Fujitsu Stylistic Q550 review

A tablet suitable for business users only

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Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1280 x 800
  • Processor Core : Single-core (1 Core)

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For

  • Connectivity
  • Swappable battery packs
  • Matt TFT screen
  • Fingerprint scanner

Against

  • Sluggish performance
  • Unresponsive touchscreen
  • Can get hot after extended use

In attempting to avoid the crowded ranks of traditional consumer tablets, Fujitsu has aimed its new tablet, the Stylistic Q550, squarely at the business community. As such, it shuns the popular Android operating system and comes loaded with Windows 7 Professional.

The result is that you can take it straight into the office and make it work with any presentations, spreadsheets or external drives you use.

Everything about the Q550 has been designed with business usage in mind: the 10.1-inch screen has no Super-TFT coating, meaning you can use it in brightly lit areas. A stylus is included with the tablet so that you can navigate the Windows interface. And there's a fingerprint scanner in place for extra security.

What we really like is the swappable four-cell battery pack. It means the device doesn't have to be out of use when charging. You can simply buy a second battery pack and alternate the charging.

At 885g, it isn't the lightest tablet around and has a smooth and robust plastic backing. The bulk of the features and connectivity mean the Q550 won't win any prizes for being slim. The chunky body includes HDMI and USB ports, as well as a Full SD Card slot.

While this isn't a problem if you value your connectivity, there are drawbacks. Holding the tablet for long periods can become tiring, and we couldn't understand why Fujitsu hasn't used the larger body to include a silo for the accompanying stylus. Instead you have to buy an accompanying pouch to keep it in or leave it attached to the tablet with a string.

Sluggish performance

If you don't want to use the stylus, Fujitsu has overlaid the Windows 7 OS with the Fujitsu Launcher – a finger-friendly user interface for accessing popular applications such as the browser, calendar, RSS feeds or current stock prices. It's a good idea in principle, but we found the Stylistic Q550's response to our finger swipes was sluggish.

Even though the device runs a netbook-level Atom Z670 processor with 2GB RAM, it took a second or two to register our commands. That's poor when compared to the super-slick feeling of other tablets or smartphones on the market.

We can't fault the features of this tablet, but when it comes to performance the technical grunt is lacking. It took 12 seconds to load the BBC homepage and it had trouble keeping up when we started running multiple pages and office applications. We also noticed a tendency for the tablet to really heat up after an hour or so of use.

TechRadar Labs

Tech labs

Battery Eater '05: 193 minutes

If you're handed this tablet by the IT department for using at work, then the Windows OS and some of the security features will make it worth holding on to.

But in all honesty, if you're looking for a professional tablet, you're probably best buying the Asus Eee Pad Transformer or the Apple iPad 2 and downloading the wealth of business apps available.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeNet-tablet PC
Green CompliantYes
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ModelGraphics Media Accelerator 600
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Graphics Memory AccessibilityShared
Maximum Battery Run Time9 Hour
Finger Print ReaderYes
Solid State Drive Capacity30 GB
HDMIYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyUMTS
Product FamilySTYLISTIC Q
Operating System Architecture32-bit
Front Camera/WebcamYes
Operating System PlatformWindows
Processor ModelZ670
Operating SystemWindows 7 Professional
Brand NameFujitsu
Form FactorSlate
Processor Speed1.50 GHz
Processor TypeAtom
Screen Size25.7 cm (10.1")
Number of Cells4-cell
Screen Resolution1280 x 800
Standard Memory2 GB
Weight (Approximate)862 g
Cache512 KB
Processor CoreSingle-core (1 Core)
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS, WEEE, IT Eco Declaration
Memory Card ReaderYes
TouchscreenYes
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Display Screen TechnologyHiBrite
DigitizerYes
WWAN SupportedYes
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 3.0
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Memory StandardDDR2-800/PC2-6400
Height16.2 mm
Width275 mm
Depth192 mm
Screen ModeWXGA
Memory TechnologyDDR2 SDRAM
Product SeriesQ
ManufacturerFujitsu
Product ModelQ550
Product NameSTYLISTIC Q550 Net-tablet PC
Product LineSTYLISTIC
Aspect Ratio16:10
Manufacturer Part NumberVFY:Q5500MF021GB
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://uk.fujitsu.com
Marketing Information

The Fujitsu STYLISTIC Q550 is the first Slate PC that will really work for you whether you are a prosumer, work in business, government or SME. It combines a brilliant display with precise and pressure sensitive pen input plus a touch screen for multiple touch input. It brings you the ideal tools for creating data and collaborating. The Windows 7 operating system integrates perfectly with your existing IT infrastructure and enables hardware based security to meet your most stringent requirements. Its a Slate PC that works for your business!

Maximum Memory2 GB
Package Contents
  • STYLISTIC Q550 Net-tablet PC
  • Lithium Polymer Battery
  • AC Adapter
  • Stylus