Fujitsu LifeBook T2010 Tablet PC Review

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  1. Tiffany Boggs

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    Fujitsu LifeBook T2010 Tablet PC Review

    The Fujitsu LifeBook T2010 has been on the market for a little bit now, and after spending some time with it I can see why many users have been raving over it. The T2010 definitely fits in the lightweight, ultra-portable category considering it has no optical drive and runs an Intel ULV processor, which allows for the slim design. I have to say like the other Fujitsu models I have reviewed the 12.1" display is impressive. The screen is amazing, the colors are bright and vivid and the bi-directional hinge is an added bonus.

    Fujitsu LifeBook T2010 Tablet PC. (view large image)

    The Fujitsu LifeBook T2010 Tablet PC specs as reviewed (tested price $2,279)

          CPUIntel Core 2 Duo ULV U7600 1.2GHz
          OSWindows Vista Business with OneNote 2007
          RAM2GB DDR2 533 MHz SDRAM memory (1GB x 2)
          Display12.1" WXGA indoor/outdoor active digitizer display with wide viewing angles
          GraphicsIntel GMA X3100
          AudioIntegrated speakers
          Hard Drive100GB S-ATA 150 (5400 rpm) hard drive
          Optical DriveNone
          I/O ports

            2 x USB
            1 x VGA - 15 pin
            1 x IEEE 1394 (Firewire)
            1 x Type I/II PCMCIA slot
            1 x Smart Card slot
            1 x Media card reader
            1 x Microphone-in
            1x Headphone 

            Intel 4965 (802.11a/b/g/n)
            RJ-45 and RJ-11
            10/100/1000 Ethernet
            Bluetooth 2.0

            11.9" (Width) x 8.8" (Depth) x 1.36" (Thick)
            3.8 pounds
          Battery/powerHigh-capacity 9-cell Lithium-Ion battery (8700 mAh)


                Design and Build

                The T2010 has a simple design that is sleek and appealing. Right off the bat, you get that business feel. It would be perfect for college students as well considering it is so small and only weighs in around 3.8 pounds. The graphite color hides dirt very well and keeps the tablet looking professional. The chassis is solid and there is minimal flex, except for the keyboard area, which I will get to later. There are a few dedicated tablet buttons on the bottom of the screen that change the screen orientation and function. They are very convenient, especially when using the T2010 in tablet mode.

                The T2010 converting into tablet mode and it can turn either way. (view large image)

                The hinge is solid and feels sturdy. The screen doesn't wobble much, even when tapped. The fact it turns in both directions is a nice feature as well. The entire design is solid and the battery being located in the front isn't an inconvenience at all. I thought it may be awkward, but it makes for a nice palm rest. Although, there is no optical drive, the T2010 is packed with a good variety of features and you can always get the docking solution for more. Fujitsu packages the tablet very nicely too. It comes with a cleaning cloth, extra pen tips and two screen protectors.


                The active digitizer is great and like I mentioned before the 12.1" WXGA screen is flawless. You can adjust the brightness level to your liking and I didn't notice any graininess. The colors are bright and vivid, so much that I almost forgot I was working with a tablet instead of a notebook. I didn't have any problems taking notes and since the T2010 has a bi-directional hinge it is great for presentations. I love being able to turn the tablet screen in both directions. It automatically changes orientation in tablet mode as well. The screen does have a glossy finish, but it's not that reflective. In fact it has great viewing angles and is readable outdoors.

                The T2010's 12.1" indoor/outdoor WXGA display. (view large image)

                Processor and System Performance

                The T2010 I reviewed has a Intel Core 2 Duo 1.2GHz ULV processor and a 100GB hard drive. It didn't show any signs of lag at all. It booted-up quickly and had no problems surfing the Web or running the benchmarks. It did make a little noise when running the benchmarks, so you will know when this little machine is hard at work. It isn't one of the top competitors for benchmarking, but it has a ULV processor and integrated graphics. The T2010 isn't for gamers or power fiends.

                Comparison Results for PCMark05

                PCMark05 measures the systems performance as a whole: The T2010 didn't do the best, but it isn't made to.

                NotebookPCMark05 Score
                Fujitsu LifeBook T2010 (Intel Core 2 Duo ULV 1.2GHz, GMA X3100 graphics)2,334 PCMarks
                Gateway C-140x (Intel Core 2 Duo 2GHz, ATI X2300 HD graphics)4,342 PCMarks
                HP Compaq 2710p (Intel Core 2 Duo ULV 1.2GHz, GMA X3100 graphics)2,453 PCMarks
                Lenovo ThinkPad X61 (Intel Core 2 Duo 1.6GHz, GMA X3100 graphics)3,473 PCMarks
                Fujitsu LifeBook T4220 (Intel Core 2 Duo 2.2GHz, GMA X3100 graphics)4,171 PCMarks
                Gateway E-155C (Intel Core 2 Duo ULV 1.06GHz, Intel GMA 950 graphics)2,205 PCMarks
                LG C1 (Intel Core Duo 1.2GHz, Nvidia Go 7300)2,568 PCMarks
                Toshiba R400 (Intel Core Duo ULV 1.2GHz, Intel GMA 950 graphics)2,187 PCMarks
                HP tx1000 (AMD Turion X2 2.0GHz, Nvidia Go 6150)3,052 PCMarks
                Asus R1F (1.66GHz Core Duo, Intel GMA 950 graphics)2,724 PCMarks
                Lenovo ThinkPad X60t (1.66GHz LV Core Duo)2,860 PCMarks
                Panasonic ToughBook T4 (Intel 1.20GHz LV)1,390 PCMarks
                Asus R2H (900MHz Celeron M)845 PCMarks
                Toshiba Tecra M6 (1.66GHz Intel T2300E, Intel GMA 950)2,732 PCMarks


                Super Pi

                In the below results of Super Pi, where the processor is timed in calculating Pi to 2 million digits: The T2010 didn't do that bad with its ULV processor.

                NotebookTime to Calculate Pi to 2 Million Digits
                Fujitsu T2010 (1.2GHz ULV Core 2 Duo)1m 40s
                Gateway C-140x (2GHz Core 2 Duo)58s
                HP Compaq 2710p (1.2GHz ULV Core 2 Duo)1m 39s
                Lenovo ThinkPad X61 (1.6GHz Core 2 Duo)1m 10s
                Fujitsu LifeBook T4220 (2.2GHz Core 2 Duo)54s
                Gateway E-155C (1.06GHz ULV Core 2 Duo)1m 58s
                LG C1 (1.2GHz Intel Core Duo)1m 49s
                Toshiba R400 (1.2GHz ULV Core Duo)2m 10s
                Asus R1F (1.66GHz Core Duo)1m 20s
                Lenovo ThinkPad X60t (1.66GHz LV Core Duo)1m 24s
                IBM ThinkPad X41t (1.5GHz LV Pentium M)2m 02s
                HP TC4400 Tablet PC (2.0GHz Core Duo)1m 13s
                Dell Latitude D420 (1.06GHz Core Solo ULV)2m 11s


                Comparison Results for 3Dmark05

                3DMark05 tests the overall graphic capabilities of a notebook, and overall the T2010 did about average considering it has integrated graphics.

                Notebook3D Mark 05 Results
                Fujitsu LifeBook T2010 (1.2GHz ULV Core 2 Duo, GMA X3100 graphics)566 3DMarks
                Gateway C-140x (2GHz Core 2 Duo, ATI X2300 HD graphics)1,956 3DMarks
                HP Compaq 2710p (1.2GHz ULV Core 2 Duo, GMA X3100 graphics)634 3DMarks
                Lenovo ThinkPad X61 (1.6GHz Core 2 Duo, Intel GMA X3100 graphics)812 3DMarks
                Fujitsu LifeBook T4220 (2.2GHz Core 2 Duo, Intel GMA X3100 graphics)925 3DMarks
                Gateway E-155C (1.06GHz ULV Core 2 Duo, Intel GMA 950)500 3DMarks
                LG C1 (1.2GHz Intel Core Duo, Nvidia Go 7300)1,392 3DMarks
                Fujitsu LifeBook S2210 (1.6GHz AMD Turion 64 X2 TL-52, ATI x1150)810 3DMarks
                PortableOne UX (2.0GHz Core 2 Duo, Intel GMA 950)590 3DMarks
                Toshiba Satellite A135 (1.73GHz Core Duo, Intel GMA 950)519 3DMarks
                Lenovo ThinkPad T60 (2.0GHz Core Duo, ATI X1400 128MB)2,092 3DMarks


                HDTune Results

                Below are the results from running the HDTune benchmark that tests hard drive performance: 



                Don't get me wrong the keyboard has a nice design, it's just a little to soft and springy for my liking. When you are typing you can actually see the keys flex. Although, it is very easy to read since the characters are bolded and plenty big enough and there isn't any shortened keys. Everything looks small though including the space bar because Fujitsu didn't compromise any room on this design. Some users may feel a bit cramped.

                The T2010 keyboard and pointing stick. (view large image)

                There isn't a touchpad just the pointing stick, which is very responsive and easy to get adjusted too. I mean there is barely a palm rest, so where would Fujitsu put a touchpad. Actually the palm rest is the battery, which connects in the front. The location of the battery didn't bother me though and it never got hot. This is definitely the perfect travel companion.

                The T2010 in tablet mode with pen. (view large image)

                The pen feels solid in your hand and is responsive. It has an eraser too, which is a convenient feature. It is easy to take notes with because the pen flows nicely on the screen and doesn't feel awkward in your hand. Fujitsu even included a tether incase you want to attach the pen to the tablet, this way it never gets lost.

                Heat and Noise

                I didn't experience any heat issues with the T2010. In fact it ran quite cool almost all the time. The keyboard area never got hot or the bottom. I think Fujitsu's famous suede patches along the bottom help reduce the heat as well. They make it more comfortable to hold the tablet on your lap or on your arm in tablet mode. The only heat issue was by the left side fan and that is because when this machine is working hard it blows out a lot of hot air. I mean there is enough heat coming out to keep your hand warm on a cold rainy day.

                As for noise, well that is a different issue. The T2010 is actually kind of loud. Even when idling the fan kicks on and it sounds like a hairdryer. You run some benchmarks and you can barely hear yourself talk over it. When the T2010 is overloaded the fan is loud and you can hear it. I don't think it would bother anyone in a classroom, but in a quiet library, other people would notice.


                Overall I am impressed with the T2010. It has a nice array of features including two USB 2.0, IEEE 1394 (FireWire), External monitor/VGA, modem (RJ-11), Gigabit Ethernet (RJ-45), docking connector, headphone jack, and microphone jack. It also has a Type I/II PCMCIA slot, Smart Card slot, and media card reader. All of this is packed into such a small tablet.

                Front view of the T2010. (view large image)

                Right side view of the ports. (view large image)

                Left side view of the ports. (view large image)

                Back view of the T2010. (view large image)

                Bottom view of the T2010 and its nice suede patches. (view large image)


                The small form factor and battery life make up for the price of this machine. The battery life is supposed to last for up to 11 hours with the 9-cell. I haven't had that much luck, but I have pushed 8-9 hours. If you need to be in high performance mode the battery life isn't as long either, but you could easily use this an entire work day. Even in high performance mode the T2010 puts my Asus R1 battery to shame. The battery life was amazing and never had me worried about traveling with it.

                For being such a small tablet, I recommend the 9-cell battery, I mean it gives you a nice palm rest and endless hours of working time. Beware though the power brick for charging the T2010 can get pretty hot, so I wouldn't let it rest on a bunch of papers or my bed. It only takes 2-3 hours though to fully charge the tablet depending on the percentage left when you start charging.


                I wouldn't recommend listening to your iTunes on this tablet. I mean the T2010 is lacking when it comes to speakers. It has one little speaker that puts out decent sound, but nothing I would brag about. Another problem is in tablet mode the speaker gets covered, so your sound becomes muffled. I listened to a few rock and jazz songs, which sounded fine at mid-volume level, but once you go above that it gets a little distorted. The headphone and microphone jacks come in handy though. The microphone works great for speech recognition and the headphones make the music quality a little better.

                Operating System and Software

                The T2010 I reviewed had Vista Business and OneNote 2007. Vista worked great considering the T2010 had 2GB RAM and OneNote was great for taking notes. It also had Picasa2 for photo editing and the annoying Norton Security, which kept popping up. I didn't have much bloatware to uninstall or anything that was bothersome.


                The T2010 connected to the Internet with no problems, but it does have poor signal strength in some areas. It could use a stronger antenna, so connectivity wouldn't ever be a problem. Although, it does have 802.11a/b/g/n. The Bluetooth comes in handy if you want to connect a mouse, which some users will because they can't get past the pointing stick, so getting a mouse might be the option.


                The T2010 impressed me very much. I mean the display alone is reason enough for buying this tablet. Fujitsu notebooks usually have nice screens, and the T2010's was no different. The display was superb with its bold and crisp colors. I enjoyed the bi-directional hinge too, which is great for viewing at many different angles. The tablet is small and lightweight enough to take anywhere. Perfect for road-warriors, college students and business professionals alike. It has a nice variety of ports and the battery life is fantastic, especially if you get the 9-cell. You won't have to worry about plugging this tablet in all day. I would have liked to see a stiffer keyboard because it flexed to much for my liking and I am sure some users won't like the pointing stick, but that is a personal preference. I mean you can always use the pen input because the active digitizer compliments the display.


                  Flawless screen with bi-directional hinge
                  Solid design and chassis
                  Great battery life


                    One speaker, which doesn't do any justice
                    Keyboard has a lot of flex and feels springy


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        • g2tl

          g2tl Scribbler - Standard Member

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          I'm wondering why the pcmark score is so low...
          Well, with all the issues fixed except the bezel (and my arms getting stronger lol), every review I read convinces me more and more that I got the right one :D (Unless Dell's really is a 3lb tablet w/ awesome multitouch that lasts 5 hrs. That'd give me a few hours of buyer's remorse :p)
        • pibach

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          Seems to be something wrong with the PCmark05 numbers which I would expect to be on par with the 2710p.
        • Tiffany Boggs

          Tiffany Boggs Editor/Site Admin Senior Member

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          I thought the PCMark numbers were low too. I have ran it a few times and it seems the results aren't conclusive. Sometimes I get an error message. I would expect the T2010 to have results close the the HP 2710p as well. I am going to try again and see if I can get different results. I will keep everyone posted. Thanks.
        • Tiffany Boggs

          Tiffany Boggs Editor/Site Admin Senior Member

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          I ran PCMark05 again. Actually two more times and this time I think it worked. The T2010 scored 2,334 PCMarks. That sounds right, so I am happy to update the chart. Sometimes you have to watch the benchmarks because they have errors. Thanks again for catching that guys, I thought 1,707 was a low score too. You also have to check the notebooks settings because that makes a difference in the score as well.
        • willstay

          willstay Pen Pal - Newbie

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          Comprehensive review. After reading loads of reviews on OneNote, EverNote and handwriting recognizing features of new Vista, I am inclined to buy a tablet PC. I also found out, I am quite happy running my 1.7GHz Core2Duo Gateway Laptop in Power Saver mode (of Vista) which don't run higher than 800MHz, I think buying ULV processor is right choice for me (for better battery performance). Unfortunately, there are two ULV processor laptops Fujitsu T2010 and HP Compaq 2710p but BOTH OF THEM DON'T HAVE TOUCH PAD :eek:. So with no choice left, I am comparing these two. Looks and on screen buttons make T2010 attractive, LED powered screen and better keyboard make 2710p attractive. Maybe I should wait until there is ULV processor tablet with touch pad.
        • Frank

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          The T2010 has a LED powered screen, too, and as others said, maybe one of the best tablet screens available. So only the "bad" keyboard left ;)
        • bostitch

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          You might want to check out Gateway C-120X if you are in US and looking for Core2 duo ULV tablet PC with touch pad. It has core 2 duo ULV, 12" WXGA screen, touchpad, Wacom digitizer + touch screen (the Fujtsu and HP doesn't have this), and integrated dvd drive.

          This tablet may not be as popular as the Fujitsu T2010 or the HP 2710p but I think it is a great tablet. I have one myself and so far I am very satisfied with it. In my opinion they (the Gateway, Fujitsu, and HP) are very similar with Gateway being slightly heavier due to the integrated DVD drive. Yeah the Gateway doesn't have LED backlit LCD but I think it is bright enough. The screen is a little grainy due to the coating that they used (I think the graininess is similar to T2010 w/ indoor screen) but I am used to it now and it doesn't bother me. The Gateway is also a little older in terms of the chipset and video card but I don't think it makes any difference because it still ran aero fine. Feel free to ask me if you need more information about the Gateway C-120x.
        • zunq

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          I love the hinge on the T2010, it is the best design that I have ever seen. It is what gives it the closest feel to a laptop experience. It does not shake left and right, and it has a passive lock to keep it from swiveling when in laptop mode(which I now consider a pro).
        • Sgt_Strider

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          I thought there's a button on the tablet to change the orientation of the screen. How would that work with the system automatically changing the orirentation of the screen?

          Also, do you think it would have been better with a 6-cell battery since it would fit perfectly with the system? Granted, battery life would have been reduced, but don't you think it would be easier to hold? With something sticking out, it might be a bit awkward to hold.

          Did you bought this tablet straight from Fujitsu?

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