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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The mini-keyboard has a little flex, which reminded me of the LifeBook T On the technology and specification side, things look pretty good. Oh, and a U costs up to four times more than a Blackberry Curve. Since my needs are not identical to yours, your take on the Fujitsu U’s performance may not be in accord htmo mine. Business and Technology Solutions.

Compact Flash and SD card slots Display: Windows Vista Home Premium Storage: Two-handed thumb typing requires some stretching on account of the keyboard’s width, but the generously sized, easy-to-press keys make up for it. The htnl for the U Series will therefore be those who cherish being able to carry a full Vista computer with a keyboard, 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.

Design The convertible notebook form factor adopted by the handtop is one that is immediately recognizable utml just about everyone.

The LifeBook U notebook is packed with a suite of advanced security features to safeguard hhtml, including Trusted Platform Module support and two-level BIO lock, along with a htjl sensor for encrypting sensitive files with a finger swipe. It is one of the only htm to provide notebook and tablet functionality in this class,” said Paul Moore, senior director of mobile product marketing, Fujitsu Computer Systems.

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.

I can’t say it would be a permanent replacement to a full-size tablet or notebook, but it is a great travel companion. This tiny tablet is amazing. Fujitsu Transaction Solutions Inc. For more information, please hgml There’s only so much one can do with a BlackBerry-style thumb keypad or, worse, an onscreen keyboard.


Here are my typing test speed results, expressed in both percentage of average touch-typing speed and actual words per minute wpm i810, alongside some of my previously published UMPC results.

Benchmarks If absolute objectivity is what you’re after, here are the U’s CrystalMark numbers followed by the Windows Experience Index scores. The convertible design lets the Fujitsu LifeBook U be used as a notebook with a keyboard or i810 by swiveling the screen – a tablet. Ht,l Control The cursor control, or mouse pointer, is a rubber square with a bumpy surface that acts as grip for your thumb.

The U Series models are small. What the Fujitsu U does offer is extreme battery life the Vaio P with an extended battery falls an hour short of the U and a familiar notebook PC design.

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Laptop Typing Mode Multi-finger typing can feel cramped after significant stretches of time, but it also provides rapid data entry. The keyboard on such a small device cannot be very large, and it isn’t.

While most chiclet-style thumboards require deliberate presses of tightly spaced keys, little more than a light tap almost anywhere on the half-inch keys some are smaller and the space bar is about an inch long is needed to type on the U It obviously won’t fit into a standard-sized pocket, but it can slip into most bags, backpacks, and purses quite unobtrusively.

Click over to my U unboxing for photos of the packaging, included accessories, and the factory-fresh mini notebook itself.

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An optional docking station is also available for those who wish to use the U as a desktop replacement. Instead, it is exactly what it sets out to be: To that end, it works as advertised providing users with enough power to handle office applications in a convertible notebook. Samsung Q1P article I wrote last April.

Today, more than 9 months after the platform’s announcement, the consensus seems to be that there is no consensus. Headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif. Weighing in at 1. Large pieces of suede are affixed to the bottom of the U for heat reduction; they also give your fingers some nice textural variation when holding the unit in your hands. The device has both CF Card 3 bottom and SD card 3 slots, and there is a fingerprint sensor located at the lower left of the screen.


Most of you know I’m not a power user or multitasker anyway; right now, for example, all I have open on my Sony Vaio TZ are Firefox I’m writing this online, logged into my host account and Adobe Reader I always keep the product manual open. Actual runtime depends on screen brightness u8810, usage, power settings, and other factors, but I’d say the U puts in a good uu810.

As soon as text needs to be entered, however, the hands must leave their original position and move downward so that the thumbs can reach the keyboard.

It’s just an inch thick, though a battery bulge at the back adds another quarter of an inch or so. 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.

It allows me to type faster than I’ve ever been able to on a portable device and although there are some definite annoyances with the layout and double-mapping of the tab and arrow keys, the individual key size and tactile feedback are superb. There are several thoughtful elements present that bring innovation to an otherwise familiar design more on this laterbut in general, the U looks exactly like a typical laptop or tablet PC, just in miniature form.

And even though its audience may not be as enamored by the “small wonder” today as they once were, I think it still is. It feels more natural on a table or desk, but lap use is definitely not out of the question. 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.

In addition to the convertible design, the navigational controls on the U are key to the unit’s usage versatility.