Fujitsu LifeBook P8010 Review

by Kevin O'Brien Reads (67,302)

Fujitsu has always been known as the company to go to if you are looking for a ultraportable notebook with excellent build quality and an amazing screen. The P8010 is a continuation of the ultraportable line with the latest Intel offerings and excellent battery life most have come to expect from Fujitsu. In this review we will see how well this new notebook stacks up against the long line of business notebooks before it.

Specifications:

  • Intel Core 2 Duo Processor SL7100 LV (1.2GHz, 4MB L2 cache, 800MHz FSB)
  • Windows Vista Business
  • 12.1" Crystal View Wide XGA display (1280×800)
  • Built-in Webcam for Instant Messaging
  • Integrated Intel Graphics Media Accelerator X3100
  • 2GB DDR2 667MHz SDRAM memory (Dual Channel; 1GB x 2)
  • 120GB S-ATA 150, 5400 rpm hard drive
  • Multinational2 56K3 V.90 modem and Gigabit Ethernet LAN
  • Intel Wireless WiFi Link 4965AGN (802.11 a/b/g/draft-N)
  • Integrated Bluetooth Wireless
  • Dual-Layer Multi-Format DVD Writer
  • Embedded TPM and Fingerprint Sensor
  • U.S Keyboard (Spill-resistant)
  • Main battery: Lithium ion (6-cell,7.2v 8700 mAh, 62Whr)
  • AC Adapter: 60w (16v, 3.75A)
  • Size: 11.1 x 8.25 x 1.1/1.6
  • Weight: 2lbs 14.6oz (3lbs 10.1oz travel weight)
  • One-year International Limited Warranty

Build and Design

The Fujitsu P8010 follows the same design elements of many other Fujitsu notebooks, in both paint scheme and overall body shape with older notebooks. From first glance it would be easy to tell that it is a Fujitsu notebook, although its feel doesn’t seem up to par with older designs.


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The body of the Fujitsu P8010 has a great deal of flex, in the plastic palmrest, keyboard, and alloy bottom cover. The palmrest flexes inward between 3mm and 4mm on each side of the touchpad with moderate fingertip pressure. The keyboard support feels fairly weak, and gives the keyboard some bounce that makes it echo while typing. The bottom cover, while alloy instead of plastic, doesn’t provide anywhere near the amount of rigidity you would expect from a business-grade Fujitsu notebook. It really feels as though Fujitsu skimped on many design elements to reduce the amount of material inside the notebook, and thus have a lower weight.


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Display

The LCD found on the P8010 is very bright, but has poor contrast and viewing angles. Colors are bright in a very narrow viewing angle, but quickly wash out if you tilt the screen forward or back by a small amount. Horizontal viewing angles are so shallow that it looks like a privacy screen.


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Screen protection from the thin plastic frame is questionable, as you don’t get much distortion from pressing on the back of the screen, but the screen flexes much greater than I would like to see on a business notebook. Light pressure from lifting the screen from one corner instead of the center is enough to flex that side up almost an inch compared to the other side.

Perhaps the most frustrating problem with the screen on our review unit was an unacceptable amount of backlight bleed that made brightness levels vary across the surface of the screen.


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Keyboard and Touchpad

The keyboard on the 12" Fujitsu P8010 is a compact style that some users may feel to be cramped the first time they start typing on it. Key size is smaller, and spacing is tighter than you would find with larger notebooks. Keyboard feedback is good, but the keyboard structure seems to float and bounce on the structure beneath it. Depending on areas of the keyboard you type on you will get a hollow tapping sound of the keyboard hitting the body frame.


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The touchpad is almost oddly large, being the same size you would find on a 15" notebook. It is even larger than what is on my ThinkPad T60. Sensitivity is perfect, and has all the customizable options you would ever want through the Synaptics control panel. The touchpad buttons are moderately sized with shallow feedback, and quite easy to trigger.


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Performance

Considering this notebook has a 1.2GHz Intel L7100 processor, it does perform quite well for most tasks. Most notebooks of this size normally have a 1.8" hard drive which really tends to bog a system down, but with a 2.5" drive you see none of this. Overall this system performs quite well considering it doesn’t have the advantage of an SSD like the Lenovo X300.

Listed below are benchmarks that give you a better idea of how well this system compares against others in its category:

wPrime comparison results (lower score means better performance):

Notebook / CPU wPrime 32M time
Fujitsu LifeBook P8010 (Intel Core 2 Duo L7100 @ 1.20GHz) 69 seconds
LG P300 (Intel Core 2 Duo T8300 @ 2.4GHz) 32 seconds
Lenovo ThinkPad X300 (Intel Core 2 Duo L7100 @ 1.20GHz) 98 seconds
Apple MacBook Air (Intel Core 2 Duo P7500 @ 1.6GHz) 68 seconds
Asus Eee PC 701 4G (Intel Celeron M ULV @ 900MHz) 200 seconds
Sony VAIO TZ (Intel Core 2 Duo U7600 @ 1.20GHz) 76 seconds
Dell XPS M1330 (Intel Core 2 Duo T7250 @ 2.20GHz) 38 seconds

 

PCMark05 is a benchmark that measures the overall system performance, so it considers the processor, hard drive, memory and OS as part of the mix.

PCMark05 benchmark results (higher scores are better)

Notebook PCMark05 Score
Fujitsu LifeBook P8010 (1.2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo L7100, Intel X3100) 3,044 PCMarks
LG P300 (2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T8300, Nvidia 8600M GS 256MB) 5,767 PCMarks
Lenovo ThinkPad X300 (1.2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo L7100, Intel X3100) 3,467 PCMarks
Apple MacBook Air (1.6GHz Intel Core 2 Duo P7500, Intel X3100) 2,478 PCMarks
Sony VAIO NR (1.5GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T5250, Intel X3100) 3,283 PCMarks
Sony VAIO TZ (1.20GHz Core 2 Duo U7600, Intel GMA 950) 2,446 PCMarks
Lenovo ThinkPad X61 (2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T7300, Intel X3100) 4,153 PCMarks
Lenovo 3000 V200 (2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T7300, Intel X3100) 3,987 PCMarks
Lenovo T60 Widescreen (2.0GHz Intel T7200, ATI X1400 128MB) 4,189 PCMarks
HP dv6000t (2.16GHz Intel T7400, NVIDA GeForce Go 7400) 4,234 PCMarks
Fujitsu N6410 (1.66GHz Core Duo, ATI X1400) 3,487 PCMarks
Alienware M7700 (AMD Athlon FX-60, Nvidia Go 7800GTX) 5,597 PCMarks
Sony VAIO SZ-110B in Speed Mode (Using Nvidia GeForce Go 7400) 3,637 PCMarks
Asus V6J (1.86GHz Core Duo T2400, Nvidia Go 7400) 3,646 PCMarks

3DMark06 graphics comparison results (higher score meens better performance):

Notebook 3DMark06 Score
Fujitsu LifeBook P8010 (1.2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo L7100, Intel X3100)
544 3DMarks
LG P300 (2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T8300, Nvidia 8600M GS 256MB) 3,027 3DMarks
Lenovo ThinkPad X300 (1.2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo L7100, Intel X3100) 475 3DMarks
Apple MacBook Air (1.6GHz Intel Core 2 Duo P7500, Intel X3100) 502 3DMarks
Sony VAIO NR (1.5GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T5250, Intel X3100) 504 3DMarks
Toshiba Tecra M9 (2.20GHz Core 2 Duo T7500, NVIDIA Quadro NVS 130M 128MB) 1,115 3DMarks
Sony VAIO TZ (1.20GHz Core 2 Duo U7600, Intel GMA 950) 122 3DMarks
HP dv2500t (2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T7300, NVIDIA GeForce Go 8400M GS 128MB) 1,055 3DMarks
HP dv6000t (2.16 GHz Intel T7400, NVIDA GeForce Go 7400) 827 3DMarks

 

HDTune measures the storage performance of a PC:


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Speakers and Audio

Sound quality of the small speakers found on top of the keyboard bezel were perfect for a notebook of this size. They were loud enough to make it easy to watch a movie during a flight, or watch Youtube videos with clear audio. While they lacked almost all bass and lower midrange, they were also microscopic in size which is expected on a notebook this small. Headphone jack quality was fine, with clear, static-free audio.


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Ports and Features

Port selection on the Fujitsu P8010 was very nice, but in some ways felt outdated. The expansion card slot on this model is the older PC Card slot, instead of the newer Expresscard/54 or 34. Here is a quick tour of the ports:

Front: SD Card Reader, Wireless ON/OFF


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Back: CPU Exhaust


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Left: Kensington Lock Slot, AC Power, VGA, LAN, 2 USB, Firewire, Headphone/Mic


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Right: PC Card Slot, Optical Drive, 1 USB, Modem


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Heat and Noise

When operating under non-stressing conditions, the notebook operates very cool and quietly. Fans are either completely off or so quiet you have to stick your ear to the vent to realize it is on. Under more stressful activities like running the array of benchmarks, the fan noise is a bit louder, but still very quiet compared to many fullsize notebooks with fans at low speed.


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This notebook ranks at the top of the list for cool notebooks. Cool as in temperature, that is. Half of the time the keyboard and palmrest feel the same temperature as desk surface that it is sitting on. Even after the notebook has been left on for hours and ran a few benchmarks the surface barely warms up at all. Now compare this to other ultraportables like the MacBook Air, and it makes you wonder where all that battery juice is going (hand warmer or system life).

Battery

Battery life on the Fujitsu P8010 is near perfect with the included battery that does not even stick out the back of the notebook. With the notebook set to 60 percent brightness, power profile on "balanced," the system manages an easy 6 hours. This gives the user more than enough life for watching a full length movie on a flight using the internal DVD drive.


Conclusion

The Fujitsu P8010 is a great performer when it comes to battery life, system performance, and cool temperatures. When you look at the build quality and design, it’s a completely different picture, that doesn’t stack up against older Fujitsu business notebooks. Body and chassis flex is greater than we would expect from a notebook in this price range. If you can look past the build quality, it is an excellent notebook in terms of its capabilities.

Pros

  • Decent system performance from a low voltage processor
  • Internal DVD drive
  • Operates very cool and quietly

Cons

  • Build quality doesn’t match the price
  • Screen has poor contrast and viewing angles, as well as moderate backlight bleed




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