Fujitsu Aims the LifeBook E Series at the Desktop

By Frank Ohlhorst  |  Posted 2008-03-14 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Too big to comfortably lug around, Fujitsu’s E8410 LifeBook is aimed directly at the desktop user who wants some portability when necessary.

When it comes to notebook sales, Fujitsu ranks somewhere behind giants Hewlett-Packard, Lenovo, Dell, Toshiba and even Acer. But sales volume is a poor indicator of product value, and that is where Fujitsu aims to trump the competition.

The Fujitsu LifeBook E8410, the latest in the E series, surely won’t win any awards for portability, or even innovation. Where this large notebook is intended to excel is on performance and affordable construction to keep prices down.

As Fujitsu’s top-of-the-line desktop replacement system, the E8410 offers a large (15.4-inch) WXGA display, a speedy Intel Core 2 Duo T7500 processor (Santa Rosa, 2.2GHz) and a 100GB SATA hard drive. The unit also includes 1GB of RAM, a dual-layer DVD burner, integrated Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n), integrated Bluetooth and an eight-cell 74.9WHr battery. Other integrated elements include a 1.3 MP Webcam, a 56K-bps modem, Gigabit Ethernet, a fingerprint reader and a slew of other features.

Check out these images of Fujitsu's LifeBook E8410 notebook.

Sure, there are units on the market that may be smaller or offer bigger screens or more storage or even more standard features, but the E8410 proves to be a good value at an MSRP of $1,599. While the overall specs and look of the system may shout "gamer" or "consumer," realistically the unit’s lower-end 8400M-G DX10 graphics card is probably not up to the demands of today’s gamer. Even so, the unit will do just fine on any executive’s desk, thanks in part to the E8410’s excellent connectivity options and the inclusion of Windows Vista Business Edition.

Don’t expect to run through the airport at top speed carrying this 7-pound notebook. But, with close to 5 hours of battery life, you can probably afford to take your time. What’s more, the unit is easy enough to lug to a conference room or even to another office for presentation purposes.

The E8410 proves that quality construction and liberal use of plastic parts can go hand in hand.  We repeatedly knocked it off a desk onto a carpeted surface, and we did not damage the unit in any way. That said, the unit’s case and lid does suffer from the flexing that is usually associated with plastic-cased notebook systems.

On the performance side of the equation, the unit scored very well, with an overall rating of 545.0 according to PassMark’s Performance Test v6.1.

 
 
 
 
Frank Ohlhorst Frank J. Ohlhorst is the Executive Technology Editor for eWeek Channel Insider and brings with him over 20 years of experience in the Information Technology field.He began his career as a network administrator and applications program in the private sector for two years before joining a computer consulting firm as a programmer analyst. In 1988 Frank founded a computer consulting company, which specialized in network design, implementation, and support, along with custom accounting applications developed in a variety of programming languages.In 1991, Frank took a position with the United States Department of Energy as a Network Manager for multiple DOE Area Offices with locations at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPL), Argonne National Laboratory (ANL), FermiLAB and the Ames Area Office (AMESAO). Frank's duties included managing the site networks, associated staff and the inter-network links between the area offices. He also served at the Computer Security Officer (CSO) for multiple DOE sites. Frank joined CMP Technology's Channel group in 1999 as a Technical Editor assigned to the CRN Test Center, within a year, Frank became the Senior Technical Editor, and was responsible for designing product testing methodologies, assigning product reviews, roundups and bakeoffs to the CRN Test Center staff.In 2003, Frank was named Technology Editor of CRN. In that capacity, he ensured that CRN maintained a clearer focus on technology and increased the integration of the Test Center's review content into both CRN's print and web properties. He also contributed to Netseminar's, hosted sessions at CMP's Xchange Channel trade shows and helped to develop new methods of content delivery, Such as CRN-TV.In September of 2004, Frank became the Director of the CRN Test Center and was charged with increasing the Test Center's contributions to CMP's Channel Web online presence and CMP's latest monthly publication, Digital Connect, a magazine geared towards the home integrator. He also continued to contribute to CMP's Netseminar series, Xchange events, industry conferences and CRN-TV.In January of 2007, CMP Launched CRNtech, a monthly publication focused on technology for the channel, with a mailed audience of 70,000 qualified readers. Frank was instrumental in the development and design of CRNTech and was the editorial director of the publication as well as its primary contributor. He also maintained the edit calendar, and hosted quarterly CRNTech Live events.In June 2007, Frank was named Senior Technology Analyst and became responsible for the technical focus and edit calendars of all the Channel Group's publications, including CRN, CRNTech, and VARBusiness, along with the Channel Group's specialized publications Solutions Inc., Government VAR, TechBuilder and various custom publications. Frank joined Ziff Davis Enterprise in September of 2007 and focuses on creating editorial content geared towards the purveyors of Information Technology products and services. Frank writes comparative reviews, channel analysis pieces and participates in many of Ziff Davis Enterprise's tradeshows and webinars. He has received several awards for his writing and editing, including back to back best review of the year awards, and a president's award for CRN-TV. Frank speaks at many industry conferences, is a contributor to several IT Books, holds several records for online hits and has several industry certifications, including Novell's CNE, Microsoft's MCP.Frank can be reached at frank.ohlhorst@ziffdavisenterprise.com
 
 
 
 
 
























 
 
 
 
 
 

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