Fujitsu Lifebook P8010 notebook

Ultraportable notebook

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Fujitsu’s P8010 is following in the footsteps of other recent ultraportable notebooks like Lenovo’s X300. And despite being focused on portability over performance, the P8010 has many features that other mini-notebooks lack. I also found it comfortable to use over a longer period of time.

Out of the box, the P8010 is a nice-looking business-oriented notebook. It has a shiny, piano-black cover that hides a relatively dull keyboard. There are none of the multimedia shortcuts that we’re getting used to seeing, Fujitsu instead opting for business shortcuts to power saving mode, presentation mode, web browsing and the support centre. The onboard speakers are predictably unimpressive, but will do at a pinch. There is a fingerprint reader, a web camera and an SD card reader too. The screen size is 12.1-inches, with handy quick keys to reduce or boost the brightness.

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With the L7100 Core 2 Duo CPU from Intel (1.2GHz) doing the processing, we weren’t expecting blazing speeds. The P8010 did, however, manage to score a modest 60 in our testing, mostly due to the 2GB of RAM. As expected, there is no separate graphics card, Fujitsu instead opting for Intel’s familiar on-board display adapter.

For connectivity there is a built-in 802.11a/g/n wireless adapter, as well as Bluetooth.

Unlike the MacBook Air, the P8010 won’t require you to haul an optical drive and USB hub around with you. In addition to the DVD reader/writer, it has three USB ports, a Firewire port and VGA out. The unit ships with the docking station, which provides a further four USB ports, Ethernet port and DVI out. The docking station is small and very portable, as well as raising the notebook to a comfortable position.

In our battery test, the notebook lasted just under four hours, a bit low compared to others in the same category.

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I travelled with the P8010 and found its portability and ease of use to be excellent. It was comfortable to use, despite the small size of the keyboard and track pad. The screen was also surprisingly good for watching videos. The low test scores and below average battery life are issues, but for business-oriented road warriors the P8010 is a good choice.

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Jan Birkeland

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