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Fujitsu LifeBook P8020 12.1-inch Ultraportable Laptop PC

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Fujitsu LifeBook P8020 12.1-inch Ultraportable Laptop PC

Fujitsu LifeBook P8020

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The Bottom Line

Mar 14 2009 - Fujitsu's LifeBook P8020 is a well designed business laptop that offers a complete laptop experience including a DVD burner in a small 12.1-inch package. Many people might consider purchasing a netbook for their low cost and portability, but the LifeBook P8020 offers so much more admittedly at a much higher cost. It certainly is lightweight at just under three pounds but has a variety of small design decisions that make it slightly attractive than business class systems from HP or Lenovo.
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Pros

  • Three Year Warranty
  • Very Cool Even Under Heavy Load

Cons

  • Glossy Coated Display
  • Older Type II PC Card Slot Instead of ExpressCard

Description

  • Intel Core 2 Duo SU9400 Ulta-Low Voltage Dual Core Mobile Processor
  • 2GB PC3-6400 DDR3 Memory
  • 160GB 5400rpm SATA Hard Drive
  • 8x DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Burner
  • 12.1-inch WXGA (1280x800) Wide LCD With 1.3 Megapixel Webcam
  • Intel GMA X4500MHD Integrated Graphics
  • v.92 56Kbps Modem, Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11a/g/n Wireless, Bluetooth v2.1
  • Three USB 2.0, FireWire, Type II PC Card Slot, SD Slot
  • 10.8" x 8.3" x 1.5" @ 2.9 lbs.
  • Windows Vista Business

Guide Review - Fujitsu LifeBook P8020 12.1-inch Ultraportable Laptop PC

Mar 14 2009 - Unlike the ultrathin laptops that focus on portability through very narrow designs, the P8020 instead focuses on using a slightly smaller screen with narrower dimensions but a thicker profile in order to fit in a DVD burner. This gives it a fairly tall profile but still retains the very light three pound weight. This of course has the downside of a keyboard that is slightly smaller than a traditional laptop keyboard.

Performance is decent thanks to the use of a new Intel Core 2 Duo SU9400 processor, but this falls behind the processors found in systems such as the MacBook Air or Lenovo X300 laptops. The ultralow voltage processor helps the system have a longer than average battery life but does sacrifice performance slightly. The system does use newer DDR3 memory but opts to use a slower memory speed more akin to DDR2 speeds. One side benefit of this is that the system runs relatively cool compared to most laptops and can actually be used in one's lap.

The 12.1-inch display uses a glossy coating that makes the surface bright and colorful, but also much more reflective. This is unusual for a business class laptop that will probably draw more consumers rather than business travelers who will likely have to use the machine in less desirable lighting conditions.

Another odd decision by Fujitsu was to include a Type II PC Card slot for legacy expansion card slot compared to the much faster ExpressCard design. This may be useful for people with older laptop cards, but it limits the potential capabilities.

Since this is a business class system, it carries a standard three year warranty and limited software packages. This also means that the cost of the system is generally much higher than what a consumer might consider.

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