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Fujitsu Stylistic Review

Interface:

The Fujitsu Stylistic Q702 comes with a full blown Windows 8, back-compatible with all your Windows 7 and earlier apps. Windows 8 brings the live tile-based “Modern” UI for touch-friendly navigation, while keeping the “desktop mode” known from notebook/desktop computers.

The new ‘Modern’ user interface takes some getting used to as a lot of things are not immediately obvious. The gesture-based navigation boils down to swipes: a swipe up or down brings up a contextual menu, and a swipe from the right brings the Charms bar which also changes depending on the context. That last bit is a bit surprising, and it takes some getting used to that the settings button on the Charms bar will offer different settings depending on the app.


Once you master the new interface, you’ll inevitably start looking for apps. You won’t find them. In the nearly half a year since Windows 8 launched, Microsoft has only slightly improved its app position. A decent free Twitter or Facebook app is hard to find. We do have to mention, though, that Windows 8 comes with deep native integration of social networks.

The native apps work well. The mail app for instance offers a very convenient sectioned layout with emails auto-fitting the screen. Setting up email, contacts and the calendar and syncing with popular services like Google’s cloud is a breeze.



Processor and Memory:

The Fujitsu Stylistic Q702 comes in a variety of models varying by hardware. Starting from $1,099 for a Sandy Bridge Core i3-3217U running at up to 1.8GHz on Windows 7 and ending at $1,669 for a Sandy Bridge Core i5-3427U vPro running at up to 2.8GHz and Windows 8 Pro.

The unit we test is powered by Windows 8 with Intel Core i5-3427U vPro, Intel HD 4000 graphics, 4GB of DDR3 RAM and an impressive 128GB solid-state disk drive. The processor clock speed is set at 1.8GHz, but with Intel’s Turbo Boost 2.0 technology it can go as far up as 2.8GHz. That is some serious muscle, and it comes for an equally serious price of $1,399 (with the keyboard dock included).

When it comes to the subjective performance, we’d say that Windows 8 runs mostly smooth on this machine. Moreover, it is capable of running heavy-duty legacy apps like Photoshop and even video editing applications.

We have to also mention the device did crash on us a couple of times, leaving us frustrated staring at a frozen screen. We had to restart it, losing all the unsaved work.

Internet and Connectivity:

If there is one thing we love about the Fujitsu Stylistic Q702 is its SIM card support and 4G LTE connectivity.

Windows 8 allows you to install any browser you want - Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, or whatever. It all works perfectly fine, with Adobe Flash running hassle-free on the Intel chip. Scrolling, pinching to zoom, everything browser-related is a buttery smooth affair.

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