Fujitsu Lifebook P701 review

A stylish ultra-portable laptop for business use - and with a fantastic battery life

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Our Verdict

Fujitsu provides what a high-end user wants from an ultra-portable laptop

Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1280 x 800
  • Processor Core : Dual-core (2 Core)

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  • Fantastic battery life
  • Matt screen stops reflections
  • Responsive touchpad
  • Good storage capacity
  • Excellent connectivity


  • Keyboard could be too small for some
  • No optical drive

The Fujitsu Lifebook P701 is the latest addition to Fujitsu's P-Series ultra-portable range and runs on an Intel Core i3 2301M processor.

Aimed at the business user, the Lifebook P701 comes pre-loaded with Windows 7 Professional and Microsoft Office. A fingerprint scanner ensures your business documents remain private.

The Lifebook P701 has an unassuming black and silver design that suits the office environment well. The 12.1-inch TFT screen has a matt finish, meaning no irritating reflections when working in bright light conditions.

The smaller screen, low weight and briefcase-friendly dimensions (283 x 229 x 33mm) mean hours spent on the train can be put to good use.

Small keyboard

The compact keyboard might be a little cramped for anyone with large hands, but we found it only took a matter of minutes to get comfortable typing on it.

Five small buttons sit above the keyboard between the speakers, controlling access to a variety of features, such as wireless networks, system diagnostics, power saving settings, Windows Mobility Centre and log off.

The touchpad, marked out on the chassis by dimples on the palmrest, was comfortable to use and reassuringly responsive.

The onboard Sandy Bridge technology, in the form of the Intel Core i3 processor, is supplemented by 2GB of RAM. Storage is impressive at 320GB, which will appeal to any business user who isn't quite sold on the idea of cloud computing just yet.

Being an ultra-portable, the Fujitsu Lifebook P701 doesn't have an optical disc drive, so programs must be installed either through a flash drive or downloaded from the internet.

Fujitsu has countered this by packing the P701 full of connectivity. The 802.1n wireless connection is the fastest currently available, and is supplemented by a Gigabit Ethernet port for a hardwire internet connection.

Fujitsu has also packed in Bluetooth connectivity for adding remote devices or mobile phones. There are three USB ports for peripherals, an ExpressCard slot, a DisplayPort connector and VGA Out socket for hooking the laptop up to a secondary monitor.


Battery life: 449 minutesMobileMark 2007: 227
3DMark 2003: 7277

The Fujitsu Lifebook P701 performed well in our benchmark tests, with the standout result being the battery life of more than twice that of the average machine. When coupled with the robust design, this is a great choice for a business user.


Fujitsu has focused on what a high-end user would want from an ultra-portable – great battery life, a comfortable keyboard and enough connectivity to provide a wealth of options.

It won't take the crown from the likes of the Sony VAIO VPC-Z13M9E/B or the Apple MacBook Air, but at half the price, we're not complaining.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Green CompliantYes
Hard Drive Capacity320 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ModelHD Graphics
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeNo
Graphics Memory AccessibilityShared
Maximum Battery Run Time10 Hour
Finger Print ReaderYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
Product FamilyLIFEBOOK P
Operating System Architecture64-bit
Processor Modeli3-2310M
Operating SystemWindows 7 Professional
Brand NameFujitsu
Processor Speed2.10 GHz
Processor TypeCore i3
Screen Size30.7 cm (12.1")
Number of Cells6-cell
Screen Resolution1280 x 800
Standard Memory2 GB
Weight (Approximate)1.56 kg
Cache3 MB
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS, WEEE, ENERGY STAR
64-bit ProcessingYes
Chipset ManufacturerIntel
Chipset ModelHM65 Express
Number of Total Memory Slots2
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
WWAN SupportedNo
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 3.0
Ethernet TechnologyGigabit Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports3
Memory StandardDDR3-1333/PC3-10600
Height33 mm
Width283 mm
Depth215 mm
Screen ModeWXGA
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product SeriesP
Product ModelP701
Product NameLIFEBOOK P701 Notebook
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad
Product LineLIFEBOOK
Aspect Ratio16:10
Manufacturer Part NumberVFY:P701XMF011GB
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Highest performance level of all components as well as new high speed Intel graphics and a 12.1-inch (30.7 cm) WXGA display make the slim and handy notebook a real mobile companion for all situations. Thanks to very low weight, robust design, anytime USB charge and much more the Fujitsu LIFEBOOK P701 is prepared for everyday business and mobile usage and grants effective working even for the most demanding of users.

Maximum Memory8 GB
Battery ChemistryLithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Package Contents
  • LIFEBOOK P701 Notebook
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter
Limited Warranty1 Year