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Fujitsu LifeBook P770 12.1-inch Ultraportable Laptop PC

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Fujitsu LifeBook P770 12.1-inch Ultraportable Laptop PC

Fujitsu LifeBook P770

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The Bottom Line

Sep 10 2010 - Fujitsu's new LifeBook P770 certainly isn't an inexpensive ultraportable, but it makes up for that price by offering some outstanding performance and features in a very compact system. Performance is very strong with the new ultra-low voltage Core i7 processor and it doesn't impact running times all that much. For its price though, it would have been nice to see more memory, hard drive space and a sturdier feel. It may work well for the business traveler but consumers can find more affordable options.
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Pros

  • Strong Performance From Core i7 ULV Processor
  • Long Battery Life
  • DVD Drive Included In Such A Compact Design

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Laptop Has Too Much Flex
  • Limited Memory And Hard Drive Space

Description

  • Intel Core i7-640UM Dual Core Mobile Processor
  • 2GB PC3-6400 DDR3 Memory
  • 160GB 5400rpm SATA Hard Drive
  • 8x DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Burner
  • 12.1" WXGA (1280x800) LED Backlit Display With 2.0 Megapixel Webcam
  • Intel GMA 4500MHD Integrated Graphics
  • Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11a/g/n Wireless, Bluetooth
  • Thee USB 2.0, HDMI, VGA, ExpressCard/34, Fingerprint Scanner, SD Card Slot
  • 11.1" x 8.5" x 1.2" @ 3 lbs.
  • Windows 7 Professional

Guide Review - Fujitsu LifeBook P770 12.1-inch Ultraportable Laptop PC

Sep 10 2010 - Fujitsu decided to go all-out with Intel's new Core 2010 ultra-low voltage processors. For the LifeBook P770, they use the high end Core i7-640UM dual-core processor. This offers the same level of performance as a standard voltage i3 processor but with much lower power draw. The net result is one of the best performing ultraportables on the market. It is too bad that Fujitsu only equips the 2GB of DDR3 memory instead of the much more common 4GB. This results in a more sluggish feel to multitasking that it should really have.

Storage features are some of the best and worst aspects of the LifeBook P770. While many ultraportables with dimensions similar to this one omit an optical drive, this one has an internal DVD burner. This is great for those wanting to use it as a portable movie player. The downside is that it comes with a very meager 160GB hard drive that is smaller than what many netbooks costing about one quarter of this ultraportable have. One doesn't need to carry around an external DVD burner but they may very well need an external hard drive.

While many consumer laptops use glossy coated displays, most business class systems opt to use anti-glare coatings. This is true of the LifeBook P770 and its 12.1-inch display. This allows it to be used in a wider range of environments including outdoors in bright sun. The downside is the colors are a bit more muted than the average display. Graphics are handled by the commonly used Intel GMA 4500MHD integrated graphics. This provides sufficient performance for HD video streaming and playback but lacks any real 3D performance for even casual gaming.

Even though the Fujitsu LifeBook P770 uses the highest performance ultra-low voltage processor currently from Intel, the running times are still very long. This is probably helped by the above average 6-cell 5800mA battery pack. It is able to achieve just over five hours of DVD playback before having to go into standby mode. This should translate into roughly seven hours of more typical usage and it well above average for ultraportables especially considering its size and features.

The big problem with the Fujitsu LifeBook P770 is mostly its cost. Ranging from $1500 to $1700, this is an extremely expensive ultraportable. There are many systems that can be found for much less that are quite capable. An even bigger problem though is how much plastic was used for such an expensive system. This leads to too much flex in the body that makes it feel like a much less expensive than it really is and calls into question how durable it will be over time.

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