Is it a tablet? Is it a laptop? No – it’s both
As printers, scanners, fax machines have morphed into multifunction all-inone devices, so we are seeing tablets and keyboards come together as hybrid devices that attempt to offer erstwhile Laptop users the users the ‘best’ of the new and old form factors. One such product is the Fujitsu Stylistic R726
Aimed at the mobile business user, the Stylistic R726 consists of a magnetic keyboard unit, tablet, digitised stylus pen, backup CD, two-piece power lead and various pieces of documentation. Providing the software element is a copy of Microsoft Windows 10 Pro operating system.
The tablet part of the equation, which obviously doubles as the Screen element when used in laptop mode, has dimensions of 319 x 201 x 9.5mm (W x H x D) and weighs 830g. The screen itself is a 12.5″ PLS (Plane to Line Switching) unit encased within a grey magnesium-aluminium chassis. It has a slightly wider bezel running across the top/bottom than the sides of the unit
An Intel Core i7 6600u CPU processor sits at the heart of the device, running at 2.6GHz in conjunction with an Intel Graphics 520 GPU. 8GB of RAM comes as standard. There’s a 2MP camera mounted on the front of the screen with a 5MP unit. A 34W lithium polymer internal battery provides up to 10 hours of use, although this is reduced to nine hours when the keyboard is attached. Located on the rear of the tablet is a kick-stand for use when the screen is being used in laptop mode or as a screen for media, perhaps.
Arranged down the left side of the tablet are connections for 3.5mm headphone jack, USB 3.0, Mini-Display and AC power. Housed on the right side is a volume rocker control and power button that sits flush to the unit’s body. A further two slots, for inserting a micro SD card and SIM, are revealed when the kick-stand is opened. While the screen has pen & touch support, Fujitsu has taken the decision not to include a means of mounting the stylus to the screen when not in use, which is a shame.
To turn the tablet into a laptop you need to attach the screen unit via a magnetic bracket on the rear of the keyboard. Connecting the two components was easier than I expected. Indeed, I was even able to perform this task by touch alone
The keyboard has dimensions of 320 x 202 x 5mm (not including the rear mounted connection bracket). Due to the size of the keyboard, there is no space for a dedicated number pad but a substitute is integrated into the main area. There are also specific keys for Home, End, Insert and Delete tagged onto the end of the function keys. I found the keyboard took a little getting use to mainly because of the minimal movement in the keys when typing. A firm flat surface is really necessary when using this piece of kit in laptop mode with its keyboard base and kick-stand giving you an angle of 45°. To be honest, I found it uncomfortable using the laptop balanced on my lap and wouldn’t recommend it
You can use the stylus when operating this device in laptop Is it a tablet? Is it a laptop? No – it’s both, as Michael discovers mode along with the attached keyboard touchpad, though you can also add a traditional style wireless mouse via the built-in USB 3.0 port
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