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Panasonic Toughpad FZ-M1: Small and Tough

Panasonic’s new Toughpad FZ-M1 is not your run of the mill tablet PC. You can take it to places where you wouldn’t dare step foot in whilst carrying your slate, and it can take much more abuse that your average tablet, while providing enough muscle to beat out most 7 inch devices out there.

Interested? Read on to know more about it.

Panasonic FZ-M1 Windows Tablet PC

Toughpad FZ-M1 – 7-inch Rugged Windows Tablet

Like most devices in Panasonic’s Toughpad line, the FZ-M1 is made of sturdier stuff. It is rated at MIL-STD-810G (which means it can withstand extreme conditions like shock, humidity, rain, dust, sand, altitude, freeze and thaw, humidity, high and low temperatures, and explosive atmosphere) and all-weather IP65 (which means it is both dust and water-resistant). It can survive 5-foot drops without breaking a sweat. Its 7-inch daylight-readable WXGA display has a 1280 x 800 pixel resolution.

Specs-wise, the FZ-M1 packs a 1.6 GHz Intel Core i5-4302Y vPro Haswell processor (with Turbo Boost up to 2.3 GHz), 8 GB of RAM, and a 256 GB SSD. The top of the line model features a 64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro operating system. You can choose a lower (and cheaper) configuration with an Intel Bay Trail-M processor, 128 GB SSD, and Windows 7 Professional. Other features include 2 cameras (720p front and 5 MP rear) a USB 3.0 port, a microSDXC card slot (up to 64 GB), a barcode scanner, SmartCard, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity, and optional 4G LTE. According to the press release, this baby has an 8-hour battery life.

Pricing and Availability

If you need something more to wrap your head around this device, here’s what Rance Poehler, president for the Panasonic System Communications Company of North America had to say about it:

Most tablets on the market today are designed to be ‘good enough’ to meet most users’ needs. But ‘good enough’ won’t cut it for a large portion of the mobile workforce, who need tools they can depend on in challenging conditions to get the job done without compromise. The Toughpad FZ-M1 is built for those workers. Its highly portable and compact size, power, connectivity and configuration options, and sheer toughness make it the ideal tablet to connect mission-critical workers of all types with the data they need to do their jobs at any time.

Notice that he mentioned ‘workers.’ This is because the FZ-M1 is geared toward enterprise, business, and government use – and that explains the tablet’s hefty price tag of US $2099 and up. It’s expected to hit the shelves this spring.

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Fujitsu Stylistic Q704 means business

Fujitsu’s pretty into making tablets that cater to business and enterprise users, and they’re releasing another one later this year called the Stylistic Q704. It has an Intel Haswell processor with a 12.5-inch display. Let’s take a closer look at it, shall we?

Fujitsu Stylistic Q704 Windows Tablet PC

Stylistic Q704 – Semi-Rugged, 12.5-in Windows Tablet

Like the smaller 10.1 inch Q584, the Q704 is semi-ruggedized and is geared toward enterprise users. It can pretty much withstand a reasonable amount of abuse. It is also waterproof, dustproof, and has a “durable chemically strengthened glass display, MIL-STD tested.” The differences between the two, however, are the Haswell chip and the detachable keyboard docks that turn the tablet into a notebook.

The Stylistic Q704 comes in several different iterations and configurations, and it’s pretty much up to you to mix and match. There are three operating systems available, all of which are 64-bit: Windows 7 Professional, Windows 8.1, and Windows 8.1 Pro. Three processors are available as well: Intel Core i5-4200U (1.6 GHz), Core i5-4300U (1.9 GHz), and Core i7-4600U (2.1 GHz). It can support a maximum of 8 GB of RAM, and it also comes in three solid state drive sizes, 64, 128, and 256 GB.

Fujitsu Stylistic Q704 Windows Tablet PC

Other features include microUSB port, USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports, a memory card slot, integrated graphics (Intel HD Graphics 4400), 2 cameras (a 2 MP one up front and a 5 MP shooter with photo LED and autofocus), Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, and optional UMTS and 4G LTE. It also comes with a TPM module, fingerprint sensor, and optional SmartCard support. The 12.5-inch Full HD IPS display can push out a 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution. Like the Q584, this model also has a dual digitizer so you can use your fingers on the touchscreen as well as a digital pen.

Additional Notes

As mentioned, the Stylistic Q704 has 2 different optional keyboard accessories available, and you can also get a docking cradle that offers extra VGA, HDMI, and USB ports. Weight depends on the configuration but it will be around 0.980 kg (or 2.2 lbs), more or less. It’ll measure in at 309.6 x 199.3 x 11.9 mm (12.2 x 7.8 x 0.47 in).

There haven’t been any announcements about the Q704’s pricing and availability, but we’ll keep you posted. Stay tuned.

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Fujitsu LIFEBOOK T901: Convertible Tablet PC and More

When one says ‘convertible tablet PC’, a few tablets come to mind, like the Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet and the Asus Transformer Pad. Those tablets are primarily slates with keyboard docks that extends the functionality and battery life of the said devices. Well, the Fujitsu LIFEBOOK T901 is a convertible tablet PC, but is the other way around. It’s more laptop than it is a tablet, but delivers the right mix of functionalities from both worlds. Let’s check it out, shall we?

Convertible Fujitsu LIFEBOOK

Fujitsu’s LIFEBOOK line features several laptop, tablet PC, and convertible models, and it has been around for many years. The T901 is one of the company’s most recent convertible tablet PC model and it is designed mainly for professionals who demand more from their mobile devices. Simply put, Fujitsu LIFEBOOK T901 can take care of tasks tablet PCs won’t be able to handle. This model features a second generation Intel Core i5 or i7 and Windows 7 Professional 32- or 64-bit. Don’t get confused, this tablet PC is highly customizable and therefore comes in different configurations. You can choose components based on your needs, preferences, and budget – you can choose among the available processors, RAM and hard drive sizes, video cards, optical disk drives, mobile broadband options, battery types, display input types, display types, operating systems, and connectivity options.

In its most basic configuration, the Fujitsu LIFEBOOK T901 features an Intel Core i5-2520M 2.5 GHz (with Turbo Boost of up to 3.2 GHz), 2 GB of RAM, a 13.3 WXGA display with an active digitizer for pen input only, a DVD RW, a 6-cell battery, and a full-size keyboard with touchpad and scroll wheel. It comes with a built-in Intel graphics unit (1280 x 800 pixel resolution), a TPM (trusted platform module), and even a fingerprint scanner.

More than a tablet, more than a laptop

The Fujitsu LIFEBOOK T901 doesn’t feature a detachable keyboard dock. Instead, the screen swivels and locks down to cover the keyboard. In tablet mode, the stylus is the primary input device for the active digitizer models. If you opt for the dual digitizer, you get multi-touch functionality on top of pen input. According to some tablet PC reviews, the display is responsive and can be used to take notes (or make doodles) using Microsoft OneNote.

This convertible tablet PC is quite expensive compared to other tablet PCs, and customizing it (or upgrading components) will require you to shell out more money. At any rate, this Fujitsu LIFEBOOK will let you assemble a tablet PC that suits your needs, preferences, and budget so you’ll just have to adjust to get the perfect convertible tablet PC for you.

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Fujitsu Stylistic Q550: Designed for the Field

The Fujitsu Stylistic Q550 is a tablet PC that’s made for industrial use. Some tablet PC news tag it as a business and enterprise slate as well, as it runs with a Windows 7 operating system and has an Atom core. It also has several features that make it a reliable mobile computing device. Here are just a few things this Fujitsu Stylistic has to offer.

Specs and basics

As mentioned, this tablet PC is equipped with an Intel Atom processor, specifically, the single core Z670. The Z670, or Oak Trail as it was codenamed, is designed for mobile devices that need long battery lives. The chip is rated at 1.5 GHz and has an integrated graphics processing unit (GPU) and 2 GB of RAM. The Fujitsu Stylistic Q550 is further equipped with a USB 2.0 port, an HDMI port, two cameras, and a 10.1 inch IPS display with 1280 x 800 pixel resolution. Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n) and Bluetooth come across all the variants of this tablet PC, while mobile broadband and A-GPS are optional. According to tablet PC reviews, this model also comes with a fingerprint reader, a removable battery, a Trusted Platform Module (TPM) chip, and a stylus. The Q550 rolls out with Windows 7 Professional (32-bit) and Fujitsu’s user interface Infinity Lounge.

Options

You can choose from three basic Fujitsu Stylistic Q550 models that have different features and specs. If we are to make a tablet PC comparison, the high end model is the most loaded features-wise, as well as the most expensive among the three. It has mobile broadband and GPS built in, with a 62 GB SSD and a 4-cell battery that can last up to 8 hours. The mid-range model has the same battery and storage capacity, but doesn’t have the optional connectivity features. Some tablet PC reviews report that another mid-range Q550 variant has the optional broadband and GPS, but has a smaller 30 GB SSD. Lastly, the entry level version features a smaller 30 GB SSD and 2-cell battery that can last up to 4 hours depending on usage. It doesn’t have the optional connectivity features, but it is the most affordable among the three variants.

The Fujitsu Stylistic Q550 mostly received mixed reviews, with the tablet drawing flak from its lack of stylus housing and moderate performance. It did get some praise for its rigid frame and removable battery. All things considered, this Windows 7 tablet PC isn’t perfect, but it’s a reliable device that should cater to most industrial- and business-centric needs.

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CF 19 Panasonic Toughbook: The Fully-Rugged Machine

The concept of durable laptop is not new, but when CF 19 Panasonic Toughbook was released, it was evident that Panasonic upped the ante in the rugged laptop category. The Toughbook line was designed to endure extreme conditions and the laptops would continue to run unscathed even after being used and abused. From the design alone, the Panasonic Toughbook means business.

The bulky chassis is made of magnesium alloy and plastic that could withstand knocks, bumps, and even a 6-foot drop. Despite being on the hefty side, it only weighs 2.3 kilograms. It is still easy to lug around, but be prepared to get some attention from security because it looks like something straight out of a movie. Clearly, the regular consumer is not the target market for such durable laptop that doubles as a tablet PC. Engineers, field technicians, and adventurers are some of the users that can benefit from using the fully-rugged Toughbook.

CF19 Panasonic Toughbook Hybrid Tablet PC

Usability

The CF 19 Panasonic Toughbook comes equipped with a hand strap so it can be carried around like a regular briefcase. It sports a 10.1 inch matte LCD screen that is anti-glare. The selling point is clearly the durability of the laptop, but the big draw would be the swivelling screen, which can be folded down to the keyboard for a mean looking tablet. This is not the delicate slim tablet that regular folks use; this is the chunky tablet that can eat other tablets whole. It is powered by the Intel Core i5 vPro processor, which says so much about its capability to run various programs. Since the laptop is designed for specific users, the machine can run customized programs.

Hangin’ Tough

Panasonic clearly pulled out all the stops to make the Toughbook as sturdy as it claims to be. The machine can be used even in the most severe weather conditions. In case the Toughbook finds its way to the desert, it would not be threatened by the sand dunes or mirages. Every port is covered with rubber protectors that stop dirt from entering into the motherboard. The circuitry will never be in danger of being contaminated by elements that could render the machine unusable.

The C19 Panasonic Toughbook is resistant to any imaginable element. It is shock- and vibration-proof, which keeps the internals safe even if the machine is dropped from a considerable height.  The outer appearance of the machine is intimidating and it certainly looks the part of a toughie laptop. It does not promise to do everything but it can do things it is designed to do under the threat of extreme environments.

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Why get a Fujitsu LIFEBOOK T901?

Convertible tablet PCs sit quite comfortably in the niche right in between laptops and tablets and based from recent trends, there is a market for these mobile computing devices. Early last year, Fujitsu announced four new LifeBooks, including a convertible tablet that features an Intel Core i5-2520M processor and a 13.3 inch display. It’s called the Fujitsu LIFEBOOK T901, and it offers a lot more than that so read on to find out more about this convertible tablet PC.

Specs and Features

As mentioned, the Fujitsu LIFEBOOK T901 is powered by a second generation Intel Core i5-2520M (Sandy Bridge dual core) that can crank out 2.5 GHz and 3.2 GHz at turbo. It comes with Windows 7 Professional 32-bit, a 13.3 inch WXGA display with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels and an active digitizer for pen input, 2 GB of RAM, and a 250 GB HDD. It also comes with a DVD writer, a 2 MP webcam, and a full-size keyboard with a touchpad and scroll wheel. According to Fujitsu’s spec sheet, the T901’s 6-cell battery can last up to 6 hours.

In true Fujitsu fashion, you can get this convertible tablet in a number of different configurations. You can opt to have a different processor for one thing (Intel Core i5 and i7 processors). You can also choose to get NVIDIA NVS Optimus graphics, choose 64-bit Windows 7 Professional, purchase Microsoft Office, and opt for dual digitizer for pen input and multi-touch screen. Different screen options are also available, as well as different RAM and storage size options. The Fujitsu LIFEBOOK T901 can handle a max memory of 8 GB and you can choose among different HDD and SSD sizes and types. You can also choose to get the DVD Writer or the Blu-ray RW Drive, or you can choose to have neither and opt to have no optical disk drive. Additionally, there are options for mobile broadband (AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint), Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and battery components.

Other Features

The Fujitsu LIFEBOOK T901 also comes with a fingerprint scanner, a SmartCard slot, and an embedded TPM (trusted platform module). Unlike other convertibles like the Lenovo ThinkPad and Asus Transformer Pad, the T901 doesn’t have a keyboard dock. Instead, its display swivels and folds to make a tablet. This should come in handy if you’re drawing and don’t need the keyboard; the screen swivel would do great if you’re doing a presentation as well.

All in all, this Fujitsu LIFEBOOK is a solid convertible tablet PC. You can pretty much customize it according to your needs, preferences, and budget since you can choose which components you need. Compared to other tablet PCs, it’s on the higher end of the price spectrum, but considering the perks, you may want to give it a second look.

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Fujitsu LIFEBOOK T901: The Beauty of Options

Having options is a good thing, we always say, and here we have a convertible tablet PC that actually offers so many options you may suffer from some option paralysis. The Fujitsu LIFEBOOK T901 is customizable, so you can choose which components you want, need, or prefer. There are several possible configurations, but with customization, you can be sure that you’re getting the perfect tablet PC for you. We’re taking a quick look at the standard specs and the customizable specs of this Fujitsu LIFEBOOK so read on.

Standard specs. The T901 features a 13.3 inch display with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels. It comes with a built-in Intel HD 3000 graphics chip and a full-size keyboard with a touchpad and scroll wheel. Yes, everything else is pretty much up to you.

Processor. Do you feel the need for extra speed? The most basic configuration of the Fujitsu LIFEBOOK T901 comes with an Intel Core i5-2520M 2.5 GHz processor (3.2 GHz with Turbo Boost) but you can choose among three more CPU candidates: i5-2540M (2.6/3.3), i7-2620M (2.7/3.4), and i7-2640M (2.8/3.5). The fastest processor will set you back an additional US$ 170.

Video and Display. Video is among the T901’s most impressive customization options, since in addition to the built-in Intel graphics, you can opt for an additional NVIDIA NVS 4200M with Optimus Technology. The 1 GB video card should come in handy if you plan to use the tablet PC for image and video editing. The T901 display comes with a standard active digitizer for pen input but you can get it with a dual digitizer for pen and multi-touch input. You can choose among different display types as well, with some featuring anti-reflective coating and webcam.

Software. The T901 can run 64-bit and thus you can choose to get Windows 7 Professional 32- or 64-bit. Also, you can have Microsoft Office bundled in.

Hardware. The standard RAM for the T901 is 2 GB, but you can choose to have a maximum of 8 GB. Storage options are available in the form of HDD and SSD drives with varying sizes, while connectivity-wise, you can choose among mobile broadband options and WLAN cards. You can opt not to have Bluetooth, and choose among the available battery options as well. You can even choose to have a DVD RW or a Blu-ray writer built-in.

Remember though that customization is not free and you will have to shell out extra cash for the features you want on your Fujitsu LIFEBOOK T901. At any rate, you still get a tablet PC that caters to your needs and preferences so that should be worth the extra expense. It works both ways, meaning you can also opt out of some features to lessen the total cost of the tablet PC.

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Fujitsu Stylistic Q550: Basics and Features

Industrial tablet PCs are generally very functional, ruggedized, and secure, since they are usually used in the field and are used to run more than just a media player and a browser. We’ve come across many tablet PCs that can come to the task and the Fujitsu Stylistic Q550 is one slate that has these three qualities. It has more to offer hardware and software-wise, so keep reading to know more about this.

Fujitsu Stylistic features and specs

The Fujitsu Stylistic Q550 is a 10.1 inch tablet that runs on Windows 7. As mentioned, it’s equipped with the things you may require from an industrial tablet PC, with some features even going the extra mile to cater to industrial and enterprise use requirements. According the tablet PC news, this tablet features the Intel Z670 (also known as Oak Trail), a processor that can provide 1.5 GHz of processing speed with an integrated 2 GB of RAM and graphic processing unit (GPU). Connectivity-wise, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth comes standard in all varieties of the Fujitsu Stylistic Q550 while mobile broadband and A-GPS are optional. This tablet is also equipped with two cameras, as well as USB 2.0 and HDMI ports.

As we’ve mentioned that the Q550 comes in different varieties, and each variety comes with a slight tweak to better cater to customers. The high end version has the works, with a Trusted Platform Module (TPM) security chip, mobile broadband, A-GPS, and a 62 GB SSD for storage. The mid-range version has smaller storage space with only 30 GB SSD while the entry level version only has Wi-Fi and Bluetooth for connectivity. You can choose from these options based on your needs, preferences, and of course, budget. Also, the Fujitsu Stylistic Q550 has a detachable battery, which according to tablet PC comparison sites is a rare feature in slates. This feature should come in really handy if you’re out in the field (without power outlets) for long periods of time. You can just carry an extra battery with you.

Feedback

Tablet PC reviews are lukewarm toward the Fujitsu Stylistic Q550. They praise its solid and robust design but found the Windows 7 operating system (on review Q550 models) a little laggy. Another feature that earned praise is Fujitsu’s Infinity Lounge, a graphical user interface you can use in tandem with Windows 7 to make it tablet friendlier, so to speak. All things considered, this Fujitsu Stylistic has relatively solid features and is reliable enough to stand the grunt work out in the field.

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Pros and Cons of the Fujitsu Stylistic Q550

The Fujitsu Stylistic Q550 goes to great lengths to cater to industrial, business, and enterprise tablet users, incorporating features geared toward professional use. Depending on your needs, preferences, and budget, this may or may not be the slate you’re looking for, so you’d do good to look through these important points to help you decide whether or not you want to get this tablet PC.

Solid Frame. Most tablet PC reviews note that the Fujitsu Stylistic Q550 is solidly built, despite the fact that it has a plastic frame. Furthermore, this tablet PC is built compact, though it does weight heavier than it looks. The sturdiness of the tablet is a definite pro, especially if you work in rugged conditions. The heft, however, can be a con, as obviously you’re going to have trouble holding this Fujitsu Stylistic for long periods of time.

Specs. The Q550 comes with Intel’s new processor Atom Z670. It was codenamed Oak Trail, a chip that can crank out 1.5 GHz of processing power and packs 2 GB of RAM. The chip also has an integrated GPU and is designed specifically to run on mobile devices that require a long battery life. Connectivity-wise, you get Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n and Bluetooth, and you can get optional mobile broadband and GPS. Ports include USB and HDMI, as well as the connector for the docking station accessory.

Variations. You can choose from three variations of the Fujitsu Stylistic Q550, and here’s a quick tablet PC comparison. The high end option features the works: a Trusted Platform Module (TPM) security chip, 62 GB SSD, mobile broadband, and A-GPS. The mid-range option, on the other hand, has all of the said features save for a smaller 30 GB SSD, while the entry level flavour doesn’t have mobile broadband and GPS. You get a lot from which to choose, and that’s almost always a pro in our book.

Windows 7 and Fujitsu Infinity Lounge. Let’s face it (and most tablet PC news agree), Windows 8 is still a long ways off and in the meantime, Windows 7 will have to do. On the Fujitsu Stylistic Q550, Windows 7 can be used alongside the Fujitsu Infinity Lounge, a user interface that’ll help you manage widgets, tools, settings, and applications, among other things. According to many reviews the Infinity Lounge presents some real potential as a great GUI, though found Windows 7 a little sluggish on the tablet PC.

Overall, the Fujitsu Stylistic Q550 is a decent tablet PC as industrial slates go. It’s robust and sturdy, and features a removable battery that can come in handy if you’re using it in the field.

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