Inking on the Fujitsu Lifebook T900
As I teased earlier (http://sumocat.blogspot.com/2010/05/ink-blogging-from-phl-parking-lot.html), I’m currently evaluating a Fujitsu Lifebook T900 Tablet PC (http://store.shopfujitsu.com/fpc/Ecommerce/buildseriesbean.do?series=T900) on loan from Fujitsu. I’ll be shooting some video of the pen + multi-touch system in action as well as of the general hardware. But since I have some quiet time now, I thought I’d spill some thoughts about the inking.
I’m writing this in Windows Journal on a desk surface using a page template similar to my usual one. Still tweaking The width a little bit. The screen resolution and dimensions are lower than my Toshiba. 1280×800 on 13.3″ vs. 1440×900 on 14.1″ respectively.
You may notice the ink is a bit sloppier than it normally is. While I am trying to maintain my usual pace, I find that the slicker screen makes the pen guide faster. Also, the cursor does not align with the pen tip in the same way as on my usual tablet. There’s always a bit of parallax but I’m not adjusted to the angle on this one yet. There’s also noticeable wobbling along the edges of the screen. Doesn’t impede my inking too much except for the left edges on these pages.
Palm rejection on this touch screen is better than I’ve experienced on others but still not perfect. In the course of normal inking, lines and dots will appear on the bottom half of the page. Currently I am testing a SmudgeGuard (http://www.smudgeguard.com/) glove to avoid that. I’ll post separate thoughts on that product later, but suffice to say, it’s keeping the page clean.
The inking feature that’s really hooked me, however, is the two-finger scrolling. Pen or single touch on the screen only activates inking. Two fingers allow the screen to be pushed up and down. Such a convenience compared to using the scrollbars. I only wish I didn’t still need that tiny button in the corner to add a new page.