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Review Fujitsu Stylistic Q572 Tablet

Sebastian Jentsch (translated by B Schulisch), 04/18/2013

Mobile professional. It is intended to last a whole working day, and to be the perfect tool for users in trade and commerce. What makes this business tablet so special? Is it perhaps AMD's Hondo APU, which is so far only available in this tablet?

Fujitsu Stylistic Q572 with AMD Z-60 and Windows 8 Pro 64-bit. The mobile powerhouse among Windows 8 Tablets?
Fujitsu Stylistic Q572 with AMD Z-60 and Windows 8 Pro 64-bit. The mobile powerhouse among Windows 8 Tablets?

For the original German review, see here.

In cases when a businessman finds that the (11.6-inch, 1.66 kg/~3.66 pound) convertible Stylistic Q702 is too heavy, and the slate PC Samsung Series 7 XE700T1A-H01DE has too little battery life, then the ideal choice may well come down to a Windows 8 tablet. The Stylistic Q572 weighs 775 grams (~1.71 pounds), and has a battery life that will last a whole working day according to the manufacturer. Up until now, this is so far not exceptional; Windows 8 tablets such as the Dell Latitude 10 or the ThinkPad Tablet 2 are already available from other manufacturers. Unfortunately, all of these suffered from their feeble though cost-effective Atom processor during the performance tests.

The rivals from the business segment can quickly be summed up. First and foremost we consider the two Atom tablets to be direct competitors, since only these are comparable in terms of their weight, dimensions and features.

·        Dell Latitude 10 (Atom, 10.1-inch)

·        Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 (Atom, 10.1-inch)

·        Samsung ATIV Smart PC Pro XE500T1C (Core i5) – no Notebookcheck review so far

·        Acer Iconia Tab W700 (Core i5) – Notebookcheck review underway

Is the new AMD Z-60 with its Radeon HD 6250 able to contend with Intel's tablet platform? A TDP of only 4.5 Watts and 80 shaders, along with a UVD3 video processor in the graphics card, should provide for an interesting match-up. Besides the technical details, the Stylistic Q702 is also able to benefit from its business features: Smart card reader, SD reader, full-fledged USB/HDMI portsLTE modem and an exchangeable battery. Such an extensive connectivity has not been encountered by us in any device of this type to date. Why we nevertheless still don't want to keep the Stylistic Q702 when all is said and done, despite the aforementioned features, can be discovered in the following review.

Case

Difficult to grip power switch
Difficult to grip power switch
Rare: Exchangeable battery
Rare: Exchangeable battery

The 775-gram (1.71 pound) 10-inch tablet has a plastic case made up of two parts with an anti-glare display. Other competitors are even heavier in some cases: Dell Latitude 10 (820 g/1.81 pounds, 60Wh battery!) and ThinkPad Tablet 2 (540 grams/1.19 pounds).

The anti-glare effect of the display is achieved by a kind of foil that is stuck over the front of the display, and therefore also covers the black areas of the display frame. Fingerprints are however still left behind, although their visibility is concealed.

The strength of the case is quite good, although perfectionists will nevertheless still find that it warps with enough pressure applied. The sides have been made somewhat more grippy with tiny rubber bumps on the surfaces, while the rear surface has a matte finish although it is nonetheless smooth and rather slippery. The Dell Latitude 10 and ThinkPad Tablet 2 meanwhile pursue a different philosophy with their slightly rubbery case surfaces.

The manufacturing quality is not quite as good as the price would suggest. WLAN and power-on sliders are both a bit loose, and are not very easy to use; whereby the thumb often slips off the slider without actually moving it. The advantage: Accidental switching off of the tablet is as good as impossible. A further positive aspect: The removable battery sits very firmly in its slot, and can be removed when the Q572 while it is sitting in its dock (while operational), so that a second battery can be charged while the tablet is being used.

The interfaces with standard sizes for notebooks (HDMI, USB, smart card reader) do not really make the case any thicker than is usual for this device class. While the ThinkPad Tablet 2 is 16.5 mm (0.65 inches) thick and the Dell Latitude 10 extends to 17.8 mm (0.70 inches), the Q572 case depth is 17.6 mm (0.69 inches).

Connectivity

Fujitsu is not leaving any room for misinterpretations: Connectivity is essential in the business world - driving projectors should not require users to have to frantically buy an adapter for Micro HDMI before a meeting. The same thing applies in cases when the customer hands over a USB stick or an SD card from their camera; just plug it in - and it should be ready to use. In this respect, the Q572 is a tablet that provides an exceptional level of comfort, which is something that also applies to the security options with smart cards. Authorized users can insert their card, and can then access certain applications.

The position of the interfaces, towards the bottom along the sides of the tablet, is optimized for use with the docking station. USB sticks or other cables thereby do not dangle off the top of the device (inconvenient with heavy HDMI cables). The HDMI and USB ports are both located very close to each other on the left side though; which was less than ideal when we were using a wide HDMI-to-DVI adapter.

Top: Smart card reader
Top: Smart card reader
Bottom: Docking port + latch opening, 2x speakers
Bottom: Docking port + latch opening, 2x speakers
Left: Active cooling (vent), HDMI, USB 2.0, headphones, power
Left: Active cooling (vent), HDMI, USB 2.0, headphones, power
Right: USB 2.0, power switch, volume, display rotate, WLAN on/off, stylus tether attachement
Right: USB 2.0, power switch, volume, display rotate, WLAN on/off, stylus tether attachement

Communication

Stylus Pen with clip and tether
Stylus Pen with clip and tether
Recovery DVD, second power supply
Recovery DVD, second power supply
Docking station
Docking station
2013 DeskUpdate
2013 DeskUpdate
AMD Vision settings
AMD Vision settings
AMD display colors
AMD display colors

Taking into account the addition of the docking station, the Q572 even has an Ethernet port. Since it is a USB 2.0-to-Ethernet adapter in this case (LAN955A) the maximum data rate is only 100 Mbit/s though, although this should not pose any restrictions with most types of usage.

While consumers generally prefer to use smartphone tethering for mobile web browsing, many business users favor an integrated 4G modem. Fujitsu has opted for an LTE Sierra Wireless MC7710, whereby the SIM card is inserted below the battery. WLAN connectivity is of course also available, and is provided by a Ralink RT3572 (a/b/g/n) module that also supports communication via Bluetooth 4.0. The dual-band receiver (2x2) supports the extended 5 GHz frequency band (e.g. in cases when the standard 2.4 GHz band is fully utilized or suffering from interference).

The WLAN reception performance is not the best we have come across - at a distance of 40 meters, the Ralink RT3572 lost the connection. At 15 meters (outside the house) there were only two reception bars filled in the Windows status indication. Similarly bad values were last encountered with the ProBook 4340s, which had a single-band Ralink module. The transmit performance of our router (Fritz!Box 7270) was meanwhile limited to 50% for all the tests.

Software and Security

A mini Kensington lock is not auspiciously concealed on the right side. The four-millimeter wide opening is instead intended for attaching a rubber clip that holds the digitizer pen. The attachment for a stylus pen tether or other thin cord is meanwhile located directly next to it. A fingerprint reader and smart card reader on top of this complete the package.

Security manager software, such as is provided by HP Protect Tools, is not available with the Stylistic. DeskUpdate meanwhile searches for driver updates based on the serial number, while the AMD Vision driver allows several power settings to be set along with changing the display colors. For the measurements performed in the Display section of this review, we obviously used the standard settings. With the exception of the annoying Norton Internet Security (trial version), there is no other preinstalled software worthy of mention.

Accessories

Included with the delivery is a small docking station with a separate power supply. The station furthermore provides an additional three USB 2.0 ports, as well as an RJ45 Ethernet port, and turned out to be very useful despite the fact that its angle of inclination cannot be adjusted.

A cleaning cloth, Quick Start guide, or drivers/OS, don't usually make for noteworthy accessories. Fujitsu has however included a whole four DVDs; drivers + software package for Windows 8, drivers + software package for Windows 7, and a Recovery DVD for Windows 8 32-/64-bit (each with a separate DVD).

Last but not least there is also an active digitizer pen (with batteries and buttons), which can be attached to the tablet with a clip. The pen makes a very good impression qualitatively, primarily since the batteries and aluminum material provide a pleasant weight in the hand.

Warranty

The manufacturer’s warranty lasts for 24 months. Buyers can however extend this according to their requirements if necessary, whereby there are service packs available for 3 or 4 years (approx. 80 and 200 Euros respectively/~$104 and $261). This includes a Pick-Up & Return service in Germany, and collection therefore takes place via a request through the support website.

Webcam front: 1280 x 720
Webcam front: 1280 x 720
Front: Digital noise, underexposed
Front: Digital noise, underexposed
Webcam rear: 1280 x 720
Webcam rear: 1280 x 720
Rear: Digital noise, out of focus
Rear: Digital noise, out of focus
Rear: Unusable photographs
Rear: Unusable photographs
Reference: Canon EOS 1100D
Reference: Canon EOS 1100D

Input Devices

The dual digitizer IPS panel has been covered with an anti-glare foil, much to the delight of the included cleaning cloth; and although it does not completely prevent fingerprints, these are far less obvious than would otherwise be the case. Other advantages include the scratch resistant properties of the anti-glare foil, and the fact that distracting reflections are greatly reduced, albeit not entirely eliminated.

This type of anti-glare foil has already been adopted by Fujitsu for the previously reviewed Stylistic Q702 (our verdict: hardly sufficient for outdoor use) and the LifeBook T902 (wish list: a brighter display suitable for outdoor use). All of which have one thing in common with the reviewed tablet: a more or less too dark display for outdoor use. More details are to follow in the Display section.

The display with a maximum resolution of 1366x768 pixels is a capacitive multi-touch touchscreen that can be controlled with the fingers or active digitizer pen, or both at the same time. The response is always prompt and movements are quickly recognized. Even if the screen is not a high-resolution Full HD display, we often had the desire to use the included digitizer pen rather than our fingers, whereby buttons are easier to hit and speed of use is increased - in other words: the classic Windows surface can be used more comfortably.

Windows 8 provides the operating system virtual keyboard, which can be especially practical separated into two parts, whereby the left and right thumbs can be used for typing while holding the tablet.

Capacitive multi-touch
Capacitive multi-touch
Separate virtual keyboard
Separate virtual keyboard
Single virtual keyboard
Single virtual keyboard
Handwriting recognition
Handwriting recognition

Display

10.1-inch, matte, dark
10.1 inch, matte, dark

An IPS display with a resolution of 1366x768 pixels and a diagonal length of 10.1 inches. These are the important characteristics of the multi-touch display in our Q572. IPS panels provide wide viewing angles and good contrast levels, while the anti-glare surface should help reduce reflections and thereby improve the usability. Areas of criticism do not begin to emerge only when we look at the fine details though, but also stand out in a glaring way.

Starting off with the contrast: The contrast ratio of 572:1 is on a good but not particularly high level. Despite the for tablet standards meager maximum brightness of 270 cd/m², the black level (from which the contrast is calculated) lies at 0.47 cd/m². Our measurement device therefore recognizes white elements on an entirely black display. The brightness is dynamically adjusted according the readings of an ambient light sensor.

An ambient light sensor such as this is in itself not a novelty or something detrimental. In the instance of the Q572, it however winds us up to no end, because the brightness is constantly throttled to a maximum of 178 cd/m² while battery powered. As if that was the end of it: Even indoors, the sensor still thinks the surroundings are far too bright, and changes the brightness (aggressive power saving setting) by the second. In cases when we would therefore move through a non-uniform illuminated room, we were able to watch how the brightness would adjust itself. Readers can probably imagine how this would manifest itself on a train journey.

Unfortunately, we were not able to find a way to turn off the sensor (not even in the BIOS). In light of these findings, the assertion "maximum brightness of 400 cd/m²" in the data sheet, begins to sound like wishful thinking.

284
cd/m²
280
cd/m²
282
cd/m²
261
cd/m²
267
cd/m²
282
cd/m²
254
cd/m²
249
cd/m²
270
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
Information
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 284 cd/m²
Average: 269.9 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 88 %
Center on Battery: 178 cd/m²
Black: 0.467 cd/m²
Contrast: 572:1

As is the case with its competitors, the Q572 also is not able to fully cover the sRGB color space (only approximately 60%), not to mention the bigger AdobeRGB color space. Color spaces do however  play an important role for professional graphic designers, who need to see an accurate representation on their TFT display. Our reviewed tablets bigger sister model, the Q702, as well as the first-class IPS Full HD display in the Aspire V3-571G, are not much better in this respect either though (pictures 3 and 4).

Stylistic Q572 vs. sRBG(t)
Stylistic Q572 vs. sRBG(t)
Stylistic Q572 vs. AdobeRGB(t)
Stylistic Q572 vs. AdobeRGB(t)
Stylistic Q572 vs. Q702 convertible(t)
Stylistic Q572 vs. Q702 convertible(t)
Stylistic Q572 vs. Aspire V3-571G IPS(t)
Stylistic Q572 vs. Aspire V3-571G IPS(t)

The color analysis with the i1 Pro 2 spectrophotometer and the CalMAN 5 software, shows a noticeable deficiency when it comes to the representation of bright gray tones. The DeltaE (2000) of six (average) stipulates that gray tones don't look the way they should according to the sRGB color space. Merely when it comes to pure black and almost-black (10/20) is the human eye no longer able to discern any difference.

An unfavorably high DeltaE (2000) was also determined for the colors blue and magenta (22 and 12), although the blue tint may not be quite as distinct as with most other laptops. With a color temperature of 6352 K, white is almost in line with the ideal level of 6500 K. The ThinkPad Tablet 2 on the other hand represents gray scales perfectly and the color accuracy is better, while the Latitude 10 has similar characteristics although the gray scale is a smidgen worse than when compared to the ThinkPad.

Grey scale (CalMAN target sRGB)
Grey scale (CalMAN target sRGB)
Colors (CalMAN target sRGB)
Colors (CalMAN target sRGB)
Color saturation (CalMAN target sRGB)
Color saturation (CalMAN target sRGB)

And we thought the brightness was already too dark indoors - so how well does the Q572 perform under sunlight? The answer: The aforementioned 178 cd/m² remain (battery powered). Together with the less than impressive contrast and the milky anti-glare foil, working in the sun is practically impossible. When it came to taking pictures with the webcam outdoors, we had great difficulties recognizing anything on the display.

In the instance of the Latitude 10 and the ThinkPad Tablet 2 things are a little different; neither of them have matte displays. This may lead to unpleasant fingerprints, but the difference in luminance of 452/376 and 343/282 cd/m² (mains/battery powered) is enormous in some cases, and as a result, the Latitude 10 is substantially better for use outdoors than the reviewed Q572.

What we see: nothing
What we see: nothing
Webcam photographs outdoors?
Webcam photographs outdoors?
Not much success in the sun
Not much success in the sun

The viewing angles on the other hand are first-class as usual with IPS displays. Horizontally the display contents remain visible from almost any angle, and looking from above or below also will not lead to any problems; while color inversion, which is something that most laptops have to contend with, is not an issue for the Q572 either.

Viewing angles Fujitsu Stylistic Q572 Q5720M30A1DE
Viewing angles Fujitsu Stylistic Q572 Q5720M30A1DE

Performance

Our Q572 is equipped with an AMD Z-60 APU (1 GHz, no Turbo). The dual-core processor with an integrated Radeon HD 6250 (shared 384 MB) was specially developed for tablet PCs. Technically the APU is similar to the Netbook platform C-60 (9 Watts), although the TDP is significantly lower (4.5 Watts). One reason for this is the slow GPU clock speed of 290 MHz (constant).

AMD positions its tablet APU against Intel's Atom Z2760 (dual-core), but is achieving limited success so far, at least as far as the devices available in Germany are concerned, since the Q572 is the only Z-60 tablet available at present.

In addition to this, four Gigabytes of RAM and a 128 GB SSD from Hynix (HFS128G3MNM) are also included. The capacity of the SSD is exceptional since the Atom based rivals merely have 32/64 Gigabytes of flash memory. Whether or not the Hynix SSD is faster will be revealed later in the review.

Systeminfo CPUZ CPU
Systeminfo CPUZ Cache
Systeminfo CPUZ Mainboard
Systeminfo CPUZ RAM
Systeminfo CPUZ RAM SPD
Systeminfo GPUZ HD 6250
DPC Latenzen
DPC Latenzen
System information Fujitsu Stylistic Q572 Q5720M30A1DE

Processor

Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi @battery 1.0 GHz CPU constant
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi @battery 1.0 GHz CPU constant
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL @mains powered GPU 276 MHz
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL @mains powered GPU 276 MHz

Let's start by first of all taking a look at the processing performance of the AMD Z-60: The Atom Z2760 takes the lead by between 31 to 36% - a reliable value which we tested with six different Windows convertibles (e.g. Dell Latitude 10). Unfortunately, due to the 32-bit version of Windows 8 on this device we were only able to make comparisons using Cinebench R10 Multi. What is interesting due to the enormity, is the performance gap to a Low Voltage Intel Core i5 (+440%), as is included in the Acer W700 (tablet). The older Atom N570 (Eee PC 1015PX) is still 32% faster.

The Core i5 of course requires considerably more power when utilized (21-28 Watts instead of 16-19 Watts), which justifies the performance improvement. The aforementioned Atom Z2760 however typically only requires 8-10 Watts (when utilized, e.g. Iconia W510). An Intel Atom tablet therefore has considerably better performance per Watt.

Things look a little different when it comes to the shading test, which only concerns the Radeon HD 6250 (IGP). In this case, our reviewed Q572 outperforms its Atom counterparts by between 26 to 32%. The PowerVR SGX545 (GMA 3650) in the Atom Z2760 is therefore weaker and only supports DirectX 9.1.

Cinebench R10
Shading 32Bit (sort by value)
Fujitsu Stylistic Q572 Q5720M30A1DE
Radeon HD 6250, Z-60, Hynix HFS128G3MNM
1372 Points ∼9%
Acer Aspire One 725
Radeon HD 6290, C-60, Seagate Momentus 5400.6 ST9500325AS
1219 Points ∼8% -11%
Asus EEE PC 1015PX
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 3150, N570, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K320 HTS543232A7A384
306 Points ∼2% -78%
HP Pavilion dm1-4200sg
Radeon HD 7310, E1-1200, Toshiba MK3276GSX
1690 Points ∼12% +23%
Acer W700-53334G12as
HD Graphics 4000, 3337U, Toshiba THNSNS128GMCP
5383 Points ∼37% +292%
Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 (N3S23GE)
SGX545, Z2760, 64 GB eMMC Flashspeicher
430 Points ∼3% -69%
Dell Latitude 10
SGX545, Z2760, 64 GB eMMC Flashspeicher
427 Points ∼3% -69%
Acer Iconia W510
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 3650, Z2760, 64 GB SSD
435 Points ∼3% -68%
Asus VivoTab TF810C-1B026W
SGX545, Z2760, 64 GB SSD
423 Points ∼3% -69%
HP Envy x2 11-g000eg
SGX545, Z2760, 64 GB SSD
434 Points ∼3% -68%
Samsung ATIV Smart PC XE500T1C-A02DE
SGX545, Z2760, 64 GB SSD
363 Points ∼2% -74%
Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit (sort by value)
Fujitsu Stylistic Q572 Q5720M30A1DE
Radeon HD 6250, Z-60, Hynix HFS128G3MNM
1249 Points ∼4%
Acer Aspire One 725
Radeon HD 6290, C-60, Seagate Momentus 5400.6 ST9500325AS
1344 Points ∼4% +8%
Asus EEE PC 1015PX
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 3150, N570, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K320 HTS543232A7A384
1654 Points ∼5% +32%
HP Pavilion dm1-4200sg
Radeon HD 7310, E1-1200, Toshiba MK3276GSX
1654 Points ∼5% +32%
Acer W700-53334G12as
HD Graphics 4000, 3337U, Toshiba THNSNS128GMCP
6748 Points ∼19% +440%
Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 (N3S23GE)
SGX545, Z2760, 64 GB eMMC Flashspeicher
1630 Points ∼5% +31%
Dell Latitude 10
SGX545, Z2760, 64 GB eMMC Flashspeicher
1637 Points ∼5% +31%
Acer Iconia W510
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 3650, Z2760, 64 GB SSD
1685 Points ∼5% +35%
Asus VivoTab TF810C-1B026W
SGX545, Z2760, 64 GB SSD
1692 Points ∼5% +35%
HP Envy x2 11-g000eg
SGX545, Z2760, 64 GB SSD
1644 Points ∼5% +32%
Samsung ATIV Smart PC XE500T1C-A02DE
SGX545, Z2760, 64 GB SSD
1700 Points ∼5% +36%
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
669
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
1249
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
1372
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
730 Points
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
1361 Points
Cinebench R10 Shading 64Bit
1364 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
0.2 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
0.37 Points
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
5.04 fps
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System Performance

PCMark 7 sub-scores - high memory score
PCMark 7 sub-scores - high memory score

The application performance is assessed by the PCMark 7 benchmark. In this case all the relevant hardware components are tested (GPU, RAM, memory), as opposed to only the processor. The result achieved is more or less identical to that of the Atom competition (+/- 7%), whereby the disadvantages of the lower processing power are compensated for by the Q572 with the fast 128 GB SSD. In terms of the memory performance, our reviewed tablet outperforms other tablets and convertibles that also run Windows 8 by between 38-48%. Lenovo's ThinkPad Tablet 2 and Dell's Latitude 10 lag behind by 39% in the sub-score, but take the lead by +7% overall.

The perceived application performance is altogether satisfying. As soon as several installations are running at the same time though, or programs are used in parallel, the Q572 does however start to stall noticeably. Copy tasks or individual installations on the other hand are finished after a short time thanks to the fast SSD (high write rates). Altogether, we had the impression that working with the Q572 was slightly smoother than with its Atom counterparts. In any case, there is also more storage capacity available with the 128 GB, than when compared to its rivals equipped with 32 or 64 GB.

PCMark 7
Score (sort by value)
Fujitsu Stylistic Q572 Q5720M30A1DE
1337 Points ∼20%
Acer Aspire One 725
805 Points ∼12% -40%
Asus EEE PC 1015PX
591 Points ∼9% -56%
HP Pavilion dm1-4200sg
878 Points ∼13% -34%
Acer W700-53334G12as
4311 Points ∼65% +222%
Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 (N3S23GE)
1437 Points ∼22% +7%
Dell Latitude 10
1428 Points ∼22% +7%
Acer Iconia W510
1248 Points ∼19% -7%
Asus VivoTab TF810C-1B026W
1240 Points ∼19% -7%
HP Envy x2 11-g000eg
1430 Points ∼22% +7%
Samsung ATIV Smart PC XE500T1C-A02DE
1263 Points ∼19% -6%
System Storage (sort by value)
Fujitsu Stylistic Q572 Q5720M30A1DE
4826 Points ∼68%
Acer Aspire One 725
1434 Points ∼20% -70%
Asus EEE PC 1015PX
1438 Points ∼20% -70%
HP Pavilion dm1-4200sg
1458 Points ∼20% -70%
Acer W700-53334G12as
5350 Points ∼75% +11%
Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 (N3S23GE)
2960 Points ∼41% -39%
Dell Latitude 10
2966 Points ∼42% -39%
Asus VivoTab TF810C-1B026W
2375 Points ∼33% -51%
HP Envy x2 11-g000eg
2980 Points ∼42% -38%
Samsung ATIV Smart PC XE500T1C-A02DE
2526 Points ∼35% -48%
2.7
Windows 8 Experience Index
Processor
Calculations per second
2.7
Memory (RAM)
Memory operations per second
4.9
Graphics
Desktop performance for Windows Aero
3.6
Gaming graphics
3D business and gaming graphics
5.5
Primary hard disk
Disk data transfer rate
7.8
PC Mark
PCMark 71337 points
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Storage Device

The System Storage Score from PCMark 7 depicted in the chart ascribes the Hynix SSD (SATA 3) fantastic data rates. Access times with the 64 GB SSDs in Atom competitors are between 50 to 60% slower, at least as far as this score is concerned. Even the pure mass storage tests with CrystalDiskMark and AS SSD attest to good 4K throughputs of 15/33 and 12/26 MB/s (reading/writing). What stands out in particular is the twice as fast write speed.

Things look a little different when it comes to the competition: The Latitude 10 and the ThinkPad Tablet 2 with their 64 GB eMMC flash memory have a 4K throughput of only 9/2 MB/s (reading/writing). The write speed is therefore extremely slow (only 4x faster than conventional HDDs with approx. 0.55 MB/s).

HD Tune: 113 MByte/s reading sequential (test for HDDs)
HD Tune: 113 MByte/s reading sequential (test f. HDDs)
CrystalDiskMark: 313 MByte/s reading sequential
CrystalDiskMark: 313 MByte/s reading sequential
AS SSD: 327 MByte/s reading sequential
AS SSD: 327 MByte/s reading sequential
CrystalDiskMark 3.0
Read 4k (sort by value)
Fujitsu Stylistic Q572 Q5720M30A1DE
14.71 MB/s ∼34%
Asus EEE PC 1015PX
0.416 MB/s ∼1% -97%
Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 (N3S23GE)
8.687 MB/s ∼20% -41%
Dell Latitude 10
9.143 MB/s ∼21% -38%
Acer Iconia W510
7.116 MB/s ∼16% -52%
Asus VivoTab TF810C-1B026W
7.05 MB/s ∼16% -52%
HP Envy x2 11-g000eg
9.628 MB/s ∼22% -35%
Samsung ATIV Smart PC XE500T1C-A02DE
7.201 MB/s ∼17% -51%
Write 4k (sort by value)
Fujitsu Stylistic Q572 Q5720M30A1DE
33.25 MB/s ∼20%
Asus EEE PC 1015PX
0.618 MB/s ∼0% -98%
Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 (N3S23GE)
2.004 MB/s ∼1% -94%
Dell Latitude 10
2.046 MB/s ∼1% -94%
Acer Iconia W510
2.367 MB/s ∼1% -93%
Asus VivoTab TF810C-1B026W
2.145 MB/s ∼1% -94%
HP Envy x2 11-g000eg
1.997 MB/s ∼1% -94%
Samsung ATIV Smart PC XE500T1C-A02DE
2.124 MB/s ∼1% -94%
Hynix HFS128G3MNM
Transfer Rate Minimum: 112.7 MB/s
Transfer Rate Maximum: 281.8 MB/s
Transfer Rate Average: 197.8 MB/s
Access Time: 0.3 ms
Burst Rate: 155.8 MB/s
CPU Usage: 20.5 %

Graphics Card

AMD's Radeon HD 6250 is a part of the Z-60 APU (Hondo). Contrary to the CPU core, the GPU is not state of the art, and was already introduced at the end of 2010 in countless "AMD Netbooks" (e.g. Acer Aspire One 722). The Radeon operates at a constant 276 MHz and does not have a Turbo feature. It supports DirectX11 and has a UVD3 (Video Decoder), the latter of which takes some of the processing load away from the processor when playing high-definition videos.

We tried it out; Even when battery powered the CPU is only utilized by between 30-40% while playing back 1080p videos on an external Full HD display (two videos simultaneously 40-50%), which means that other applications can also be used at the same time. At this point, we would like to point out that the Graphics Media Accelerator 3650 in the Atom also possesses an HD Video Engine, and is able to drive an external display via HDMI 1.3 or a DisplayPort. Compared to the Q572 (full size HDMI) the competitors usually have a Micro HDMI port though.

The gaming performance is very limited, which is why only older games with low detail settings and resolutions run smoothly. In the instance of Risen from 2009, not even these compromises allowed for decent gameplay though. One reason for this is the meager performance of the CPU, which represents a bottleneck for many games. The data sheet for the HD 6250 contains an overview of the tested games, whereby it is worth noting that most of the included games were tested with other slightly better processor cores (AMD Netbooks).

3D Mark
3DMark Vantage560 points
3DMark 11192 points
3DMark Ice Storm9741 points
3DMark Cloud Gate793 points
Help
low med.high ultra
Risen (2009) 157fps
Anno 2070 (2011) 135fps

Emissions

System Noise

Silent working, reading and web browsing - this is something that is provided by every Android or Intel Atom based tablet. In the instance of the Q572, this is not the case though, since the APU requires active cooling. As a result, users will have to put up with an audible cooling fan and air vent, which is active at all times, the same way as with any other slate PC/convertible with an Intel Core (e.g. Acer Iconia W700, Stylistic Q702). In an idle state we measured a noise level of about 30 dB(A) from a distance of 15 centimeters (tablet standing in the docking station).

With a high processing load our measurement increased to 34 dB(A), which is not annoying, but nevertheless audible. This peak noise level is only produced by the Q572 with a constant extreme processing load while Prime95 and FurMark running at the same time though (CPU + GPU stress test). Copy tasks, playing games or installing applications do not increase the system noise, which remains in its idle state of about 30.4 dB(A).

Noise Level

Idle 30.1 / 30.4 / 30.4 dB(A)
Load 30.4 / 34.2 dB(A)
 
    30 dB
silent
40 dB
audible
50 dB
loud
 
min: , med: , max:    Voltcraft sl-320 (15 cm distance)

Temperature

Stress test: GPU speed 275 MHz; CPU 998 MHz
Stress test: GPU speed 275 MHz; CPU 998 MHz
Furmark Solo: GPU @276 MHz
Furmark Solo: GPU @276 MHz
Prime95 Solo: CPU @998 MHz
Prime95 Solo: CPU @998 MHz

One thing that does stand out is the temperatures, which even become noticeable when the Q572 is in an idle state. The localized hot-spot of 44 degrees °C (111.2 °F) just above the Windows button surprised us: Apparently, the constant but slowly turning cooling fan is not able to prevent the accumulation of heat, because with a constant load and the fan turning at its maximum speed, the temperature actually falls considerably.

As usual, we carried out the stress test with Prime95 and FurMark, and did not observe any throttling. The GPU (275 MHz) and the CPU (998 MHz) speeds stay constant for over two hours. A Turbo feature is not available in either of the cores.

Compared to Intel's Atom platform, the Z-60 APU is able to contend relatively well. Heat dissipation and an active cooling system for a tablet (without an Intel Core) are actually a thing of the past. The APU provides far too little performance advantages in our opinion to justify this drawback.

Max. Load
 39.1 °C27.6 °C24.8 °C 
 34.7 °C32 °C26.2 °C 
 35.3 °C35.1 °C31.5 °C 
Maximum: 39.1 °C
Average: 31.8 °C
25.8 °C28.3 °C39.7 °C
25.6 °C28.6 °C38.5 °C
28.6 °C33.1 °C43.2 °C
Maximum: 43.2 °C
Average: 32.4 °C
Power Supply (max.)  34.3 °C | Room Temperature 22.3 °C | Voltcraft IR-360

Speakers

When it comes to the quality of the audio from the two stereo speakers, we certainly were not expecting too much. The small speakers are located in the lower side of the tablet, so that they emit audio towards the desktop when the tablet is mounted in the docking station. The maximum volume is relatively low, so that the tablet by itself would not suffice to fill an average sized meeting room. The audio is concentrated in the mid-range and does not provide either depth or bass. Headphones should therefore be the first choice when it comes to listening to music. Unfortunately, the docking station does not provide a 3.5 mm mini-jack socket for connecting external speakers.

Energy Management

Power Consumption

The Z-60 APU was conceived as a tablet platform, which is why it has a TDP of only 4.5 Watts (highest thermal dissipation of the CPU and GPU). Measured from the mains cable, things of course look a little different: In this case the power dissipation of the power supply (AC adapter), the TFT backlight, as well as the wireless modules and the RAM not to mention other devices (SATA SSD, USB ports, card reader etc.), all lead to additional power being consumed. We measured a maximum of 19 Watts with peak utilization and the highest brightness while the battery was fully charged.

The Atom based competitors only required between 9 and 11 Watts (ThinkPad Tablet 2 / Latitude 10) during the same test, while this value was at 5 and 10 Watts (Q572: 16 Watts) during a 3DMark benchmark. Our AMD tablet therefore has an up to twice as high power consumption depending on the scenario! Since this also continues in an idle state, things do not look very promising for the battery life of the Stylistic.

Power Consumption

Off / Standby 0.0 / 0.1 Watt
Idle 8.2 / 11.8 / 13.1 Watt
Load 16.2 / 18.7 Watt
 
Key: min: , med: , max:         Voltcraft VC 960

Battery Runtime

As could have been expected the battery life is not even able to come close to that achieved by the Atom rivals Dell Latitude 10 (15:52 h WLAN test) and ThinkPad Tablet 2 (7:39 h). The relevant practical battery life, represented by our WLAN test with a brightness of approximately 150 cd/m², lies at only 4:48 hours. The 60 Watt-hour battery in the Latitude 10 is head and shoulders above the exchangeable 36 Wh battery inside the Q572. The ThinkPad Tablet 2 on the other hand only has a 30 Wh battery, and is therefore better for the purposes of comparison. Despite the lower capacity, it still lasts almost three hours longer.

During the other two tests (utilized and idle states), our reviewed tablet also lags behind its competitors. When utilized the ThinkPad Tablet 2 lasts almost twice as long.

36 Wh lithium-polymer battery, exchangeable
36 Wh lithium polymer battery, exchangeable
PSU, it delivers 60 Watts (more than necessary)
PSU, it delivers 60 watts (more than necessary)
Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
13h 33min
WiFi Surfing
4h 48min
Load (maximum brightness)
2h 48min

Verdict

Without a doubt, the Fujitsu Stylistic Q572 is not everything to everyone. This is already underpinned by the price: 1050 Euros (~$1371) are a hefty sum. In exchange, buyers will however also receive quite a lot in return: Smart card reader, integrated UMTSdocking station with Ethernetfingerprint reader and an anti-glare touchscreen. These features may not impress private users, but in the business world, these are definitely useful additions.

The touchscreen probably will not be very coveted in any case. Although the contrast and viewing angles (IPS) are relatively good, and the color accuracy is quite decent; users will not be able to make much use of these when they cannot actually see anything on the display in the sunshine with curtailed brightness levels. The reason for this being the meager brightness, as well as the milky anti-glare display surface.

The battery life unfortunately isn't able to contend with the Dell Latitude 10 (15:52 h) and Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 (7:39 h) Atom based rivals, while the Intel competitor (Atom Z2760: +42%; R11.5 Multi) outperforms in terms of the processing power. The system is not slow by any means though, thanks to the fast Hynix HFS128G3 SSD (128 GB), which is able to read and write at fast speeds so that users will not notice any difference compared to Windows 8 tablets running on the Atom platform.

Whether the AMD Radeon HD 6250 is really the most prominent feature of the Q572 will be decided by the applications of users. As far as these can use the GPU shaders, users will reap the benefits of between 30-40% improved performance compared to a GMA 3650 (Atom).

Our rating is divided: The short battery life, and the display which is unusable under sunlight, are big disadvantages. Meanwhile the performance is just about acceptable for Windows 8 thanks to the fast SSD, and is slightly better than the tested Atom tablets. Heat dissipation and system noise are too high for the offered performance level though.

Altogether, we would consider the Dell Latitude 10 to be a better alternative due to the far greater display brightness and longer battery life. The IPS display is similarly stable in terms of the viewing angles and is not matte. It is better to have a bright glossy display with a high contrast level though, than a dark display with a milky anti-glare surface. The ThinkPad Tablet 2 is also brighter than our reviewed Q572, and does not have an anti-glare surface.

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In Review: Fujitsu Stylistic Q572 Q5720M30A1DE
In Review: Fujitsu Stylistic Q572 Q5720M30A1DE

Specifications

Fujitsu Stylistic Q572 Q5720M30A1DE

:: Processor
AMD Z-60 1 GHz
:: Mainboard
AMD A68M
:: Memory
4096 MB, onboard PC3-12800 Samsung max. included 4 GB
:: Graphics adapter
AMD Radeon HD 6250 - 384 MB, Core: 276 MHz, Memory: 533 MHz, DDR3, 8.982.10.8000 Win8 64
:: Display
10.1 inch 16:9, 1366x768 pixel, Capacitive with stylus (included with delivery), LG Display LP101WH4-SLP1, IPS Dual Digitizer, Anti-glare, glossy: no
:: Harddisk
Hynix HFS128G3MNM, 128 GB SSD Hynix 128Gb HFS128G32MNM SATA III
:: Soundcard
Realtek ALC269
:: Connections
2 USB 2.0, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: Headphones/microphone combined, Card Reader: SD/XC, 1 SmartCard, 1 Fingerprint Reader, Sensors: Accelerometer, LAN9500A USB 2.0 to Ethernet 10/100 adapter, 3 x USB 2.0 on docking cradle
:: Networking
Ralink RT3572 (a b g n ), 4.0 Bluetooth, Sierra Wireless Gobi 3000
:: Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 13.9 x 273.5 x 176
:: Weight
0.775 kg Power Supply: 0.259 kg
:: Battery
36 Wh Lithium-Polymer, 7.2V 5000 mAh
Battery runtime (according to manufacturer): 6 h
:: Price
1099 Euro
:: Operating System
Microsoft Windows 8 Pro 64 Bit
:: Additional features
Webcam: 5 MP Front, 0,9 MP Rückseite, Speakers: 2 x stereo, 2 x digital array microphone, Keyboard Light: no, Stylus Pen, Full Disk Encryption (FDE), DeskUpdate, , 24 Months Warranty

 

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It can be used as a stand, ...
It can be used as a stand, ...
What is very nice is the included docking station.
What is very nice is the included docking station.
A smaller power supply would have suited the tablet better.
A smaller power supply would have suited the tablet better.
...although there is a clip on the case for it.
...although there is a clip on the case for it.
There is no slot for the stylus pen, ...
There is no slot for the stylus pen, ...
The long power supply should therefore always be at hand.
The long power supply should therefore always be at hand.
The removable battery merely lasts for about five hours with practical use (WLAN test).
The removable battery merely lasts for about five hours with practical use (WLAN test).
What a shame, since the Q572 is well equipped for mobility with the LTE modem.
What a shame, since the Q572 is well equipped for mobility with the LTE modem.
...but also provides an Ethernet RJ45 socket...
...but also provides an Ethernet RJ45 socket...
...as well as three USB 2.0 ports.
...as well as three USB 2.0 ports.
It a shame about the IPS display: Contrast, color accuracy and viewing angles are very good. But the low brightness is unfortunately a big disadvantage.
It a shame about the IPS display: Contrast, color accuracy and viewing angles are very good. But the low brightness is unfortunately a big disadvantage.
...and smart card readers.
...and smart card readers.
fingerprint...
fingerprint...
Hardware security features are a particular strength of the Q572:
Hardware security features are a particular strength of the Q572:
...in the docking station.
...in the docking station.
The Q572 isn't slanted enough...
The Q572 isn't slanted enough...
Unfortunately the standing angle cannot be changed.
Unfortunately the standing angle cannot be changed.
We weren't able to recognize anything at all. Not even shade helped much.
We weren't able to recognize anything at all. Not even shade helped much.
Together they lead to a completely useless display under sunlight.
Together they lead to a completely useless display under sunlight.
The anti-glare foil is however also responsible for the milky looking effect on the display.
The anti-glare foil is however also responsible for the milky looking effect on the display.
...Android systems are seldom justified (with the exception of purely web based applications).
...Android systems are seldom justified (with the exception of purely web based applications).
Because Windows plays a part in the commercial market segment, ...
Because Windows plays a part in the commercial market segment, ...
...or check lists have to be maintained.
...or check lists have to be maintained.
...where certain data has to be collected...
...where certain data has to be collected...
More likely applications are in trade, commerce or industry, ...
More likely applications are in trade, commerce or industry, ...
...neither is the creation of presentations.
...neither is the creation of presentations.
Writing your doctorate isn't one of them of course...
Writing your doctorate isn't one of them of course...
...that will give business users a lot of opportunities.
...that will give business users a lot of opportunities.
The Stylistic Q572 is supposed to be better suited to business use...
The Stylistic Q572 is supposed to be better suited to business use...
...than Atom based competitors (also Windows).
...than Atom based competitors (also Windows).
The touchscreen has an anti-glare coating, which reduces reflections, but doesn't completely prevent them.
The touchscreen has an anti-glare coating, which reduces reflections, but doesn't completely prevent them.
In addition to this the luminance is throttled to 178 cd/m² when battery powered.
In addition to this the luminance is throttled to 178 cd/m² when battery powered.
...due to changes in the brightness every few seconds (with only small changes in ambient lighting conditions).
...due to changes in the brightness every few seconds (with only small changes in ambient lighting conditions).
...and the ambient light sensor is annoying,...
...and the ambient light sensor is annoying,...
The display brightness is already too low when mains powered...
The display brightness is already too low when mains powered...
Unfortunately the Stylistic Q572 gets in its own way on route to the top of the (business) tablet pack.
Unfortunately the Stylistic Q572 gets in its own way on route to the top of the (business) tablet pack.
...and the abundance of interfaces with standard sizes (USB 2x, HDMI, card reader).
...and the abundance of interfaces with standard sizes (USB 2x, HDMI, card reader).
The reason for this are the security features (e.g. fingerprint and smart card readers)...
The reason for this are the security features (e.g. fingerprint and smart card readers)...
A handy tablet...
A handy tablet...

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Pro

+Good color representation
+Wide viewing angles (indoors)
+Fast mass storage device
+Standard USB and HDMI
+Smart card reader and fingerprint sensor
+Docking station
+Active stylus pen included
 

Cons

-Low automatic brightness
-Extremely bad visibility under sunlight
-Excessive heat dissipation
-System noise audible
-Active cooling fan
-Bad cameras
-Loose hardware buttons and sliders

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What we liked

A useful Windows 8 performance on a handy tablet. Exchangeable battery and plenty of interfaces. If it wasn't for the meager performance, less demanding users could start considering replacing their PC with a tablet.

What we'd like to see

An ambient light sensor, which doesn't immediately start dimming the display with every ray of light. Hasn't anyone at Fujitsu tried out the Q572? Even indoors the display is too dark due to the sensor.

What surprises us

The AMD APU requires an active cooling system despite the low TDP. The Atom tablet platform on the other hand doesn't.

The competition

Dell Latitude 10 (Atom, 10.1 inch); Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 (Atom, 10.1 inch); Samsung ATIV Smart PC Pro XE500T1C (Core i5); Acer Iconia Tab W700 (Core i5)

Ratings

Fujitsu Stylistic Q572 Q5720M30A1DE
08/05/2013 v3
Sebastian Jentsch

Chassis
84%
Keyboard
67%
Pointing Device
95%
Connectivity
68%
Weight
97%
Battery
87%
Display
71%
Games Performance
52%
Application Performance
74%
Temperature
78%
Noise
90%
Add Points
60%
Average
77%
83%
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Author: Sebastian Jentsch, 2013-04-18 (Update: 2013-06- 6)