The Good Extremely portable; sturdy screen hinge; strong performance for a single-core processor; biometric fingerprint reader.
The Bad Tiny keyboard and screen; less battery life than comparable systems; can't be configured with a dual-core processor; cheap stylus; lacks a built-in optical drive.
The Bottom Line The easy-to-carry Fujitsu LifeBook P1610 is simply the most portable tablet on the market, but there are better, less-expensive options for those who can carry a bit more weight.
Fujitsu LifeBook P1610 (Core Solo 1.2 GHz
Fujitsu LifeBook P1610
The Fujitsu LifeBook P1610 combines the best features of ultramobile PCs (tiny size, easy-to-use touch screen) and convertible tablets (an attached keyboard, laptop-caliber performance). As with most hybrid technologies, however, the LifeBook P1610 forces you to make some compromises: its tiny keyboard makes extensive typing a challenge, and--though we'd like to carry the P1610 with us all day long--its battery life isn't enough to last through a full day of work. Also, the P1610's tiny case can't accommodate the latest dual-core processors, leaving it to trail behind larger convertibles, such as the Lenovo ThinkPad X60 Tablet, when it comes to performance. Despite these faults, the LifeBook P1610 remains the best choice on the market for users who want more features than a smart phone in a still-portable size. If you can carry a little extra bulk and weight, though, we highly recommend the faster (and less expensive) ThinkPad X60 Tablet.
About the size of a thick paperback, the LifeBook P1610 measures 9 inches wide, 6.5 inches deep (7.5 inches with the optional extended-life battery), and 1.3 inches thick. At 2.2 pounds, it's by far one of the smallest and lightest convertible tablets we've seen; the (also small) Lenovo ThinkPad X60 Tablet weighs 1.8 pounds more, while the keyboard-free Samsung Q1 ultramobile weighs a scant 1.7 pounds. With its candy-bar-sized AC adapter, the Fujitsu LifeBook P1610 hits the road at a featherweight 2.9 pounds. By virtue of its light weight, the LifeBook P1610 almost feels like a toy when you hold it in your hand; on further inspection, however, the silver-and-black case feels sturdily constructed. Of course, with a case this small, you'll sacrifice some creature comforts. Typing lengthy documents on the tablet's tiny keys will certainly fatigue your hands, though the keyboard will suffice for typing quick notes or e-mail. The tablet's textured gray pointing stick proved responsive, and the small mouse buttons and the middle scroll button were adequate.
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