If you're into swapping around accessories and having a multitude of peripherals at your disposal, the E is an attractive laptop. It's certainly a team player, and a welcome indication of the direction vendors are travelling in when attempting to make notebooks as attractive as their in vogue Ultrabook counterparts. Over the past few years, the ' bring your own device ' BYOD phenomenon has placed pressure on laptop vendors to raise their game. With employees taking their own slim, stylish models with top-end specs to match into the workplace, IT leaders are under pressure to kit out employees with similarly desirable products. Recognising this, Fujitsu is aiming to strike the middle ground between consumer-focused style and business practicality with its new series of configurable E-Series Lifebook Windows notebooks. Read more: Fujitsu Lifebook UX 2-in-1 convertible business laptop.
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Fujitsu's new E-Line range of Lifebooks sits between its business-focused ultrabooks and existing Lifebook models, offering a new slimline design in The E-Line currently runs on third-generation Intel processors, but an upgrade to fourth-generation Haswell silicon is expected in the coming months. We looked at the 14in. The E-Line notebooks have a new look, and it's a cut above your average corporate workhorse, featuring a solid magnesium lid with a silvered Fujitsu logo, a brushed-aluminium wrist-rest and sporty red accents.
Starting at 1. E is no road warrior's notebook, but it's pleasingly slim and could be carried on your travels at a pinch. For the record, the dimensions are The inch LED-backlit screen has a matte anti-glare finish, and a resolution of 1, by pixels. The lid's hinges feel sturdy and hold the screen firmly at the desired angle you can push it right back to horizontal if you wish. The keyboard is a typical island-style unit with 85 keys, including a row of half-height function keys above the number row with Home, End, Insert and Delete at the right-hand end , plus single-function cursor keys in the bottom left corner with PgUp and PgDn filling in the 'inverted-T'.
If you like a very responsive keyboard with a lot of key travel, you may find this one a little passive, but we found it easy enough to type on at speed. Keyboard backlighting is optional and was present on our review unit; it's toggled on and off via a Fn key combination, has two brightness levels, and is quite subtle — in fact, it was hard to discern whether the feature was present at all under normal office lighting. Beneath the red metal strip that separates the keyboard from the wrist-rest area, there's a large multitouch touchpad with a pair of integrated mouse buttons.
Our review sample had a fingerprint reader, an optional feature, on the right-hand side of the wrist-rest area.
There are three buttons between the keyboard and the screen, including Fujitsu's characteristic 'eco' button that puts the system into a strict power-saving mode — disabling the optical drive if present , Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Ethernet, dimming the screen and reining back CPU performance.
The Lifebook E is well supplied with ports and slots. The right-hand side is mostly taken up with the modular bay of which more later , but also finds room for audio in and out jacks and another two USB 3. There's a further USB 2. Our review unit was powered by a 2. A number of other processor options are also available, culminating in a 2.
Our review unit ran Windows 7 Professional bit, but Windows 8 Pro is also available. We had a full complement of wireless connectivity on our review unit, namely Wi-Fi The SIM card slot for the latter is in its customary location in the battery compartment.
The modular bay on the right-hand side can be fitted with a range of slimline peripherals, including a multi-format DVD drive supplied on our review sample , a Blu-ray writer, a second 6-cell, 28Wh battery and a weight saver.
However, the most interesting modular bay option, also supplied with our review unit, is the Bay Projector. VAT option is a lumen pico projector that provides a convenient way to throw an image up to 30 inches across the diagonal from a distance of 2 metres — in a suitably darkened room, onto a suitable surface. The g projector's optics and control unit slide out from the modular bay on the release of a catch. There's also a sliding focus control to the side of the lens. If you're presenting to a large audience, you'll still need a separate high-brightness projector, and two or three people may be better off clustering around the built-in screen.
But if you're a mobile professional who regularly presents to small groups, the Bay Projector is a convenient lightweight, quiet 38dBA cable-free option. Just don't expect too much from this moderate-brightness, SVGA bypixel projector. These numbers suggest a system perfectly capable of handling mainstream business workloads, but you won't want to run anything that's too demanding of the graphics or disk subsystems.
To emphasise this point, compare the Lifebook E's performance with that of the fastest Windows 7 system we've tested — the Haswell-powered, discrete-GPU Eurocom Racer 3. This delivers a WEI of 7. Although Fujitsu claims that you can get 'up to' 13 hours from the main battery, our estimates fall between just under 2 hours when running a heavy workload Cinebench With a mixture of idle and load periods through the day, somewhere between four and six hours seems more likely. If you need to guarantee a full 8-hour day's work on battery life, you may need to consider investing in the second modular bay battery option.
Fujitsu's new Lifebook E-Line offers an attractive design and solid build quality, with plenty of configuration options and common accessories. Our inch Core i5-powered E review sample delivered acceptable performance and is just about slim and light enough to take on a business trip if necessary.
E, reviewed here and E models. All are currently powered by third-generation Intel processors. Image: Fujitsu Design The E-Line notebooks have a new look, and it's a cut above your average corporate workhorse, featuring a solid magnesium lid with a silvered Fujitsu logo, a brushed-aluminium wrist-rest and sporty red accents. The Lifebook E has a 14in.
The keyboard is an key island-style unit with optional backlighting. Image: Fujitsu Beneath the red metal strip that separates the keyboard from the wrist-rest area, there's a large multitouch touchpad with a pair of integrated mouse buttons. Apple iPhone 7 Plus 9. Amazon Echo 9. Google Pixel XL 8. Honor 8X 8. Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme 8. Doogee S80 8. My Profile Log Out. Join Discussion. Add Your Comment. Please review our terms of service to complete your newsletter subscription.
Fujitsu Lifebook E743
Fujitsu's E is a flexible entrant into the business notebook market that appeals on its own at its price point but shines when twinned with the company's peripherals or other models in the series. We liked The E will please IT leaders seeking an They can use the same desktop dock and peripherals, including a unique add-on projector, to make life Fujitsu's Lifebook E may lack the glamour of an ultrabook, but it is a well-designed business portable that is sturdy and offers decent performance, plus the unique ability to fit an optional projector module for giving
Fujitsu LIFEBOOK E743 - 14" - Core i5 3230M - 4 GB RAM - 500 GB Hybrid Drive Specs
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