Summary

Our Score

7/10

User Score

Review Price £679.00

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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.

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