Replacement Pen for Fujitsu Stylistic 1000/1200/2300
I read your article
on the Fujitsu Stylistic 1200 and thought you might be someone
that could help me. I recently bought a Stylistic 1000 on eBay
but alas, no stylus. Will any other device work like a stylus?
How about a stylus from a new Tablet PC? I m just a hobbyist;
my plan is to see if I can use the Stylistic tablet as a remote
for other tasks that my PC controls, or other simple uses. I
think I 'll have to install Linux or another light OS -- there
are a few websites out there that explain how and why. Thanks
for your time!
Technology Editor Geoff Walker answers:
The Fujitsu Stylistic 1000, 1200 & 2300 pen
tablets all used an active pen that contained a battery-powered
transmitter. Because the pen contains electronics, only Fujitsu
pens made for those specific systems will work (with one exception
see below). The pens for the Stylistic 1000 and 1200 were identical;
the pen for the 2300 had a slightly different shape ejection
bump . I don' t remember for sure, but I think the 2300 pen fits
in the 1000 & 1200 pen garage. The Stylistic 1000 was launched
in 1996; the 1200 was launched in 1997; and the 2300 was launched
The active electromagnetic digitizer technology
that was used in those pen tablets was invented around 1985 by
Kurta, who sold it to Mutoh in 1995 (the actual supplier to Fujitsu
in the late 1990s), who sold it to FinePoint
Innovations in 2000. FinePoint is still making a Fujitsu-compatible
active pen, so that 's one possible source. FinePoint also makes
the digitizer that 's inside the current Gateway Tablet PCs however,
their technology has evolved and a Gateway Tablet PC pen is not
compatible with the Stylistic 1000/1200/2300.
The one exception mentioned above is the HP TC1000
Tablet PC (HP 's first product in this category). The digitizer
in this system was supplied by FinePoint, and the HP pen works
on the Stylistic 1000, 1200 & 2300 (although it won 't fit
in the pen garage). The HP pen is probably the most ergonomic
(comfortable-to-use) pen of all. HP changed to the Wacom digitizer
in the TC1100. The Wacom digitizer, which is used in all current
Tablet PCs except the Gateway, is not compatible with the
The Stylistic 2300 was the last Fujitsu system
to use the Mutoh active electromagnetic digitizer. Stylistics
between the 2300 and Fujitsu s first Tablet PC (the ST-4000) all
used resistive touch screens. The pen on those systems was a
solid piece of plastic with rubber covering the lower portion.
Since those pens don t contain any electronics, they are not
compatible with the Stylistic 1000/1100/2300. All of Fujitsu' s
Tablet PCs have used the Wacom digitizer, which, as noted above,
is not compatible with the Stylistic 1000/1100/2300.
Good luck and may you win your auction!
Based in Silicon Valley, Geoff Walker is Global Director of Product Management at Elo TouchSystems. Prior, he was a consultant
with Walker Mobile, LLC (www.walkermobile.com).
Geoff has worked on the engineering and marketing of mobile computers
since 1982 at GRiD Systems, Fujitsu Personal Systems (now Fujitsu
Computer Systems) and Handspring. In addition to mobile computers,
Geoff's areas of particular expertise include displays and digitizers.