June 16, 2012, 7:40 AM — Fujitsu is a veteran in the tablet PC game, and that experience shows to good advantage with the Stylistic Q550 (price as of June 1, 2012, starts at $729; as reviewed, $849). This Windows 7 tablet incorporates an Atom processor, and comes crammed with features--a fingerprint scanner, a smartcard reader, Trusted Platform Module, and a removable battery--that make it especially attractive to business users.
Inside the Q550 beats the heart of a netbook. It carries a 1.5GHz Intel Atom Z670 processor and 2GB of RAM. The Windows 7 Pro operating system works, but you'll need patience at times as you navigate the OS. Storage options include either a 30GB or 62GB solid-state drive; and you can expand the storage further via the tablet's SD Card slot.
Wireless connectivity includes Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n and Bluetooth 3.0. A rear-facing 1.3-megapixel camera and a front-facing VGA camera handle image capture chores; image quality is passable for videoconferencing and taking quick photos in the field, but not much more.
The bottom of the Q550 accommodates a dock connector, a grille for the single speaker, and the AC adapter slot. The bottom of the machine isn't an ideal place to plug in a power adapter, but the tip has a 90-degree bend, so it doesn't stick out too far.
The right side is studded with buttons and switches,including a wireless on/off switch, a Ctrl/Alt/Del button, a screen rotation button (a built-in accelerometer can rotate the screen automatically, but that feature is switched off by default), a button to bring up the on screen keyboard, and the power switch. The only component along the top is the SD Card slot; near it on the back is the fingerprint reader.
On the left side of the Stylistic Q550, at the top and bottom, are the dual microphones. It may seem odd to have two microphones and only one speaker, but a dual-microphone array increases the accuracy of dictation programs and improves noise cancellation during videoconferencing. You'll also find a single USB port, a smart card slot, a headphone jack, and a full-size HDMI port.