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Fujitsu Lifebook T730 laptop review : Fujitsu Hard Drive

April 28, 2013 Jon 0 Comments



The Lifebook T730 is the newest product that aims to mash together the tablet and laptop computer formats. While Fujitsu’s attempt is certainly a competent device, there are some key areas where it could be improved.

The device comes preloaded with Windows 7 Professional, and features a dual-core Intel Core i3-350M processor running at 2.27GHz, with 2GB of RAM and a 320GB hard drive, making it well-placed to cover all basic jobs with ease.

Design

The T730 looked rather bland on first review, and is significantly larger than the majority of laptop computer on the market.

It gives the impression of being designed for people who spend long time out of the office, with a rugged look and feel and a built-in ShockSensor to protect the hard drive in case it is dropped.

At 1.8Kg, the Lifebook is reasonably heavy, and carrying it around for any prolonged period quickly becomes tiring.

Fujitsu seems to have cut hardware costs to keep the price down. The Qwerty keyboard is one of the main casualties, with keys that look squeezed onto the body. This makes typing a rather uncomfortable feel.

Unluckily, the 12.1in screen is also substandard. It has a native resolution of 1,200 x 800 pixels, but the display is visibly grainy, which made viewing documents and videos for any length of time uncomfortable.

The trackpad is particularly fiddly and is another area that Fujitsu should improve for future models.

Interface

The ability to rotate the screen 180 degrees in either direction is impressive, and when in laptop computer mode it locks firmly in place.

Even so, when we manoeuvred the screen into tablet mode, the T730 was occasionally unable to detect the correct orientation, meaning it had to be changed manually.

It’s a minor grumble, but annoying all the same.

The laptop computer’s touch capabilities were amazingly fine. The display was receptive to touch using fingers or the digital stylus, which is put away in the bottom right hand corner of the frame once not in use.

Navigating menus within Windows was fast and easy, and during testing the trackpad was bypassed in favour of the touch screen on multiple affairs.

A Committed touch menu is available, allowing quick access to Power Options, Control Panel and the Input Method options. This menu is open to customisation.

Text can be entered using three methods: standard keyboard, digital pen or touch-screen keyboard. When entering small amounts of text, the digital pen was our favoured method out of the three. Even though it was a little slower than using the physical Qwerty, it was more comfortable and amazingly precise.

Connectivity

The Lifebook went with an array of connectivity features including 3 USB 2.0 ports, VGA, Ethernet and HDMI. It also has full wireless connectivity through 3G/UMTS with GPS, wireless LAN and Bluetooth. A multi card reader capable of reading a SD/SDHC/SDXC/MS and MSPro storage card was present as well.

Fujitsu includes a standard port, allowing users to add a second battery or disc drive on the move. It can also house a Blu-ray or DVD combo drive.

The T730 is heavy on security features, making it an magnetic purchase for business users. The device incorporates biometric fingermark log-on, secure data encryption via an optional Trusted Platform Module, and SmartCard support.

An Advanced stealing Protection service is also on offer, allowing a lost or slipped Lifebook to be remotely locked, passed over and recovered using GPS tracking.

As with most laptop computers, a 90-day internet security trial was bundled, in this case Norton Internet Security.

Battery Life

Fujitsu supplied one battery, which it claimed would last up to seven hours. In our tests, the battery lasted five hours and 35 minutes when we used the Battery Eater Pro benchmark in the low-intensity Reader mode.

Standard mode showed a battery life of one hour and 35 minutes, so users can expect somewhere between these figures when on the move.

If you use this FUJITSU LifeBook T730 battery several years, you need to buy high quality but cheap laptop batteries to replace it. This replacement FUJITSU LifeBook T730 battery lasts three hours or more.

At £1,100, the T730 is expensive, especially considering the various problems we encountered. Business users looking for an ultraportable laptop computer might be better off opting for one of the larger netbooks available, and save a fair bit of money in the process.

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