PROS / Affordable price; great features and specs.
CONS / Slightly weak processor; similar LifeBook Tablet PCs have three-year warranties, so why not this one?
VERDICT / It’s definitely the best tablet PC for the price and features.
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The Fujitsu LifeBook TH700 is part of a large family of tablet PCs the company designs and manufactures, making it the best tablet PC on the market. Compared to similar models from competitors, the TH700 wins out in ease of use, overall design, technical specifications, help and support, and price, landing it in first place on our list.
Fujitsu makes a very good, sturdy laptop that doesn’t feel like it will break if you cough too hard. You know which laptops we’re talking about. The TH700 features an elegant and modern look. Plus, this is a fully loaded tablet PC with pretty much everything needed to get work done, without any software or hardware limitations.
Like all other tablet PCs, when the unit is closed, it looks like a standard laptop. Open the screen, type away on the keyboard and so on. However, its convertible design allows the screen to swivel (in both directions) and become a touchscreen tablet.
The 12.1” LED screen is bright and based on WXGA technology, with a screen resolution of 1280 x 800 (16 x 10 aspect ratio). WXGA technology, which stands for Wide eXtended Graphics Array, is technology commonly used in LCD and LED monitors.
The dimensions are 11.69 inches wide, 9.17 inches deep and 1.51 inches tall when the screen is closed. It’s a little thick compared to similar units. The system weighs 4.2 pounds but can weigh more if other features are added. It shouldn’t put too much strain on you to carry the TH700 around in a backpack or briefcase during the day.
The processor is an Intel Core i3-350M running 2.26GHz (3MB L3 cache), part of Intel’s newer line of processors that are fast and power efficient and include Core i3, i5 and i7. Though the i3 may not be as powerful as the Core i5 or i7 processors, the TH700 packs more processing punch than other tablet PCs on our list. This unit is built for fast computing. Intel HD Graphics are built in, giving the display a wide array of colors, crisp images and impressive graphics.
The TH700 comes with a large 320GB S-ATA 5400 rpm hard drive, which will hold more than enough documents, photos, music, videos and more. Also included is 4GB of DDR3 1066 MHz SDRAM memory (RAM), giving it a good edge in speed, especially when dealing with the included Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) operating system.
The two popular modern operating systems, Windows 7 and Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) require a hefty amount of RAM, 2GB for the 64-bit Windows 7 (1GB for the 32-bit version) and 1GB for Snow Leopard. These are minimum requirements, so it’s great to see 4GB of RAM included with the TH700.
Input/Output ports include a gigabit Ethernet/LAN, USB, Firewire/iLink IEEE 1394, VGA, HDMI (which can be plugged into an HDTV), a PC ExpressCard slot, a memory card reader and an audio port.
Other features include a built-in Atheros XSPAN 802.11 B/G/N wireless adapter (“N” is the latest and greatest Wi-Fi technology), Bluetooth 2.1, a fingerprint sensor for extra security, a dual-layer DVD burner, a built-in microphone and a webcam, which is great for video chat and teleconferencing.
The battery is a Lithium ion and can last up to five hours, which is about average when compared to other tablet PCs on our list. There is an additional modular bay for a second battery, though a second hard drive could easily fit in there.
Just about the only feature missing is a 3G device, which most other units don't include anyway. While it might not be necessary for a large number of users, 3G can benefit those who are stuck somewhere without a Wi-Fi LAN connection. The only unit on our list that has a 3G option is the Viliv S10 Blade.
Help & Support
The TH700 comes with a one-year warranty from Fujitsu, though for extra money, an additional one to two years can be added, along with a next-business-day mobile service plan and a screen protection plan. However, adding these warranty services will greatly increase the price of this Tablet PC, nearly doubling the cost.
It's a little frustrating that Fujitsu gives some systems a one-year warranty and others a three-year warranty. Why not include a three-year warranty across the board? Is the warranty price worked into the cost of other models? It’s very strange and leaves us scratching our heads.
Help and support services include phone and email contact, live chat, user forums to connect with other consumers and tech support specialists, a user manual and a FAQs/Knowledge Base. Fujitsu’s tech support gets fair-to-good marks overall, according to recent reviews by business ratings services.
Despite the lack of fanfare when it was announced, the Fujitsu LifeBook TH700 is the best tablet PC we reviewed, loaded with an Intel Core i3-350M processor, 4GB RAM, a 320GB hard drive, a sleek 12.1-inch LED display and much more. This is a great computer for business, home and students heading off to college.