Lightweight Fujitsu Notebook Heavy On The Price

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The new notebook from Fujitsu promises a lightweight profile, a multitude of connectivity options, an outstanding battery life, and a lot of troubleshooting and security features. But is it worth the asking price of $2,899?


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The P8010 lives up to its ‘portability’ claim as it only weighs 1.3kg. It sports a smaller profile in comparison to other ultraportable notebooks out in the market but is not as thin as other notebooks (like Apple’s Macbook Air). The exterior sports a shiny black finish but is quite prone to fingerprint marks, making it look ‘dirty’ after a couple of weeks.

With the lid closed, users will be able to find the headphone and microphone jack, IEEE1394 connector, two USB ports, Ethernet port, D-sub output, and charging port on the left side of the unit, while another USB port and a slim optical drive can be found on the right side of the notebook. A wireless on/off switch up front give users faster access to wireless zones and can instantly be turned off to save batteries. The notebook is also equipped with an SD card reader that can be used to copy photos from multimedia cards.

 


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Opening the lid reveals a 12.1-inch screen, a compacted but responsive keyboard, a fingerprint scanner, and a 1.3-megapixel camera. On top of the keyboard, one can find the speakers, four quick launch buttons (Fujitsu Support Center, Power Saving Utility, Fujitsu Display Manager, and Internet Explorer button), power button, as well as various status indicators for quick reference.

Performance:

The unit is powered by an Intel Core 2 Duo L7100 processor running at 1.2GHz, comes with 2GB of RAM, and utilises Intel’s Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) card for its video output. What it lacks in grunt, it certainly makes up for battery life. The P8010 lasted a little over 6 hours (using the power saving mode), making it a good ‘on-the-go’ notebook for travels.

Fujitsu has loaded the P8010 with a lot of proprietary features to help one troubleshoot their notebook in case they encounter a problem. The Fujitsu Support Center allows a user to read the user’s manual (online or offline), run two diagnostic products (Diagnostic Program is an ‘independent’ diagnostic program that requires a system reboot, while the Fujitsu Diagnostics Tool is a complete test solution and troubleshooting tool for Windows-based PCs.

 


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The Power Saving Utility is a program that automatically disables PC card and memory card slots, Wireless LAN, FireWire, and lowers the brightness of the display. Fujitsu has also included a Display Manager that allows a user to instantly switch screen display settings for the notebook. There are four preset settings to choose from, but users can create new settings (resolution and refresh rate) by clicking on the settings button.

Security features like a fingerprint scanner, hard disk lock, and anti-theft lock slot give additional protection for you data, while the shock sensor utility retracts the hard disk drive head when it senses shock or high velocity drops. Users may be able to change the action of the notebook (Protect HDD from impact, Lock computer when carried, or do nothing) and adjust the sensitivity of the sensors.

The Fujitsu Lifebook P8010 is a great notebook for businessmen who are always on the go. It has a remarkable battery life, small profile, and even comes with proprietary programs to help you troubleshoot your computer. Its price of $2,899 is just too expensive for our taste though, as it does not have much value for money.

See page over for product specifications and pricing.

 

Product Specifications:

Platform:
– Intel Core 2 Duo Processor SL7100 (1.20GHz, 800MHz, 4MB L2 Cache)
– Mobile Intel GS965 Express Chipset
– Intel Wireless WiFi Link 4965AGN network connection

Operating System:
Genuine Windows Vista Business
(or Genuine Windows Vista Home Premium)

Display:
12.1-inch SuperFine Wide XGA TFT, 1280 x 800 pixels (300nits Brightness, 400:1 Contrast Ratio, 45% Colour Gamut)

Optical Drive:
Dual Layer DVD Super Multi Writer

Memory: 2GB

Hard Disk: 250GB 5400rpm SATA Drive

Communication:
Bluetooth V2.0 + EDR, 1000/100/10Mbps Gigabit Ethernet PCI Express x 1 and Intel Wireless WiFi Link 4965AGN network connection with dual antenna. Separate ON/OFF switch for wireless network connection. Built-in 1.3 Mega Pixel camera.

Connector Interface:
USB 2.0 x 3, VGA (external display), RJ45 (LAN), IEEE1394, HD Audio-in, HD Audio-out, Power Adapter DC-in, Port Replicator Interface

Quick Launch Panel:
Four Programmable Application Launch Buttons (Support/ ECO (Power Saving Utility)/ Presentation/ Internet)

Battery: Up to 6.1 hrs

Dimensions: 274.2~280.4mm (W) x 210.1mm (D) x 28.5~37.4mm (H)
Weight: Approx. 1.30kg

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Fujitsu LifeBook P8010 | $2,899 |  | www.fujitsu.com/au

For: Form factor; Connectivity; Shortcut keys; Proprietary troubleshooting programs; Shock sensor; Battery life
Against: Surface is prone to fingerprint marks; Viewing angle not as good; Very steep price
Conclusion: A good notebook that has a hefty price tag

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