The Fujitsu LifeBook UH900 is a tiny laptop with an an Intel Atom processor. But there are two things that keep it from being a true netbook. First, with a starting price of about $849, it’s more than twice as expensive as a typical netbook. Second, with a 5.6 inch display and keyboard that’s barely touch-typable, the UH900 almost feels more like a smartphone than a laptop — you know, if smartphones could run Windows 7 Home Premium.

Pocketables has published a review of the Fujitsu LifeBook UH900. The verdict? Sure it’s expensive, but good luck finding another device this small and light with this many features.

The unit Jenn reviewed for Pocketables is a Japanese model that has a 2GHz Intel Atom Z550 processor, 2G of RAM, and a 30GB solid state disk. It includes Bluetooth, WiFi, and WiMax capabilities and has a 1280 x 800 pixel 5.6″ touchscreen display. Oh yeah, and it only weighs about 17 ounces.

She wasn’t that impressed with the build quality. And while the UH900 has a multitouch display, she found it was actually faster to use the mouse controls to zoom or rotate content than to use the touchscreen gestures.

Make sure to check out the full review for the results of Jenn’s battery test, typing test, and overall impressions of the UH900.

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3 replies on “Fujitsu LifeBook UH900 mini-laptop reviewed”

  1. I try to see uses for technology before leaping to conclusions. I’m running into the block most people have about tablets on this device though. If you’re going to have a keyboard I’d like to be able to type on it efficiently… You can’t on this thing. If I’m going to thumb type I don’t need keys that are that large. The Screen is barely bigger than that on the Motorola Droid, but that runs at 840×480, this is 1280×800 which is traditionally a 12″ laptop screen resolution… I’d rather have a tablet. At least then I wouldn’t waste a lot of time on a keyboard I can’t touch type on, and I’d have enough screen to be able to read information displayed on the screen at that resolution.

    I can’t help but think that at a certain size, the advantages to a traditional clamshell style laptop become liabilities. To me this device is at that size. I can’t think of many things this device allows me to do that I couldn’t do far more conveniently on just about any other device format.

    Which is sad, because I’m not usually the kind of person that looks at tech and says “What’s the point?” However at $850 I am saying what’s the point? It’s impossible to be productive on it. The screen is realistically too small and secondary for this to be a media centered device. I couldn’t even really read e-books on it comfortably without cranking the magnification up… The form factor just doesn’t wow me, the engineering makes me think of a over sized PDA, and that’s where the price completely kills it for me.

    1. I agree. 7″ is the smallest you can get and still be able to touch-type (albeit barely).
      Too bad the Kohjinsha sk3 has horrible battery life and slow CPU, otherwise it would be the perfect machine for me.

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