Nits to Pick

By Frank Ohlhorst  |  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.


While the unit seems to be constructed well and offers excellent performance, there are still some nits to pick. First off, a WXGA (1,280 by 800) just doesn’t cut it anymore for a business notebook. The company should offer a resolution of 1,920 by 1,080 in a 16-by-9 format—that would allow the system to natively support 1080p resolution for HDTV or Blue Ray hi-def video, an important consideration as the popularity of HD video grows.

Although the current screen is sharp and bright, off-angle viewing is not as good as some of the other systems on the market. While that may not be so important for the "lone" user, put this system in front of a group for a presentation, and those viewers on the edge are bound to complain.  

Another issue is the keyboard and touch pad, both of which lack a solid or quality feel. The keyboard flexes quite a bit and does not offer the tactile feel that some of the higher-end competitors’ notebooks do. The touch pad doesn’t seem to offer a high enough dpi resolution to be effective with the wide-screen display, and those relying heavily on the pointer to perform operations should consider using an external mouse.

For solution providers looking to partner with Fujitsu, the company operates a single-level channel program, where partners are required to do at least $250,000 annually in sales and have a Fujitsu-trained sales and support staff. To join, partners will need to secure $100,000 in credit and purchase a demo unit. Partner benefits include different MDF percentages, rebates and growth incentives. Revenue opportunities come from unspecified margins, integration and support services, along with the sale of accessories.


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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