Pros Nice form factor/low weight. Hot-swappable optical drive. Security panel for the truly paranoid. Large disk available (80 GB). Memory expandable to 2 GB. Keyboard has a solid feel to it. Low price for the feature set.
Cons The touchpad is occasionally flaky and annoying for the first 10 minutes after cold boot. During that time, the pad is often overly sensitive; adjusting mouse settings to compensate is an extremely tedious process. The computer runs a bit hot, but not o
Pros Light, rugged. I dropped it 3 times, chipped the case, dropped it once onto concrete from 1.2 meters and once onto a floor from 1.75 meters, and everything works. I am impressed about the ruggedness which is not immediately apparent. Under windows, everyt
Cons many of the Lifebook convenience are non-functional under linux: 1. the CD Rom seems to always be active 2. Impossible to select between the pointing button and the touch pad. I hate touchpads and can not disable it. 3. The WIFI is non-functional. 4. Soun
"Think Twice"on by mswnow
Pros Very fast, very light, EXTREMELY LONG BATTERY LIFE
Cons REPETITIVE PROBLEMS, SHAKEY SERVICE
Summary I bought my lifebook S6000close to two years ago. it was a great computer. What I have to say about it is:
1. The aspects that work, work exceptionally. However, if you get a computer from them that has any signs of problems, TURN BACK. My lifebook S6000 (YES S6000 not S7010) had a screen problem within the first 2 months. The back light went out. We shiped it in. It took 2 weeks. When we got it back it worked for 3 months. The backlight went out again. We shiped it in. 2 weeks later we got it back. it worked for one month this time. we shiped it in, and within 2 weeks of getting it back it went out again. This was an incredible hassle with their costomer support, but after 3 weeks of complaining EVERY DAY about the sleeping giant they would awaken if it happened again, they declared the computer a "lemon". The next day I had a brand new lifebook 7010 at my door. (definitly a plus for their previously un cooperative customer support. Within a week the battery shorted out, and blew out all periferals (we didnt find this out till 2 months later when i was able to ship it in. i got it back. They had accidently wiped the harddrive. I lost all my work. (BIG NEGATIVE for SERVICE) 2 weeks after i got it back. the usb ports went out. some fool in the service department had forgotten to tighten a screw. its been a month sence that, and my other USB ports are now going out again. OTHER THAN THAT GREAT COMPUTER
Pros small size and lightweight, great performance, nice layout and features, security and application panel wonderfully convenient, great wireless reception, full-size keyboard, good price
Cons glossy screen hard to see outdoors in daylight and is not widescreen, speakers are horrible
Summary I am a finance major, and I highly recommend this notebook for any student in a similar field. I have used this product for a semester, and have no regrets at all. I should note that I upgraded to 512 mgs of memory. I have many Apple-freak friends, and this computer has amazed them with its performance, reliability, and incredible size and weight. It has dispelled the notion once and for all that Apples can in any way compete with a properly set up PC. When all of my friend's apples were quitting on them during the last few weeks before finals, my Fujitsu kept on ticking. It has never let me down. It runs multiple programs at the same very smoothly. The security and application panel is one of the nicest features. It allows the user to set either a simple or complex numeric password to protect the notebook and allows the user to launch any of their four prefered programs instantly with the touch of a button. It handles all of the programs commonly used by business students and the like without any problems. The upgraded memory is very nice and allows the machine to perform very quickly for a product in its price range. It was nice to get a DVD-R drive instead of the usual CD-RW drive. The wireless receiver is amazing. I am the only person in my building that I know of who hasn't had a problem receiving and connecting to our school's wireless network. The 40 gig hard drive, while not great, is acceptable. The S7010 includes both a touch pad and touch stick. The touch pad is a tad too close to the keyboard and I kept hitting it while typing. I disabled that and use just the touch stick. The keyboard is nicely designed and easy to use. Unfortunately, the glossy screen is difficult to use outdoors during daylight, and the speakers are absolutely useless. Despite these shortcommings, I would highly recommend this for any student who needs a solid notebook.Updated
I forgot to mention that the Fujitsu has a wonderfully long battery life as well. I also feel I should comment on it's simple good looks. Not flashy, not blocky and plain, it is conservatively styled and achieves a sleek and graceful look. A word of advice: cut a piece of soft cloth/felt to place between the keyboard and the screen when shut, as the screen tends to get scratched and smudged rather easily otherwise.
Pros good battery life, sleek as hell, quiet fan, light and reliable
Cons not as light as the s6000 series from fujitsu, scroll button not as easy to use, expensive compared to light and thins like hp and compaqs, but still a better machine overall and worth the extra money
Summary I certainly disagree with cnet editor's description of the 7010 as the "toyota corolla" of laptops. The Fujitsu s7010 is a sleek machine, and as someone stated in another forum, fujitsu is known for its stylish yet understated design. i would more likely call the 7010 the lexis of all laptops, as i get headturns and compliments all the time. boring in design would be ibm--they really need a makeover. i bought the 7010 as a replacement for my lifebook 6231 after i got into a car accident and the 6231 was being repaired. i got the 7010 for a really good price when fujitsu was having a clearance sale, about $950 compared to the $1700 i shelled out for the 6231 earlier in the year. i thought i would give the 6231 away to my little sister and keep the 7010. so far the 7010 is pretty good, it isn't as sleek as the 6231 (though my friends could not tell the difference between the two!)--it's bigger with a 14 inch screen compared to the 6231's 13.3 screen, and is about noticeably heavier at 4 pounds something compared to the 6231 which was about 3 pounds without the dvd drive. it still is a beautiful laptop with better battery life it seems than the 6231 and more quiet even when i have the screen set at the brightest. in addition its start up and shut down time is quite fast. after my 6231 was being repaired, i bought the hp dv1000 which i really hated--it was clunky and the screen was too dark (returned it thanks to compusa's semi-generous return policy, and purchased a toshiba m55-3295 (something like that), and hated that too, same problem was clunkiness and a dark screen among other dislikes, and i ended up returning it also. i( also disliked the HP and the toshiba because it was widescreened--and all the font and everything is squished down, a lot smaller than a screen of regular height. neither the 6232 nor the 7010 are widescreens though.) once you own a fujitsu, it's hard to find satisfaction in other notebooks. after this experience i would only consider a sony vaio if fujitsu didn't exist. i'd certainly give fujitsu a whirl as it has been very reliable and i admit, i feel like a bit of an elitist (at my law school, everyone owns a laptop and i am one of the 3 people on campus with a fujitsu).
for those complaining about the "flex" of the keyboard, i don't understand what the problem is. fujitsu has soft keys which i like (the 7010's are more "matted" than the "slippery" feel of the 6231, but both were fine). keyboards from the toshiba and the hp models i tested, were too deep and hard to press, and after being used to the 6231, my fingers were really pink and sore afterwards. so i say, a little flex is better than hard keys.