A few days ago I’ve started to work with a Fujitsu Q550 tablet computer as my main device for the timeframe of a week. I wanted to know if working with a tablet as the only device will work. Well, it works good but it is different to working with a standard Laptop. The Q550 is a real mobile device and it’s fun to travel with it as it is light and very handy because it fits into almost every bag. During the last three days I could do whatever I needed to do with the Q550 but as I already mentioned – it is different. You’ve to rethink about standard tasks as you are working with a digitizer pen or the touch display instead of using keyboard and mouse. It feels a bit strange not controlling Windows with the standard input devices. Compared to IOS there is room for improvement, but Fujitsu already worked on a additional “Touch” interface. Think about it as an Windows Explorer replacement which is actually only an overlay to the Windows desktop. But it’s great as you can integrate your Outlook Inbox into the app and also other functions like a RSS reader. A very good approach but I would add an open API or something similar which could help to integrate other applications. I would love to have my Zimbra client implemented.
All applications worked well, but this is no magic because I still work with a standard Windows OS. I had some challenges with the View Client and my virtual desktop which I haven’t addressed completely yet. The onscreen keyboard isn’t forwarded into the VDI session. This means that if I use the onscreen keyboard on the local Windows installation, the input does not go into the VM. The workaround here was to start the onscreen keyboard on the virtual desktop when I connect to it. Gestures doesn’t work in the session as well but this is no issue to me. At the moment I’m thinking about getting one of these boys to have a proper monitor, mouse and keyboard for my VDI desktop. If this port replicator works I think it will be fun using the Q550 as a thin Client when sitting at the desk. If I can get one of the replicators I’ll write how it works.
In summary I’d say that working with a slate tablet is easy but you need to get used to it first. I love the fact that I can use Microsoft One Note for the first time as I want to use it. The Q550 is so light and its even like writing on a piece paper. Great! It’s brilliant to take meeting notes with the pen.
Now I’m on holidays for two weeks but I’ll still work with the tablet and blog about it… stay tuned.