The
Fujitsu LifeBook T900 is a tablet laptop with a 13.3-inch multi-touch display, aimed squarely at
business users. Priced at around £2,300, it’s not exactly a cheap option, but
does it have the performance and functionality that business users are looking
for?

Hard tablet to swallow

The
T900 may feature a multi-touch display, but it’s certainly no iPad when it comes
to design. For starters, measuring 319 by 244 by 37mm, it’s rather chunky. It’s also fairly hefty, weighing a considerable 2kg, so your arms are going
to get a workout if you’re planning on carrying it
around all day. The design doesn’t help its aesthetic appeal, either. The T900 is very boxy and
has a boring matte black and plasticky silver finish. On the other hand, the build quality
is decent and the rotating hinge for the screen feels like it’s built to last.

A button on the side of the display allows you to quickly change its orientation from landscape to portrait.

The
keyboard uses standard, tapered-style keys. Fujitsu hasn’t included
a numerical keypad, but the individual keys are large and there are no compromises
with the layout. The keyboard feels fast and comfortable to type on. Unfortunately,
the trackpad isn’t so hot. It’s a little cramped for our liking, although
at least the two trackpad buttons are large and respond to presses with a
satisfying click.

Hinge benefits

What sets this laptop apart from the crowd is its 13.3-inch touchscreen
display. This is mounted on a rotating hinge, so you can completely rotate the
display and snap it back against the keyboard to use it as a tablet PC, or just
leave it pivoted upwards like a traditional laptop. The screen’s resolution of 1,280×800 pixels is
reasonably good for this type of machine, and its LED backlighting helps colours look bright and vivid.

The T900’s rotating hinges mean it can transform from laptop to tablet in a matter of seconds.

The screen uses Wacom technology for its touch input, which means you can use either a pen or your finger. Thankfully, the
screen is very accurate and responsive. It also supports multi-touch gestures,
so you can pinch to zoom in and out of the display in compatible applications, including Internet Explorer and Windows Photo Viewer. Unfortunately, Fujitsu hasn’t loaded
any of its own touch applications. The T900 comes preloaded with the Windows 7
Touch Pack, which provides a few, mostly novelty touch applications, such as
a zoom-capable 3D globe.

Thirsty machine

Under
the bonnet, the laptop is powered by a fast, dual-core Intel Core i7 processor that races
along at 2.67GHz. This is backed up by a healthy 4GB of RAM, which gives the
64-bit version of Windows 7 Professional plenty of room to strut its stuff. With
such a meaty specification, it’s hardly surprising that the laptop managed to
post a very impressive score of 6,545 in the PCMark05 benchmark test. This type of
score shows it’s more than capable of handling multitasking with even the
most demanding of applications.

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