Fujitsu's LifeBook T1010 delivers on some of the promises of an all-purpose laptop.

With solid general-use performance - and Tablet PC functionality - the Fujitsu LifeBook T1010 is built to move with you. However, the less-than-stellar display, tinny audio, and a handful of annoyances will turn off some potential buyers. (Fujitsu offers other convertible tablets, including the LifeBook T2010 and the LifeBook U810, both released earlier this year.)

A good overall package, the Fujitsu LifeBook T1010 sports a 2.26GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 2GB of memory, and a 120GB hard drive - great for anyone who wants a general-purpose notebook.

The Fujitsu LifeBook T1010 runs a brisk race, earning a score of 86 in our WorldBench tests, which puts it squarely in the middle of the performance pack. It sprints past the Toshiba Satellite Pro L300D-EZ1001V, for instance.

That said, the Fujitsu LifeBook T1010's graphics performance in games is poor. The T1010 managed only 12.7 frames per second on our Doom 3 testing, though a somewhat better 36.7fps in Far Cry. The LifeBook T1010 should handle most everyday tasks well, but it is far from a gaming notebook.

Battery life is good too, lasting a healthy 3 hours, 46 minutes on a single charge, according to our tests. In this respect the Fujitsu LifeBook T1010 falls right in line with expectations - maybe a little better than the average performance for an all-purpose machine. Fortunately, that battery doesn't weigh you down. The Fujitsu LifeBook T1010 starts at 2.4kg - while it isn't super-light, the model is light enough to be a good mobile solution.

The Fujitsu LifeBook T1010's 13.3in touchscreen display accepts input from both your fingers and the trackpad. The screen's hinge feels solid and swivels in both directions for conversion to tablet mode. The stylus works well, but I am not a fan of the touch input. For example, if you're like me and you rest your hand on the surface while you write, the T1010 will pick up the input from your hand, something we found to be particularly frustrating when using the tablet feature.

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Fujitsu's LifeBook T1010 delivers on some of the promises of an all-purpose laptop.

Maybe it's due to the touchscreen treatment, but the panel itself is rather mediocre: colours look dull, and text appears fuzzy on the 1,280x800-pixel screen. And we have to say this again: nobody will be buying this laptop as a multimedia showstopper. If you want to see a crisp, colourful image of what's happening on-screen, keep looking. The speakers are lacking overall as well; we found the audio to be tinny, with some distortion at higher pitches when we had the volume turned up. However, you'll find the same problem in most all-purpose notebooks.

The Fujitsu LifeBook T1010 features sturdy construction, though it's a little bland on the design side. The keyboard is quite possibly this laptop's strongest point, with a solid feel and great tactile response. The trackpad, while not amazingly large, is big enough to use comfortably, and its buttons are plenty big and satisfyingly clicky.

Not happy with the mousepad? The Fujitsu LifeBook T1010 features three USB ports - two in the rear and one on the lefthand side.

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Fujitsu LifeBook T1010: Specs

  • Intel Core 2 Duo P8400/2.26GHz
  • 2GB DDR3 SDRAM, 1066MHz
  • Microsoft Windows Vista Business
  • 120GB, Serial ATA-150, 5400rpm hard drive
  • 24x/8x/4x CD/DVD-R/DVD-R DL drive
  • 13in 1,280x800-pixel screen
  • Intel GMA 4500MHD Dynamic Video Memory Technology 5.0
  • 1.3Mp camera
  • 802.11b/g/a/n
  • 6-cell Lithium ion battery
  • 1 year warranty
  • 2.4kg
  • 320x244x38mm
  • Intel Core 2 Duo P8400/2.26GHz
  • 2GB DDR3 SDRAM, 1066MHz
  • Microsoft Windows Vista Business
  • 120GB, Serial ATA-150, 5400rpm hard drive
  • 24x/8x/4x CD/DVD-R/DVD-R DL drive
  • 13in 1,280x800-pixel screen
  • Intel GMA 4500MHD Dynamic Video Memory Technology 5.0
  • 1.3Mp camera
  • 802.11b/g/a/n
  • 6-cell Lithium ion battery
  • 1 year warranty
  • 2.4kg
  • 320x244x38mm

OUR VERDICT

Taken as a whole, the Fujitsu LifeBook T1010 is not a machine with much in the way of sex appeal, nor is it a good gaming or multimedia notebook. However, the Fujitsu LifeBook T1010 makes for a nice-performing general-purpose notebook. Sometimes that's all you need.

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