The Bottom Line
May 27 2011 - Fujitsu's LifeBook S751 is certainly not going to be winning any design awards but this isn't something that matters a much to a corporate buyer. What this laptop does do well is offer a fairly solid performing business class laptop for $999. Sure, it does lack some of the features typically found in many competing laptops but they probably won't be something that many will need often. While it may work well for business users, consumers will probably want to look at other similarly priced models with some better media features.
- Anti-Glare Screen Coating
- Modular DVD Bay
- Three Year Warranty
- Integrated Graphics Only
- This Version Lacks USB 3.0 Port
- Bulky and Dated Styling
- Intel Core i5-2410M Dual Core Mobile Processor
- 4GB PC3-10600 DDR3 Memory
- 320GB 7200rpm SATA Hard Drive
- 8x DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Burner
- 14" WXGA (1366x768) LED Backlit Display With 1.3 Megapixel Webcam
- Intel HD 3000 Integrated Graphics
- Gigabit Ethernet, v.92 56Kbps Modem, 802.11b/g/n Wireless
- Three USB 2.0, eSATA (Shared), FireWire, ExpressCard/34, DisplayPort, VGA, 3-in-1 Card Reader
- 13.6" x 9.8" x 1.5" @ 5.4 lbs.
- Windows 7 Professional
Guide Review - Fujitsu LifeBook S751 14-inch Thin And Light Laptop PC
May 27 2011 - Fujitsu seems to have forgotten about styling when it comes to their LifeBook S751 laptops. The design seems to be rooted in the corporate laptops of over ten years ago. The blocky design with lackluster surfaces and colors makes it feel very dated. Even Lenovo has started to tweak their staid designs to get a more modern look. At least the 14-inch screen helps keep the dimensions smaller allowing it to be a bit more portable than the traditional 15-inch laptop.
The key feature to the LifeBook S751 is the new Intel Core i5-2410M dual core processor. This new generation of processor is much more efficient and powerful than previous generations. This combined with the 4GB of DDR3 memory allow the system to power through most applications with little effort. It should be noted that when running the processor at some higher performance levels, the bottom of the laptop did get fairly warm where it would definitely not be one to put directly on one's lap.
Storage features for the LifeBook S751 are fairly common for a business class laptop. It sacrifices some storage space for additional performance. Rather than using a 500GB drive, it comes with just 320GB. To make up for this, it spins at the 7200rpm desktop speed rather than the more traditional 5400rpm laptop rate. The dual-layer DVD burner uses a modular design so that users can opt for an extra battery when they don't need the ability to playback or record CDs or DVDs.
The display for the Fujitsu LifeBook S751 has both good and bad aspects to it. On the plus side, the display using a traditional anti-glare coating. This is a welcome change from the glossy displays as the screen can be used in a wider range of environments such as outdoors. The downside is that the 14-inch screen has some very narrow viewing angles that drop off colors quickly. The graphics are handled by the new Intel HD 3000 graphics that are built into the Core i5 processor. This works well for business applications which the laptop is intended for and can also help boost media encoding with compatible applications. The downside is that it lacks much 3D performance that can be beneficial to applications such as Photoshop CS.
The standard battery configuration fo the Fujitsu LifeBook S751 is a six-cell pack that comes with an above average 63WHr capacity. In DVD playback tests, this yielded roughly three and three quarters of an hour before going into standby mode. This is better than most six-cell battery pack laptops but still far from class leading performance such as the Apple MacBook Pro. Those needing extra running time can always purchase the modular bay battery pack to give it about another two hours or so of running time.
One big thing to point out for the base entry level LifeBook S751 is the peripheral ports. While most new Core 2011 laptops now feature USB 3.0 ports, this model lacks the new high speed peripheral port. To confuse things further, the more expensive versions of this laptop do include one of these ports. So be aware of this when looking at this laptop. It also lacks the fingerprint scanner or Bluetooth standard to all the other versions.