Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Fujitsu STYLISTIC Q550 Slate PC: Pre-Order

If you're looking for a slate tablet PC running Windows 7, here's one to consider. Fujitsu introduces the STYLISTIC® Q550 Slate PC, designed from the ground up to meet the rigorous demands of mobile business users.

  •     Genuine Windows® 7 Professional 32-bit
  •     Bright 10.1" WXGA LED backlit IPS display with wide-viewing angles
  •     Capacitive multi-touch and digital pen support for ease-of-use
  •     Unique removable quick-swap battery for all day computing
  •     Advanced security: integrated SmartCard slot, Fingerprint Sensor, and TPM (select configuration)
  •     Extremely light weight starting at approximately 1.7 lbs
  •     Battery life up to a standard business work day
Compared to the HP Slate 500, the Fujitsu Q550 is larger and a bit heavier, but it includes a removable battery (which appears to be $129). Plus, the Q550 includes a Fingerprint scanner and a SmartCard slot.  If you don't need these types of features, then the HP Slate 500 is a nice option because it's smaller, thinner, and lighter.  I currently use the Slate 500 but I'm waiting to see how the Q550 will compare to it.

If you're working in a hospital, you may want to consider the addition of a hand strap so that you're less likely to drop the Q550 on the floor. Neither the Fujitsu Q550 or the HP Slate 500 are rugged PCs. If you're looking for a rugged slate PC, wait for the Motion Computing CL900.

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