Fujitsu Lifebook S710 review

Great office performance, but the poor graphics and build are too pronounced

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Product features

  • Processor Core : Dual-core (2 Core)

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For

  • Good performance
  • Decent portability

Against

  • Poor build quality
  • Weak graphics performance
  • No VGA or HDMI

While Fujitsu's laptop range has been geared towards the consumer market of late, the Lifebook S710 is aimed more at the business user. However, while performance excels, the poor build quality lets it down.

Built around a plastic chassis, the S710 lacks the style of some other laptops. The combination of black and silver plastics provides a functional design, but it looks outdated.

The S710's build quality is also disappointing. While the 2.4kg chassis feels sturdy in areas such as the screen panel and hinges, the palm rests flex under even light pressure. The keyboard also bounces massively while typing, making this feel like a cheaply-built laptop.

Thankfully, this does not impact too much on usability. Despite the bouncy keys, the keyboard is responsive, accurate and comfortable to use. The tiny touchpad is far less usable, though. Measuring just 62 x 38mm and featuring tiny mouse buttons, it's very awkward to work with.

Fujitsu lifebook s710

The 14-inch screen is more pleasing and well suited to travel use. While it's not as bright or vibrant as its rivals in this group, its matt TFT finish eliminates reflections, making it easy to use outdoors or under harsh office lights.

Powerful performer

Where the S710 excels is in its powerful performance. Driven by a high-end Intel Core i5 580M processor, it flew through our benchmark tests with an assured level of ease. This is a stunningly powerful tool for home or office use.

Graphics are far less capable, though, and relegate the S710 to office use alone. This laptop uses an integrated Intel GMA HD graphics card so performance is weak, but it will still allow you to watch movies and perform basic photo editing.

Benchmarks

Battery life: 309 minutes
MobileMark 2007: 273
3DMark 2003: 3533

Mobility also falls below expectations. At 2.4kg this is a light laptop, but the 309-minute battery life, while a decent result, falls below that of all but the Samsung RF510. With such limited graphics power, we expected much better battery performance.

Finally, features are mixed. While the 320GB hard drive provides ample storage, both the Acer and Samsung have larger capacities. There are also no VGA or HDMI ports for connecting to external displays, with only a DisplayPort highlighting this machine's business credentials.

Ultimately, the Lifebook S710 is too flawed for us to recommend. Its home and office performance is excellent, but the underpowered graphics, limited features and poor build quality are too pronounced at such a high price. You can find much better laptops for your money.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Green CompliantYes
Hard Drive Capacity500 GB, 320 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ModelGraphics Media Accelerator
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeDVD-Writer
Graphics Memory AccessibilityShared
Maximum Battery Run Time8.50 Hour
eSATAYes
FireWire/i.LINKYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
DisplayPortYes
Product FamilyLIFEBOOK S
Operating System Architecture64-bit
Processor Modeli7-640M, i5-460M
Operating SystemWindows 7 Professional
Brand NameFujitsu
Processor Speed2.80 GHz, 2.53 GHz
Processor TypeCore i7, Core i5
Screen Size35.6 cm (14")
Number of Cells6-cell
Standard Memory4 GB
Weight (Approximate)2.15 kg
Cache4 MB
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityEPEAT Silver, ENERGY STAR, RoHS, WEEE
64-bit ProcessingYes
Chipset ManufacturerIntel
Chipset ModelQM57 Express
Number of Total Memory Slots2
Optical Media SupportedDVD-RAM/±R/±RW
Dual-Layer Media SupportedYes
Graphics Memory CapacityUp to 1.65 GB
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Ethernet TechnologyGigabit Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports3
Memory StandardDDR3-1066/PC3-8500
Height35 mm
Width340 mm
Depth245 mm
Screen ModeWXGA
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product SeriesS
ManufacturerFujitsu
Product ModelS710
Product NameLIFEBOOK S710 Notebook
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad
Product LineLIFEBOOK
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberVFY:S7100MF111GB
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://uk.fujitsu.com
Maximum Memory8 GB
Battery ChemistryLithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Package Contents
  • LIFEBOOK S710 Notebook
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter
Limited Warranty1 Year