Fujitsu Lifebook E743 review

Modular projector bay lets you beam presentations

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Fujitsu's E743 is a flexible entrant into the business notebook market that appeals on its own at its price point but shines when twinned with the company's peripherals or other models in the series.

We liked

The E743 will please IT leaders seeking an easy life thanks to its ability to share peripherals and accessories with its bigger and smaller siblings, and the projector bay is a standout addition for anyone that needs to travel and give presentations in smaller rooms.

On its own the battery life isn't fantastic, but it should get a welcome boost when the Haswell-powered models become available, and will go for even longer with a second battery module inserted. There's an impressive number of ports and connectivity options on the E743, particularly so when combined with the docking station.

We didn't like

The E743 may still prove a little too chunky for frequent travelers, who would be better served by lighter, thinner and more portable 14-inch laptops if swappable modules aren't needed. Additionally, average audio means you're not likely to be using it as a multimedia machine, so using a decent pair of headphones would be advised.

Final verdict

If you're into swapping around accessories and having a multitude of peripherals at your disposal, the E743 is an attractive laptop. It's certainly a team player, and a welcome indication of the direction vendors are travelling in when attempting to make notebooks as attractive as their in vogue Ultrabook counterparts.

Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Green CompliantYes
Hard Drive Capacity500 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ModelHD 4000
Optical Drive TypeDVD-Writer
Graphics Memory AccessibilityShared
Backlight TechnologyLED
Product FamilyLIFEBOOK E
Operating System Architecture64-bit
Processor Modeli5-3230M
Operating SystemWindows 7 Professional
Brand NameFujitsu
Processor Speed2.60 GHz
Processor TypeCore i5
Screen Size35.6 cm (14")
Number of Cells6-cell
Screen Resolution1600 x 900
Standard Memory4 GB
Weight (Approximate)1.80 kg
Cache3 MB
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS, WEEE, ENERGY STAR 5.0
64-bit ProcessingYes
Chipset ManufacturerIntel
Chipset ModelQM77 Express
Number of Total Memory Slots2
Graphics Memory CapacityUp to 1.65 GB
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
WWAN SupportedYes
Ethernet TechnologyGigabit Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports4
Memory StandardDDR3-1600/PC3-12800
Height20 mm
Width338 mm
Depth231 mm
Screen ModeHD+
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product SeriesE
Product ModelE743
Product NameLIFEBOOK E743 Notebook
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad
Product LineLIFEBOOK
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberVFY:E7430MXE11GB
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Excellence in Mobility

If you need reliable mobile device, the broad Fujitsu LIFEBOOK portfolio offers a range of entry-level and more powerful, individual solutions. Extensive configuration options provide ultimate flexibility and convenience, and innovative energy-saving technology reduces the environmental footprint of your notebooks. Moreover, every Fujitsu LIFEBOOK delivers highest reliability, driven by a unique combination of German precision engineering and Japanese quality, supported by 30 years of experience.

Maximum Memory16 GB
Battery ChemistryLithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Package Contents
  • LIFEBOOK E743 Notebook
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter
Limited Warranty2 Year