Fujitsu LifeBook P7120
- Clever design, Good Battery, Comfortable to use
- No CompactFlash support, No protective covers on ports
The Fujitsu LifeBook P7120 is an attractive and cleverly designed notebook with all the bells and whistles of some much more expensive models.
Price$ 3,699.00 (AUD)
If you liked the LifeBook P7000, Fujitsu's stylish 3-pound laptop, you'll likely be equally enamored with the new and improved LifeBook P7120. This highly desirable and cleverly designed little black and charcoal machine has a handy two-battery option and a good keyboard.
It isn't any cheaper, but consider its improvements over its predecessor: The 60GB hard drive, sealed before, is now user-replaceable so you don't have to leave your notebook at the repair shop. The optical drive has been moved from the left side of the case to the right, which should suit most users and which we personally prefer. Gone is the LCD status window with hard-to-read pale-green icons, replaced by a row of standard LEDs in the screen hinge.
There are a few minor drawbacks. The dedicated CompactFlash slot has been ditched, leaving the notebook equipped with only a three-in-one SD Card/Memory Stick/xD-Picture Card reader. Another small setback is that one of the memory slots is now inaccessible, relocated beneath the keyboard. Also, none of the connections or jacks has a protective cover now.
But that's it for the bad news. The speakers, previously in the screen hinge, now stylishly flank the rear-mounted battery, so they and all the buttons and status lights in the screen hinge--remain exposed when you close the lid. Some users might find the Wi-Fi switch's new location in the screen hinge more convenient than on the front of the notebook, too.
With its high-capacity six-cell battery (6800 mAh), our test P7120 unit lasted 6 hours, 26 minutes, the longest period among our current ultraportables. (The four-cell battery costs less.) With two batteries, including a second six-cell battery in the modular bay instead of the optical drive, your estimated operation time could be almost 13 hours. The new Eco button saves battery life by switching to lower power settings. Before the system makes the switch, you get a nice on-screen reminder of what will change (the display will darken, Wi-Fi will stop working and so on).
The P7120 performs in line with the ultra-low-voltage processor it uses, a 1.2-GHz Pentium M ULV 753. With 512MB of RAM, it earned a WorldBench 5 score of 60, which is the slowest speed among current ultraportables we've tested. I wouldn't rely on any low-voltage ultraportable, including this one, for heavy-duty work or multimedia, as such systems are still about 30 percent slower than a standard notebook equipped with a top-of-the-line, full-voltage Pentium M chip.
The 10.6-inch wide-aspect screen and keyboard are small but not cumbersome. If you tire of the small icons at the native resolution of 1280 by 760 pixels, either of the two lower resolutions, 1024 by 768 or 800 by 600, looks great with no jaggies. The keyboard's touchpad and mouse buttons crowd close to the front edge, but they're comfortable to use because they sit flush with the case. For a few extra dollars, you can order the notebook with a fingerprint reader instead of the scroll button that normally sits between the mouse buttons. My only serious beef with the keyboard is that combination keystrokes are required to page up and page down.
The bottom of the notebook is covered in a smooth felt material, and includes removable screw covers. For cable management, Fujitsu also sells a simple bottom snap-on port replicator too.
Round it all out with an excellent manual, and you have a pretty attractive candidate for your ultraportable dollars.
Join the PC World newsletter!
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 HTC U11 phone: Full, in-depth review
- 2 Gigabyte Aero 15 corporate gaming laptop review
- 3 Huawei P10 smartphone review
- 4 Huawei P10 Plus phone: Full, in-depth review
- 5 Motorola Moto G5 smartphone review
Latest News Articles
- HP Omen laptops include a first: Nvidia Max-Q graphics technology
- HP's Omen Accelerator can give your laptop some guts
- HP's Omen X Compact Desktop can morph into a backpack VR PC
- Why Microsoft's ARM-based Windows 10 laptops still have a lot to prove
- Asus debuts the first-ever Ryzen laptop with a mobile Radeon surprise, too
PCW Evaluation Team
The HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer is a great device that fits perfectly into my fast paced and mobile lifestyle. My first impression of the printer itself was how incredibly compact and sleek the device was.
Wireless printing from my iPhone was also a handy feature, the whole experience was quick and seamless with no setup requirements - accessed through the default iOS printing menu options.
A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.
I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.
As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.
I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.
- MSI GL62M 7RDX gaming laptop review
- Alcatel A3 XL phone: Full, in-depth review
- Sony X9300E 2017 TV: Full, in-depth review
- What's the difference between an Intel Core i3, i5 and i7?
- Laser vs. inkjet printers: which is better?
- CCIT Partner Relationship ManagerNSW
- FTProject Manager or Coordinator - Retail Store ProjectsOther
- FTTest AnalystOther
- CCSenior PMO AnalystNSW
- FTBusiness Systems AnalystOther
- FTIT Infrastructure EngineerOther
- FT.NET DeveloperOther
- TPActive Directory AdministratorACT
- FTSoftware Licensing and Contract AnalystOther
- FTJava DeveloperOther
- CCMaximo DeveloperNSW
- FTTechnical Lead Front-endNSW
- FTFull Stack Software DeveloperOther
- FTSenior .NET DevelopersOther
- CCIT Service Desk SupportSA
- FTSenior Agile ConsultantOther
- FTSAP ETL DeveloperOther
- FTPHP DeveloperQLD
- FTSenior PHP Developer/Team LeaderNSW
- FTSplunk Software Developer | 6mth ContractOther
- FTTeam Leader Solution DeliveryQLD
- FTSenior Business AnalystSA
- FTSenior Business ConsultantOther
- CCSenior Business AnalystNSW
- TPSenior Java Developer - Mulesoft IntegrationQLD