Fujitsu offers new pen-tablet PC

A new version of Fujitsu PC Corp.'s pen-tablet PC, which can be converted for desktop use and is aimed at people whose jobs frequently take them away from the office or outdoors, was announced Monday.

Available through resellers and system integrators, pricing for the Stylistic 3500 starts at US$3,899. The machine weights 3.2 pounds (1.46 kilograms), runs on an Intel Corp. Celeron 500MHz processor and contains 15G bytes of memory that can be expanded to 254M bytes.

It also features a new reflective 10.4-inch TFT (thin film transistor) SVGA (Super Video Graphics Array) outdoor viewable color display, that Fujitsu said combines the outdoor brightness found in passive reflective screens with high-contrast and fast speed of active matrix screens. The Stylistic 3500 also is available with an indoor-only display. Both screen options use technology that reduces glare and reflection.

A 56K-bps (bits per second) V.90 modem is standard, as is integrated 10/100 Base-TX Ethernet. The computer also has four optional docking alternatives: a mini-dock which allows full desktop functions with ports for USB (Universal Serial Bus), a PC card, keyboard, mouse, external monitor, floppy drive, serial device and Ethernet; a high-usage dock; a wall-mount cradle, and a portable port replicator.

The pen-tablet PC uses higher capacity Lithium ion battery technology so that the battery will last up to four hours. Using a lower voltage processor and a higher-capacity battery means a 30 percent boost in battery life over the previous version of the Stylistic, Fujitsu said in a news release.

The mobile PC uses Windows 98 Second Edition, Windows 2000 Professional or Windows NT 4.0 Workstation. IT supports Windows Pen Services and Communication Intelligence Corp's PenX operating system extensions for handwriting recognition.

Fujitsu PC Corp., based in Santa Clara, California, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fujitsu Ltd. in Tokyo.

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