Fujitsu P7000 (P7010D) Review (pics, specs)

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by Brian Beeler, Ohio USA


Fujitsu P7010 (view larger image)

Overview

With the LifeBook P7010 Fujitsu was the first to refresh their ultra portable line with Intel’s newest 1.2 GHz ultra low voltage Pentium Mobile chip. The new chip provides a modest speed boost over the older LifeBook P7000 1.1 GHz unit, but otherwise the device remains mostly unchanged. The P7010 stacks up well against stiff competition in the ultra portable notebook space. It’s more entertainment oriented than offerings from IBM (X41), Dell (X1) and Panasonic (T2), and the P7010 is cheaper and easier to upgrade than Sony’s T series. Overall it’s a very good machine that anyone who wants a small and light machine with the ability to keep pace should consider.

The base P7010 includes the following specs; upgrades in this machine are noted:

This model is the P7010D. The D indicates an Atheros a+b/g wireless card instead of Intel’s Pro Wireless 2200 which just includes b/g. The Atheros card also supports Super AG, for faster wireless connections with routers that support it.

  • Intel ULV Pentium M 1.2 GHz — 2MB L2 cache, 400 MHz FSB
  • 40GB 4200 RPM hard drive (Upgraded to Hitachi 60GB 7200 RPM)
  • 256 MB RAM, two slots available support up to 2GB (Upgrade to two 512MB sticks for a total of 1GB)
  • 10.6″ widescreen CrystalView display (1280 x 768 pixels)
  • Intel 855GM integrated graphics with up to 64MB shared video memory
  • PCMCIA card slot
  • CompactFlash card slot
  • MemoryStick/Secure Digital card slot
  • Removable CD-RW/DVD-ROM drive (Upgraded with second battery for this slot)
  • 82-key keyboard with dedicated Windows key, 18mm key pitch, 2mm key stroke
  • Touchpad with scroll button (Upgraded to biometric scanner which also acts as scroll function)
  • Fingerprint Sensor (optional): AuthenTec Inc finger-print slide sensor (AES2501) with TruePrint Technology; 15cm/sec slide speed
  • Realtek ALC202 with 16-bit stereo sound
  • Lineout/Optical Digital Out (SPDIF), headphone, microphone, 56k modem, 10/100 Ethernet, two USB 2.0, Firewire, S-Video, and VGA ports.
  • Wireless via Intel 2200 BG or Atheros A+BG with support for Super G
  • Dimensions: 10.47″(w) x 7.83″(d) x 1.26″/1.42″(h)
  • Weight: 3.3 lbs with combo drive and high-capacity main battery
  • Battery: Up to 7 hours battery life with main battery, 10 hours with main and modular battery

Form and Design

Fujitsu offers a professional and understated design in the P7010. The entire body is black, including the keyboard, with silver trim and accents. While Fujitsu doesn’t provide extra disk security or market the P7010 as rugged, it’s definitely well built, feeling solid all the way around. The magnesium alloy lid is certainly strong enough to protect the display. Fujitsu even attends to the finer details by covering the memory cover with suede, to keep heat discomfort to a minimum.


Fujitsu P7010 front side (view larger image)

The front of the P7010 features the wireless on/off switch on the left. To the right is the Memory Stick/Secure Digital slot that can read either format of flash memory. Some competing models offer a screen latch, often found on the front, but Fujitsu doesn’t use one with this model. The hinges are very strong, so there’s little worry of the screen opening inadvertently, but I wouldn’t mind seeing them offer a latch in the future.


Fujitsu P7010 left side (view larger image)

Along the left side the P7010 has the power plug, standard phone jack for the modem, PCMCIA card slot and Compact Flash card slot. The two card slots are a little disappointing as Fujitsu has chosen to use slide out plastic cards to keep dust and debris out of the notebook. The problem of course, is these are very easy to lose. A retractable door is more common on high-end units, something Fujitsu actually used in the P5000 series but has abandoned for whatever reason.


Fujtsu P7010 right side (view larger image)

The right side houses the audio out, microphone in, two USB, Ethernet, 1394, full sized S-Video, and VGA monitor out ports. The full sized S-Video is great for a notebook of this size. It’s also good to note that the doors on both sides of the unit are rubberized at the bottom, making them very durable and difficult to break, no matter how many times you open them.


Fujitsu P7010 closed, top view (view larger image)

The P7010 lid is magnesium alloy, protecting the screen well. Even a high amount of pressure on the back causes no ripples on the display. The only problem I have with the lid is it’s a fingerprint magnet. I’ve resigned to the fact that I either need to clean it almost daily or just live with the greasy finger look.


Fujitsu P7010 under side view (view larger image)

Like many of their notebooks, Fujitsu has included suede on the RAM cover. There are two RAM slots, and when loaded with 1GB as mine is, the lid would get very hot without this material. It’s attention to detail like this, that helps set Fujitsu apart from others in this class.

Screen


Fujitsu P7010 screen (view larger image)

The Fujitsu P7010 offers a 10.6″ widescreen that is one of the best on the market, not just in this class. It’s very bright and even all the way around. It’s also high resolution, 1280×768 pixels with support for up to 1600×1200 for external monitors. The display is enhanced, or a glare type display. That, coupled with the wide screen, makes it perfect for watching movies on an airplane where the small footprint and brilliant display make for a fantastic combination. It also works reasonably well outside, very usable in the shade, moderately so with direct sunlight.

My unit does not have any dead pixels, due largely to the dead pixel check by the reseller I bought from. Even so, I still have not experienced any pixel or other display abnormalities.

Processor and Performance

The P7010 comes with Intel’s latest ultra low voltage (ULV) Pentium M processor at 1.2 GHz. The ULV 1.2 is perfect for this type of machine due to the lowest battery drain of any mainstream processor and reduced heat buildup. While 1.2 GHz sounds slow, it’s really not. It handles everything I throw at it, which is generally web, email and productivity applications, with some light gaming on the side. While I am running 1GB RAM in this machine, it would still get along well with less, though I would recommend a minimum of 512MB, not just for this machine, but for any running Windows XP.

Performance Benchmarks

Benchmarks from PCMark04 Free version

 

Panasonic W2 (1.1 GHz 256MB RAM)

Dell Latitude X1 (1.1 GHz 512 MB RAM)

Fujitsu P7010 (1.2 GHz 512 MB RAM)

File Compression

2.0 MB/s

2.0 MB/s

2.37 MB/s

File Encryption

16.35 MB/s

16.26 MB/s

17.5 MB/s

File Decompression

14.42 MB/s

14.43 MB/s

15.41 MB/s

Image Processing

6.46 MPixels/s

6.5 MPixels/s

6.88 MPixels/s

Virus Scanning

1310.48 MB/s

1309.7 MB/s

1374.93 MB/s

Grammar Check

1.66 KB/s

1.79 KB/s

1.82 KB/s

File Decryption

32.7 MB/s

32.66 MB/s

34.19 MB/s

Audio Conversion

1508.28 KB/s

1495.55 KB/s

1587.01 KB/s

Web Page Rendering

2.98 Pages/s

3.39 Pages/s

3.56 Pages/s

DivX Video Compression

29.9 FPS

78.81 FPS

32.87 FPS

Physics Calculation

41.55 FPS

65.05 FPS

57.71 FPS

Graphics Memory

241.39 FPS

374.57 FPS

243.43 FPS

Super Pi

 

Panasonic W2 (1.1 GHz 256MB RAM)

Dell X1 (1.1 GHz 512 MB RAM)

Fujitsu P7010 (1.2 GHz 512 MB RAM)

2 million places

2m 54s

2m 40s

2m 48s

 

HD Tune (Hitachi 7200RPM 60GB)

Minimum Transfer Rate

19.5 MB/sec

Maximum Transfer Rate

40.0 MB/sec

Average Transfer Rate

31.1 MB/sec

Access Time

15.0 ms

Burst Rate

75.9 MB/sec

CPU Usage

7.6%

Keyboard and Touchpad


Fujitsu P7010 keyboard view (view larger image)

The P7010 features an 82-key keyboard that’s not cramped in the least, but does make a few compromises. There are no dedicated keys for home, end, page up and page down, all of which are functions of the directional arrows. The keyboard is nice and firm though, with zero keyboard flex. The keyboard is about 10 inches wide, making it one of the smallest in the industry. Again, it’s not hard to use in the least, but it will take some getting used to by most buyers.


Fujitsu P7010 touchpad view (view larger image)

The touchpad is one of the best I’ve used. At 2 3/8″ wide and 1 3/4″ tall, it’s also one of the largest in its class. The mouse buttons are very large as well, nearly an inch wide. The difference between something like the Dell X1 is remarkable. The extra size in the P7010 makes it much easier to use.

Wireless

Most Fujitsu models come in two wireless flavors and the P7010 is no different. The first configuration comes with the Intel Pro 2200BG. The second, denoted with a D after the model number, uses the Atheros Super AG card. I prefer the latter as it seems to be more reliable, supports 802.11a and Super G, which gets a 108 Mbps connection with supported routers. The wireless performs as well as other machines in its class.

The P7010 does not offer an integrated Bluetooth option, nor is there an infrared port. In a machine of this size, there’s little room for either by way of physical space or antenna.

Battery

The main battery is a 4800mAh unit that fits the profile of the machine. The main lasted 266 minutes with the idle test and 167 with the classic test using Battery Eater Pro. The P7010 also supports a second battery in the flexible bay that also supports the optical drive. The second battery is 2300mAh and will add roughly 50% more battery life. In real world usage I generally see 5 hours with the screen on full brightness and heavy wireless activity.

Operating System and Software

The P7010 can be configured with either Windows XP Pro or Home. Aside from a few trial software packages, like Quicken and Norton, the machine comes with a very slim software package. This is great news for buyers, so they don’t start out of the gate with a machine being slowed down by junk in the system tray.

Audio

The sound is powered by a Realtek ALC202 card with 16-bit stereo sound. There is also a Dolby emulator to simulate realistic surround sound when headphones are being used. The headphones performance is solid, at or above average. The speakers on the other hand are generally pretty poor, but better than other machines in its class. The built in microphone records well but its placement on the hand rest can lead it to be blocked if sound is being recorded at the same time as typing.

Biometrics

Evil robot eye?  No, just a closeup of the Fujitsu P7010 finger scanner.

Fujitsu is one of the few companies offering optional biometric scanners in some units. The P7010 offers this option in between the two mouse buttons. The security package comes with a software package called OmniPass and stores passwords for Internet Explorer and Windows login. The version of the software that comes with the computer is a little restricted though. Users can buy a full version to enable BIOS security and other more advanced features. There’s still no support for alternate browsers though, like FireFox, which diminishes its value to many. While the biometric scanner takes the spot of the up/down rocker, running a finger over the scanner does scroll up and down, so that feature isn’t lost. Overall, I’m a big fan of the security, I like knowing that for someone to log into my machine, they need my finger. Well, I don’t really like that idea, but I like the security it provides. Further, it simplifies my life online, by letting me manage all of my passwords and login preferences. It does take a little practice to get used to making a proper swipe, but this scanner is not unique, they all take a little work to get comfortable with.

Conclusion

Fujitsu has done an amazing job with the P7010. Not only were they the first to use Intel’s new ULV processor, they made a few tiny improvements along the way to make the updated version better than the first. This is a perfect machine for how I live my life, but it’s not for everyone. You really have to want a small machine for this to work for you, something that needs to be seriously considered. You’re also not likely to be able to touch one before you buy, so it’s a bit of a leap of faith.

Pros:

  • Solid build quality, consistently good support
  • Brilliant display
  • Flexible bay for optical drive or second battery
  • Integrated card reader
  • Responsive keyboard and large touchpad

Cons:

  • A touch heavier than others in its class
  • Plastic inserts in CF and PCMCIA ports
  • Full version of OmniPass should come with unit

Bottom Line:

This is one of the best ultra portable notebooks on the market and should be seriously considered by anyone who wants as many features as possible while adding only a little bit of weight.

Pricing and Availability

Appendix – What’s different between the P7000 and P7010?


P7000 left, P7010 right (view larger image)

The processor upgrade is the most significant, but there are a few other things to be aware of. Another improvement that’s nearly impossible to notice unless you have the machines side by side, is the display is even better. It’s hard to believe, but the new model is actually a little bit brighter than the old one. Lastly, Fujitsu has added two stoppers at the top of the screen to offer more protection from key rub on the display. I know some P7000 units had a rubbing issue, I haven’t seen it at all with the P7010.


P7000 left, P7010 right (view larger image)


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