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Fujitsu LifeBook S710 14-inch Thin And Light Laptop PC

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Fujitsu LifeBook S710 14-inch Thin And Light Laptop PC

Fujitsu LifeBook S710

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The Bottom Line

Nov 7 2010 - Fujitsu's LifeBook S710 makes a perfectly acceptable compact laptop system that balances size and performance for business users. Features such as the spill resistant keyboard, wide range of peripheral ports and a spill resistant keyboard are nice additions. The problem is that it assumes that corporate users don't need 64-bit software compatibility, dedicated graphics or even much RAM for their work. This akes the system less than ideal for a consumer.

Pros

  • Excellent Connectivity And Peripheral Port Options
  • Modular Drive Bay
  • Anti-Glare Display

Cons

  • Integrated Graphics
  • 32-Bit Operating System
  • Only 2GB Of Memory

Description

  • Intel Core i5-520M Dual Core Mobile Processor
  • 2GB PC3-8500 DDR3 Memory
  • 320GB 5400rpm SATA Hard Drive
  • Modular 8x DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Burner
  • 14" WXGA (1366x768) LED Backlit Display With 1.3 Megapixel Webcam
  • Intel GMA 4500MHD Integrated Graphics
  • v.92 56Kbps Modem, Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11a/g/n Wireless, Bluetooth
  • Three USB 2.0, eSATA, FireWire, ExpressCard/34, DisplayPort, VGA, 3-in-1 Card Reader, Fingerprint Scanner
  • 13.4" x 9.7" x 1.4" @ 5.1 lbs.
  • Windows 7 Professional 32-bit

Guide Review - Fujitsu LifeBook S710 14-inch Thin And Light Laptop PC

Nov 7 2010 - Fujitsu's LifeBook S710 laptop offers a good balance between performance and size. It is based on the Intel Core i5-520M dual core mobile processor that offers a fair amount of performance. Unfortunately, this is a corporate class laptop and as a result ships with just 2GB of DDR3 memory. While this keeps it functional, this is half of what consumers laptops ship with and it will limit the ability of the system to multitask.

Storage features for the LifeBook S710 are fairly typical of a corporate laptop. On the one side, it comes with just a 320GB hard drive that is more typical of consumer budget laptops. This provides less space and performance. On the bonus side, the dual layer DVD burner uses a modular drive bay format. This means that the user can remove the drive to save weight or swap it out with optional hard drive unit for extra space or a spare battery for extra running time.

Rather than a glossy display typical of many consumer systems, the LifeBook S710 uses an anti-glare coating that helps keep reflections and glare when working outside or in certain lighting conditions. The 14-inch screen has a common 1366x768 native resolution but offers some very narrow viewing angles. This is probably welcome for security reasons in a corporate environment but is less useful to consumers. Driving the graphics is the Intel GMA 4500MHD integrated graphics. This is fine for basic usages but it does lack any support for 3D gaming or GPU acceleration of programs such as Photoshop.

In order to keep the size of the LifeBook S710 down, the system uses a relatively compact six-cell battery pack. In DVD playback tests, the unit is able to run just under two and a half hours before going into standby mode. This is fairly typical for the specifications and battery size. More typical usage should yield a little more than three hours. If one needs additional running time, it is possible to get a battery pack that slides into the modular drive bay.

One major disappointment with the LifeBook S710 is the operating system. It uses a 32-bit version of the Windows 7 Professional business operating system. This limits the system to just 4GB of effective memory and the inability to run 64-bit versions of many new programs. The 64-bit version of Windows 7 has little to no problems running legacy 32-bit programs.

While the software may be a bit disappointing, the ability of the Lifebook S710 to connect to a wide range of networks and devices is very useful. The system includes peripheral ports including FireWire, eSATA, DisplayPort and even an ExpressCard slot that is very uncommon for a consumer laptop. It even comes with a dial-up modem for when there is no wireless and wired network connectivity.

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