Fujitsu LifeBook SH771 review: Fujitsu LifeBook SH771

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CNET Editors' Rating

4 stars Excellent
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The Good Good battery life, going toe to toe with lower power ultrabooks. 7200rpm hard drive.

The Bad Circular scroll isn't that great.

The Bottom Line The SH771 is a decent laptop that provides power and flexibility thanks to its full complement of ports, battery options and weight-saving features.

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Editor's note: Fujitsu has informed us of an errant BIOS setting that was causing our strange hibernation issue — the review has been updated accordingly.

Fujitsu's matte black SH771 is a nice reprieve to a world filled with ultrabooks — a strong, full-featured laptop. Despite not being an ultrabook it's still quite slim, at 23.2mm high. Weight isn't too bad either — if you swap out the optical drive for a space-saver and the mechanical for a solid-state drive (SSD), you can get it as low as 1.22kg.

A 13.3-inch gloss screen is the order of the day, which manages reasonable blacks and decent quality imagery via a 1366x768 resolution.

There's nothing amazing that standouts about the chassis design, aside from Fujitsu's now standard scroll-circle sitting next to the touch pad. We've always found it awkward to use, and weird that it's dedicated when the touch pad already supports Chiral motion scrolling. The scroll-circle can also adjust volume by tapping it, which then switches it into volume mode. Tap again, and you're back to scrolling. Other modes can be enabled through the control panel, although none are as useful.

The island-style keys are acceptable enough to type on, but have a slightly dead feel, lacking the spring that we've noticed in superior keyboards. Being of business heritage, don't expect a back-lit keyboard here — but you will get a fingerprint scanner. Speakers are also tiny, shrill and shouldn't be used for anything more than system sounds.

Expansion-wise, the SH771 features a full complement: VGA and HDMI ports, two USB 2.0 ports, a USB 3.0 port, gigabit Ethernet, an ExpressCard slot, SD card reader, and headphone/microphone jacks. If you need more battery, a second battery pack can be purchased to replace the optical drive.

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Where to Buy

Fujitsu LifeBook SH771

Part Number: CNETFujitsu LifeBook SH771

Typical Price: $2,188.00

See manufacturer website for availability.