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Product Spotlight

Good Stuff, Small Package

The Fujitsu Lifebook P Series is small. Novelty small, so that, like a puppy, it's the first thing you think to show someone when they walk in the room. “Hey, check this out,” I'd say to anyone walking near my office, pulling the P Series from its packaging. “Whoah,” they'd say. “That's small.”

Its size can hardly be over-emphasized, because while it's not its most important or impressive feature, it's certainly its most striking. It is small to the point that if you were on a flight, and the person seated in front of you decided to keep his seatback fully reclined from takeoff to landing, you could, honestly, still get some work done. (While we're on this topic, am I the only one who thinks that the simple existence of a recline button isn't the same thing as permission to pretend that there is not a real human being behind you, who due to your own behavior, is likely pretty miserable?)

It seems to me that the only downside to its size (and it's light, too—only 2.2 pounds) is the small-ish keyboard. I could see someone—the thinner of finger among us—becoming used to it, but it's a little off-putting at the get go.

But to its credit, Fujitsu has designed the P Series so that using the keyboard is often not even necessary. The top half spins right or left and then down, quickly transforming from laptop to Tablet PC (and when you do this, the screen automatically rights itself to however you're holding it). The screen is bright and crisp and touch-sensitive (including LCD technology that, when outdoors, uses the sunlight to make the screen even brighter and more viewable) and you can operate it using the included stylus. Or, in a pinch, your fingernail. Tapping with your finger you can launch applications, surf the Web, etc. And with an application called EverNote Plus you can use the stylus to treat the screen like a notebook, and in this way compose emails, take notes, make presentations, and so on. You can also search through your handwritten notes (or rather, note , since it's really just one continuous, scrolling note), which is pretty great.

I can easily image this device in the hands of a traveling sales rep—it's light, they could quickly transition from taking notes to launching a presentation with a single tap, the battery life is respectable (especially with the added battery back, which brings it up to seven hours (with the 6-cell battery option) while really not adding much weight. Plus, it can withstand a bit of front-seat jostling. The Fujitsu Shock Sensor Utility (which can be set to various levels) is sensitive to quick movements, free falls and excessive vibration, and in the (I suppose literally) split second that it senses such an occurrence, it can retract the hard drive's read-write head, which significantly reduces the chance of data loss.

And lastly, thoroughly recommending it to the enterprise are its numerous security features. These include biometric security (there's a little fingerprint swipe on the screen), Trusted Platform Module (or TPM, which is a unique chip on the motherboard for performing authentication) and a universal lock slot. And of course, it has a number of connectivity options—probably all you'd expect and more. You can read more about it at: http://store.shopfujitsu.com . —Michelle Maisto

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