Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Today I bought a Fujitsu T4210

more photos soon.


I was so excited about this news that I couldn't help but post some photos. My new Fujitsu T4210 arrived today thanks to Australian Tablet PC Distributor Tegatech Australia and their new partnership with Fujitsu PC Australia.

I decided to unwrap the box and take photos of the event. I don't know about you but the shear adrenaline that surrounds an "unboxing" is awesome. Ever since seeing the T4210 I was enamored, so when the delivery man left the device with my wife earlier today I couldn't help but let you all know.

BTW this doesn't mean I am not a Slate man anymore, I kept the Sahara i215. This device, thanks to Microsoft OneNote 2007 Beta (and its ability to synchronize over multiple PCs), will become my notepad and paper, while the Fujitsu LifeBook T4210 will be my saving grace!

I love Tablets!!! [talk about putting my money where my mouth is; and no this is not a freebie, I paid for it after much deliberation.]

17 comments:

Gordon said...

The Fujitsu is on my short list of tablets I'd like to try for my first tablet experience. I'm a PC guy by trade but I've been using Mac laptops the last half dozen or so years. Recently though I've become REALLY interested in what I'm seeing in Tablet and UMPCs.

The problem is I can't decide to buy or wait...Vista is JUST around the corner. And if I do buy, I can't decide on a convertable tablet, a slate or a UMPC. I want to really dig in and try the whole "tablet experience."

Hugo Ortega said...

Hi Gordon,

You've basically thrown all the burning issues into one blog comment.;-)

When it comes to Tablet PC and Vista I think the choice is easy; don't be afraid to buy now but make sure that the Tablet you're considering is Vista ready. In this market currently the Fujitsu T4210 and the Toshiba M400 (and believe it ot not the Samsung Q1 has had a lot of success running Vista - including some glass effects).

Convertible vs. Slate is a query that I deal with often. As a strategy the slate will always make you a better "inker." Because the keyboard is not available you'll find that mastering the pen becomes a mission, rather than a chore. When it comes to convertibles I am currently revising my initial opinion, which was something like "only a Slate is a true Tablet." Since the release of UMPC my current artillery of Tablets has been cut back to two (for business use) that consist of an EO Ultra Mobile PC, for notetaking, and my new Fujitsu T4210 as my main PC.

The reason I favour this setup is that Microsoft OneNote 2007 Beta 2 allows me to synchronise my notes over several PCs. This is a new feature of the Beta and a compelling one for UMPC. Now my UMPC can attend all my meetings and replace pen & paper, while my Core Duo Fuji acts as "big daddy" machine for all my more "processor" laborious tasks.

Getting a Tablet is easy, it's living without it after you own one that is the problem.

Gordon said...

Hey Hugo! Thanks kindly for the kind response. :)

For me, I'm not tablet savvy yet so I have my corporate desktop (Dell Precision) for all my heavy day to day work (I'm a Windows/Linux sysadmin), my ThinkPad T60p which is a monster (dual core, great video card, runs aero glass out of the box) that I do all my remote work on. Also I have a Dell XPS 600 at home with all my data on it.

I guess what I miss is moving my data around. I used to keep my entire life on my Mac but I can't really do that on a company notebook.

I'd love if I could get some kind of tablet that wouldn't replace my my T60p but would allow me to keep all my data and, through the pen, provide a more visceral experience with my data...did that even make sense? It almost sounded like marketing jargon. :)

I have to admit the idea of a UMPC doing this like GPS in the car and car media player and such seems "neat" but I'm not sure how practical it'd be as a PC for me. But I'm REALLY attracted to what the platform will become in time.

So that still leaves me the question...What to buy? Grrrr.

PS: Kudos on your EXCELLENT review of the eo and Q1. I got super excited when you started talking about pressure-sensitivity. I knew that a touch screen picking up my palm resting on it would be a problem and so that lack of the active digitizer is worrying me. I'm thinking, hey, maybe I should get an active screen for my first machine as I'd be missing out on some of the experience.

PPS: LONNNG comment. Sorry for spamming your blog. :)

Hugo Ortega said...

Hi gordon,

Don't worry about the Spam effect - we're on a good thing if your questions are getting answered. I have better things to do than sit here and answer comments all night, but the fact is that I'm addicted to the community. Helping answer Tablet related queries is about the most enjoyable past time I have ;-)

Back to the issue at hand:

Replacing a T60p is an arduous task in the Tablet space. The only devices that come close are the M400 and the T4210. The main difference between the two is the graphics capabilities, i.e. stronger on the M400.

I hear you on the Pen front. When I was given a look at my first ever Tablet I realised just how useful it could be (and inevitably became). The pen feature allows notetaking, annotating on PDF and pictures, transcribing notes, and converting to text on the fly. The price premium (that once existed) is at a point where Tablet is no longer considered expensive. The take-up is on the rise and rightly so.

What to buy!!! My scenario involves a two tablet setup. This is a key distinction you should make when deciphering my feedback. I could not run a single Tablet artillery anymore as I really don't want to lug my Fuji into all my meetings. What I like about my current setup is the mobility I've gained, vs. the portability I used to have. True mobility means I can walk into a meeting with the UMPC and walk out and synchronize. The key to the future in my eyes is synchronisaion. As multi-pc setups become more popular you'll find that Tablet PC sales will experience a real spike. Vista, via its Sync Centre, has taken a huge leap towards Synchronization Happiness.

If I were you I'd make the leap - it sounds like you're ready. I bought the T4210, and really had to put my money where my mouth is. I'll be posting a video review soon but until then why don’t you look at this review of its predecessor, the T4020.

My take is that you’re looking for an increase in your productivity, not just functionality. Tablet has given me more features to “play” with that have translated to an increase in “productivity” and inevitably a win/win overall.

Keep up the fight Gordon…

Gordon said...

Hugo,

Heh! It's funny you mention it. I just had to pause your review of the 4020 I was watching in order to hop over to the other tab to respond. Great minds think alike. :)

I guess for me I have a beefy desktop at work and home and a beefy notebook with a 1400 res screen and a lot of power. I think I'm looking for a way to "work different." I'd love a machine with a good HD that I can put all my pictures and music on as a personal machine but be able to lug around and interact with using the pen.

I guess I'm a bad example of a tablet user as I don't attend a lot of meetings but I see lots of neat things out there like the ability to annotate e-books, etc and it just seems like a really interesting way to work with the environment.

It's funny your comments about the community. When I was a Mac fanboy one of the BEST things was the super community of people. Now that I'm back using Windows fulltime it's...well..Windows. But I've been reading your blog, have become addicted to the mobile tech roundup podcast and Kevin/Jame's jkontherun site and I think there's a ton of great things about the tablet community. I've become quite the fanboy. :)

I think my best bet (though I'm itching to try UMPC) is either a really good quality slate or a hybrid that manages to stay light. If I bought too big of a hybrid it'd get close to outmoding my work laptop. And if I bought something too small (like a UMPC) I might ruin the experience of being on a "tablet" environment.

I'm thinking the 4210 looks great, the Motions and Electrovayas seem like the BMWs of the tablet PC world, and the TC1100 looks like a steal right now but I'm worried it'd be anemic running Vista.

PS: Thanks again. I can see it's getting to be the wee hours your time if the clock on the blog is any indicator. Meanwihle it's 10:30am my time. :)

Hugo Ortega said...

Sorry about the delay in response but you were right about the time over here, and yes I did go to sleep.

Whatever has happened thanks to blogs and podcasts seems only to favor us all. Being a fan is not anything to be ashamed of, but on the contrary, it's a reflection of the times and the way in which we want our information disseminated. :-)

Let me know how your thoughts are going and if there is anything else I can do for you. If it’s a slate you are after I’d definitely buy the Motion LS1600, Sahara i215 Slate PC, or Fujitsu ST5032 – then you’ll be productive, and a real head turner too! Cheers Gordon…

Links are to AU sites but I'm sure you can find the USA sites yourself

Gordon said...

Awesome! I just noticed the Sahara recently. The Motion 1600 was definitely on my list. I'm tempted to just wait for a Vista release to get that pre-installed on a new tablet. I figure if I'm going to drop that much cash on a premium tablet then I might as well wait 'till Jan.

I really do appreciate all the help. I'm eager to get my hands on a tablet soon.

PS: No problem on the delay. I spent all morning helping a friend get ready for a bday party and all evening stuffing myself with food at said party. It's now 11:15pm my time and I'm just settling back in at home. :)

Gordon said...

Oh that reminds me...about the Motion. I remember reading one blogger who said they got their hands on a Motion touch screen 1600 running Vista. I believe the mentioned it worked either active or passive.

From what I read you could use it as a touch screen but if you tried using the pen it was smart enough to shut off the passive screen and used the active digitizer instead. If that's the case, that's a pretty impressive piece of technology.

Hugo Ortega said...

Hi Gordon,

B'Day party prep is a chore but the fruits of your labour seem to have been realised in full glory! ;-)

The Shara should be on your radar as an Ultra Funky Tablet PC. Regrettably it is not Vista compliant at this moment in time (due mostly to a BIOS update that is required) but should become Vista capable by the time your journey gets closer to parting with cash.

The Blogger that mentioned the Touch LS1600 with Vista/Pen/Touch is my mate, Criag Pringle. He is a Tablet PC MVP and worth maintaining on your RSS dial. These computers are the future in Tablet in that offering touch and pen will have massive ramifications on your productivity, i.e. an increase.

RC1 of Vista is due soon and OEM's have been playing with retail SKU's for several months now. Hold your breath as it looks like Vista will be available in the not too distant future.

Go to bed mate!!! :-)

Hugo Ortega said...

Hi Gordon,

B'Day party prep is a chore but the fruits of your labour seem to have been realised in full glory! ;-)

The Shara should be on your radar as an Ultra Funky Tablet PC. Regrettably it is not Vista compliant at this moment in time (due mostly to a BIOS update that is required) but should become Vista capable by the time your journey gets closer to parting with cash.

The Blogger that mentioned the Touch LS1600 with Vista/Pen/Touch is my mate Criag Pringle. He is a Tablet PC MVP and worth maintaining on your RSS dial. These computers are the future in Tablet in that offering touch and pen will have massive ramifications on your productivity, i.e. an increase.

RC1 of Vista is due soon and OEM's have been playing with retail SKU's for several months now. Hold your breath as it looks like Vista will be available in the not too distant future.

Go to bed mate!!! :-)

boobtoons said...

im dying to get one!

Hugo Ortega said...

I can't stop using mine!

Anonymous said...

Hugo - thanks for your blog - it really has inspired me to get into a slate - I like the Sahara however, two things make me hesitate. One is whether there is going to be a duo core slate released anytime soon - talk of vista makes me think that more processing power is going to be needed and the second is that its a shame that the Sahara doesn't have a PCMCIA slot - so that means a Toshiba M400. It is areal shame when a few hardware issues push you away from where you want to go!

Regards Robert

Hugo Ortega said...

Hi Robert,

Thank you for your kinds words - it means a lot to me given that blogging occurs in and around everything else I do during the day.

In regards to the Sahara I do feel your pain. I cannot confirm that a CoreDuo Sahara will/or will not be available. What I can say is that CoreDuo does make a difference. For me personally by moving to a two-tablet artillery I have now become more productive.My Fujitsu T4210 gives me the opportunity to replace my desktop (run Vista) and function quickly, while my EO has replaced any need (almost) for a pen and paper.

It's an exciting time to be part of the community and part of Tablet in general. You'll never regret a M400/T4210 purchase [AS LONG AS, AND THIS GOES TO EVERYONE OUT THERE, AS LONG AS YOU USE THE PEN FEATURES].

Gordon said...

Hugo,

That'd sorta be an issue for me with the Sahara (the lack of PCMCIA). I have, thanks to work, a T-Mobile PCMCIA EDGE card. It's nowhere near as fast as EVDO but it gets the job done on the road.

The other option (which would be how I would go about it for a UMPC) would be to tether it to my Blackberry via USB and use that as an EDGE modem. It works but I think I'd look like a medical patient with some weird black wire being tethered to my hip. :)

How do you get around with the resolution on the Fujitsu. That's just 1024? I'm so used to 1600 on my destop and 1400 on my notebook that 1024 on a prinary machine would be rough. I'm used to having the screen real estate for a large IM window with all my contacts showing, large browser windows, seeing tons of email at once in Outlook, etc.

PS: Yeah the core duo is a screamer. I'm curious to see how the first core duo slates perform.

Hugo Ortega said...

Hi Dr. Gordon, LOL

I've paired my balckberry via USB cable and used it as a modem and your comment really cracked me up - it was exactly what it looked like. hahaha


1024 resolution is a pain but for me but normally I’m projecting onto a 23” or 19” (depending where I’m sitting) monitor. I think the Sahara is the ultimate in ergonomics and does not have a competitor in those stakes. It is painful without PCMCIA but my belief is that this is a dying form factor. As we get closer to HSDPA networks you’ll see new devices hit the street including CF (again).

The sheer bulkiness and voltage of PCMCIA has to rule it out for the future. With battery life being a major issue on smaller devices you’ll even find more people leaning to Bluetooth, as I have! Bluetooth means that the paired device also carries some form of battery-loading, i.e. share the consumption of power on its own.

If you look at my Motorola A1000 3G phone when paired with my EO V7110 I actually get better life out of my EO, compared to when I use a plug in card.

Anonymous said...

I also own a T4210 and I love it. Their are 2 major concerns. It is small, and when I mean small, i mean SMALL. The screen is minuscule but that is ok. The other thing is that it has barely any graphic power. If you are interested in playing most any 3d games, your gonna have to use a different computer.