Fujitsu LifeBook P7010

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Fujitsu LifeBook P7010
If you want a small, lightweight notebook that doesn't sacrifice anything else in the way of computing power or features, this is the system for you.

Fujitsu's P-series ultraportable notebooks tend to draw admiring comments -- even, as we found during this review, from seasoned technology reporters. P-series systems are comfortably small enough that when the person in front of you in economy class leans back, you don't have to worry about the screen breaking. The latest in the line, the 1.1GHz ultra-low-voltage Pentium M-based P7010, has one of the sharpest, crispest LCD screens we've ever seen; it also packs an enormous amount into a very small space, including a CD-RW/DVD-ROM combo drive, slots for the three main types of flash memory cards, and 802.11b/g wireless networking. With a 60GB hard disk and 512MB of RAM, the 1.4kg P7010 is extremely good value at $3,999 (incl. GST) and gets a well-deserved Editors' Choice award.

There is a trade-off for the small size of the P7010, which measures 2.6cmm wide by 19.9cm deep by 3.2-3.5cm high: the keyboard is shrunken, and type on the wide-screen 10.6in. display can be very small -- particularly when you're browsing the Web. Fortunately, the screen's extra brightness and crispness mitigates this effect.

Previous P-series LifeBooks had a significant keyboard flaw, in that the right shift key was half its normal size, with the up-arrow next to it. It was easy to accidentally highlight a sentence and delete it in the normal course of typing. The P7010's 82-key keyboard fixes that problem -- the right shift key is back to full size -- but introduces a different one: in the interest of keeping the cursor keys in the inverted-T shape, the three punctuation keys on the bottom right-hand row have been squashed to approximately three-quarter size. It is now easy to type a forward slash when you want a dot. Aside from that, though, the keyboard is reasonably comfortable for the touch typist.

Like many ultraportable manufacturers, Fujitsu has ditched the PgUp/PgDn/Home/End keys, assigning these functions to the cursor keys in combination with the Fn key.

Another problem with earlier P-series LifeBooks was their rather noisy fans, and the fact that they became quite hot on the underside. The P7010, with its ultra-low-voltage (ULV) Pentium M processor, has a much quieter fan, which is ingeniously built into the hinge at the back -- what you see is a largish, wire-mesh cylinder with six vents at the back right. Thanks to these features, the P7010 stays much cooler in operation. Set into the mesh is a metal strip containing the power button, which lights blue if the machine is on, and a couple of other lights (invisible when they are not lit) that indicate if the battery is charging, in use or fully charged. The speakers are also located in this mesh cylinder, and the sound is surprisingly good considering their small size.

For navigation, you get a trackpad with two big buttons separated by a scroll button.

Fujitsu manages to pack even more into the P7010's diminutive chassis than previous P-series models, albeit at a slightly higher price. It's based around a 1.1GHz ULV Pentium M processor, the 855GME chipset with integrated graphics (which commandeer up to 64MB of the system's 512MB of DDR RAM), and a 60GB 4,200rpm hard disk.

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The P7010's 10.6in. wide-screen display has a native resolution of 1,280 by 768 pixels (15:9 aspect ratio) and is very bright and crisp -- much improved over the earlier models. In fact, it's one of the sharpest, brightest and most responsive notebook screens we've ever seen -- only Sony with its 'x-black' screens matches it.

For such a small notebook, the P7010 carries an impressive array of ports and slots: the right-hand side houses VGA, S-Video out, 10/100 Ethernet, two USB 2.0 and one FireWire. All these ports are concealed behind flaps that feel a bit fragile -- the only part of the system's design that does. Also on the right-hand side are the audio ports (headphones and microphone). On the left-hand side, there's the power jack, a Type II PC Card slot, a CompactFlash slot and a (flap-protected) modem port. Tucked underneath the CompactFlash and PC Card slots is the 9mm-high CD-RW/DVD-ROM combo drive in a modular bay. Because of the tight space, the button to open the drive is tucked under the system, although it's still reachable. On the front, next to the switch that turns the 802.11b/g wireless networking on and off, there's an SD card/Memory Stick slot.

There isn't much in the way of included software, but it's hard to carp about this given the fully featured hardware. The P7010 runs Windows XP Professional and comes with Softex OmniPass 3.0 , CyberLink PowerDVD, CyberLink PowerProducer, Sonic RecordNow DX, Sonic DLA, Adobe Acrobat Reader 6.0, and Fujitsu hardware and update tools preloaded; a utility CD adds Norman Virus Control and Norman Personal Firewall.

With a MobileMark 2002 score of 146, the LifeBook P7010 is hardly on the bleeding edge of notebook performance (top-scoring systems currently achieve over 200). However, it packs enough power for everyday use, especially in the review configuration with 512MB of RAM. Full-motion video looks terrific on the superb screen, and the Pentium M processor --unlike the previous models' Transmeta Crusoe -- is powerful enough to handle DVD playback without glitches.

MobileMark 2002 reported a battery life of 3 hours and 40 minutes in desktop mode with the CPU running at full power; this is good, and more conservative settings will improve on this quite a bit. Our review model had the standard 6-cell, 4,800mAh battery, but you can buy an optional second 3-cell, 2,300mAh unit for AU$449 to go in the modular bay (normally occupied by the optical drive), which should boost mains-free operation to well over 5 hours.

The LifeBook P7010 comes with a one-year, international limited warranty, which can be extended to a three-year, local warranty for an extra AU$300.

Fujitsu LifeBook P7010
Company: Fujitsu
Price: AU$3,999
Phone: 1800 288 283

Specifications

General
Packaged Quantity 1
Platform Technology Intel Centrino
Recommended Use Small business
Built-in Devices Display / video, Keyboard, LED panel
Wireless capabilities IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11b
Notebook type Ultraportable (Under 4 lbs.)
Screen type Widescreen
Processor / Chipset
CPU Intel Pentium M 713 / 1.1 GHz
Cache L2 - 1 MB
Power Efficiency Ultra Low Voltage (ULV)
Data Bus Speed 400 MHz
Chipset Type Intel 855GME
Features Enhanced SpeedStep technology
Cache Memory
Type L2 cache
Installed Size 1 MB
RAM
Memory Speed 333 MHz
Memory Specification Compliance PC2700
Technology DDR SDRAM
Installed Size 512 MB
Rated Memory Speed 333 MHz
Storage
Optical Drive CD-RW / DVD-ROM combo removable
Type none
Read Speed 24x (CD) / 8x (DVD)
Write Speed 16x
Rewrite Speed 16x
Type portable
Memory
Max Supported Size 1 GB
Technology DDR SDRAM
Speed 333 MHz / PC2700 - 333 MHz
Form Factor MicroDIMM 172-pin
Slots Qty 2
Empty Slots 0
Environmental Parameters
Environmental standards EPA Energy Star
Humidity Range Operating 20 - 85%
Max Altitude Operating 10,000
Display
Resolution 1280 x 768 (WXGA)
Widescreen Display Yes
Diagonal Size (metric) 26.9 cm
Display Resolution Abbreviation WXGA
Audio & Video
Graphics Processor Intel Extreme Graphics 2
Memory Allocation Technology Dynamic Video Memory Technology 2.0
Supported Display Graphics 1280 x 768
Audio Codec Realtek ALC202
Hard Drive
Spindle Speed 4200 rpm
Type HDD
Installed Qty 1
Capacity 60 GB
Input
Type keyboard, scroll button, touchpad
Communications
Wireless Protocol 802.11b/g
Wireless Controller Intel PRO/Wireless 2200BG
Wired Protocol 10/100 Ethernet
Processor
CPU Type Pentium M
Processor Number 713
Manufacturer Intel
Clock Speed 1.1 GHz
Optical Storage
Drive Type CD-RW / DVD
Type CD-RW / DVD-ROM combo
Form Factor removable
Floppy Drive
Type none
Modem
Features V.92 upgradable
Battery
Technology lithium ion
Run Time (Up To) 7 sec
Card Reader
Type card reader
Supported Flash Memory CompactFlash, Memory Stick PRO, SD Memory Card
AC Adapter
Input AC 120/230 V (50/60 Hz)
Connections & Expansion
Expansion Bays 1 x front accessible
Slots 2 x memory (0 free)
1 x CardBus (1 free)
Interfaces 2 x USB 2.0 4 pin USB Type A
1 x IEEE 1394 (FireWire)
1 x display / video - S-video output
1 x display / video - VGA - 15 pin HD D-Sub (HD-15)
1 x modem - phone line - RJ-11
1 x network - Ethernet 10Base-T/100Base-TX - RJ-45
Memory Card Reader Yes (SD Card, Memory Stick PRO, CompactFlash)
Header
Brand Fujitsu
Product Line Fujitsu LIFEBOOK
Model LifeBook P7010
Packaged Quantity 1
Compatibility PC
Networking
Max Transfer Rate 56 Kbps
Data Link Protocol Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g
Compliant Standards Wi-Fi CERTIFIED
Wireless LAN Supported Yes
Wireless NIC Intel PRO/Wireless 2200BG
Monitor
Diagonal Size 10.6 in
Color Support 16M colors
Miscellaneous
Color Black
Features Dolby headphone utility
Compliant Standards FCC Part 15 B, UL, cUL
System
Platform Technology Intel Centrino
Notebook Type notebook
Platform Windows
Hard Drive Capacity 60 GB
Dimensions & Weight
Width 10.5 in
Depth 7.8 in
Height 1.4 in
Manufacturer Warranty
Type 1 year warranty
Audio Output
Form Factor Internal
Sound Output Mode 16-Bit stereo
Compliant Standards AC '97
Mainboard
Data Bus Speed 400 MHz
Chipset Type Intel 855GME
Environmental Standards
ENERGY STAR Certified Yes
Physical Characteristics
Weight 3.31 lbs
Power
Type Power adapter
Voltage Required AC 100/240 V
Min Operating Temperature 41 °F
Max Operating Temperature 95 °F
Operating System / Software
OS Provided: Type Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
Type Drivers & Utilities
Video Output
Graphics Processor Intel Extreme Graphics 2
Graphics Processor Series Intel Extreme Graphics 2
Video Memory
Installed Size 64 MB
Memory Allocation Technology Dynamic Video Memory Technology 2.0
Expansion Bays
Total Qty 1
Service & Support
Type 1 year warranty
Service & Support Details
Type limited warranty
Full Contract Period 1 year

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