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Fujitsu LifeBook P1510
Notebooks | First Looks
Thu 08 Dec 2005

The Pseudo Convertible

"The P1510 was designed for covenience, not speed; and its size, widescreen display and form factor make it highly portable and fantastic for viewing multimedia contents on the go."

A CF slot is located on the left along with USB, headphone & microphone connectors.

If wireless connection is not possible, LAN and V.90 modem ports are located at the rear.

You can control the cursor with the stylus hidden on the right or use your fingers.

You will agree that conducting a presentation or working on your documents is easier on a notebook, but it is more convenient to organize to-do-lists and search for contacts on a small PDA. As indispensable devices to the road warrior, many often carry both together, which can turn out to be quite cumbersome. Now throw in the need for a Tablet PC and you have yourself a juggling act worthy of circus entry. If you fall into this category, the hybrid Tablet PC would probably be the perfect all-in-one device for you, but size might still pose a problem. Fujitsu has been quite successful with their Stylistic range of Tablet PCs, but the beautiful ultra-portable LifeBook P1510 may just take the cake as the ultimate Tablet PC that isn't a Tablet PC. Hows that? The P1510 comes with a touch-sensitive LCD instead of a digitizer screen and is pre-loaded with Windows XP instead of Windows XP Tablet PC Edition, which by Microsoft standards, does not equate to a definition of a Tablet PC. Of course, you aren't going to let Microsoft spoil the party now would you.

The Magical Screen

As mentioned, the P1510 employs a 8.9-inch WSVGA touch-screen display, so you can use either a stylus pen or your own fingers to point and navigate the system just like you would on a PDA. One advantage of having a touch-screen display over a digitizer-based screen is that you don’t have to worry too much about losing your stylus. Construction of the P1510 is solid and we find that its reasonably small size allows users to rest their palms on the side, which helps to keep those accidental taps to a minimum.

Business and Leisure on the Move

Now if you're constantly on the move and use a notebook for just about anything, business and leisure, you're generally looking out for an ultra-portable and if you manage to find one for less than 1.5kg, you're doing real well. The Fujitsu LifeBook P1510, weighs a mere 1kg and comes packed as a fully featured Centrino-based notebook.

Playback media in widescreen at 1024x600, setup quick presentations through a VGA output, get creative on the tablet, surf the Net via the built-in dual-band WiFi (802.11a/b and g compliant) and then slip it discreetly away in your briefcase. Nothing, nothing comes close to the P1510.

More Features, Less Features

Some extra features you'd find include a built-in SD and CF card slot, a boon for digital photographers to transfer their images directly into the P1510. There is also an integrated fingerprint scanner for beefed up security when it comes to passwords and access. However, because of its compactness, certain features such as PCMCIA slots and optical drives have been omitted from the design out of necessity. Optional docking bays will be required for additional device availability. Our testing shows the P1510 as being slightly weaker in both performance and battery stamina compared to notebooks of similar configurations, but bear in mind that the P1510 was built for convenience and ultimate portability, not speed and power.

Final Thoughts

The Fujitsu LifeBook P1510 is one of the smallest and lightest ultra-portables to hit the market and should quickly stir up attention among those who travel frequently. Its diminutive size, light weight and touch-sensitive display are features that many would love in a Tablet PC and the design is something to be lusted after. However, if your mood is dampened somewhat by the fact that the P1510 doesn't have true Tablet PC functionality, we advise you to hold out your purchase just a little while longer as we hear Fujitsu will be making available a Windows XP TPCE version of the P1510 late December 2005, maybe in time for Christmas even.

The keyboard felt good but its size made it uncomfortable for typing long documents.

The P1510 comes with a nice carrying slip case and a cleaning cloth.

This ultra-portable, ultra-light Tablet PC is a dream device for frequent travellers.

  Product Specifications
  • Processor: Intel Pentium M 753 1.2GHz
  • Display: 8.9” 1024 x 600 WSVGA 
  • Memory: 512MB DDR2 400 
  • Storage: 60GB
  • Graphics Chipset: Intel GMA 900 (shared 128MB memory)
  • Audio: RealTek ALC203 codec
  • Input/Output: 2 x USB 2.0, 10/100 Fast Ethernet, modem, VGA-out, dock interface, headphone out, microphone in, CF and SD card readers
  • Wireless Connectivity: Intel PRO/Wireless 2915ABG with on/off switch
  • Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP Professional (SP2)
  • Dimensions: 232 x 167 x 37.5mm
  • Weight: 1kg
  • Price: US$2083