Fujitsu Lifebook T580 review

  • £967

An ultraportable laptop that converts into a tablet, but has limitations

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Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1366 x 768
  • Processor Core : Dual-core (2 Core)

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For

  • Touchscreen
  • Battery life
  • Good build quality
  • Usability

Against

  • Performance
  • Only two USB ports
  • Small hard drive
  • No dedicated touch software

Last year, Fujitsu released the Lifebook T4410 laptop which converts into a tablet PC courtesy of a rotating screen hinge. The Lifebook T580 is another convertible ultraportable laptop which shares many of the strengths and weaknesses of the T4410.

The T580 acts as a standard laptop with the screen up, but rotate the 10.1-inch display 180 degrees and fold it back over the keyboard and you have a touchscreen tablet. The hinge feels relatively sturdy, but we wouldn't want to put much pressure on it, just in case.

Many tablet-like features are included, such as a built-in accelerometer that automatically rotates the desktop. A weighty stylus can be pulled from the chassis to manipulate the sharp and sensitive touchscreen, or you can use your fingers which tends to be more responsive.

Unfortunately, Windows 7 isn't an ideal interface, with lots of fiddly menus that are hard to navigate through prodding alone. We would have preferred some custom touch-oriented software.

The chunky chassis, which weighs 1.5kg, is also difficult to hold with one hand. In tablet mode, we found it easiest to use when rested on our lap or a solid surface.

Build quality is reasonably strong, despite the plastic appearance, with minimal flex. The weight might make one-handed use tricky, but you'll barely notice it when slipped into a bag. Portability is enhanced by almost six hours of battery life.

The low-voltage Intel Core i3 380UM processor allows for longer battery life, but performance is limited with just 2048MB of memory to back it up. Light multi-tasking with office applications is the limit.

The integrated graphics are strong enough for watching high-definition video and browsing your photos, but that is all.

Well-sized keyboard

While you can type using an on-screen keyboard with predictive text, we preferred the physical keyboard. It's well sized, despite the compact chassis, with tapered keys that are comfortable to type on, although our test model did have an unresponsive '1' key.

The touchpad is tiny, but perfectly sensitive during use. An integrated fingerprint scanner adds an extra level of security, while VGA and HDMI ports can be used to connect an external display.

The 160GB of storage is rather limiting, however, and anyone with a reasonably large media collection will quickly run out of space.

There are only two USB ports, which limits how many peripherals you can attach.

The Lifebook T580 is a highly portable laptop and its ability to convert into a tablet is neat. However, the lack of dedicated touch software and some minor limitations hold it back.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeTablet PC
Green CompliantYes
Hard Drive Capacity160 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ModelHD Graphics
Wireless LANYes
Graphics Memory AccessibilityShared
Maximum Battery Run Time9.50 Hour
Finger Print ReaderYes
HDMIYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyUMTS
Product FamilyLIFEBOOK T
Operating System Architecture64-bit
Operating System PlatformWindows
Processor Modeli3-380UM
ColourBlack, Silver
Operating SystemWindows 7 Professional
Brand NameFujitsu
Form FactorConvertible
Processor Speed1.33 GHz
Processor TypeCore i3
Screen Size25.7 cm (10.1")
Screen Resolution1366 x 768
Standard Memory2 GB
Weight (Approximate)1.40 kg
Cache3 MB
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS, WEEE, ENERGY STAR, EPEAT Silver
Memory Card ReaderYes
TouchscreenYes
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
DigitizerYes
WWAN SupportedYes
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11n
Ethernet TechnologyGigabit Ethernet
Cellular Generation3G
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Memory StandardDDR3-800/PC3-6400
Height39.7 mm
Width270 mm
Depth189 mm
Screen ModeWXGA
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product SeriesT
ManufacturerFujitsu
Product ModelT580
Product NameLIFEBOOK T580 Tablet PC
Product LineLIFEBOOK
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberVFY:T5800MF021GB
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://uk.fujitsu.com
Marketing Information

With the new LIFEBOOK T580 you can alternate between a keyboard, a stylus, or your fingers in seconds. Featuring a rotatable 10.1-inch display it's the perfect solution for working on the move. Through integrated GPS you'll always be able to find your way around. And there is no need to feel burdened by your notebook any longer, at just 1.4kg it's easy to take wherever you like!

Maximum Memory8 GB
Package Contents
  • LIFEBOOK T580 Tablet PC
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter
  • Stylus