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Convertible notebooks often cost a lot as the new Fujitsu T730 Tablet PC proves. This Tablet is as small as they get and still have a 12-inch screen. The starting price is $1,869, and that doesn’t get you the touch screen option.

Fujitsu T730

Tablet PCs are the notebooks with everything. They can be great thin notebook PCs and also slate tablets when the screen is rotated around. They can do anything any other notebook can do and more. That’s why they often cost so darn much as the new Fujitsu T730 Tablet PC proves once again. This Tablet is as small as can be and still have a 12-inch screen. It looks like a solid entry for Fujitsu, a long-time maker of nice convertible notebooks. It’s too bad the starting price is $1,869, and that doesn’t get you the touch screen option.

The T730 has an optical drive option which is rare on such a thin convertible. Fujitsu has kept the case as small as possible for a notebook with a 12-inch display and full keyboard. The starting configuration includes an outdoor viewable screen and a DVD burner, so that high price is not for nothing. Fujitsu claims a dual digitizer with multitouch option is available but doesn’t seem to make that an selectable option on its web site.

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  1. James,
    Do you think this is expensive compared to what? Multi-touch option is available for $100 extra. I think the option for using the modular bay with either the Dual-Layer DVD Writer or with an extra 6-cell battery ($134) makes this machine very attractive to the same public looking for X200t or 2740p, specially with the i7-620M Processor (2.66 GHz, 4 MB L3 cache) with Turbo Boost up to 3.33 GHz option…

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    1. Compared to non-tablet laptops. I know Tablet PCs are much more capable, but the early price difference between laptops and tablets kept tablets from taking off. In this age when capable laptops have gotten much cheaper than in years past, it seems Tablet PCs don’t drop much in price. That makes the price difference even greater now than before.

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  2. The only new tablet available I’d consider buying is the HP TouchSmart tm2. Some Tablet PC makers will exit the market because their tablets simply cost too much. Instead they will blame the market for not buying enough tablets. I wholeheartedly agree with James. Even some businesses can’t afford tablets that cost this much.

    I picked up a used HP tc1100. It’s not the fastest tablet available, but it does I need at the same cost as a new netbook.

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  3. whoa! it’s like i jumped back in time about 4 years.

    honestly, with all the small and cheap alternatives, the market is even more niche than it once was for this type of product.

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  4. I’d flip it over and look at the bottom – if it says “Made in Japan”, as most Fujitsu’s are, that high price could be forgivable. The HP 2740 doesn’t come in cheap either once you tack on all the options, yet this one includes the burner.

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  5. Mike Reilly Monday, May 17, 2010

    At 3.9 lbs, it’s too heavy. It’s arrival gives me hope that Fujitsu is going to soon bring out a replacement for the p1630, or that Sony will bring out a tablet based on the VAIO.

    It would come out with the production on the Intel i5 ULV cpu this summer. 2.2 lbs, Wacom multi-touch w/ pen, 10″ outdoor screen, webcam + rear camera, good keyboard, and 8 hr battery.

    (I would like it to have a slim, portable dock containing displayport, plus a bay(s) for replaceable dvd writer / good video card / extra battery, but this is beyond plausible expectations.)

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    1. I hear what your saying about the weight, I went to Bestbuy again to try the iPad, and I couldn’t hold it in my hands for more than 15 minutes, while playing Anti-Grav Racing. I can’t fathom holding 3.9 pounds for any extended period of time.

      As for Sony releasing your dream tablet, I wouldn’t doubt some design/manufacturing start up would like to take advantage of the Sony VAIO brand name

      http://jkontherun.com/2010/04/15/sony-to-farm-some-vaio-design-production-out-to-third-parties/

      Just look out for that build quality ;)

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  6. looks at price tag How typical.

    If it weren’t for eBay and second-hand sales in general, I never would have owned a Tablet PC in the first place-new ones always have this ludicrous price tag that I can’t justify even for a custom-built desktop.

    Not enough manufacturers are producing these things, and when they do, the price hike is crazy. Even the cheaper ones like HP’s consumer line could have their prices slashed in half for the same specs if one was willing to do without the tablet functionality.

    Do they charge high prices because they can get away with it? Is it because Wacom charges them an exorbitant amount for their digitizers, cutting into their margins? Whatever the case may be, it’s a big reason for limited adoption of the platform in general.

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  7. The Fujitsu price is comparable to a similarly figured tablet for most other brands (ie Lenovo, Dell, HP). The difference is that Fujitsu has been making tablets for a long time and they work very, very well. The platform allows me to take notes without distracting clients, keep my emails going without the awkward thumb-manipulation, organize my notes, surf quicker (faster than a mouse or touchpad), and its cool to draw and create your own fonts. If your time is valuable, get a tablet. Fujitsu is a good one.

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