Fujitsu LifeBook P1510D Notebook / Tablet PC - Our Full Review

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  1. Barry J. Doyle

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    Fujitsu LifeBook P1510D - Ultimate Mobility, Maximum Functionality

    The Fujitsu LifeBook P1500 series notebook / Tablet PC is an ultralight and ultra-portable wonder. This 2.2pound featherweight boasts a surprisingly usable keyboard, a clear 8.9" touchscreen and battery life that hovers almost three hours (real use)with a standard battery. Although this tiny machine won't deliver jaw-dropping graphics or house a spark-wielding 7200RPM hard drive spindle, it does deliver surprisingly responsive performance. In a nutshell, the P1500 is no PDA disguised as a notebook. This is a notebook that delivers all the performance one would expect that has been miraculously engineered into a ever so slightly large PDA-sized device.

    Fujitsu originally released the first generation P1500 series "notebook" with a touchscreen, but it was only available preloaded with the standard Windows XP OS. Consumers may now choose between Windows XP Pro or Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005. Although the P1500 runs XP Tablet PC Edition, it is not a Wacom "Penabled" device that uses an electromagnetic display and pen. Instead a fancy stylus is included for touchscreen input functionality.

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    Specs


      Hard Drive:30GB (4200RPM)[/li]
      Ports: [/li]
      2 x USB 2.0[/li]
      1 x Docking[/li]
      1 x DC Power Input[/li]
      1 x RJ-11 Modem[/li]
      1 x RJ-45 Network[/li]
      1 x VGA[/li]
      1 x Microphone[/li]
      1 x Headphone(s)[/li]
      Package Contents:
      LifeBook P1510D, Lithium Ion battery, AC Adapter, Fujitsu Recovery CD's, Stylus (Pen)[/li]
      Network:Gigabit Ethernet 10/100/1000Mbps, Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11a/b/g 54Mbps[/li]
      Manufacturer: Fujitsu Computer Systems Corp.
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      Case Style: Portable[/li]
      Standard Memory:512MB SDRAM[/li]
      Display Screen: 8.9" 1024x600 Active Matrix TFT Color LCD[/li]
      Optical Drive: none
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      Sound Card: Integrated[/li]
      Standard Warranty:1 Year(s) Limited - Worldwide[/li]
      Expansion Slots:1 x Compact Flash
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      Operating System: Windows XP Tablet PC Edition[/li]
      Processor: Intel Pentium M 753 (1.20GHz, 2MB L2-Cache, FSB 400)
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      Batteries:1 x 3-cell Lithium Ion (Li-Ion) Standard 2600 mAh
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      Modem:V.92 56Kbps Fax Modem[/li]
      Maximum Memory: 2GB DDR2 SDRAM[/li]
      Graphics Controller: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 900 Up to 128MB VRAM[/li]
      Parts Warranty/Labor:1 Year[/li]
      Dimensions: 1.46" Height x 9.3" Width x 6.57" Depth [/li]
      Weight: 2.21 lbs.

      Build & Design

      It seems that all of the Fujitsu notebook and Tablet PC models we have worked with to date are built to handle the rigors of travel and the P1500 series is no exception. The attractive silver casing feels light, but strong. The keyboard is firm and display is sturdy to the touch. The rotating hinge feels solid enough to endure long-term usage.



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      Right View: pen, wireless on/off, SD card reader, USB port, AC jack
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      Left View: USB port, mic jack, headphone jack, CF card slot
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      Rear View: VGA out, LAN port, modem port, Kensington lock, heat vent
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      Display


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      The Fujitsu P1510D hosts an 8.9" display with a 1024x600 pixel resolution. That amounts to a total of 614,400 pixels crammed into about 9 inches of space. The P1510D display is bright, but appears a bit washed out in contrast. Our review unit also has a stuck pixel (blue) which is never easy to swallow after coughing up $1,500 for a notebook. In regards to the small display size, this pixel flaw was an annoyance at the very least.

      This display is a reasonable size for short durations of viewing web pages, checking email or working with Office documents. However to have a portable computer with this remarkable size, there is indeed a trade-off. The simple fact is that an 8.9" screen can be tedious on the eyes after long-term use. Luckily there is a VGA out port on the P1510D and the graphics will support an external monitor with up to a 1600x1200 resolution.

      Speakers

      The built-in sound on the P1510D comes from a single mono speaker. The tone is clear enough for Windows audio prompts and playback of dictation. We would however strongly recommend a good set of powered external speakers to listen to your favorite MP3's.

      Processor and Performance Benchmarks

      The Fujitsu LifeBook model P1510D has the Intel Pentium M 753 (1.20GHz, 2MB L2-Cache, FSB 400) CPU. This is a ULV or "ultra low voltage" processor that delivers on battery life without adding the weight of an actual battery. (When we hold the included 3-cell battery, we are talking onces here!) Although the Intel ULV processors are not speed demons, they are certainly capable of delivering steady performance for most any daily computing task one might need to complete.


      We used SuperPI to calculate the number Pi to 2 Million digits in this raw number crunching benchmark. This open source benchmark application allows the user to change the number of digits of Pi that can be calculated from 16 Thousand to 32 Million. The benchmark, which uses 19 iterations in the test, was set to 2 Million digits.

      Comparison of tablet/notebook models using Super Pi to calculate Pi to 2 million digits (plugged in):

      Notebook Time to Calculate Pi to 2 Million Digits


      Notebook Time to Calculate Pi to 2 Million Digits
      Fujitsu LifeBookP1500D
      (1.2GHz ULVPentium M)
      2m 23s
      Fujitsu ST5000 Tablet PC
      (1.1 GHzULV Pentium M)
      2m 37s
      ThinkPad X41 Tablet PC (1.5GHz Alviso LV PM) 2m 3s
      HP tc4200 (1.73GHz Alviso PM) 1m 51s


      We used Futuremark's PCMark '04 benchmarking software to measure the P1510D's performance in various tasks.

      Performance Benchmarks for theFujitsu P1510D(1.20GHz ULV) compared to theIBM/Lenovo ThinkPad(1.5GHz LV)simulating multiple computing tasks:

      Futuremark PCMark04 Scores Fujitsu LifeBookP1500D
      (1.2GHz ULVPentiumM)
      ThinkPad X41 Tablet PC (1.5GHz Alviso LV PM)
      Multithreaded Test 1 / File Compression 2.38 MB/s 2.66MB/s
      Multithreaded Test 1 / File Encryption 17.61 MB/s 21.88MB/s
      Multithreaded Test 2 / File Decompression 15.54 MB/s 19.1MB/s
      Multithreaded Test 2 / Image Processing 7.12 MPixels/s 8.65MPixels/s
      Multithreaded Test 3 / Virus Scanning 1403.55 MB/s 1465.13 MB/s
      Multithreaded Test 3 / Grammar Check 1.92 KB/s 2.18 KB/s
      File Decryption 35.2 MB/s 43.24 MB/s
      Audio Conversion 1635.84 KB/s 2005.5 KB/s
      Web Page Rendering 3.63 Pages/s 4.28Pages/s
      DivX Video Compression 34.82 FPS 44.44FPS
      Physics Calculation and 3D 67.5 FPS 78.77 FPS
      Graphics Memory - 64 Lines 392.02 FPS 470.72
      3DMark '03Score N/A N/A


      When compared with the ThinkPad X41 featuring an Intel 1.5GHz low voltage CPU, the P1510D performs comparitively considering its ULV CPU.

      Our review unit has aToshiba 30GB 4200 RPM hard drive. Below are the results for the HD Tune performance benchmarks.


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      (Input) Keyboard, Trackpoint, Pen

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      The P1510D keyboard is tiny to say the least. The good news is that the keys are very responsive to the touch. Even those with larger fingertips will experience forgiveness due to the tactile feel of the key tops. Just as we discussed in regards to the rather small display size, this tiny keyboard is another trade off for a miraculously small notebook size. Using this keyboard over extended periods of time could contribute to an eventual trip under the knife of a neurosurgeon. Unless you plan to do all handwriting or dictation, an external keyboard for the P1510 is a must.

      The P1510D is equipped with a trackpoint navigation device sans a touchpad. A textured cover is provided to cover the trackpoint device to prevent slippage. Using the trackpoint on this small display seems to be a "friendlier" experience then that on a large display. Using the trackpoint with less screen real estate seems to just simply flow better. There are three silver mouse buttons located below the keys. These buttons are a good size in relation to the keyboard. It is easy to use the buttons and the trackpoint simultaneously due to the well-planned layout. The buttons also lay flat in relation to one another and provide accurate response upon depression.

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      The experience of working with the stylus on this textured screen is very similar to working with a PDA. The screen response is good, but does not offer the dazzling "hover effect" you'll get with an electromagnetic touchscreen and pen found on Wacom "Penabled" Tablet PC's. Since the screen surface is textured, the stylus has a nice feel for handwriting which in our opinion is the method of choice for input on the the P1510D. If you are looking to type rather than write, we suggest you hunt for a larger machine

      Battery


      UsingBattery Eater Pro we stress tested theP1500D's (standard 3-cell)lithium ion battery. With the Wi-Fi turned on, the hard drive constantly reading/writing and the CPU busy making calculations, theP1500D ran for about1 1/2 hours. Realworld runtime is about 2+ hours.



      System Info
      Manufacture FUJITSU
      Model LifeBook P1510D
      ModelEx
      OS Windows XP Tablet PC Edition2005
      CPU Info
      CPU Manufacture Intel Corporation
      CPU Model Intel(R) Pentium(R) M processor 1.20GHz
      CPU Frequency ~1195Mhz
      CPU Extensions | MMX | SSE2 | Enchanted SpeedStep
      CPU Cache Info
      Level 1 Instructions 32
      Level 1 Data 32
      Level 2 Data 2048
      System RAM info
      Total Memory: 502Mb
      Memory slots 1 ( 1: 512Mb; )
      Display Device Info
      Adapter Mobile Intel(R) 915GM/GMS,910GML Express Chipset Family
      Resolution 1024x600
      OpenGL render device Intel 915GM
      OpenGL driver version 1.4.0 - Build 4.14.10.4363
      Vertex shader version 0.0
      Pixel shader version 2.0
      Hard Disk Drive Info
      S.M.A.R.T. Supported and Enabled
      HDD Model TOSHIBA MK3006GAL
      HDD Serial Y5640246T
      HDD FirmWare BY102A
      Main Battery Info
      Device Name CP229720 / CP229721
      Manufacture Fujitsu
      Serial #
      Unique ID 1FujitsuCP229720 / CP229721
      Chemistry Lithium Ion
      Temperature Termal Control Not Present
      Designed Capacity 28080mWh
      Full Charged Capacity 28080mWh
      Designed Voltage 10.8V
      Current Voltage 12.61V
      Manufacture Date 0/0/0
      Cycles Count 0
      Cells count 3
      Force charge support Not Supported
      Force discharge support Not Supported
      Benchmark results
      CPU BEmarks 0
      GPU BEmarks 0
      RAM BEmarks 0
      HDD BEmarks 0
      Work Done
      Pi calculations 4672 Cycles
      HDD readwrite 6322 Mb
      Fames Rendered 300547 Frames
      Benchmark Options
      Resolution 800x600x32
      FullScreen Enabled
      Mode Classic
      Results
      Total time 1:32:29
      Result Graph
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      Software/Operating System

      The Fujitsu P1510D comes preloaded with Softex OmniPass, EverNote Plus 1.0, ritePen 2.5, Fortune-Fountain DialKey

      OS: Windows XP Tablet PC Edition or Windows XP Professional

      Wireless

      The P1510D comes with the Super Atheros a/b/g wireless card (built-in). The reception and stability of connections with the Super Atheros technology is generally superior to the Intel Pro Wireless solution. Really the only difference that a user might notice is the software configuration for the Super Atheros cards is a bit more complicated than the Intel Pro Wireless cards. Regardless of this issue, most users never go past the automatic Windows XP management of the Wi-Fi card anyway - and this is no different for either the Atheros or Intel cards.

      Security


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      Fujitsu graced theP1510D with biometric security. The securityfeaturesinclude embedded TPM (Trusted Platform Module), an integrated Fingerprint Sensor and the Fujitsu Security Application Panel. With a device that is this small, it could be very easy for a busy traveler to leave it behind. The insurance of having this type of security at work to protect sensitive datais truly priceless.

      Customer Support/Warranty

      The Fujitsu P1510D comes with a standard international 1-year warranty. Additional add-on service plans can be purchased through the manufacturer and range from $99-$299. A "Screen Damage Protection Plan" is also available. Details on these extended plans are on Fujitsu's website.


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      Final Thoughts

      The Fujitsu P1510D is an incredibly compact and highly-functional mobile PC - the best we have seen in its class. Considering the modest size and 2.2 pound travel weight, this model can be the absolute ultimate choice for the mobile professional seeking a light load. Finally, we would like to point out two issues for the potential buyer:

      1. Be aware that you need to choose Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005 as an option for a custom configuration.

      2. Since the P1510D lacks a PCMCIA card slot, EVDO broadband users may have no access to service based on today's hardware choices.

      3. It may be a good idea to pick up an extra 3-cell battery or opt for the 6-cell battery instead. Tokeep your P1500Daway from an AC outlet for more than 2 hours, an additional or extended life battery will be a necessity.

      Pros


        Incredible portability
        Full-featured mobile PC just short of a "PDA-sized" package.
        Exceptional Security with Biometrics
        Good Value

        Cons


          Weak standard battery life
          No PCMCIA expansion slot

          Barry J. Doyle
          TabletPCReviewSpot | Editor in Chief

     
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  2. Brian

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    Neat Tablet. After fielding some questions about how I use my 3 year old TC1000 today, I figured that I should probably look into something that would be able to replace it in a pinch if the need arose. This would do quite well. I have to agree about getting a better battery though. There is no need to be in meetings with a tablet and sponging off the presenter's surge because you need more power. Battery life and tech needs to get better for these devices asap.
     
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    "We used Futuremark's PCMark '04 benchmarking software to measure the C200's performance in various tasks.

    Performance Benchmarks for the Acer C200 (1.5GHz) compared to the Toshiba Satellite R15 (1.60GHz) notebook (simulating multiple computing tasks):"


    Oops, I don't think that should be there. :) Great review otherwise, thanks! Look like a nice machine, too bad about the batterylife...
     
  5. Barry J. Doyle

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    kruuzer - thanks for pointing this out. (Actually, we were just checking to see if you guys really read the WHOLE review) LOL!

    Barry
     
  6. kruuzer10

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    Is this another test? :)
    I see that you changed the first part, but left the second bit about the acer and the r15 in place announcing the comparison table...

    Wow! I guess we DO actually read the review, and even RE-read it! ;)

    LOL!

    Btw, could it be possible to not only state size and weight in "'s and lb's, but also in mm and kg? The curse of being EU based and educated i guess, but the converting of all of these sizes is making my head spin sometimes :)
     
  7. Barry J. Doyle

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    You mean it took you TWO DAYS to pass this test?

    Now for another test. That would be for me. Time for Barry to go to get some glasses! Oh and BTW, I'm not laughing at this point.
     
  8. kruuzer10

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    Hey, it's okay. If I had all these threads, posts and reviews to look after (not to mention the rest of this great site) I'd do a lot worse job than you are doing. :) Keep it up!

    And about the two days: Well, if we were in the same time-zone, we might be able to react to posts quicker... But as it is my days almost done, while yours is just about beginning.
     
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    I've always loved Fujitsu. They are the best looking products on the market in my opinion and now with performance to boot.

    Shame about the battery but I think I could overlook that for such a nice looking machine.
     
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    The LCD screen is a touch screen isn't it? I mean, if you rest your wrist on the screen it would activate, right?
     
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