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Fujitsu Q550 - Specs and Connectivity

Andrew Williams

By Andrew Williams

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7

The Fujitsu Q550 uses an Atom processor, renowned more for its low battery usage than power, but it is at least the newest breed of this generally low-end range. The tablet uses a dual-core 1.5GHz Z670 Oak Trail chip. This latest generation brings with it some important - in tablet terms - advancements including native support for HDMI and 1080p video encoding, while keeping battery life riding high.

There's a full-size HDMI port on the left edge of the tablet, which also is a home to the 3.5mm headphone jack, the full-size USB port, the Smartcard reader and the stereo microphone outlets. A microphone port sits at each end of this edge, giving it at least some legitimacy as a "stereo" recording solution. There's no socket to plug your own microphone into though, so quality will be fairly limited. Although there are two mics at work here, there's only a single speaker, which sits under the screen on the bottom edge.Fujitsu Q550 8

On top of the tablet is the full-size SD card slot. This tops-off the standard connectivity options. It's a reasonable spread, but we wish another USB port had been included, which would enable easy simultaneous connection of a standard USB keyboard and mouse. USB 3.0 is not supported.

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On the bottom edge are the power socket and proprietary dock connector. There's nothing in the box to make use of the dock socket, but Fujitsu offers a charging cradle for around £40. It'll hold the tablet upright, useful if you plan to make this tablet double as an occasional-use home computer. The 30GB SSD and HDMI make it viable to use as a home media player too - the 1.5GHz Oak Trail processor is capable of playing HD video, although it had trouble with 42Mbps 1080p MKV files in our test.

Wi-Fi n and Bluetooth 3.0 are supported as standard, but 3G mobile internet is an optional extra that didn't feature in our review model. There's a physical switch for the Wi-Fi on the right edge of the tablet, which should help you save a few precious minutes of battery life when you don't need to be connected.

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It's the security measures that help the Fujitsu Q550 to stand out on the ports 'n' sockets front though. Fujitsu's Smartcards cost between £15 and £20, and act as a personal identifier - to lock the system or certain parts of it to unauthorised parties. The fingerprint reader is generally considered a less reliable form of security, but it acts as another barrier to heap on top of Windows passwords.

evan fotis

July 28, 2011, 4:20 pm

TR may need to correct the display dimensions in the spec tab from 15.6 in to 10.1...as there is no 15.6 tablet to day.
Other than that, I'm surprised there is no mention of the Q550 direct rival, no else than the Asus EEE Slate EP121 reviewd by TR here:
http://www.trustedreviews.com/asus-eee-slate-ep121_Laptop_review
The latter offers 2 more inches, a wacom digitizer, far more powerful hardware with an i5 and 4Gb RAM comes with keyboard and case. Although larger it has the same height with the Q550.
On the downside it has a glossy screen and no fingerprint reader and no removable battery. On a whole it is a far better package considering price/performance and what you get.
If nothing else, for artists these 2" are important..

Andrew_TR

July 28, 2011, 6:10 pm

We found the Q550 a little more comfortable to draw on, thanks to the slightly different screen surface. That i5/Atom gap makes a big difference though. Neither feels quite like the killer combination of features and usability yet, but both have their place.

Thanks for the tip about the screen size in the specs - we've been adding too many sets of laptop specs recently, clearly!

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