Fujitsu ST6012: Light but Sluggish

st6012tabletpcWe first peeped at the Fujitsu Stylistic ST6012 last September, but I haven’t seen one in the wild yet. In fact, I see very few slates these days. Rob Bushway has a review unit and just started sharing his impressions. From what I recall, the ST6012 was due to weigh in between 3.5 and 4 pounds, but Rob says it’s “extremely light.”

Overall, the device appears more sluggish than Rob expected. It has a 1.4GHz Core 2 Duo ULV CPU, 1GB of RAM and 80GB hard drive, which ought to offer reasonable performance in a portable slate. Rob found 88 processes running at startup in Microsoft Windows Vista, so maybe some optimization is in order. This model is worth looking into for field workers, as the 1,280 x 800 display is outdoor viewable. It also offers solid battery life, as the standard 6-cell battery is netting four to five hours of run-time for Rob. Fujitsu also offers an optional 9-cell power pack, but of course, that’s going to add to the weight.

Rob said he’d consider installing Windows 7 on the ST6012 to test the ink and touch capabilities of the newer OS. I suspect that if enough of us visit GBM and ask real nice, he’ll give it a go. ;)


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