Fujitsu Lifebook T900 review

£1623
Price when reviewed

You could forgive PC manufacturers for giving up on touchscreens altogether following the launch of the Apple iPad, but it would appear that the technology is all the rage right now. We’ve reviewed two all-in-one desktops – the Samsung U250 and Asus Eee Top ET2010PNT) – in recent weeks, and now Fujitsu’s Lifebook T900 laptop is attempting to draw the attention of corporate buyers.

Let’s get one thing straight right from the start, this tablet PC is no glamour puss. The T900 is as drab and businesslike as they come, with a chassis full of stark angles, and a dull silver-black colour scheme. It isn’t slim (at 38mm thick), it isn’t light (at 2.36kg), and it certainly isn’t sexy.

But it is solid and straightforward in a way only business laptops can be. The keyboard looks old-fashioned, but it feels comfortable under the fingers with a light but positive action. The touchpad is responsive and set a comfortable distance from the keyboard and its buttons are similarly competent.

Fujitsu Lifebook T900 - tablet view

And the chassis’ no-nonsense build quality lends the whole thing a reassuringly knock-resistant feel. The hinge that allows the T900’s touchscreen to rotate and fold flat against its body is particularly beefy, and incorporates an ingenious reversible latch that allows the screen to be locked securely in place in tablet mode.

Under the hood, the T900 is powered by one of Intel’s latest mobile processors – a 2.4GHz Core i5-M520 – which means fast performance in any application you care to mention. This is backed up by 4GB of RAM, giving a seriously good overall performance figure of 1.58 in our application based benchmarks.

The hard disk is 320GB in capacity, and there’s little to complain about connectivity-wise. Scattered around the edges of the T900 you’ll find three USB 2 ports, a smartcard reader, a D-SUB video output, memory card reader, smartcard and Express card 54 slots, plus – on the rear under a plastic flap – a slot for a SIM card, revealing the presence of a 3G modem.

Physical specifications

Weight2.360kg
Travelling weight2.8kg

Processor and memory

ProcessorIntel Core i5-520M
Motherboard chipsetIntel QM97
RAM capacity4.00GB
Memory typeDDR3
SODIMM sockets free0
SODIMM sockets total2

Screen and video

Screen size13.3in
Resolution screen horizontal1,280
Resolution screen vertical800
Resolution1280 x 800
Graphics chipsetIntel GMA HD
VGA (D-SUB) outputs1
HDMI outputs0
S-Video outputs0
DVI-I outputs0
DVI-D outputs0
DisplayPort outputs0

Drives

Capacity320GB
Hard disk usable capacity196GB
Spindle speed5,400RPM
Internal disk interfaceSATA 300
Hard diskWestern Digital WD3200BEVS-16VAT0
Optical driveTSST TS-L633B
Battery capacity5,800mAh
Replacement battery price inc VAT£0

Networking

Wired adapter speed1,000Mbits/sec
802.11a supportyes
802.11b supportyes
802.11g supportyes
802.11 draft-n supportyes
Integrated 3G adapteryes
Bluetooth supportyes

Other Features

Wireless hardware on/off switchyes
Wireless key-combination switchno
Modemno
ExpressCard34 slots0
ExpressCard54 slots1
PC Card slots0
USB ports (downstream)3
FireWire ports1
PS/2 mouse portno
9-pin serial ports0
Parallel ports0
Optical S/PDIF audio output ports0
Electrical S/PDIF audio ports0
3.5mm audio jacks2
SD card readeryes
Memory Stick readeryes
Smart Media readerno
Compact Flash readerno
Pointing device typeTouchpad
Audio chipsetRealtek HD Audio
Speaker locationAbove keyboard
Hardware volume control?no
Integrated microphone?yes
Integrated webcam?yes
Camera megapixel rating21.0mp
TPMyes
Fingerprint readeryes
Smartcard readeryes
Carry caseyes

Battery and performance tests

Battery life, light use3hr 58min
Battery life, heavy use1hr 13min
Overall application benchmark score1.58
Office application benchmark score1.33
2D graphics application benchmark score1.54
Encoding application benchmark score1.52
Multitasking application benchmark score1.95

Operating system and software

Operating systemWindows 7 Professional 64-bit
OS familyWindows 7

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