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Testing, 1,2,3 . . .

Are tablet PCs Really all they're cracked up to be? We took one model for a spin to find out.

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Had your eye on a tablet PC? Prices are sliding, and functionality is rising. But are they ready for prime time yet? What can they do for you-really? We gave Entrepreneur's vice president of Web development, Chuck Fuller, a Fujitsu Stylistic ST4000 for a long-term look. To be honest, given this category's checkered past, we thought we'd get the tablet back quickly with a list of the real-life usability nits. But over the past several months, the Stylistic ST4000 has become Fuller's favorite productivity tool, trumping his Palm handheld, his notebook and even his desktop.

Enthusiastic feedback began to pour forth immediately. Says Fuller, "The tablet is great. The touch screen and stylus allow me to use it like I would my Palm, but it has more features. I've composed presentations and large spreadsheets without loss of performance over my desktop. The resolution of the screen is fantastic."

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