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Fujitsu Stylistic Q702 review [UPDATED]

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Fujitsu Stylistic Q702

The Stylistic Q702 works well with Windows 8 thanks to its touchscreen and keyboard dock, while the stylus enables it to be used for more traditional tablet data capture applications. Let down by low battery life, the system is nevertheless a good choice for those needing compatibility with existing Windows applications.

Pros:

Keyboard dock, TPM and fingerprint scanner, digital stylus supports data capture

Cons:

Low battery life, tablet makes device top-heavy, screen suffers from glare

Overall Rating:

4 Star Rating: Recommended

Price: £1,299 (with 3G broadband); £1,349 (with 4G broadband)

Manufacturer: Fujitsu

Fujitsu's Stylistic Q702 is a hybrid tablet that could be the Windows 8 device that business users are waiting for. Not only does it deliver a full Windows 8 touchscreen tablet experience, but can be paired up with a keyboard dock that converts it into a laptop and doubles the battery life.

Announced last year but only recently shipping in the UK, the Stylistic Q702 shows Fujitsu's no-nonsense approach to business devices that could see it as a challenger to Microsoft's Surface Pro, which has yet to 'surface' over here.

Like the Surface Pro, the Q702 is based on Intel Core processors, and so is capable of running existing x86 Windows apps as well as the new Metro-style apps designed for the Modern UI environment. It also comes with a digital stylus for pen input in addition to supporting multi-touch gestures.

However, Fujitsu's tablet comes with more corporate-friendly features such as a fingerprint scanner in addition to a trusted platform module (TPM) security chip, and optionally supports an LTE/HSPA mobile broadband modem in addition to Wi-Fi for connectivity.

Fujitsu has also included support for Intel's Anti-theft technology and the Absolute Computrace service, both of which provide the ability to remotely lock down missing or stolen devices.

Fujtitsu Stylistic Q702

On the downside, the Q702 has relatively short battery life, and its display seems to suffer from glare more than other tablets we have seen.

Design
When used just as a tablet, the Q702 weighs in at 850g, making it slightly lighter than the Surface Pro despite having a larger 11.6in display.

At 30x19.5x1.3cm, the Q702 is significantly larger and heavier than Apple's iPad, but as a full-blown Windows device, it is fair to say it is aimed at a different market.

That 850g weight makes the Q702 tiring to hold using just one hand for any length of time, although less so if you hold it in the middle, or in portrait orientation. The screen automatically rotates the display image to match whichever way you are holding it, as most tablet users now expect.

Compared to some other tablets, Fujitsu's model is also peppered with external features, although the front panel presents a fairly standard appearance with a black bezel surrounding the touchscreen, with a webcam lens above this and Windows home key below.

Closer inspection reveals that the right-hand edge in particular is studded with ports and buttons, comprising a sliding power switch, a separate switch to turn wireless on and off, volume up/down controls and a button to turn the screen auto-rotate on and off.

Next: Design continued

Model: Fujitsu Stylistic Q702
Display: 11.6in touchscreen, 1366 x 768
Processor: Intel 1.8GHz Core i5-3427U dual-core
RAM: 4GB
Storage: 128GB mSATA SSD
Wireless connections: 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, optional LTE/3G mobile broadband
Ports: USB 3.0, USB 2.0, HDMI, SD Card reader slot, audio jack sockets, dock connector (dock adds 2 x USB 2.0, Gigabit Ethernet, VGA)
Camera: 1MP webcam (720p) and 5MP rear camera
Dimensions: 302x195x12.7mm (tablet only)
Battery: 3-cell lithium ion 3,150mAh (also in the dock)
Weight: 850g (1.2kg with dock)

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Daniel Robinson
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Daniel Robinson is technology editor at V3, and has been working as a technology journalist for over two decades. Dan has served on a number of publications including PC Direct and enterprise news publication IT Week. Areas of coverage include desktops, laptops, smartphones, enterprise mobility, storage, networks, servers, microprocessors, virtualisation and cloud computing.

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