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Fujitsu LifeBook T902 Review

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PROS / The LifeBook T902 has a powerful i5 processor, an optical drive and a high-quality screen resolution.

CONS / It has a smaller amount of RAM than other tablet PCs, and the device is rather bulky, which hinders its portability somewhat.

 VERDICT / Despite its bulk, the large screen delivers an excellent viewing experience; this is an ideal tablet PC for a busy office.

The Fujitsu LifeBook T902 sports a fast Intel Core i5 processor and one of the largest screens on our review of tablet PCs, at 13.3 inches. While this provides an unparalleled viewing experience, the device is conspicuously large and bulky, which impedes its overall portability. Lack of portability aside, the LifeBook T902 offers the best technical specifications and an appealing conventional design. All of these things combined create the best tablet PC and our Top Ten Reviews Bronze Award winner.

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Performance

Equipped with the Windows 7 64-bit operating system, this device is no more difficult to use – though no simpler –than competing tablet PCs. You can use either your fingertip or the included stylus to navigate the touchscreen and write text, draw or simulate a mouse. The screen itself is has a capacitive digitizer that senses and registers touch with very little pressure.

Windows 7 wasn't designed for touchscreen use, so at times, using this Windows tablet PC can feel a bit cumbersome. However, you will appreciate the familiarity of Windows despite the slight navigation hindrance. You also want to consider that you can customize this device and upgrade Windows 8 Pro 64-bit, if you prefer.

Fujitsu laptops are reputably well-built, and the LifeBook T902 is no exception. This laptop tablet is sturdy and durable, and it can easily withstand a few (small) bumps and drops. It also has an impressive battery life of up to nine hours.

The 13.3-inch display is beautiful and comparable in size to others on our lineup of tablet PCs. With a resolution of 1600 x 900 dpi and powered by Intel HD Graphics 4000, the tablet PC is ideal for watching or streaming video on the go. However, its bulky size may give you pause; its overall dimensions are 13.5 inches wide, 9.60 inches deep and 1.28 inches tall when the screen is closed. It also weighs 5.05 pounds, making it the heaviest unit we looked at. The majority of the bulk is caused because this is one of the few tablet PCs that still features an optical drive, which will always add substance to a device.

One of the LifeBook T902's standout features is its speedy 3.40GHz Intel Core i5-3320M processor with Turbo Boost Technology, featuring two cores and four threads. Each core can handle two tasks at once, making it faster and more efficient than other processors. You can customize this tablet for an additional cost by upgrading to a Core i5-3340M, i7-3520M or i7-3540M processor. All of these options feature Turbo Boost Technology, and the i7-3540M runs at a speedy 3.7GHz.

Other convertible laptops we reviewed start with 4GB of RAM and at least a 500GB hard drive, but the LifeBook base model has only 2GB of RAM and a 320GB hard drive. While this isn't bad by any means, it's not as much as we hoped to see. However, if you customize your LifeBook you can upgrade to 16GB of RAM, which is more than any of our other top-rated devices. You can also upgrade to a 256GB solid-state drive. If you combine those two features and upgrade to the i7 core, you will have a ridiculously productive machine that will handle anything you throw at it.

Features

Input and output ports include USB, Ethernet, VGA, a PC ExpressCard slot, a memory card reader and audio jacks. There's also a fingerprint sensor for security purposes and a built-in microphone and webcam that are perfect for video chatting or teleconferencing. The webcam has a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, so your business conference calls will have an excellent picture. The keyboard is full size, anti-microbial and spill-resistant – a great feature for that groggy morning when your coffee mug accidentally gets knocked over.

Wireless options include Wi-Fi, Ethernet and Bluetooth, and integrated mobile broadband is also optional, giving you plenty of ways to connect to the internet. Lastly, this tablet PC has a dual-layer DVD and CD burner and reader optical drive, which is a feature you find on many laptops but few tablet PCs.

Help & Support

The LifeBook T902 comes with a one-year warranty, which is curious since many of Fujitsu's lower-end products come with a three-year warranty. You can purchase an additional one or two years on your warranty, but the initial cost of the unit will increase significantly.

Fujitsu's tech support is good overall, and support options include toll-free telephone and email contact, as well as live chat. The Fujitsu website also provides useful resources that can help you learn more about the unit, including a user manual and knowledgebase. We especially like the user forums. Here you can post a specific question or issue you have and receive feedback from other Fujitsu customers.

Summary

The Fujitsu LifeBook T902 features an impressive Intel Core i5 processor and more ports and features than any other Windows tablet PC we reviewed, but the included amounts of RAM and the hard drive capacity on the base model could be better. Also, its size is closer to a hefty laptop than a portable tablet PC. However, the large screen makes this device ideal for both watching movies on the go and participating in business meetings or conferences from afar. This device constitutes a solid tablet PC that's better than any other on the market.

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