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Lenovo X200T and Fujitsu T2010 In Pictures

leadshotMy ongoing soft-review of the Lenovo X200T (Warner and Rob have done a much more thorough review) continues with a pictorial comparison between the X200T and Fujitsu’s T2010. Over the last few weeks, I have found myself really liking the X200T. I was finally able to turn off the startlingly loud beeping during power changes by using Lenovo’s Power Manager. Thanks to the readers who pointed me in the right direction! So without further delay, check out the pictures with brief descriptions after the jump.

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With the T2010 and X200T placed side-by-side, the Lenovo’s footprint is a little bit bigger. These devices are relatively small so the difference in the pictures is actually not that significant in real world applications.

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The height difference is about 0.75″. Unfortunately, this also resulted in a larger screen bezel but screen real estate is the same 12.1″ on both devices.

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The thickness is roughly the same for both devices at a little over an inch thick.

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You can really see the difference in TouchStick design in these two pictures. The Lenovo’s pointer is raised and easy to use. The Fujitsu’s flush design is not as comfortable or sensitive. I find myself pushing on the keys around the T2010’s pointer.

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The keyboard on the Lenovo is much better to type on than the Fujitsu. The Fujitsu isn’t bad by any means, it’s just that the Lenovo keyboard really shines.

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Both computers have a full compliment of bezel buttons for controlling the computer in tablet mode. The Lenovo comes with an accelerometer that can switch screen orientation on its own depending on how you hold it, but I have found that the auto-rotate works only intermittently.

screen-swivel-1screen-swivel-2Both computers offer bi-directional hinges and offers solid indentations when the screen is returned to notebook mode. After a few weeks of use, the Lenovo’s hinge has developed some play and isn’t as rock stable as it was when new.

I’ve been using the Lenovo for a few weeks now and the chassis is still very solid. The screen hinge has developed a little more play, much like the Fujitsu. The Lenovo has proven a great performer with the Centrino 2 processor and is still whisper quiet compared to the Fujitsu. The keyboard is great, the TouchStick is wonderful, and the battery life is spectacular.

If there are other things you’d like me to look at between the two devices, I’ll be more than happy to do more head to head comparisons.

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10 Comments

  1. GoodThings2Life

    01/04/2009 at 3:43 pm

    Great pics, great perspective, but…

    Are you kidding me? No touchpad only touchstick? Eww.

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  2. noctilux

    01/04/2009 at 4:40 pm

    When I bought a used IBM T41 about 2 years ago, I thought I’d never use its Trackpoint. However, I used it exclusively after a while and still do on my newly-acquired X60 Tablet. It takes a while to get used to it, but once you have, you’ll never want to use a touchpad again. However, it seems that other companies’ Trackpoints seem to be inferior – I can’t work with those on Dell Latitudes, for instance.

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  3. Dodot

    01/04/2009 at 5:57 pm

    Does the respective placements of the batteries result in the Fujitsu feeling lighter in slate mode? I assume that the placement of the Lenovo’s battery, which relative to the Fujitsu is further from the fulcrum at the albow, makes the X200 seem a bit heavier.

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  4. Truc Bui

    01/04/2009 at 6:29 pm

    Dodot:
    The weight balance is definitely better with the T2010. You are absolutely right about the X200T seeming to be a bit heavier due to uneven weight distribution. I haven’t used the X200T like I do my T2010 in an academic setting where I can really explore the weight imbalance in portrait tablet mode. It might just be that I am so used to the feel of the T2010, however, since it is now approaching a year old of daily use. I also generally use my tablet in horizontal orientation, so the weight being concentrated towards my elbow isn’t to my liking either.

    GoodThings2Life:
    I also felt a disdain for the touchstick until I started using it. I have now come to prefer the touchstick over a trackpad. I think it all comes down to personal preference since I wasn’t really fond of the trackpad design anyway. I think HP’s 2730 or Dell’s XT with both HID methods available is a good solution.

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  5. Shotcoach

    01/05/2009 at 10:56 am

    Truc,

    What are your thoughts on differences between the X200T and the T5010? I’ve seen lots of info on both, but no comparisons between the two. Specifically, for an academic setting, which do you think would be better?

    Thanks,

    Shotcoach

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  6. Truc Bui

    01/05/2009 at 11:15 am

    Shotcoach:

    I’m a big fan of Fujitsu, no question about it. Their screen quality is leaps and bounds above the competition. However, in my experience with the T5010, even though I really like the extra screen real estate coming from the 13.3″ widescreen, the device itself is quite heavy and only allowed for about 4-5 hours of run time before the main battery called it quits. If you want the full-day run time offered by the T2010 or the X200T, you’re going to have to get the modular battery, which effectively gets rid of the DVD drive and adds to the weight of the device.

    In an academic setting, I never had any problems with the ULV processor on my T2010 running OneNote, Bluebeam Revu, Firefox, Outlook, and Word all at the same time, so I doubt you’d see any problems running any academic programs with the Centrino 2 processor in the X200T (Of course this is assuming you’re not going to be running any engineering programs, CAD programs, or Photoshop/Illustrator/Premier Pro). The extended battery life, great keyboard feel, lighter weight, and better touchstick performance make the X200T my recommendation if you were to compare the T5010 and the X200T. As for inking, since both use the Wacom digitizer, their performance is pretty on-par with one another. I’ll take a closer look at CES for inking at the edges between the Fujitsu and Lenovo units if time permits. If not, it’ll be an upcoming segment of my soft review.

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  7. Shotcoach

    01/05/2009 at 1:03 pm

    Thank you for the quick reply. I do use AutoCAD and MATLAB for school. Would this usage steer you towards the T5010?

    Thanks for your advice!

    Shotcoach

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  8. Truc Bui

    01/05/2009 at 2:38 pm

    Shotcoach,

    I think it all comes down to what your needs are. If you will be using the tablet mainly for AutoCAD and MATLAB and have access to a desk near a power outlet, the T5010’s superior processing power will make your life easier. On the other hand, if you will use AutoCAD and MATLAB only occasionally but still need the advantages of a tablet for note taking purposes, the X200T might be a better choice. Processor intensive software changes the game a whole lot for the tabletscape due to the compromises we must deal with in terms of portability, battery life, and processing power.

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  9. Smiley

    01/05/2009 at 8:33 pm

    I’m also in a similar bind. I was thinking of getting the t5010 for programs such as those listed above but then thought about what my needs were as a student. If it comes down to it (which is no big deal at all) I could use the computers in a computer lab for engineering programs and have a light tablet for classwork. How would y’all choose between the t2020 and x200t? I know they are pretty close but I want to hear your (honest) reasons. Hmm… which of the 3 tablets to go for…

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  10. Truc Bui

    01/06/2009 at 12:04 pm

    Of the three, each offers a different level of processor performance. The T5010 offers the full brute strength of a full powered processor, the X200T offers a low voltage processor that extends battery life a bit but still offers decent performance, and the T2020 offers a theoretical advantage for battery life but with the drawback of having the least powerful processor. With each of the three tablets, you have the option of throttling back the processor speed to 800MHz in the maximum battery setting, which puts each processor on a relatively even bar in terms of performance. Due to this, I think the best compromise between the three would be the X200T because you can operate the tablet either at 800MHz or a respectable 1.6-1.8GHz. I am not sure what this means for battery life. As I sit here in LAX waiting for my flight to CES, the X200t is reporting that I will get about 6:12 hours of run time. The T2010 with its ULV processor is giving me 7:29 hours of run time, both operating at the 800MHz frequency. the T2010 has a 9-cell battery and the X200T has an 8-cell battery. In real world usage, however, I have found that the T2010 is very optimistic with its run time where as the X200t is more conservative. They both run roughly 6-7 hours of real world usage before giving up the ghost. Keep in mind, however, that the T2010’s battery is about a year old with many charges under its belt and the X200T has an almost brand new battery.

    So, again, depending on your usage, what you buy should reflect your needs, and not some theoretical magical benchmark number that you won’t be using. For example, it’s great that the T5010 can complete tasks much faster than the T2020 or X200T, but if you’re throttling back to 800MHz 99% of the time, that speed and processor power is wasted. On the other hand, if you’re running processor intensive software even 60% of the time, it would be worthwhile to get the X200T to get decent performance out of a package that is smaller and lighter weight. Finally, if all you do, like me, is run OneNote, Word, Firefox, Outlook, and have a very occasional need for processing power, the T2020 would fit the bill best.

    Pricing should also be a factor. You can get a stripped down model of the T2020 for $1500, which includes a 1.20GHz ULV Centrino 2 processor, 120GB HDD, and 1GB RAM on a 6-cell battery (roughly 4-5 hours real world use). After upgrading RAM, you’re looking at about $1600. The addition of a 9-cell battery runs another $180, for a grand total of $1800 for two batteries. An X200T with the 1.86GHz processor, 160GB HDD, and 2GB RAM on an 8-cell battery will net you about $2200. A T5010 spec’d out for full processor potential realization would set you back $2600 for a 2.8GHz processor, 160GB 7200RPM HDD, and 1GB RAM (user upgrade to 4GB) riding on a 6-cell high capacity and 6-cell modular battery (total of 9600mAh). After upgrading to a full 4GB RAM, you’re looking at roughly $2700.

    The only person who can decide which tablet is the right one for you is you. Consider your usage requirements and budget before taking the plunge. You can’t go wrong with any of the three choices.

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