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Fujitsu largely pitches its laptops towards the aspirational business crowd. They're not as stylish as a MacBook or Vaio, nor as boxy as a ThinkPad, but instead tend to occupy a middle ground that's unlikely to raise eyebrows due to garish patterns, or lower eyelids due to heart-stopping boredom. The SH760's design largely follows this ordinary principle with a solid keyboard that's topped with media and webcam keys, and one small aberration from the norm.
Take a glance at the SH760's touch pad, and you'll spot a tiny circle to the side. Is it a sleeping Pac-Man? A sign that somebody in the Fujitsu factory fell asleep with a Dremel on? A big black shiny notebook self-destruct button?
No, it's none of these things. It's a circular scroll wheel, but without the actual wheel bit. Fans of older non-touch iPod models might appreciate its inclusion, at least in theory. It certainly stands out visually.
Strange scroll wheel aside, Fujitsu doesn't scrimp on the feature set for the SH760. An Intel Core i7 M 620 2.67GHz processor runs the whole show, aided by 4GB of RAM, a 512MB GeForce 310M graphics chip and a 500GB 5400rpm hard drive. The 13.3-inch display screen has a top resolution of 1366x768, which isn't super-crisp but adequate in this kind of screen size.
From a connectivity point of view the SH760 is very nicely equipped. You get an ExpressCard slot, two USB 2.0 ports, VGA and HDMI for video connectivity, DVD multi-writer, gigabit Ethernet and 802.11n Wi-Fi, an SDHC card reader, fingerprint scanner, webcam and microphone in and audio out ports. The star of the show is the single USB port that sits on the left-hand side. It's the first USB 3.0 port we've hit in a notebook available to the Australian market, with all the promise of higher speed data transfers that USB 3.0 should deliver.
On the software front, Fujitsu keeps the SH760 firmly in business territory with Windows 7 Professional 64-bit, as well as Softex Omnipass, CyberLink PowerDVD, CyberLink PowerDirector, Roxio Easy Media Creator, Adobe Acrobat Reader, Fujitsu UpdateNavi, Fujitsu 3D Shock Sensor Utility, Fujitsu Power Saving Utility, Fujitsu Hardware Diagnostic Tool, Fujitsu Display Manager, Sun Microsystems Java Runtime, CyberLink YouCam and Windows Live Essentials pre-installed. You also get a 60-day trial version of Microsoft Office Professional 2007. One nice feature in the software set-up is that antivirus software is installed, but it's not the usual 30-day trial version. Instead, you get a full year's subscription to Norman Virus Control.