Fujitsu Lifebook U772 review: Fujitsu Lifebook U772

CNET Editors' Rating

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The Good Aggressive, attractive design. 3G WWAN module. Gigabit Ethernet. Good performance.

The Bad Uninspiring screen. Terrible keyboard. Keyboard isn't backlit. Creates quite a whine under load.

The Bottom Line Despite admirable performance and good battery life, an uninspiring screen, terrible keyboard and high price keeps us from recommending the U772 to either consumers or businesses.

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The only company to come later to the ultrabook game than Sony, was Fujitsu — and even with the Lifebook U772, the Japanese company is tentative about stepping into the space.

Not that you could tell from the brazen metallic red outer shell of its Lifebook U772, along with its black rim and aggressive brushed black metal interior. The closest design analogue, really, is "sports car".

Connectivity

  • USB 3.0: 2
  • USB 2.0: 1
  • Optical: None
  • Video: HDMI
  • Ethernet: Gigabit
  • Wireless: Dual-channel 802.11n, Bluetooth, 3G WWAN module

The screen is a little bit flexible, but bendable enough to be a concern — and while there's a remnant wobble after opening, the screen stays reasonably still while typing.

It's here that we come across our two biggest problems: the display is uninspiring and the keyboard leaves a lot to be desired. Sure, the fact that the 14-inch, 1366x768 is matte is a good start, and the range of motion of the lid is flexible enough that you can approximate the best viewing angle for your height. The colours, though, never seem properly saturated or vibrant, and blacks are more of a dark grey, depending on where your head is. Whether it's the panel or the anti-glare coating, it's not a good result.

The keyboard is simply too shallow to be comfortable, and quite unpleasant to type on. While you can adjust, the lack of tactile feedback is jarring, occasionally resulting in dropped letters. Don't expect a keyboard backlight here, either; Fujitsu is wary of its impact on battery life.

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Where to Buy

Fujitsu Lifebook U772

Part Number: CNETFujitsu Lifebook U772

Typical Price: $2,488.00

See manufacturer website for availability.