Fujitsu Aims the LifeBook E Series at the DesktopBy Frank Ohlhorst | Posted 2008-03-14 Email 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.
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.