An unusual design feature is that the battery is fitted to the front of the Lifebook P1510. However, if you opt for the extended battery – it should retail for around £45 – you’ll find that it actually gives you an extended wrist rest, which is actually quite handy on such as small notebook.
As a consequence, there are no ports on the front of the laptop. Instead, they’re all located on the sides or the rear. On the left hand side you’ll find a Compact Flash card slot, a headphone and microphone socket and a single USB 2.0 port. Around the back is the modem and Ethernet connector as well as a covered D-Sub connector. The right hand side is home to the power connector, a second USB 2.0 port, an SD card reader and the stylus. What’s missing is a PC Card slot, so if you have something like a 3G data card, this can’t be used with the Lifebook P1510.
The screen is a tiny 8.9in, 1,024 x 600 resolution, touch sensitive affair with a very good viewing angle. The latter is very important on a Tablet PC, as you’ll be using it in both landscape and portrait mode, something that you wouldn’t normally do with a notebook. The touch sensitive layer on the screen reduces the image quality to a degree, but not enough to be annoying.
The Lifebook P1510 has a couple of interesting security features, but the most noticeable one is the screen mounted fingerprint reader. This works together with a Windows application and unless it’s provided a correct fingerprint at login, you won’t be able to access any information on the hard drive. However, it’s not entirely secure, since there’s no pre-boot application, so the hard drive can still be removed and the information accessed. This is also the first laptop I’ve come across that features a Trusted Platform Module – TPM for short – although there are so far very few applications that take advantage of it.