Fujitsu Siemens Lifebook E8210 review

£1299
Price when reviewed

We’re happy to see both a trackpad and a decent keyboard-embedded trackpoint present, with dedicated mouse buttons for each. The keyboard itself is generous, with full-sized keys laid out logically and a good feel to touch-type by.

Fujitsu Siemens Lifebook E8210 review

We’re rather less impressed by the Lifebook’s TFT, though. While the 1,680 x 1,050 resolution provides plenty of detail on the 15.4in screen, the viewing angles are narrow, with colour distortion occuring toward the edges in both planes – even when facing it square on. It’s also a little dull, with whites never more than bright grey. Considering that much cheaper machines routinely offer good-quality TFTs these days, it’s a big letdown for presenting or reviewing marketing materials. Again, we’re hoping the final production units will boast a better screen; look out for updates on the PC Pro website.

While there’s plenty to like about this notebook, most notably its impressive connectivity options, we’d like to see more ruggedness before we could recommend it outright. If it’s good- value 3G that appeals, the Acer Aspire 5652WLMi costs £400 less and comes with a much better screen and battery life. But for business use, it’s hard to beat the 3G-equipped version of Dell’s Latitude D620 currently at top spot on the A List.

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