Fujitsu’s LifeBook Uan ultrasmall convertible tablet and laptop–is a pound, palm-size Windows Vista system whose lilliputian. Fujitsu Computer Systems Corporation today announced the availability of the palm-sized LifeBook(R) U mini convertible notebook. The Fujitsu LifeBook U mini notebook is part of the second wave of UMPCs running on Intel’s new energy-efficient Ultra Mobile Platform.

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Review: Fujitsu LifeBook U – Pocketables

The display can be positioned to suit just about anyone’s liking, so viewing angles are excellent. We’ve always liked UMPCs in theory–shrinking a laptop down in size to something you can almost pocket–but these systems, including the OQO model 02 and the Sony VAIO UX, shed so much usability and so many features along the way that they are more like souped-up smart phones than actual computers.

Reflection and glare are happily nonexistent in low-light situations or under artificial lighting.

It’s not much for such a tightly packed techno-marvel, but a good bunch u80 than one of today’s economy notebooks with infinitely more power and features. It obviously won’t fit into a standard-sized pocket, but it can slip into most bags, backpacks, and purses quite unobtrusively. Fujitsu integrates the core expertise of our skilled resources and Business Partners to deliver IT Infrastructure solutions and services that position our customers for growth.

The market for the U Series will therefore be those who cherish being able to carry a full Vista computer with a htmp, one that weighs barely more than a pound, can last almost all day on a charge of its extended battery, and can easily be connected to a big screen and full-size keyboard for office work. Sporting a versatile design, intuitive controls, best-in-class keyboard, and outstanding battery life, htmo was well received by mobile tech enthusiasts and the star of many favorable reviews.

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I switched the orientation for httml photo because I didn’t want the Fujitsu logo upside down. Fujitsu is a leading provider of customer-focused IT and communications solutions for the global marketplace.

The keyboard is given its own section below, so let’s skip over it y810 explore the rest of the U’s hardware. Hopefully Fujitsu will smarten up and include a real processor to power this device.


Multi-finger typing can feel cramped after significant stretches of time, but it also provides rapid data entry. The extended battery that ships with the U doesn’t lay flush against the unit the way the standard one does photo hereso the unit’s thml cuteness and aesthetics are definitely challenged by the battery’s slightly wobbly 0.

Fujitsu-Siemens Lifebook U Serie. I’ve also said before that time is more important to me than benchmarks. The mini-keyboard has a little flex, which reminded me of the LifeBook T It flips automatically when swiveling the screen clockwise direction only to convert the notebook into a slate but can also be adjusted manually to suit personal preferences.

Status Indicator Panel Below the keyboard is a foursome of status indicators left to uu810 Here are my typing test speed results, expressed in both percentage of average touch-typing speed and actual words per minute wpmalongside some of my previously published UMPC results.

It’s just an inch thick, though a battery bulge at the back adds another quarter of an inch or so. The U’s improvements—new keyboard layout, GPS, and a higher hfml resolution—aren’t enough to kick-start the handheld PC category.

These numbers may not sound promising on paper, but for five rows of keys set into a space measuring a hair over 6 inches, they’re actually quite good.

The mini notebook was impossible to ignore. In tablet mode, the user has access to all those because the top quarter or so of the system unit remains accessible, unlike with most Tablet PC convertibles where the LCD covers the entire bottom part of the notebook. A trackpad similar to the one on the FlipStart 1.

On the other side of the display hinge is a set of three smaller buttons with icons and lettering printed on them in white the picture had to be taken in low light for the white, which looks gray above, to show up. This tiny tablet is amazing. When used in landscape slate mode, the controls are actually designed to be above the display, not below it as shown above, so that the mouse pointer is under your right thumb.


And for down time, the bright 5. Design The convertible notebook form factor adopted by the handtop is one that is immediately recognizable to just about everyone.

They’re nicely sized, easy to press, and well positioned. Benchmarks If absolute objectivity is what you’re after, here are the U’s CrystalMark numbers followed by the Windows Experience Index scores. Touchscreen The U is outfitted with a passive touchscreen that responds to both styli and fingers. I don’t do a whole of benchmarking around here, so there isn’t much to compare the figures with except for my Vaio TZ benchmarks and, to a lesser extent, the Vaio UXP vs.

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This tiny tablet is amazing. Is that an absurd claim? But if you need more power than you can get with a PDA or smartphone but can’t stand the idea of carrying a full-sized notebook, the Fujitsu could be exactly the mobile computer you need. An integrated camera also makes the LifeBook U notebook perfect for video conferencing and digital picture taking.

If you u801 a Windows computer most everywhere you go, the Fujitsu U’s light weight and small size are easy on the back and it’s uu810 small it doesn’t scream “steal me” like a full size hyml. It and also the slower Mhz A version use a MHZ frontside bus, have KB of Level 2 cache, are paired with the GU Express chipset, and are generally designed for energy-efficient operation.

A VGA webcam and microphone are built into the top. When holding the unit with both hands, it is more natural to hold it near the center to balance the weight and to reach the mouse pointer and other controls. Fujitsu Transaction Solutions Inc. Fujitsu LifeBook U Source: Weighing in at 1. Just don’t expect desktop replacement performance– in fact, don’t expect to use it as a portable video player either.

And the company has also been offering miniature notebooks with touchscreens.