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Fujitsu Stylistic Q704 Hands On Photos

Apr
17
2014

This morning we got up close and personal with the upcoming Fujitsu Stylistic Q704. The Q704 is a high end Windows 8 Tablet (Windows 7 is also supported) designed for business productivity.

Stock of the Stylistic Q704 is expected mid-May and will come in i7, i5 and i3 variants.

The 12.5” screen does not feel as big as you would expect. It has a 1920×1080 full HD resolution and a bright 350 nit display. Viewing angle is very good as you would expect for a high end quality business tablet.

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The hybrid Q704 keyboard has a clean, simple layout with nice big buttons and an ample track pad. There is a battery in the keyboard for extended runtime and as you’ll see down the post, lots of ports.

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One of the competition beating features of the Fujitsu Stylistic Q702 was the fact that the screen hinge was designed to be able to pivot the tablet screen all of the way back. You can that this design has carries over onto the Q704. See that in action below.

All of the other hybrid Windows 8 Tablets can not do this (Samsung ATIV, Toshiba z10t, Lenovo Helix, Microsoft Surface) and it is a sore point for many users.

It’s these clever user focused engineering solutions that set Fujitsu apart. They get tablets users like no-one else, but you would expect that since they’ve been in the tablet game for 20 years +.

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The Fujitsu Q704 is IP57 rated meaning that it can get seriously wet! You can see below that there are port covers in place on all the ports to facilitate this.

I wouldn’t call the Q704 a rugged tablet, but this is a nice feature for a mobile professional on the go. You never know when a shower of rain or a glass of water is coming at you!

There is a full sized USB 3 port and micro USB 2 port on the tablet along with a SIM card slot (for the 4G internal modem) and a microSD memory card reader.

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There is a fan on the side of the Q704, along with some standard buttons. There is some talk about users wanting tablets without fans these days, but when you want to get maximum performance out of an Intel Core i7 processor, a fan is your friend.

What I’ve found so far on the T904 tablets that have come across my desk is that the new Intel “Haswell” Core i7 chips run very cool – around 40 degrees C in average use, 50 degrees C when pushed – so I don’t imagine that the tablet will get hot to touch like they did in generations gone by.

The charging tip is the same as the Q702 meaning that power adapters like the Targus Car Charger will continue to work with this tablet.

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The keyboard dock enables 2 more fast USB 3 ports, HDMI, Ethernet and…

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A VGA port.

I still find that 90% of the meeting rooms that I conduct training in only have VGA available to connect. So with the Q704 keyboard handy maybe I can eliminate a few kilograms of the display input cables the weight down my backpack.

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Long time tablet users and digital artists will be happy to see that Fujitsu have gone back to using Wacom pens on the Q704.

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The new pen design has one right click button and no eraser on the back end, the same pen that comes in the new Lifebook T904. However, 3rd party Wacom Tablet PC pens will still work on the Q704. For example, you might want to use an older T902 pen with 2 buttons and the eraser.

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There is a fingerprint reader on board, a huge bonus for people who take security seriously (yes, you seriously should)!

Fingerprint login is another one of those features that Fujitsu have stuck with while most other manufacturers have not. 

The technology became very usable over the last 5 years and it since it is a massive time saver on tablets. Typing on your complex password 20 times a day is no fun, especially when you know that you could just swipe 1 finger and be done with it.

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A 5 megapixel camera on the back compliments a 2 megapixel camera on the front to complete the package!

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If you want to pre-order a Q704 (I know I have already), contact us on 1300 110 101 or visit our Fujitsu Stylistic Q704 online order page here.

Motion Computing Announces R12 Rugged Windows 8 Tablet!

Mar
26
2014

We got a chance to get our hands on a new 12 inch rugged Motion Computing tablet last month. It’s called the Motion R12.

Take a look at Motion’s R12 “platform overview” video here:

The R12 will replace the J3600 as Motion’s 12” tablet for field workers. It includes the latest generation Intel Core i5 and i7 “Haswell” processors for far better battery life and maximum performance.

Compared to the J-Series (J3400, J3500, J3600) the R12 is a lot thinner and lighter – a welcome feature for a big rugged tablet. It retains the hot-swap battery capability for 24×7 operations. Mobile 4G / LTE will be standard on the R12 as well as the latest Wifi and Bluetooth 4 wireless.

Like the J-Series, the R12 will ship with an innovative keyboard stand as seen in the video. Other integrated options include a 2D Bar Code scanner, RFID and a Serial Port.

It’s tough of course too. The 1920×1080 screen is protected by Corning’s Gorilla Glass 3. It’s drop tested to 4 feet and IP54 rated, bringing it up to the standard of the venerable Motion F5te.

10 finger touch ensures Windows 8 support, but the R12 also supports Windows 7. A new Wacom pen completes the package.

As always with Motion, a complete array of accessories have already been conceived and developed including desktop and vehicle docks, mounting solutions, carry options, network enable lockable charging docks and more. Demonstrations will be available around next week!

ASUS VivoTab Note 8 – 8 inch Windows 8.1 Tablet with Wacom Pen

Mar
17
2014

Exciting times down here in Melbourne! We’ve been testing the Asus VivoTab Note 8 for a couple of weeks. How far things have come in the tablet world!

What’s so special about the VivoTab Note 8? Well, it’s an extremely small and portable Windows 8.1 tablet with a Wacom digitizer pen. In fact, it’s currently the only 8” Windows 8.1 tablet with a Wacom digitizer pen and it is under $400 inc GST!

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If you want to go paperless with companion device, then having a Wacom digitizer on board enables:

  • Note taking in OneNote
  • Hand writing recognition
  • Red-lining and mark-up
  • Drawing and sketching.

As long time tablet veterans, there were times when we felt like we were the only ones in the world who had praise for the digitizer pen.

But now that consumer tablets have been all the rage for several years, discerning users who appreciate the need for advanced pen technology have turned in droves to tablets like the Samsung Galaxy Note series.

The Galaxy Note uses the same Wacom Digitizer system that featured on all good Windows Tablet PCs for the last 12 years.

And now, finally, we have the same on a small, ultra-mobile Windows 8.1 tablet.

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The VivoTab Note 8 features the latest Intel Atom “Bay Trail” quad core processor. The Atom is still not capable of powering a desktop replacement device, but it does leave it’s predecessors in the dust.

At last with Bay Trail, the Windows 8 experience is where it should be on a companion device. Graphics are smooth, touch is responsive, video is seamless and gameplay is awesome.

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There are a few minor sacrifices made on the VivoTab Note 8 to accommodate the Active Digitizer Pen. It’s a tad heavier than the svelte Lenovo Miix 2 (340g) at around 390g. It’s a tad thicker and the battery life is definitely shorter, but still very acceptable.

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The screen also has an uncanny knack for attracting fingerprints, so we would recommend using a screen protector for better results. But those sacrifices are worth it.

The 8 Megapixel Camera is good for a tablet camera. There is also a 3 Megapixel web camera on the front.

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Serious note takers will want to consider an accessory pen like the Wacom Bamboo Stylus Feel shown below. The inbuilt Wacom pen is a good back up, but it is too small and flimsy for extended use.

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The VivoTab Note 8 comes with a Microsoft Office Home and Student single licence. That gets delivers Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote. The Note 8 performs great with OneNote 2013 as shown above.

Who will the ASUS VivoTab Note 8 suit?

  • Office execs looking for a note-taking companion device
  • Students looking to take notes in class
  • Sketchers and digital artists looking for a creativity device.

Contact us for more information about the Note 8, or buy online from our website here.

Panasonic Toughbook FZ-M1–7” Rugged Windows 8 Tablet Hands On

Feb
9
2014

Only one month ago we saw Panasonic announce the new Toughbook FZ-M1 Rugged Windows 8 Tablet at CES 2014. On Friday, we got some hands on time with an actual pre-production Toughbook FZ-M1. Take a look at our pictures below!

The FZ-M1 is fills a big gap in the rugged Windows 8 tablet market. Many rugged tablet users are looking for a smaller, lighter device to offer to their workers.

While there are lots of 10” rugged tablets available, companies have been pushing for a 7” device, but they still need the advanced features that only Windows can offer – Security, Management, Multi-User, Desktop etc.

So with a 7” screen and weighing only around 600 grams, the FZ-M1 seems to fit the bill.

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The FZ-M1 feels brilliantly light in the hand, but also incredibly robust. We’re told it’s even tougher than the Toughbook G1!

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When looking at the FZ-M1 next to my Nokia Lumia 920 (4.5” screen) you get a feel for how compact it is.

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The modular option bay at the back protrudes slightly, allowing the FZ-M1 to be seen easier when on a flat surface. The screen viewing angles are excellent all round.

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Like the FZ-G1, the FZ-M1 will come with an Intel Core i5 processor, albeit the later Haswell version. 4G will be offered on the device, a first for rugged tablets in Australia.

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The only thing that the FZ-M1 doesn’t have that we’d like is an Active Digitizer Pen. However, although the FZ-M1 will ship with Windows 8.1 on board, it will mostly be used away from the desktop.

Companies looking at this type of device will be deploying touch friendly line of business apps in the Windows 8.1 modern app environment.

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Unlike the FZ-G1, there is no screen edge recess on the FZ-M1 which makes it slightly more comfortable with touch input.

An optional factory installed integrated accessory port houses a Bar Code Reader, GPS, serial port or microSDXC slot.

There will also be GPS and 3G antenna pass-through for those models fitted with those features.

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Like all Toughbooks, the FZ-M1 will be paired with a variety of peripherals like desktop and vehicle docking stations, carry options, batteries and chargers.

Stock is expected around March – April. Contact us for more information.

7” Toughbook FZ-M1 – Rugged Windows 8 tablet announced at CES

Jan
9
2014

FZ-M1In amongst the piles of 7” and 8” Windows 8 tablets announced at this weeks Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas is a new 7” Panasonic Toughbook.

Typically small rugged tablets have had to use an Intel Atom processor, making them a poor choice for all but the simplest jobs.

This new Toughbook is not compromised like that. The 7” powerhouse gets a fourth generation Intel Core i5 “Haswell” chip and up to 8Gb of RAM.

That’s more than the average desktop PC in a 600gram package!

Product highlights:

  • Intel Core i5 Haswell
  • Windows 8 Pro
  • Up to 8Gb RAM
  • Up to 256Gb HDD
  • 3G / 4G options
  • Hot-swap battery
  • Weights around 600 grams
  • 7” 1280 x 800 Screen
  • USB 3 port
  • Docking connector
  • 5 foot drop tested, IP65 – Water and dust resistant

Initial pictures reveal a docking connector, USB 3 port, and an audio port.

Like the Toughbook FZ-G1 there is also mention a configuration port. In the G1, that port can be configured at factory with enhanced GPS, a barcode reader, serial port or a microSDXC card reader.

Where the M1 improves over the G1:

  • Hot swap battery
  • Lighter weight
  • Smaller form factor

Where the G1 will still be better than the M1:

  • Larger screen (G1 10 inch vs  M1 7 inch)
  • Higher resolution screen (G1 1920 x 1200 vs  M1 1280 x 800)
  • Wacom active digitizer

This is an important Windows 8 tablet for Microsoft too since many other manufacturers have turned to Android for their smaller tablets like the Getac Z710.

Pictures of the Panasonic Toughbook FZ-M1 rugged Windows 8.1 tablet so far:

 

The smaller form factor should appeal to many field tablet users. Carrying this device all day would be a lot more appealing than the 10” equivalent.

We look forward to finding out more about the FZ-M1.

Westpac using Lenovo ThinkPad Helix Windows 8 Tablets

Dec
9
2013

Take a look at this Windows 8 tablet story from Microsoft and Westpac Australia. The video shows outbound Westpac banking representatives using the Lenovo ThinkPad Helix as both a desktop computer and a tablet.

Westpac discovered that there are enormous benefits in using a single Windows device that is both a laptop and a Tablet. To name just a few:

  1. One device to manage (instead of a laptop and a tablet)
  2. Fits in with existing IT management infrastructure (they already manage laptops)
  3. High security standards are maintained (Bitlocker encryption, TPM, Intel Anti-theft, Granular user access and data control)
  4. End users get a superior touch experience and a familiar desktop experience
  5. Mobility is increased.

No doubt Westpac have not even begun scratch the surface of the productivity benefits of Windows 8 on a Tablet PC, but check out the video:

To find out how you can benefit from using Windows 8 tablets in your business, contact us.

Motion announce F5te Rugged Windows 8 Tablet!

Oct
10
2013

imageAustin TX based Motion Computing quietly launched a new iteration of the popular F5t rugged tablet yesterday. The F5te is a minor update that enables Motion to ship the F5twe with Windows 8 from factory. The F5t currently runs Windows 8 well, but now with 10 finger touch support it can ship out with Windows 8 pre-installed.

It would be hard to notice any changed by looking at the F5te over the current F5t. It still has the same powerful 3rd generation Intel Core i3, i5 or i7 processors. Still the same rugged IP54 MIL810G design. The F5te will work with existing in-vehicle and desktop docking solutions as well as pens, chargers and batteries.

EasyConnect RFID attaches easily to the F5 or C5-Series tablet PC

New RFID Module for F5 series tablets

An interesting addition to the massive range of options with the F5 series is a modular UHF RFID option. Whereas the current inbuilt RFID reader is short range (NFC style), this reader will all you to read RFID tags at up to 3 meters (depending on the tag type). Perfect for retail and inventory solutions.

This module will work with all existing F5 series tablets including F5v, F5t and F5te.

Here is the RFID tech spec:

Two frequencies ranges
- 866.7MHz (Supports ISO 18000-6B, -6C)
- 912-925MHz (Supports AEI, EPC Class 1 Gen 1, EPC Class 1 Gen 2, ISO 18000-6B, -6C)

An API is available for software integrators.

If you’re not familiar with the F5 series of tablets from Motion Computing, then this video will help you to get acquainted:

Here’s the hands on review of the Motion F5t that we put out last year:

Over 5 years we have deployed thousands of F5 tablets all over Australia and they continue to be the best selling rugged Tablet solution in Australia despite some stiff competition from impressive Tablets like the Panasonic Toughbook G1.

What I can say for certain is that no other Australian company has been involved in as many successful Motion tablet roll-outs as Tablet PC Solutions! Call us to find out why! 1300 110 101.

Fujitsu Lifebook T902 Sale – While Stocks Last!

Oct
1
2013

Fujitsu-Lifebook-T902-Convertible-Windows-8-Tablet-PC-0015For those that must have the absolute best Tablet available, we have a limited stock available of the Fujitsu Lifebook T902 at a price that cannot be matched!

The T902 is a high performance Windows 8 laptop that doubles as a Tablet with a big 13” screen.

T902 makes a great note taking device since it includes the industry best Wacom Active Digitizer Pen as well as a full 13” multi-touch screen.

Add Microsoft Office 2013 with OneNote and Bluebeam PDF Revu to achieve productivity that cannot be matched on a consumer tablet.

Our stock of the Lifebook T902 includes:

  • Intel Core i7-3540M Processor (Up to 3ghz)
  • Windows 8 Pro Licence  – Windows 7 Pro Downgrade Pre-Installed (Can ship with Windows 8 Pro installed, just ask us!)
  • 640Gb SATA Hard Drive

$2399 Inc GST

There is only a few left at this price, so be quick!

Fujitsu Lifebook T902 Upgrades

Samsung-SSD-MZ-7TE1TBWMany of our customers like to take the Lifebook T902 to the extreme with the following options:

  • Samsung 840 Evo 1 Terabyte SSD Drive – $999 Inc GST Installed with Fujitsu factory setup of Windows 8 Pro or Windows 7 Pro 

  • Samsung 840 Evo 750 Gigabyte SSD Drive – $850 Inc GST Installed with Fujitsu factory setup of Windows 8 Pro or Windows 7 Pro 
  • Samsung 840 Pro 500 Gigabyte SSD Drive – $579 Inc GST Installed with Fujitsu factory setup of Windows 8 Pro or Windows 7 Pro 
  • 16Gb RAM Upgrade – $165 Inc GST Genuine original memory module

The possibility to max out the T902 with a 1Tb SSD and 16Gb or RAM is hard to match!

Contact us directly to order an upgraded Fujitsu Lifebook T902 on 1300 110 101 or info@tabletpc.com.au.

Lenovo Helix Video Review

Sep
4
2013

Earlier in the month we gave you the impressive Lenovo Helix Ultrabook / Windows 8 tablet in pictures. Now, we have the Helix Video Review:

Key facts about the Lenovo Helix:

  • Highest performance option: 3rd Generation Intel Core i7, 8Gb RAM, 256Gb SSD
  • Runs Windows 8 Pro or Windows 7 Professional
  • Battery in Keyboard
  • Wacom Active Digitizer Pen
  • Rip ‘n’ Flip Design

A very impressive Hybrid Windows 8 tablet whichever way you look at it!

Sony Vaio Duo 13 Video Review

Sep
3
2013

The Sony Vaio Duo 13 is proving to be very popular. Nearly everyday we hear from people looking for a Windows 8 tablet or laptop with a Haswell processor on board. (You can read more about Haswell on our Sony Vaio Duo 13 in pictures post).

So here is a video review that I did of the Sony Vaio Duo 13 Windows 8 slider tablet:

Key facts about the Sony Vaio Duo 13:

  • Fourth Generation “Haswell” Intel Core i5 or i7 Processors
  • Beautiful 13.3” Full HD Touch Screen with N-Trig Active Digitizer
  • All In One Slider Design – weighs only 1.35kg
  • Runs Windows 8 Pro
  • Up to 8 hour battery life

The Sony Vaio Duo 13 is hard to look past as a high performance convertible.

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