Plenty of PortsBy Frank Ohlhorst | 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.The unit's keyboard offers good tactile response and very little flex. A touch-pad is anchored at the bottom of the keyboard and is shaped to match the ratio of the screen. Pointer travel is very good and the touch-pad keys offer a firm click and should hold up to extensive use.
The unit sports numerous ports, which should prove to be sufficient for most users. FireWire and USB are fully represented, while a VGA port allows external display devices to be connected and run at resolutions as high as 1600 by 1200. In terms of performance, the S6520 met expectations. The unit offers good processor, hard drive and memory performance, and is only hampered by the use of on-board graphics.
Battery life also met expectations, with the system offering close to 4.5 hours under typical use, with some power-saving features enabled but with the screen set to maximum brightness.
The bottom lineOverall, Fujitsu's Centrino 2-based S6520 offers all the bells and whistles that one would expect in what is becoming a crowded market. The unit offers performance that should meet or exceed most users' expectations and features a solid design that should provide years of service. The only real complaints about the system are the lack of a higher-resolution screen and the initial setup time, which, while automated for the most part, can take the better part of an hour. Solution providers will find Fujitsu's channel programs palatable and should be able to score margins that will make Fujitsu's notebooks a viable choice over alternatives from the likes of Toshiba and Sony.