This Fujitsu hybrid laptop offers an immersive experience with both finger- and stylus-based inputs. However, the poor display and keyboard let the device down badly. Users willing to fork out more may want to check out the Motion Computing J3500 tablet.
Good touchscreen interface; rugged design; full connectivity
Heavy; dire keyboard and trackpad; grainy screen; pricey
12.1in screen, 1,920 x 1,200 pixel max resolution, Intel Core i3-350M at 2.27GHz, 2GB of RAM, Intel HD graphics, 320GB hard drive, 1.8Kg, multi-format card reader, three USB 2.0 ports, VGA, Ethernet and HDMI output.
The Lifebook T730 is the latest product that aims to mash together the tablet and laptop formats. While Fujitsu's attempt is certainly a competent device, there are some key areas where it could be improved.
The device comes preloaded with Windows 7 Professional, and features a dual-core Intel Core i3-350M processor running at 2.27GHz, with 2GB of RAM and a 320GB hard drive, making it well-placed to handle all common tasks with ease.
The T730 looked rather bland on first inspection, and is significantly bulkier than the majority of laptops on the market.
It gives the impression of being designed for people who spend long periods out of the office, with a rugged look and feel and a built-in ShockSensor to protect the hard drive in case it is dropped.
At 1.8Kg, the Lifebook is reasonably heavy, and carrying it around for any prolonged period quickly becomes tiring.
Fujitsu appears to have cut hardware costs to keep the price down. The Qwerty keyboard is one of the main casualties, with keys that seem squeezed onto the body. This makes typing a rather uncomfortable experience.
Unfortunately, the 12.1in screen is also substandard. It has a native resolution of 1,200 x 800 pixels, but the display is visibly grainy, which made viewing documents and videos for any length of time uncomfortable.
The trackpad is especially fiddly and is another area that Fujitsu should improve for future models.
The ability to rotate the screen 180 degrees in either direction is impressive, and when in laptop mode it locks securely in place.
However, when we manoeuvred the screen into tablet mode, the T730 was occasionally unable to detect the correct orientation, meaning it had to be changed manually. It's a minor grumble, but annoying nevertheless.