Fujitsu LifeBook S6520 a Solid Choice in Thin and Light Notebook CategoryBy Frank Ohlhorst | Posted 2008-09-02 Email Print
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.