# Saturday, October 13, 2007

I decided to get myself an early birthday present since heck.. I haven't gotten myself anything for the past few years anyway.

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Looks like just another notebook right? Well that's because you don't have a point of reference as to how big this is. Just as a recap first.. remember this pic from my P1610 review?

Well here's the card on this new notebook I got.

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Yup... It's EVEN smaller.. what I got here is the Fujitsu U1010 UMPC.

If you don't know what a UMPC (Ultra Mobile PC) is, in plain english it means a pretty small notebook that you can lug around almost everywhere.

It's a very lightly spec'ed machine to fit it's very small shell. Inside is an Intel A110 800Mhz processor, it has 1GB of RAM (Which I'm pretty sure is non upgradable) a 40GB Hard disk... hang on let me just take a slight detour abit.. Hey Fujitsu! You have ONLY a 40GB Hard Disk so who's big idea was it to split the darn thing into 2 partitions!?!? Luckily they are NTFS partitions and I immediately expanded the C partition into the space occupied by the D partition after deleting it.

Like all notebooks that I have been getting since a few years ago.

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The U1010 is able to transform to tablet mode. It has a passive touch screen which has the same palm rejection technology as the P1610's passive touch screen but I think it doesn't work as well because of it's smaller size. One thing that Fujitsu needs to note about their palm rejection touch screens in the manual is that YOU CAN'T USE YOUR FINGERTIPS ON IT! I've seen a few reviews say that the U1010 requires a HEAVY TOUCH for the presses on the touch screen to register, that's absolutely NOT true. The screen basically rejects touches by errr... flesh like (I'm guessing conductive) substances, therefore... finger tip = doesn't register very well. Finger NAIL = WORKS LIKE A CHARM! Another thing I found interesting while writing on the screen using the included stylus.. it feels weird.. sometimes it's silky smooth like all touchscreens should be and sometimes it feels rough as if there's dust on the stylus making me feel as if I'm scratching the screen.. and that's NOT A GOOD feeling to have!

The screen's native resolution is 1024x600... yes you will go blind if you keep the windows text fonts at their default sizes.

The U1010 is a VERY small notebook, and yet Fujitsu tried to put a real keyboard in it instead of a thumbboard or some other input method. The results?

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If you're not familiar with notebook keyboards, see all those symbols surrounded by square boxes? You need to press the FN key along with the actual key to get those functions. And for those of you who are familiar with the concept of the FN key on a keyboard. Yup... the cursor keys are NOT directly accesible... neither are the function keys.. and for those of you who have scrutinized the whole keyboard.. yes... the HOME,END,PG UP and PG DOWN keys are not there.

Does this cramp your typing style? Most definetly! Are the missing keys that important? OF COURSE! Is there a way around it? Yes! Once you're used to a using a notebook with a touch screen you'll find that if you need the text cursor to be somewhere on screen, it's faster to just tap the location with your finger instead of using the mouse.

And probably because people at Fujitsu realised that most people would need to look at the keyboard to work on it they put in something to help you when you're trying to get online in a dark room.

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Built-in lights for the keyboard!

In order to make the track point (wait... isn't track point copyrighted by IBM or something? Oh.. it's called a GLIDE POINT here.) accessible in both laptop and tablet mode, it's placed on the right of the body frame.

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The left and right buttons are placed on the left.

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While this make the controls easily accessible in tablet form. It again feels weird in laptop mode since you have to move both your hands away from the keyboard to do something. But heck.. it's a compromise you'll have to make if you want something this small!

One compromise which I DON'T agree with is this.

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Because of the already cramped layout of the U1010, they couldn't put a physical ethernet jack and VGA OUT port on the device and therefore you need to remember to bring along a dongle if you want to make presentations with the U1010. The other problem I have is how the dongle connects to the unit.

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In case you're wondering... the battery has taken the entire rear section of the device.

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The right side is taken up by a CF slot, the power switch and a lone USB 2.0 port. The processor should be at this end as well since there's a fan grill on the right as well.

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On the left you have the Wifi & Bluetooth toggle switch above the power socket, then an SD card slot, followed by a volume control rocker, then the mic & headphone ports. So.. as you can see.. no place for a monitor or network port. But still...

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It's just too shocking to see it this way.

Anyway enough about the physical looks if anyone have any questions leave a comment or drop me a mail. So.. how does the thing run? Well.. how do you expect a modern day 800Mhz processor system to run? It does things well enough as long as you don't push it too far, you'll be able to surf the net.. check your mail.. do your Office work tasks well enough, but if you force a virtual memory swap cause you opened too many applications well that's when you start waiting. Oh this is definetly NOT a gaming machine.

That said.. you can watch videos of course.. but I think WMVHD is out of the question though.

More reports after I use this thing for a while longer.


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