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Miyagi, my Fujitsu P1610 Tablet PC, is a true workhorse and I couldn’t be happier with the boost in productivity I am enjoying having it around.  The small device is so light it begs to be taken everywhere and makes it simple to do so.  On […]

P1610 Bump Case 008Miyagi, my Fujitsu P1610 Tablet PC, is a true workhorse and I couldn’t be happier with the boost in productivity I am enjoying having it around.  The small device is so light it begs to be taken everywhere and makes it simple to do so.  On the days when I spend most of my time at Big Oil Company, I am usually going from one conference room to another and I have been carrying Miyagi in my hand from meeting to meeting on those days.  I have been getting a little concerned about the safety of the P1610 when I carry it by itself in my hand so I decided to pick up the Tablet Mode Bump Case from Fujitsu (part # (FPCCC79).  I received it this past week and have been using it for a few days so I thought I’d share what I could about this capable case.

Fujitsu offers two bump cases for the P1610, the Tablet Mode Bump Case that I purchased and the Convertible Bump Case which provides usage of the device in either Tablet mode or laptop mode.  The two cases are almost the same price ($79 for the Tablet Mode and $80 for the Convertible) and since price wasn’t a factor I decided to get the Tablet case because it looked a little smaller than the Convertible case.  The last thing I wanted to do was take my nice small Tablet PC and bulk it up with a huge case.

P1610 Bump Case 029The Tablet Mode Bump Case is constructed out of durable Cordura nylon and has a very secure feel to it.  It is slightly bristly feeling and it never feels like it’s going to slip out of my hand.  The case has a handle on the top with a rubber grip that is not only comfortable but very secure too.  The front of the case is padded with very rigid padding on all surfaces which provides some protection, although I wouldn’t want to drop the case with Miyagi inside.  The point is to give it a little protection from the bumps that invariably happen when you are mobile with a device like the P1610.  There are cutouts in the case for all ports and buttons, Fujitsu has done a good job making sure that everything on the P1610 is accessible while in the case, even the PC Card slot which lets me use EV-DO while encased.  The case will fit the P1610 with either the standard or extended battery fitted, and since I use both this was another deciding factor for my purchase.  There is a removable spacer that goes in the case when the smaller standard battery is fitted to make sure the device fits snugly and that all cutouts line up properly.

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P1610 Bump Case 020The back of the case is almost entirely made of a mesh material that keeps the weight down and allows good ventilation when the P1610 is powered on.  There is an X-shaped elastic strap system that you slip your hand into while using the P1610 in portrait orientation that keeps it nice and secure and provides a firm base for inking while standing up.  The case comes with a long shoulder strap and there are four clip hooks so you can carry the case in a number of ways.  Hook the strap up to the top of the case by the handle and it will sit in landscape mode at your side, or you can hook it on either end and carry it in portrait mode, or the most interesting way and the one I find the most comfortable, you can hook it up so that it sits diagonally on the hip.  Fujitsu has put the same attention to usabililty to bear in the design of this case that they do for all their Tablet PCs 

So far I am quite happy with the case, it adds very little weight to the device when encased and so little extra bulk that I can slip the whole thing into the Booq bag and carry it from location to location.  I get the best of both worlds, I have all of my accessories in the Booq bag yet can carry just the device when I need to.  That’s how I roll, anyway. 

Here are some assorted pictures that should show all you could ever know about the Bump Case (yes, I took some of them in the bathroom for the mirror)  :

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  1. P1610 Bump Case reviewed Saturday, December 30, 2006
  2. JK —

    Thanks for the great pics! One thing I’ve never really understood is why so many manufacturers don’t take loads of real-world pics to show off their products. Seems really idiotic.

    Two things: first, this looks like it was modeled very closely after the Motion bump cases, which is a near-perfect product (same third-party oem, maybe?). Second, it looks like the stylus is a little loose in that holster…or, is it pretty secure? I know on my Motion case that the oem stylus and the Cross black and silver stylus fit snugly because they’re thicker.

    And, one more thing: I’ve read on the GBM forums of some misgivings by a couple of users on their inking and screen experiences. I’m still waiting for mine to show up so I can’t yet say for myself, but could you chime in again on those two topics? In other words, are you still as fat-n-happy about the inking and the screen as you were when you shot the video review?

    Happy New Year!

    — Dave

  3. Hey James, happy holidays. Thanks for all your writing on the P1610, as I have been following most (if not all) of your articles for the past weeks.

    Do you recommend screen protectors on tablet PCs? Some say it reduces the image quality. Some say touchscreens are durable enough to not need a screen protector. What is your thought?

    Do you expect P1610 to ship with Vista pre-installed in a couple of months? Do you think it’ll be a year before the next upgrade? I’m a medical student considering the P1610 for its portability, but it is pricey and I’m wondering if/when there’ll be an upgrade of the hardware (Intel Core Duo, hard drive faster than 4200, whatever else required to be Vista ready as opposed to Vista capable, etc). I think about this because I almost ordered the Sony UX180 through a friend that works for Sony and just before I was about to order it, the UX280 came out, and, as you know, most people who bought the 180 were pissed.

    Lastly, any articles (whether yours or someone else’s) comparing the P1610 to the Flybook heads-up? I haven’t found any direct comparisons.

    Happy 2007.

    JC

  4. Nice! Ever see anything close to this for the TC1x00? I want one.

    Can you take more pictures of this? Especially how the TPC is secured in the case. I might be able to make a copy of this for my TC1100.

  5. Dave, the P1610 stylus fits snugly in the pen holder but since the stylus silo is easily accessible through the case I just keep it there. A thicker stylus would probably fit in the holder but it would be a very tight fit until it got stretched out a bit.

    Re: the inking problems mentioned on the GBM forums. I do not have problems with ragged inking nor vectoring as a couple of people have mentioned. I don’t doubt that they have those problems but I have not experienced them ever so I can’t conject what their problem might be. I do know that the fingerprint reader when navigation is enabled (scrolling with the reader) is positioned so that it’s easily touched when inking in portrait orientation. For that reason I have turned off the navigation and it’s not an issue. I wonder if some of the problems mentioned on their forums are related.

    Happy new year to you too!

  6. JC, I do not like screen protectors on any device and never have. I’ve tried them (even the clear ones) and they affect the brightness of the screen so I don’t use them. I would be especially leery using one on a P1610 due to the palm rejection technology. I believe it might interfere with how well it works and make writing on the screen more difficult.

    I do believe that Fujitsu will sell a Vista version of the P1610 when it’s available. This is not based on any knowledge on my part but having installed Vista Ultimate on the Fuji I know it runs well so there’s no reason for them to not capitalize on that. As for upgrading the hardware components, I’d like to see that but I’m pretty sure the small size of the P1610 will make putting some h/w inside, like a Core Duo. I suspect it will make heat an issue, but then I”m not an engineer. Of course, if you buy one today the h/w will be upgraded next week. You know how that works. :)

  7. Doc,

    It is secured in the case by the snug fit and the flap at the handle in that secures with Velcro. It’s a very simple system and is so snug that it can be a little difficult to take the 1610 out of the case.

  8. James,
    Funny you would post this today. I just did a post on GBM about this same subject this afternoon. I totally trashed out my eject button on my 1610 yesterday. The case is very stiff and snug and when I slid it on, the PC card eject button/lever bent big time as I did not see it hanging up on that side as I slide it on. Because it is such a snug fit I did not feel the snag on the lever. My PC card still goes in and out but the eject button is shot and I can only pull the card out when I want it out now.

    I have the same bump case on my Motion LE1600 and like you love it but the Motion bump case is nicer, softer and feels more like leather. My 1610 case feels more like a black burlap bag. The concept for carrying the unit is great though and I would also recommend it highly. Just be careful when you put the case on and off.

  9. Another point I forgot to add in my past comment. The back elastic straps on my Motion bump case are very springy and have a strong stretch factor to them. The minute I put the straps over my hand on the Fujitsu it felt washed out and like the elastic had been stretched out and not strongly holding the unit to my hand. Do you experience this at all?

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