylistic Q550 Slate PC
  • 4 cell battery
  • AC Adapter with Power Cord Set
  • Pen, 2 tethers and battery for the pen
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Quick Stark Guide
  • getting to know your Keyboard
  • Recovery disc
  • Drivers & Applications Restore Disc
  • Cleaning cloth

Optional Accessories:

  • Docking Cradle* Use the optional docking cradle to easily convert your Stylistic Q550 Slate Tablet PC to a convenient desktop replacement solution. The docking cradle makes it easy to add USB peripherals, such as a printer, keyboard, scanner or external optical drive. The port replicator provides the following additional features: 4 USB 2.0 ports, DC power jack, Stability stand, AC Adapter included
  • Extra battery's
  • Hand Strap
  • Bump Case

* I always recommend anyone buying a slate style tablet to purchase a docking station.  In my opinion, the added ease of use and convenience of having a docking station on your desk when you're at home or in the office is well worth the price.  

Fujitsu Q550 Tablet PC

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White Tiger on the Fujitsu Q550 Tablet

Display: Bright 10.1" WXGA LED backlit IPS display with wide-viewing angles

Battery Life : Up to 8 hrs and 10 min's with the 4 cell battery

Speaker: one built-in mono speaker

Who is it For:   the Fujitsu Stylistic Q550 Tablet PC Tablet PC is for anyone who wants the light weight convenience of slate tablet but still wants the power and ease of use of Windows 7.  It is an excellent choice for anyone who wants a feature rich Tablet PC. 

Weight: 1.14 lbs. with 4 cell battery installed

The Pen and Ink Experience:  The "Pen Feel" when you're writing on the display is excellent, writing flows easily.  Because the Stylistic Q550 Slate is so thin there is no slot for the pen but Fujitsu includes two pen tethers in the package.  The tether attaches to the end of the pen so there is no eraser on the ben.   Also included in the package is one AAAA battery for the pen. 

Fujitsu Q550 Tablet PC
Fujitsu Stylistic Q550 Tablet Outside

From Fujitsu - Key Features:

  • Exceptionally bright (400 NIT) 10.1" wide XGA LED backlit IPS anti-glareFujitsu Exceptionally bright (400 NIT) 10.1" wide XGA LED backlit IPS anti-glare display display. Great for collaboration and viewing in all types of environments, including outdoors.
  • Display supports both digital pen input and capacitive multi-touch for intuitive input. Automatically recognizes when users are working with a pen, allowing them to rest their hand on the screen when writing. Built-in handwriting recognition software converts input to text. When the pen is not in use, the slate PC automatically readjusts to a touch interface.
  • Over 8 hours with a four-cell battery. With its quick-swap battery, quickly replace the battery for those marathon shifts.
  • Advanced security features including biometric fingerprint sensor for quickly logging onto online accounts, integrated SmartCard reader slot, full disk encryption, and embedded Trusted Platform Module (TPM)(2)
  • Built-tough! MIL-STD-810G tested meeting nine military standard tests for various demanding environmental conditions including transit drop, dust, functional shock and high temperature(3).
  • Optional integrated 3G mobile broadband support (available Aug. 2011) to stay connected, whenever and wherever. Support provided for UMTS and EVDO from a single SKU.
  • Front-facing and rear-facing webcam's with complementing dual microphones for video conferencing
  • Integrated HDMI port for connecting to an external monitor or HDTV for sharper images, or to a projector for broad audience communication and collaboration
  • USB port for sharing information or connecting a printer, external hard drive or external optical drive.

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Fujitsu Q550 Tablet inside with Dancer
Dancer does not understand why the Birds on the Fujitsu Stylistic Q550 screen wont play with him
Fujitsu Q550 Tablet scarlet McCaw and Dancer

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Fujitsu Stylistic Q550 Specifications:

  • Intel® Atom™ Z670 (1.5 GHz, 512 KB cache, 800 MHz)
  • Genuine Windows® 7 Professional 32 (MUI)
  • Microsoft® Office Starter 20101
  • Anti-glare, bright (400 nit) 10.1" WXGA LED backlit IPS display with 160 degree vertical and horizontal viewing angles
  • Capacitive multi-touch screen with digital pen input
  • 62 GB S-ATA Ultra DMA/300 with full disk encryption and TRIM command support
  • Quick-swap battery: Lithium ion (4-cell, 43 WHr)
  • Embedded Trusted Platform Module (TPM) v1.2
  • 2 GB DDR2 800 MHz memory
  • Intel® GMA 600 (up to 1080p video decode2 and HDMI)
  • Integrated WiFi (802.11a/b/g/n) and Bluetooth v3.0
  • Advanced security: Integrated Fingerprint Sensor, dedicated Smart Card reader slot, Computrace® enabled BIOS
  • Noise canceling dual microphones
  • Expansion: bootable USB 2.0 port, HDMI (type A connector) port, SD/SDHC slot, audio-out, docking cradle connector
  • Approximate weight: 1.9 lbs3
  • Approximate battery life: Up to 8 hrs and 10 min's
  • One-year International Limited Warranty

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Fujitsu Stylistic Q550 Tablet Inside
Fujitsu Stylistic Q550 Tablet Inside

The Pros

  • Operating System is Windows 7
  • Exceptional screen quality - Clean, Clear and Crisp
  • fabulous battery life
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • runs all of your current Windows Apps & Flash
  • USB, HDMI out and Smart Card reader slot
  • includes a pen
  • Finger Nail Friendly

The Cons: 

  • maximum hard drive is only 64 GB
  • no barn for the Pen
  • no stand or case included in the box
  • sound from the Single speaker leaves a lot to be desired.
Conclusion.....

The Fujitsu TQ550 Tablet PC is an excellent slate style Tablet PC.  machine all around.  It looks good, feels good and has a screen that will spoil you for life.  This Tablet is an excellent choice for students, road warriors and everyone in between. 

I would love to try the new Adobe Photoshop Touch and Windows 8 on the Fujitsu Q550 Tablet. If I get the opportunity to do that I will let you know how it goes.

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. 

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