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Fujitsu LifeBook E8420 15.4-inch Thin and Light Laptop PC

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Fujitsu LifeBook E8420 15.4-inch thin and light laptop

Fujitsu LifeBook E8420

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The Bottom Line

11/13/08 - Fujitsu's LifeBook E8420 is very clearly targeted at the corporate market and not the consumers. Even with this focus, the system seems to lack a number of features compared to similar corporate systems from the likes of Dell, HP and Lenovo in this price range. It might be nice that it comes with a limited number of software programs and a modular drive bay, but most consumers won't really notice either of these features.
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Pros

  • Modular Drive Bays For Use With Extra Battery or Other Drives
  • Type II and ExpressCard Slots

Cons

  • Only Integrated Graphics
  • Just One Gigabyte Memory
  • Smaller Hard Drive

Description

  • Intel Core 2 Duo P8400 Dual Core Mobile Processor
  • 1GB PC3-8500 DDR3 Memory
  • 120GB 5400rpm SATA Hard Drive
  • 8x DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Burner
  • 15.4" WXGA (1280x800) Display With 1.3 Megapixel Webcam
  • Intel GMA X4500HD Integrated Graphics
  • v.92 56Kbps Modem, Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11a/g/n Wireless
  • Four USB 2.0, FireWire, HDMI, Type II Card Slot, ExpressCard/54, 3-in-1 Card Reader
  • 14.1" x 10.1" x 1.4" @ 6 lbs.
  • Vista Business, PowerDirector, Google Desktop, Google Picasa, Norton Internet Security

Guide Review - Fujitsu LifeBook E8420 15.4-inch Thin and Light Laptop PC

11/13/08 - The LifeBook E8420 is their latest 15.4-inch laptop built around the new Intel GM45 chipset. This allows it to use the latest Intel Core 2 processors, faster DDR3 memory and a new integrated graphics. While this might seem like the system has some great potential, Fujitsu hampers it with limited features without expensive upgrading.

The system uses the Core 2 Duo P8400 dual core mobile processor that balances power usage and performance. This would be boosted by the use of the new PC3-8500 DDR3 memory, but for some reason Fujitsu decided to only ship it with a single gigabyte of RAM. This significantly reduced the performance of the Vista operating system that really requires 2GB which most companies offer standard with DDR3 while DDR2 based systems are coming with 4GB.

Storage is kind of mixed. The 120GB is significantly smaller than what many companies are offering on their systems. It is true that most corporate systems tend to have smaller drives but this makes the system much less useful to a consumer who might have lots of digital media. The dual layer DVD drive itself isn't anything that wouldn't be found in a standard laptop but it is a modular bay. This allows consumers to swap it out with a extra battery to give the system extended life when the drive isn't needed.

Graphics are also disappointing. The new Intel GMA X4500HD is definitely an improvement over previous integrated solutions, but most laptops in this price range tend to include a dedicated graphics processor. And even with the X4500HD's improved performance, it still lags behind the latest integrated solutions from NVIDIA.

The big drawback though is that the price puts this system at a disadvantage compared to HP, Dell and Lenovo's corporate laptop offerings.

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