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Fujitsu Lifebook TH550 review: Fujitsu Lifebook TH550

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Typical Price: $1,599.00
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The Good Sturdy build. HDMI out. Converts in either direction into a multi-touch tablet. Fair battery life.

The Bad Absolutely average performance. High price. Only two USB ports.

The Bottom Line Fujitsu's convertible tablet has a strong business focus, but businesses on a tight budget may wish to look elsewhere.

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7.2 Overall

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Design

Tablets sans keyboards may be the current flavour of the month, but not according to the design bible of Fujitsu. The TH550 is a 10.1-inch convertible tablet with keyboard, giving it the appearance of a slightly larger than normal netbook. Although at a price starting at AU$1599, it's rather more costly than any netbook currently on the market. Unlike many convertible tablets, you're not constrained by flipping the screen one way or the other, as it'll very comfortably spin through a full 360 degrees, allowing you to orient it however you'd like.

Fujitsu also hasn't wasted all that much space when it comes to the keyboard, which is a common complaint we have with smaller netbook-style computers. The keyboard stretches the full length of the case, giving the keys a (relatively) large span. This makes typing relatively easy, although users accustomed to an 11- or 13-inch laptop may still find it a little cramped.

Features

The Lifebook TH550 is still at its heart a Windows notebook; in this case it's running Windows 7 Professional 64-bit edition. It utilises a relatively low-end Core i3 U380 1.33GHz processor. No monster of a CPU, that, but combined with 2GB RAM it should handle most productivity tasks well enough. Graphics are handled by Intel's HD Graphics solution, further solidifying this as a productivity rather than graphics-heavy laptop/tablet, although one interesting inclusion here is an HDMI port out the back of the tablet itself. That'll lend itself more to presentations than heavy gaming sessions, however.

A 500GB hard drive provides the storage capabilities of the Lifebook TH550, along with a relatively meagre two USB 2.0 ports. There's no optical drive provided, and if you wanted to use one you'd be left with only one USB port for other duties. Networking is rather more promising with gigabit Ethernet, Bluetooth 2.1 and 802.11n Wi-Fi. The 10.1-inch 1366x768-pixel display is multi-touch capable with up to four fingers or the supplied stylus.

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