The Bottom Line
- Three Year Warranty
- Extra Security Features
- Modular Drive Bay
- Only 2GB Of Memory
- Integrated Graphics
- Relatively High Price Tag For Base Features
- Intel Core i5-520M Dual Core Mobile Processor
- 2GB PC3-8500 DDR3 Memory
- 320GB 5400rpm SATA Hard Drive
- 8x DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Burner
- 15.6" WXGA (1366x768) LED Backlit Display With 1.3 Megapixel Webcam
- Intel GMA 4500MHD Integrated Graphics
- Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11a/g/n Wireless, Bluetooth
- Four USB 2.0, eSATA, DisplayPort, VGA, Type II PC Card, ExpressCard/54, Fingerprint Scanner, 3-in-1 Card Reader
- 14.6" x 10.1" x 1.5" @ 6.1 lbs.
- Windows 7 Professional, Cyberlink PowerDVD, Roxio Easy Media Creator, Norton Internet Security
Guide Review - Fujitsu LifeBook E780 15.6-inch Thin And Light Laptop PC
May 11 2010 - The LifeBook E780 gets its desktop replacement label from its level of performance relative to other corporate class laptops. The system uses the new Intel Core i5-520M dual core mobile processor. This provides it with a significant performance boost over previous generation Core 2 Duo laptops that also provides it with a more desktop like environment. The drawback is that Fujitsu only ships the system with 2GB of DDR3 memory. This is half the amount that most budget laptops are offering and does impact the multitasking capabilities of the system.
Storage features are fairly average if a bit on the lower end especially with the systems $1250 price tag. The 320GB hard drive provides it with a decent amount of space albeit less than many other consumer laptops offering larger 500GB drives. The drawback is that the drive spins at the 5400rpm rate rather than the faster 7200rpm rate. This reduces the overall performance for accessing data and media. A dual layer DVD player handles all playback and recording of CD and DVD media. The DVD drive is stored in a media bay that can be removed and replaced with an optional Blu-ray drive or an additional battery pack for extended running times.
Graphics on the LifeBook E780 are mixed. The 15.6-inch display offers a good level of color and brightness with a 1366x768 resolution that is typical of many 15-inch laptops. Unfortunately, this version uses the glossy screen coating that produces a large amount of glare and reflections when used outdoors. The upgraded 1600x900 resolution panel uses an anti-glare coating that makes it more useful. The big issue though is the Intel integrated graphics processor. While business systems don't have much need for gaming, dedicated graphics are becoming more useful in applications such as Adobe CS and even the upcoming Flash player.
Battery life on the LifeBook E780 is a bit of a toss up. It uses a smaller 6-cell battery pack by default which has a rated 4 hour and 20 minute running time. In my DVD playback test, it ran for roughly two and three-quarter hours before going into standby mode. This translates to more like three and a half hours of more typical usage. Users can double this running time by replacing the DVD with the optional media bay battery.
One thing that the LifeBook E780 does offer is security. In addition to featuring a Trusted Platform Modules, the system includes a fingerprint scanner and security panel. When configured, the laptop can be fully secured from use unless a security code is entered into the security panel. Without the password, the system will not fully boot up.
As a corporate laptop, the LifeBook E780 does a fairly goog job thanks to the security features and swappable media bay. The problem is that at the $1250 price tag, consumers have many more options for systems with either higher performance or more features.