Friday, September 23, 2011

Fujitsu Lifebook S761 Notebook Review

The Fujitsu LifeBook S761 is looking for a challenge established business segment, where the majority of ThinkPad notebooks, EliteBooks Latitudes and keep their jobs. We have carefully examined if the Intel Core i7, SSD, USB 3.0 and good mobility are sufficient to alter the established hierarchy.

Fujitsu-level portable portfolio into three categories: Allround, Advanced and Superior. The S761 is LIFEBOOK, CELSIUS-like their devices to the upper class - aimed directly at business users. The attributes of security, reliability and ease of use have a special meaning and are mentioned here as central to the product description. Is the mobility and performance, of course, can not remain on the table is 13 "laptop, of course.

The Fujitsu LifeBook S761 shown as available in stores in three different configurations. All configurations are available with UMTS modules, USB 3.0, Windows 7 Professional and 4 GB of RAM. The differences in the choice of processor, an Intel Core i5-2410M or Intel Core i7-2620m, and the hard disk. Our test model, the current flagship, the Core i7 processor and a disk of 128 GB solid state. The price for which is around 1460 euros, while the cheapest model of the line can be had for around € 1130.

SpecificationsFujitsu Lifebook S761 :
  • Processor : Intel Core i7 2620M 2.7 GHz
  • Mainboard : Intel QM67
  • Memory : 4096 MB, 1x 4 GB PC3-10700, 1 slot free
  • Graphics adapter : Intel HD Graphics 3000, Core: 1300 MHz, 650-1300 MHz, shared memory, igdumd64 Win7 64
  • Display : 13.3 inch 16:9, 1366x768 pixel, FUJ5612, 118 dpi, 55% sRGB, glossy: no
  • Harddisk : Toshiba THNSFC128GBSJ , 128GB
  • Soundcard : Realtek ALC269
  • Connections : 1 Express Card 54mm, 2 USB 2.0, 1 USB 3.0, 1 VGA, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, 1 Docking Station Port, Audio Connections: in/out, Card Reader: SD, SDHC, SDXC, 1 Fingerprint Reader
  • Networking : Intel 82579LM Gigabit Network Connection (10/100/1000MBit), Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6205 (abgn), 3.0 Bluetooth, Sierra Wireless Gobi 3000
  • Optical drive : TSSTcorp CDDVDW TS-U633J
  • Size : height x width x depth (in mm): 36 x 321 x 228
  • Weight : 1.67 kg Power Supply: 0.4 kg
  • Battery : 67 Wh Lithium-Ion, 10.8V, 6200 mAh
  • Price : 1500 Euro
  • Operating System : Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit
  • Additional features ; Webcam: 1.3 MP, Case, Windows 7 Medien 32 bit + 64 bit, Corel Home Office, Corel Draw Essentials, Nero Essentials, 24 Months Warranty
The case of the LIFEBOOK S761 has many similarities with other optical devices of the same class. Cover display and the background black, silver palm rest and keyboard reminiscent of the double white dominant design in the early 1990. All surfaces are opaque and slightly rounded. The wrist is larger and has a positive surface. Although the optics, as always, a matter of taste, if the properties leave less room for discussion.

The base unit is torsional stiffness, the palm rest is solid and the display hinges to the panel in place. The weak points are, however, be above the optical drive and an Express Card slot - an advanced material in these areas must be visibly bent.

Yet flexible screen cover is magnesium, which helps to ensure a low overall weight (the plastic is an option, the characteristics of the Ark, 300 grams heavier). Minimum pressure on the corners, you can create pressure waves on the screen in all four corners. Overall, the entire top and bottom plate can be bent only a little effort, certainly we are used to show strong business-class notebooks in this price region.

Below is a long access panels, behind which are interchangeable components. One of the houses to open the radio module, one of the two slots of RAM and hard disk access. A unique feature found in other notebooks from Fujitsu, is the removable filter that prevents dirt and dust bunnies fall in consumption and cause damage to the intestines.

A replacement filter is not included in the volume of supply, but those who need a new can be done by a Fujitsu dealer for about 40 Euros. While the bottom is fairly stable, the access panels are capable of being easily dented with a slight pressure. The battery, however, is still in your home perfectly fulfilled. We must use the locking mechanism when possible because the battery has a habit of falling out of the box.

Although the strength of the case, especially to see the area, followed by many other business notebooks, makes its shortcomings in the consequences of the use of lighter materials. Competition like HP or Dell Inspiron 2250 ProBook 6360b 2kg be without accessories right on the edge of what can reasonably be done on all days.

The above magnesium lid, 6-cell battery and DVD burner provide LIFEBOOK S761 is a very reasonable 1.67kg. Even the size of 321 mm (length), 228mm (width) and 30 mm (height) do not give the 13-inch portable less. 400g AC adapter can, thanks to the battery intestines be left at home most of the time.

Configuring the device is a test just do not want to fill. 2x USB 2.0, 1 x USB 3.0, VGA, HDMI, Gigabit LAN, card reader (SD, SDHC, SDXC), two separate audio ports (in / out), fingerprint reader, docking ports, and ExpressCard/54 slot for ensure a certain number of connection possibilities. Unfortunately, Firewire and eSATA would still want some users.

Even then, the variety is impressive, even the placement of interface is well designed. Card Reader is available on the front panel, USB connections are very scattered, and along the back of the LAN, AC power and VGA connections. Discomfort might be the HDMI connection (mainly cable) and USB ports, if used in large equipment, such as DVB-T and memory sticks, to prevent another.

Without guilt, we have a good signal quality 1280 x 1024 VGA, USB 3.0 (130.7 MB / sec read speed) and USB 2.0 (32.6 MB / sec read speed), performance and agile enough for the card reader (17.6 MB / sec).

Wireless interfaces on our test model, like the other models currently available are implemented optimally. Bluetooth 3.0, WiFi 802.11 a / b / g / n and Gobi HSPA module 3000 making multiple connections at home or traveling.

Security comes in many forms of Fujitsu LifeBook. Fingerprint readers, the BIOS password, Trusted Platform Module 1.2 and passwords hard drive in the standard repertoire, which ensures that data is protected against unauthorized access.

Docking port
For the docking port replicator offers Fujitsu (S26391-F655-L100), which is available in the online store for just under 130 euros. Which increases the LIFEBOOK interfaces that are rarely found in notebooks, including the serial and parallel interface as well as eSATA, DVI. Bay substitute can accept an insert in white (to reduce weight) or a removable battery (see Battery) instead of standard optical drive. Module hard drive is not currently available for Fujitsu or third-party accessories.

Warranty for LifeBook, Fujitsu does not seem entirely consistent. Technical information on the product 24 months will be standard on even if the documents included in the package for two-year warranty, bring-in service, the product was purchased from Germany was written.

In any case, should be considered highly cost-effective extended warranty. For example, 3 years of on-site service for 77 euros, or 5 years bring-in is available at 69 euros for their online store. These options, however, must be used within the first 90 days of purchase.

The included software covers an area of ​​the standard Nero Essentials, and Corel Home Office and Corel Draw Essentials. Windows 7 Professional is packed with a DVD inside the package as well as 32 - and 64-bit.

Input Devices

The keyboard offers up to 19 mm in the standard format of regular key, especially keys that are frequently used as profitability, and the tab space is larger than the other to ensure greater accuracy. Even see the other buttons can not complain - the arrow keys are also slightly larger than normal.

We would have liked to see the contrast a bit higher when it comes to labeling of keys, such as lighting conditions less than perfect white markings on the white keys are hard to see.

The keyboard is firmly inserted into the body, but is somewhat flexible in some areas - although this does not adversely affect the comfort or feedback in an important way. This point is well defined and the pole in the middle of writing to please the fans. Voice key action, for a total of quiet, although the use of a slightly larger keyboard is not up to the noise a bit '.

The touchpad is deeper than the palm rest and therefore well spaced. Despite a textured surface of the touch screen has good sliding properties and the entries are clear and reliable. The light from the keys on the touchpad are action, quiet operation and is generally excellent.

Although the fingerprint reader between the keys, unfortunately, we had no accidental analysis during the test. The scroll wheel has spread very comfortable and a great alternative to traditional moving surface of the touch screen.

The 13.3 "screen offers a standard aspect ratio of 16:9 and a resolution of 1366x768;. From these data a density of 118dpi, which for most users is balanced in terms of size and space available on your desktop panel has a matte surface and is projected by Fujitsu, reaching a maximum brightness of 200 cd / m². Other types of display, such as those with higher resolutions are not available.

Fujitsu, unlike many other manufacturers, not too many promises on the brightness - in fact, his approach was much more modest. Our measured values ​​with a minimum of nine returned 234 cd / m² at the bottom of the screen and one 271 cd / m² at the top of the screen. The measured average brightness 265 cd / m² and lighting by 85%. The differences in brightness are not detectable with the naked eye when looking at a white and black.

Thank you to the matte surface of the display area provides a bright interior ergonomics - the values ​​of 140 cd / m² to 160 cd / m² is safe enough. 161 cd / m was achieved on our test unit for a brightness value of 6, 114 cd / m² with a value of 5 At a minimum, the panel returned a still usable 18 cd / m² brightness 1, in a work that is dark enough, but not quite dazzling in the least.

For outdoor shows can not simply be bright enough, especially when used in situations of direct sunlight. The average brightness of 265 cd / m² of the LIFEBOOK S761 is sufficient in many situations to provide a clear picture. Also an advantage is that during the operation of the battery screen brightness is not reduced. Strains in direct sunlight backlighting to produce a brighter image than their surroundings, something that is easily remedied by changing the position or find a shady spot to sit in.

The contrast ratio has a positive effect on the readability of the text or viewing photos or video. With a low ratio of 156:1 colors are lazy at best. For a mobile office this is forgivable, but for fans of sharp images and rich video playback, this model leaves a lot to the table. The total amount of reproducible colors is 55% of the sRGB color space, which is relatively small and therefore does not approach the level of other screens are available as standard equipment.

Viewing angle is the stability of a TN panel, so that the expected ranges. You can recognize the content well enough to show horizontal, although the color and brightness differences should be discussed. In the screen turns off vertical or reverse very quickly and at extreme angles quickly becomes unreadable.

Top LIFEBOOK S761 series model is equipped with the Intel Core i7-2620m processor, 4GB of DDR3 RAM and a Solid State Drive. All this is based on Intel QM67, which has a typical operating characteristics, such as AMT (Active Management Technology), or (Anti-Theft Technology). Discrete graphics module is not available, instead of the processor integrated Intel Graphics HD 3000 is responsible for the video.

Intel Core i7 CPU 2620m is currently the fastest dual-core mobile processor, clocked 2.7 GHz and higher than normal (and lighten the Turbo Boost) in single-threaded applications to 3.4 GHz. Activities that can take advantage of more profit-core hyperthreading technology, which allows four simultaneous threads to execute. As such, the optimal performance of the profile can be implemented depending on the application. We need a complete list of CPU time CPU benchmark row 28, an investment rather strong.

The benchmark results, as expected, were excellent. wPrime 1024m final reaches 496 seconds, the calculation SuperPi 32m in 648 seconds CPU Cinebench R11.5 resulted in 3.04 points and converting MP3 files to AAC format has been done to the speed of 45.7x.

The power loss during battery operation or when the battery is removed (which work only with 80W AC Adapter) has not been determined. The performance of the CPU must be overcome by the quad-core CPU, such as multi-threaded applications are best.

Graphics performance of Intel integrated graphics HD 3000 is suitable for all tasks that are not demanding games and business software such as CAD and 3D Mark Vantage Co. In 1704 it was R11.5 points in Cinebench OpenGL Shading 8.93 points and 2.1 fps reference sky 7.9. Current games are only possible in the resolutions and detail levels dropped substantially reduced and quality.

The potential of the graphics can be raised by installing a second module of RAM, since the properties of two-channel memory controller that supports it. 3D Mark Vantage in 1976 marked the point system by adding a RAM module in heaven and 2.1 seconds a score of 9.1 fps was achieved.

When it comes to a video conversion is also well equipped with Intel Quick Sync. Badaboom converts movies from our test DVD to a format compatible with the iPhone in 681 seconds while the Cyberlink was able to manage the same during the format conversion mk4v friendly MP4 for iPhone 4 in 244 seconds. Compared to the simple conversion based CPU is both an advantage in speed and less stress CPU (see chart).

Regarding the performance of the application you do not have much to worry about thanks to powerful hardware. Photo Editor, Office, Internet, Skype, Flash video in full HD videos and music databases pose no problem. In PC Mark Vantage excellent score 11,556 points were obtained while PC Mark 7 also had a strong presence in 3725 points. With little effort, you can, as already mentioned, the increased performance slightly by adding a second RAM module for the system.

The test model has a solid state drive Toshiba with a capacity of 128 GB. In the other two configurations available today, the only option of the discs 320 or 500 GB drive. Compared to standard discs, Toshiba DSS is clearly faster and reached close to 200 MB / s sequential read speed of 160 MB and GPU / s continuous playback.

Conventional hard drives are slow notable, both here and also with the access speed of 0.2 ms to 17ms, but despite this, the Toshiba model is rather overcome by alternating current with read speeds over 400 MB / s and 0.1ms access time low.

Speak interest on performance, it is recommended that you configure LIFEBOOK S761 in a cheaper way and choose to install a Solid State Drive after purchase. Unlike the Lenovo X220, S761 does not have the same drive height restriction 7mm - good news for people who save a lot of data that the disks of 9.5 mm are currently available with capacities up to 1TB We found it impossible to install a second hard drive in the bay nearby.


System noise
We can only hope a noise profile as that of a laptop: when the system is not stressed or use the Fujitsu remains virtually silent. The measurement of 29.8 dB (A) is more representative of the testing environment as the laptop itself.

Unfortunately, the solid fan profile contributes to a red mark on the installation in many work situations. Once the solid state drive, Toshiba is busy, you start to hear a tone. For short periods of access, it is very annoying, but when it comes to data transfer itself can start getting on the nerves like the sound of high frequency and therefore uncomfortable.

The fan bases of operations in the stress level of the system and occurs between 33.1 dB (A) and 43.1 dB (A) at full load. Under the high demand for air is forced out of the box in a manner similar to the turbine, unlike some of the features seen so far quiet fan.

This is not a specific problem, but just different from what we normally have seen. The optical drive is relatively more reserved, reaching a maximum of 36.1 dB (A).

Fujitsu model cooling system test was more than convincing in its operation. Less than a laptop is very quiet minimal stress and performance required for a user, effectively remove warm air from the case. That this process is efficient enough to prevent heat build-up indicates the beginning of low temperatures.

With a maximum of 34.4 ° C, light conditions and a maximum of 40.9 at full speed (measured leaving the body), there is nothing to complain about. A comfortable couch-surfing is possible as long as the conversion tasks of the desk.

Two speakers mounted strip above the keyboard can sound better than what is used in a notebook. Despite this, the properties of sound are sharp and well-rounded not suitable for a multimedia experience. A separate heaphones, Bluetooth or USB speakers will bring better performance to the table. We had a separate audio ports, which allowed us to use the headset with the jack connections.

Battery life
The 6-cell battery in our test model has a capacity of 67 Wh and therefore a solid basis for a good battery life. The specification Fujitsu also offers a 6-cell 63 W version, which has not yet been tested in Germany. Moreover, there is a secondary 27 Wh battery, which can be mounted in the expansion bay instead of the optical drive (S26391-F954-L500) at a price of around 130 euros.

On the network side of things, we measured the power consumption of 7.7 watts to 60 watts under full load. Thank you to the powerful 80-watt adapter we do not know all the processors in sync-demanding tasks.

Standards for energy saving profile may change our test model, so it was not possible to set the critical value of the battery below 11%. On the other hand, had a special pre-defined profiles in the test model, so in theory you can run the battery to 0%.

When voting, the device selects the standard profiles, as there seems to be that which best represents potential buyers will find their machines after purchase. As our tests have been completed 11% of the reserve capacity of the battery instead of the usual 3%.

In the battery test Eater Reader (minimum brightness of 18 cd / m²), modules of all radio waves in power saving mode) in collaboration with Fujitsu power saving mode (turns some components) was LIFEBOOK S761 capable of going 563 minutes without needing to be plugged in.

With a special profile power saving mode and a reserve capacity of 0%, 675 minutes is possible. With a little tweaking, the runtime for normal users also see some benefits. Under WLAN test (maximum brightness, energy saving profile) battery managed 402 minutes, while DVDs have been played for 355 minutes before the battery failed.

Battery Eater Classic test (high performance profile, all wireless radios on the maximum brightness), the wind had risen from their sails after only 70 minutes. In short, you can expect to have good endurance S761 battery suitable for a variety of scenarios, far from the grid.

LIFEBOOK S761 is a lightweight and durable 13.3 "laptop that can fall back on to be well prepared. Interfaces, expansion options and accessories are high quality and has nothing to fear from the competition. To this end, we can find an option removable expansion bay battery and support very much focused on value.

The low weight of the laptop has its Achilles heel chassis rigidity that results, including the weakest point is the flexible display. Take a good laptop bag quilted into account when they buy something because it would correct the problems that the lightweight construction materials.

Duality is the same for the display. While we liked the overall brightness and matte surface, stability angle and contrast ratio shows room for improvement. Suitable for fans of office and other business tasks, but media will not be happy.

Other critical issues such as solid state drive makes a sound or wet performance because system RAM can not be solved by changes in the post-purchase or selection of a completely different.

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