Fujitsu's Lifebook 8110, has excellent battery life but we prefer the Dell

Fujitsu's Lifebook 8110, has excellent battery life but we prefer the Dell

It has to be said that the Fujitsu looks a little dated in design. It's blocky and square and its 1280 x 800 resolution makes it seem far more old-fashioned than it actually is.

It's a sign that we've become far too accustomed to seeing only widescreen designs in our Labs, but it's also a sign that the Fujitsu is aimed more at business users than at consumers after home entertainment on their laptop.

Even with those caveats, the piano-black lid and piano-black interior with charcoal/black texture wrist rest is quite attractive, though it picks up fingerprints easily.

Worryingly, however, the excellent build quality we're used to seeing in Fujitsu models doesn't seem to be in evidence here.

Any pressure applied to the screen displayed alarming jagged zigzag lines rippling across the display. The screen itself is very thin, and there's a clear separation between it and the back of the lid, which can be felt if you touch the screen itself.

The chassis too has an alarming amount of give, and we were able to press the edge of the chassis under the edge of the DVD tray with virtually no effort. While it's unlikely it could cause damage, it's troubling in a machine which is pitched as a lightweight travel companion.

Build quality issues aside, there's a lot to like here. The screen, for example, is as fine an LED as we've come across in a laptop this size.

The 12in 1280 x 800 screen is very bright indeed, and the text is crisp. Colour accuracy is excellent, with yellows that leap off the screen with sunshiney joy and reds that pop. Like most business laptops, the screen finish is matte, but the vividness is impressive regardless.

Also pleasing is the performance, which kicked the other CULV models on test here to the kerb. An overall benchmark score of 0.82 is ample for most business productivity uses, and if you want to use that fantastic screen for photographic work, you should be able to knock it off without any drama.

The keyboard is a little on the smallish size, given the amount of space available. The keys are squished slightly in the vertical, though they're normal width.

If you couldn't tell by looking, you can tell as you type that the keys aren't full-size - everything feels slightly cramped and squishier than we'd like.

Despite this, typing is more comfortable than expected, given the small key size. While they are shallow in depth of travel, they don't feel flat, and although they feel hard under the fingers, that serves to make them feel crisp and accurate.

The trackpad is nicely roughened, but there's nothing special here, and the buttons are very small, given the fingerprint reader between them.

There are a few features to add to the overall business appeal, including an eco mode and easy access to mail and web.

The features include HDMI and Expresscard to complement the DVD supermulti drive, Gigabit Ethernet and draft-n wireless.

It's a nice overall package, but given the price of the Dell Inspiron 1470 for not much less performance, it's hard to recommend the Fujitsu for anything except its lovely screen.

Fujitsu Lifebook 8110
4 6
It may look like a bit of a dinosaur design, but the nimble performance and excellent battery life make up for the looks
Features & Design
Value for money
• Fujitsu:
• Price: 1763 • CPU model/brand: Intel Core 2 Duo • CPU speed: 1.6GHz • Hard drive capacity: 320GB • Manufacturer: Fujitsu • Supplier: Fujitsu
This review appeared in the February, 2010 issue of PC & Tech Authority Magazine

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