T5010 Performs Well as Notebook

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The new T5010 tablet computer from Fujitsu helps show what Intel's new Centrino 2 technology means for users by balancing performance with battery life and new features.


Although the T5010 is designed as a convertible, the unit performs extremely well as a notebook computer, with a few minor complaints, such as the low WXGA resolution and low speaker volume.

As a tablet, the T5010 shows some innovation. For example, when the unit is switched to tablet mode, the optical drive is disabled, which prevents the drive from opening accidentally and perhaps becoming damaged during tablet use. Also, users will find that the heat generated by the CPU exits at the top of the unit, helping to keep users a little more comfortable. The screen does exhibit a little more flex than some would like, but overall the unit has a solid, quality feel.

The pen for the tablet is stored in the top edge of the unit and is very easy to remove or store. A more positive locking system for the pen would be an ideal addition; currently it is a little too easy to remove the pen and possibly lose it.

Performancewise, the unit scored well, posting a 630 overall with PassMark’s performance test v6.1.  Performance is unquestionably enhanced by the incorporation of Intel’s new Montevina processor.

The new processor (and associated chip set) also offers another advantage: increased battery life. Under our real-world rundown tests, we were able to use the system as a tablet and as a notebook during a train ride into New York City and back from Eastern Long Island. That added up to around 4 hours of use without a recharge, and we still had 19 percent of battery life left.

Although Fujitsu may not have created the perfect tablet or the perfect notebook with the LifeBook T5010, the company is on the right track to creating the perfect convertible, and future generations of the product will surely get that much closer to perfection.

Frank Ohlhorst Frank J. Ohlhorst is the Executive Technology Editor for eWeek Channel Insider and brings with him over 20 years of experience in the Information Technology field.He began his career as a network administrator and applications program in the private sector for two years before joining a computer consulting firm as a programmer analyst. In 1988 Frank founded a computer consulting company, which specialized in network design, implementation, and support, along with custom accounting applications developed in a variety of programming languages.In 1991, Frank took a position with the United States Department of Energy as a Network Manager for multiple DOE Area Offices with locations at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPL), Argonne National Laboratory (ANL), FermiLAB and the Ames Area Office (AMESAO). Frank's duties included managing the site networks, associated staff and the inter-network links between the area offices. He also served at the Computer Security Officer (CSO) for multiple DOE sites. Frank joined CMP Technology's Channel group in 1999 as a Technical Editor assigned to the CRN Test Center, within a year, Frank became the Senior Technical Editor, and was responsible for designing product testing methodologies, assigning product reviews, roundups and bakeoffs to the CRN Test Center staff.In 2003, Frank was named Technology Editor of CRN. In that capacity, he ensured that CRN maintained a clearer focus on technology and increased the integration of the Test Center's review content into both CRN's print and web properties. He also contributed to Netseminar's, hosted sessions at CMP's Xchange Channel trade shows and helped to develop new methods of content delivery, Such as CRN-TV.In September of 2004, Frank became the Director of the CRN Test Center and was charged with increasing the Test Center's contributions to CMP's Channel Web online presence and CMP's latest monthly publication, Digital Connect, a magazine geared towards the home integrator. He also continued to contribute to CMP's Netseminar series, Xchange events, industry conferences and CRN-TV.In January of 2007, CMP Launched CRNtech, a monthly publication focused on technology for the channel, with a mailed audience of 70,000 qualified readers. Frank was instrumental in the development and design of CRNTech and was the editorial director of the publication as well as its primary contributor. He also maintained the edit calendar, and hosted quarterly CRNTech Live events.In June 2007, Frank was named Senior Technology Analyst and became responsible for the technical focus and edit calendars of all the Channel Group's publications, including CRN, CRNTech, and VARBusiness, along with the Channel Group's specialized publications Solutions Inc., Government VAR, TechBuilder and various custom publications. Frank joined Ziff Davis Enterprise in September of 2007 and focuses on creating editorial content geared towards the purveyors of Information Technology products and services. Frank writes comparative reviews, channel analysis pieces and participates in many of Ziff Davis Enterprise's tradeshows and webinars. He has received several awards for his writing and editing, including back to back best review of the year awards, and a president's award for CRN-TV. Frank speaks at many industry conferences, is a contributor to several IT Books, holds several records for online hits and has several industry certifications, including Novell's CNE, Microsoft's MCP.Frank can be reached at frank.ohlhorst@ziffdavisenterprise.com

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