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Fujitsu LifeBook E8210 review: Fujitsu LifeBook E8210

While the LifeBook E8210 isn't extraordinarily expensive, it's certainly not cheap. Our $1,944 review unit comes with a 1.86GHz Intel Core Duo processor; 1GB of fast, 667MHz RAM; an average-size 80GB hard drive spinning at 5,400rpm; and ATI Mobility Radeon X1400 graphics card with 128MB of dedicated VRAM. A similarly configured Dell Latitude D820 costs about $270 more, while the less feature-rich HP Compaq nx7400 cost about $650 less than the LifeBook E8210.

The LifeBook E8210 turned in a respectable score on CNET Labs' mobile benchmarks, equaling the performance of the Dell Latitude D820, which had a faster processor, and trouncing the Micro Express EL80. At the same time, the LifeBook E8210 ran a negligible 3 percent faster than the significantly less expensive HP Compaq nx7400. Nevertheless, the Fujitsu has more than enough power for any business application mobile users would want to run.

Unfortunately, that performance came at a cost: the LifeBook E8210 didn't fare as well in our battery tests. With a paltry 3 hours, 24 minutes of battery life on its high-capacity battery, it died 2 hours, 39 minutes before the Micro Express EL80; 1 hour, 27 minutes before the Dell Latitude D820; and 13 minutes before than the HP Compaq nx7400. Workers who want to spend a significant amount of time away from the wall socket should consider investing in the $150 modular bay battery that can fit into the optical drive bay.

Fujitsu covers the LifeBook E8210 with a one-year warranty, which is common for consumer systems but less than the industry-standard three years of coverage for business notebooks. An upgrade to a three-year warranty costs a reasonable $180 if you buy directly from Fujitsu. Support is available through a 24/7 toll-free phone line, and if you're in the United States, technicians can connect to your computer over the Internet to diagnose problems. Repairs can be made at carry-in locations and at a mail-in depot.

Mobile application performance
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
BAPCo MobileMark 2005 performance rating  

Battery life
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
BAPCo MobileMark 2005 battery life in minutes  

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System configurations:
Dell Latitude D820
Windows XP Pro; 2.16GHz Intel Core Duo T2600; 1,024MB DDR2 SDRAM PC5300 666MHz; Nvidia Quadro NVS 120M 512MB; Fujitsu MHV2100BH 100GB 5,400rpm

HP Compaq nx7400
Windows XP Pro; 1.83GHz Intel Core Duo T2400; 512MB DDR2 SDRAM PC4300 533MHz; Mobile i945GM Express 256MB; Fujitsu MHV2080BH 80GB 5,400rpm

Fujitsu LifeBook E8210
Windows XP Pro; 1.83GHz Intel Core Duo T2400; 1,024MB DDR2 SDRAM ; ATI Mobility Radeon x1400 256MB; Fujitsu MHV2080BH 80GB 5,400rpm

Micro Express EL80
Windows XP Home; 2.16GHz Intel Core Duo T2600; 2GB DDR2 SDRAM PC5300 667MHz; Nvidia GeForce Go7600 256MB; Hitachi TS72108G 80GB 7,200rpm

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