Fujitsu LifeBook S6520 a Solid Choice in Thin and Light Notebook Category

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The Fujitsu LifeBook S6520 offers good, low-cost performance and excellent usability in a thin and light notebook PC that is worth a closer look for business users.

With a retail price starting at $1,479, Fujitsu's LifeBook S6520 may not be the cheapest, fastest, thinnest and lightest notebook on the market, but it does certainly deliver a lot of value at that price point.

The 4.1-pound unit is equipped with a 14.1-inch WXGA display, an Intel Core 2 Duo P8400 processor running at 2.26GHz using the Intel GM45 chip set, 1GB of DDR3 (double data rate 3) RAM, an 80GB SATA (Serial ATA) hard drive and a Modular Dual-Layer Multi Format DVD Writer. Of course, the feature set doesn't end there; Fujitsu also includes an integrated Webcam, Intel WiFi Link 5300, Gigabit Ethernet and a spill-proof keyboard on all S6520 models.

We took a look at a premium version of the S6520, Model FPCM43723, which upped the content to a Core 2 Duo P8600 (2.4GHz), 2GB of DDR3 RAM, Bluetooth and a 250GB SATA 150, 5400 rpm hard drive. At an MSRP of $1,869, the FPCM43723 adds almost $400 to the cost, yet offers options that are well worth the price.

Users will find the S6520 well designed.

The unit offers a solid feel and a low travel weight of just around 5 pounds (notebook and charger). A thin bezel surrounds the display and integrates a Webcam, which offers surprisingly high quality. The 14.1-inch WXGA display uses Fujitsu's "Crystal View" technology, which makes the image very bright and offers great contrast on the 1280 by 800 display. Although WXGA is quickly becoming the standard resolution for notebook PCs, a higher resolution that supports 1080p (1920 by 1080) would be a welcome option for those looking to watch or edit high-definition content on their systems. The lid is made of magnesium, which helps to keep the display rigid and protect it from cracks.

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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