The Bottom Line
Nov 30 2012 - Fujitsu's LifeBook U772 is a very compact and lightweight ultrabook for the business user that also offers some good overall performance. The problem is that the display and keyboard really hold it back from being a highly recommended system as there are options that are better that might cost more or similarly priced offerings that trade some weigh and size for better displays and keyboards.
- Very Thin And Light
- Good Performance
- Display Has Glossy Coating and Mediocre Performance
- Keyboard Is Too Soft
- Intel Core i5-3317U Dual Core Mobile Processor
- 4GB PC3-12800 DDR3 Memory
- 128GB Solid State Drive
- 14" WXGA (1366x768) Display With 1.0 Megapixel Webcam
- Intel HD Graphics 4000 Integrated Graphics
- 802.11a/g/n Wireless, Bluetooth
- Two USB 3.0, USB 2.0, HDMI, Fingerprint Scanner, SD Card Slot
- 12.9" x 8.9" x .7" @ 3.2 lbs.
- Windows 7 Professional
Review - Fujitsu LifeBook U772 14-inch
Nov 30 2012 - Fujitsu is primarily a manufacturer of business class computers and the LifeBook U772 continues their focus on smaller and more portable systems by using the Intel ultrabook platform. The system is relatively thin and just seven tenths of an inch thick that is maintained through the whole frame. The body is made of a magnesium allow that helps it keep a very low 3.2 pound weight which is one of the lowest for a 14-inch laptop. On the exterior, the allow is a silver color reminiscent of the Apple MacBook laptops while the interior is a black color that gives it a fairly distinctive look.
Powering the Fujitsu LifeBook U772 is the ubiquitous Intel Core i5-3317U which you find the the majority of ultrabooks. This dual core processor may not be as fast as standard mobile processor but it provides much lower power consumption but still with sufficient performance for the average business users that typically just uses such a laptop for productivity software and email. Those looking for a mobile laptop that might be used for more intensive graphics applications or digital video would probably find it a bit slow. The processor is matched up with 4GB of DDR3 memory which provides a smooth overall experience with the Windows 7 Professional software.
Since most business users don't require a large amount of storage space for their programs, Fujistu has elected to use a 128GB solid state drive for the LifeBook U772. This provides it with very fast boot times and program applications. In fact, a cold boot of Windows took just under half a minute and it wakes from sleep mode in a matter of seconds. The only downside is that the drive might be small if they need to carry large amounts of data. Thankfully, there are two USB 3.0 ports for use with high speed external storage drives. There is no optical drive within the LifeBook U772 and the port replicator that is available as an accessory does not feature one either.
The 14-inch display of the LifeBook U772 is a bit disappointing. First off, most corporate class laptops feature a matte screen that allows it to be used in an office environment without glare and reflections problems. Unfortunately this display uses a glossy coating that can make using it a bit of a problem. The display features a native resolution of 1366x768 which is typical of most consumer laptops in this size range but it is lower than some of its competition. Finally, the display seems a bit dim which means that it certainly is not going to be functional outdoors in sunlight especially with its glossy coating. The graphics themselves are driven by the Intel HD Graphics 4000 that are built into the Core i5 processor. This is more than sufficient for a business class laptop unless it is going to be used with some sort of 3D graphics. It does offer some acceleration of media encoding when used with Quick Sync compatible applications. One small note is that the laptop features only an HDMI video output which is common for most consumer displays but DisplayPort used in corporate displays is only found on the port replicator.
They keyboard for the Fujistu LifeBook U772 uses a fairly typical isolated key design. The keys are of a nice size and it is especially nice to see a full size right enter and shift key. The only downside is that the keyboard has a fair amount of flex in it that makes it a bit awkward for those that type at very high speeds. The trackpad is of a nice size and features integrated buttons. It is important to note that the trackpad does not accept a click on the upper portion of the table like many other clickpads but only in the lower designated areas.
The battery on the Fujitsu LifeBook U772 is internal and rated at a 45WHr capacity which is common for most ultrabooks. In digital video playback tests, the laptop was able to achieve roughly four and a half hours before going into standby. This puts it above the four hours that the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon achieved in the same test but below other 14-inch ultrabooks such as the Dell XPS 14 at six and a half hours. It certainly is less than the Apple MacBook Pro 15 with Retina but that has a much larger battery pack allowing to to go over seven hours. In more typical usage, it should provide roughly seven hours of running time which is just under a full work day.
In terms of the competition, the closest is the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon. It has roughly the same dimensions as the LifeBook U772 but is slightly smaller with a bit higher performance and a much better screen but with a $1500 price tag compared to $1150. Looking at more consumer oriented ultrabooks, there is the Dell XPS 14 which is larger and heavier but with a better screen, more storage space and longer battery life for nearly the same price. Of course there also is the Apple MacBook Air 13 which is smaller, has a higher resolution display and better battery life but in a slightly more expensive price.