I hate you all. Every one of you.

No, not YOU. These people:

Tracy Hooten

Warner Crocker

Eric Mack

OK, I don’t really hate them. I’m jealous. With the exception of Tracy they get to play with new gadgets all the time and the latest making-me-drool gadget isn’t the iPhone but the Lenovo X61. As a real-world user there are definitely times when I wish the rate of change in the tech world wasn’t so high.

A few months ago I bought a Fujitsu T4215 and while I’m very happy with it, it’s hard not to read about other fancier machines and not think about a trade-in.

Trouble is, I’d be doing that every six months.

*sigh*

SP-USB-MIC-1 Microphone

As some of you have no doubt read, the audio quality coming out of the built-in Fujitsu T4215 microphone is bad at best. There is frequently a lot of noise even at low recording levels and the “Intellisonic speech enhancement” is completely useless, turning all speech into something that sounds like it’s been recorded underwater. I finally gave up trying to make it work and bought an inexpensive external mic and was still getting too much distortion and the mic sensitivity was too low so I decided to give the SP-USB-MIC-1 microphone from The Sound Professionals a try. I’d seen one recommendation for it on the web but it appeared that people weren’t gushing about it. It actually seemed like not many people were using what some people call “external sound cards”. Either that, or they just weren’t talking about it. Continue reading SP-USB-MIC-1 Microphone

Fujitsu T4215 update

One month later.

I’ve been using the machine at home, at work, in and out of meetings, at coffee shops and while wandering Cartagena Colombia.

How do I feel about the T4215 a month later?

Read on…

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Fujitsu T4215 mini review

Image courtesy Fujitsu

To cut to the end, this laptop is an excellent piece of work. It doesn’t have all the flash that some other laptops have. It’s not as good looking as the HP TX1120 but where it lacks in flash it more than makes up for with solid behavior as a tablet PC.

I won’t reproduce the specs because you can find those with a simple Google search. Instead, I’ll list the things I like about the laptop and a few of the things that I don’t, in no particular order.

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HP TX1120us mini review

What follows is a quick review of the HP TX1120. Others will no doubt put out extensive reviews with lots of pictures but I wanted to put out a quick review by someone who was looking to buy a new tablet PC without breaking the bank.

My requirements were:

  1. A reasonably fast machine but not a desktop replacement.
  2. A inexpensive as possible. I was going to have to convince wifey that I needed a new machine without breaking the bank. My older Averatec C3500 isn’t entirely dead yet but it only gets an hour of runtime per charge and is showing its age.
  3. An active screen, preferably Wacom compatible.

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