The Tablet PC has had a rough ride so far, but Fujitsu Siemens seems to be making them as well as anybody. We liked the Lifebook T4010 and so we could love the P1500.
Its smooth silver styling, small footprint (23.6 x 16.7cm) and super light weight (1Kg) make it the most portable tablet ever made, while its 8.9in WSVGA (1024 x 600) display ensures that, while it may be small, there will be a reasonable amount of desktop real estate.
This featherweight is not short of oomph internally either, with a 1.2GHz Pentium M processor, 512MB RAM (upgradeable to 1GB) and 60GB shock mounted HDD fitted as standard. There’s wireless 802.11a/b/g, 10/100 Ethernet, V.90 modem, dual USB2.0 ports and CompactFlash Type II and SD card slots have been added for good measure too.
Given that the P1500 is designed for the professional/poser on the move, it also comes with a built-in fingerprint sensor for biometric security, a TPM module and Kensington lock slot. Battery life is said to be 3.5 hours, but this can allegedly be doubled if an optional high capacity battery is strapped on.
Now, given the form factor and manufacturer, you could be forgiven for thinking the P1500 will cost the earth. It might, but even allowing for because-we’re-British-tax the $1,499 US starting price is highly encouraging.
A slight dampener comes in the shape of its November launch date, but weren’t we all told as children: good things come to those who wait?