I’ve been using my Fujitsu P1610 Tablet PC quite a bit the last couple of weeks due to travel, sending my X60 SXGA Tablet PC eval back to Lenovo, working from home, working off site, keyboarding well in to the night to catch up on projects, etc. The P1610 brings alot to the table in terms of ultra-portablity, and I have yet to use another fully functional tablet pc that fits those needs better. When moving from venue to venue, walking expo floors, reading / posting in a bus, and the desire to travel ultra-light, the P1610 hits the sweet spot for sure. However, I’m beginning to feel the effects of that small keyboard and it is cramping my style.
My wrists have been hurting a lot more than usual the past several weeks. When I wake up in the morning, I can really feel the effects of work the previous night and have found the need to take a few Motrins in the morning. Now, I know one solution to this problem – carry a bigger keyboard. Doesn’t that defeat the purpose of “traveling light”, though? If a person has to carry more stuff with them just to make an ultra-portable more usable, wouldn’t it better to just get a fuller size Tablet PC?
Don’t get me wrong – I’m keeping the P1610. In my opinion, the P1610 is the most usable “ultra mobile pc” I’ve used to date. In addition, with GBM appearances at expos and conferences becoming more frequent, I wouldn’t want to carry anything heavier and less portable. With the exception of the SQL Server work I do, the P1610 has been performing wondefully – much better than I ever imagined. However, I’m struggling to see the P1610 becoming my “everyday” machine, especially with how mobile I can be at times and how long I may be keyboarding while offsite. My wrists just can’t take it any longer.
I’m looking forward to getting back to a fuller keyboard with the X60, while still enjoying the benefits of a Tablet PC.
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