The Fujitsu Siemens (FSC) Lifebook T1010 (£1067 inc. VAT) is a Tablet PC with a regular keyboard and a screen that rotates 180 degrees to the left or right, and folds ﬂat for data entry when you're on the move.
With a glossy-white patterned ﬁnish, it's an attractive machine aimed at corporate users.
The 13.3-inch display is a digitised panel – allowing you to use your ﬁngers to control the cursor in addition to a stylus. We found it worked well and colours were unaffected by the technology, with images proving bright and vibrant.
Graphics come in the form of Intel's integrated GMA 4500MHD chip. Although it doesn't offer the same 3D power as a dedicated solution, it's ﬁne for ofﬁce tasks and browsing the internet, and helps to support a battery life of 276 minutes.
When used as a regular laptop, the T1010 features one of the best keyboards we've seen on a Tablet PC. The responsive keys offer just the right amount of travel. The touchpad also proved precise, although the mouse buttons could have been more responsive.
Comfort is affected by the amount of heat generated by the 2.2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, with the palm rests heating up quickly under use. It's not a serious problem, but it can be unpleasant for longer periods of use.
Build quality is otherwise good, with strong plastics used throughout and a sturdy hinge holding the display in place. Although the 2.5kg weight is reasonable in relation to standard laptops, it's a little
heavy for a Tablet PC, especially when held with one hand.
Comfort may be compromised by the powerful processor, but performance deﬁnitely benefits. 2048MB of memory is provided as standard which, although adequate, is slightly less than we've come to expect of a machine at this price point. That said, the FSC responded quickly and without lag during everyday use.
Features are also impressive, with the fastest ﬁxed and wireless network adapters in place for connecting to home and ofﬁce networks. The lack of a ﬁngerprint scanner seems a strange omission for a corporate system, however.
The compact size also restricts the amount of ports on offer. You'll be able to connect an external display, but via the analogue VGA port only. There are three USB ports for adding peripherals, but the chassis is bereft of other ports.
Overall, the FSC Lifebook T1010 is a good all-round machine, but we can't help thinking it makes a better laptop than it does Tablet PC. At this weight, it's simply a little too cumbersome to hold comfortably in one hand.