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Fujitsu LifeBook NH751 17.3-inch Desktop Replacement Laptop PC

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Fujitsu LifeBook NH751

Fujitsu LifeBook NH751

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The Bottom Line

Jul 11 2011 - The LifeBook NH751 is a big departure from Fujitsu's typical laptop offerings. It mixes performance and media features that are geared towards consumers rather than corporations. This is a great change for consumers and the high level of performance from the system and Blu-ray are certainly welcome. The problem is that Fujitsu has lowered the warranty to just one year unlike three years for most of their other laptops. The pricing is also a bit higher than many similar offerings from their competition. Still, it is a solid desktop replacement for those looking at high performance and maybe a little gaming on the side.
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Pros

  • Solid Performance
  • Blu-ray Compatible
  • ExpressCard Slot And Wireless Display Support

Cons

  • Above Average Price
  • Only One Year Warranty Unlike Their Corporate Laptops With Three

Description

  • Intel Core i7-2630M Quad Core Mobile Processor
  • 4GB PC3-10600 DDR3 Memory
  • 640GB 5400rpm SATA Hard Drive
  • Blu-ray Reader And Dual-Layer DVD Burner Combo Drive
  • 17.3" WSXGA (1680x945) LED Backlit Display With 1.3 Megapixel Webcam
  • NVIDIA GeForce GT 525M Graphics With 1GB Memory
  • Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11a/g/n Wireless, Bluetooth
  • Four USB 2.0, eSATA (shared), HDMI, VGA, ExpressCard/54, 5-in-1 Card Reader
  • 16.1" x 10.6" x 1.4" @ 8.2 lbs.
  • Windows 7 Home Premium, Office Starter, Roxio Creater, PowerDVD, Norton Internet Security

Guide Review - Fujitsu LifeBook NH751 17.3-inch Desktop Replacement Laptop PC

Jul 11 2011 - Fujitsu's LifeBook NH751 is a very different approach from the company's other products within the US. For the most part, the laptops have had features more geared towards corporate users. This laptop is very clearly aimed at consumers rather than corporate users. Even with this goal, the company didn't skimp on performance and elected to use a new Intel Core i7-2630QM quad core processor that allows it to power through even intensive tasks such as desktop video. It would have been nice to see the system come with more than 4GB of DDR3 memory to help match the processor for power users but it won't slow it down unless you are a heavy multitasker.

One of the major reasons you can tell the LifeBook NH751 is a consumer class laptop has to do with the storage features. Typically, Fujitsu would focus more on smaller hard drives and DVD burners. This system comes with a larger 640GB hard drive and a Blu-ray compatible drive. This gives it a good amount of storage especially compared to their more traditional corporate models. The ability to playback the high definition Blu-ray movies is a nice touch for the media user on the go. It can also playback and record CD's and DVDs.

Most of Fujitsu's laptops they call desktop replacements are typically equipped with 15-inch screen sizes but the LifeBook NH751 uses their largest with a 17.3-inch model. The resolution is slightly different than many with a 1680x945 compared to 1600x900. In most cases users won't really notice much of a difference and it still falls short of that required for full 1080p high definition video playback. Of course, one can always use an external display via HDMI or use a WiDi compatible box for a wireless display to HDTV or monitor. The graphics themselves use the NVIDIA GeForce GT 525M with 1GB of memory. This isn't going to be a huge 3D gaming platform but it does allow for casual gaming at lower resolutions and detail levels. It also features the Optimus technology to help improve battery life when not using accelerated graphics.

While many consumer level laptops ship with six-cell battery packs, Fujitsu has elected to use an eight-cell pack with a 5200mAh capacity rating for the LifeBook NH751. The company claims that this should yield roughly five hours of running time. In DVD playback testing, the system was able to run for just under three hours before going into standby mode. This should yield roughly hour and a half hours of more traditional usage which is a bit less than what the company claims but those numbers could be achieved with some tweaks to brightness levels and hibernation modes. Blu-ray playback will be a bit less as it is a bit more demanding. Overall, this puts it a bit higher than most six-cell batteries but still not as long as the class leading Apple MacBook Pros.

Even with the focus on consumers, Fujitsu does offer one item on the LifeBook NH751 that most consumer laptops ignore. The ExpressCard slow allows for easy expansion for either newer wireless networking features or high speed external storage ports. About the only other consumer oriented laptop to include this is the Apple MacBook Pro that costs over double what this one does. The downside is that Fujitsu has lowered the warranty to just one year compared to three years that they offer on their corporate class systems.

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