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9/10

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Fujitsu-Siemens slogan for the Lifebook P1510 is “See how big small big can be”. It’s certainly apt as the Lifebook P1510 is tiny – a mere 37 x 232 x 167 mm (HxWxD) It’s the smallest Tablet PC notebook I’ve come across. Indeed it’s one of the smallest notebooks I have ever seen. Of course, small doesn’t automatically mean good, as there tend to be several features missing, but as you’ll see the Lifebook P1510 is quite a remarkable little machine.

Don’t expect it to be able to compete with bigger laptops in terms of raw performance as the ultra-low voltage Pentium M 753 processor is only clocked at 1.2GHz. It has 2MB of cache and operates at a 400MHz bus. The chipset is the Intel 915GMS, which is a 400MHz bus version of the 915GM and only supports single channel DDR2 memory. A single 512MB 400MHz DDR2 micro DIMM module comes as standard, but as there is only one memory slot; this can not be expanded without discarding the fitted module.

8MBs of system memory is shared with the integrated Intel 915GM graphics controller, but up to 128MB can be dynamically allocated if need be. Due to its diminutive size Fujitsu-Siemens has gone with a 1.8in Toshiba hard drive offering 60GBs. This spins at a relatively slow 4,200rpm, not quite up to scratch with the current crop of 2.5in hard drives.

The Lifebook P1510 wears the Centrino branding, possessing an Intel PRO/Wireless 2915ABG Wi-Fi card, supporting 802.11 a/b/g networks. Add to this built in Bluetooth, 10/100Mbit wired Ethernet and a 56k V.90 modem and you’ve got pretty much everything covered. The wireless antenna can be disabled with a hardware switch on the right hand side of the laptop during flights.

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