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Fujitsu LifeBook E8410 review: Fujitsu LifeBook E8410

Fujitsu LifeBook E8410

Michelle Thatcher Former Senior Associate Editor, Laptops
Tech expert Michelle Thatcher grew up surrounded by gadgets and sustained by Tex-Mex cuisine. Life in two major cities--first Chicago, then San Francisco--broadened her culinary horizons beyond meat and cheese, and she's since enjoyed nearly a decade of wining, dining, and cooking up and down the California coast. Though her gadget lust remains, the practicalities of her small kitchen dictate that single-function geegaws never stay around for long.
Michelle Thatcher
5 min read

The midsize Fujitsu LifeBook E8410 is by no means flashy, but the laptop has a lot to offer business users, starting with a thorough feature set that includes nearly every port and connection a business user could need, plus serious data security that includes a smart card reader and a Trusted Platform Module. When it comes to performance, the LifeBook E8410 matches that of comparable systems from Gateway and Lenovo, with one exception: our review unit's 1GB of RAM held it back on our Photoshop CS2 test (an upgrade to 2GB would cost $130 if you buy it from Fujitsu). Pricewise, the $1,849 LifeBook E8410 costs about $70 more than a similarly configured Lenovo ThinkPad T61--though the latter lacks some ports and makes you choose between a smart card reader and an ExpressCard slot. And buyers who don't need such a robust feature set can save even more money with the Lenovo 3000 N200. But corporations that need enterprise-level features and security would do well to consider the fully stocked Fujitsu LifeBook E8410.


Fujitsu LifeBook E8410

The Good

Attractive display; decent battery life; corporate-level security hardware; full-size keyboard; plenty of ports, including serial and parallel.

The Bad

Slow Photoshop performance with 1GB of RAM; lacks external volume controls; tinny speakers.

The Bottom Line

The well-rounded Fujitsu LifeBook E8410 gives corporate users a broad feature set, enterprise-level security, and decent performance and battery life.

Price as reviewed/starting price $1,849/$1,299
Processor 2.2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T7500
Memory 1GB of 667MHz
Hard drive 100GB at 5,400rpm
Graphics 128MB Nvidia GeForce 8400M G
Chipset Mobile Intel 965GM Express
Operating system Windows Vista Business
Dimensions (LWH) 14.1x10.1x1.4 inches
Screen size (diagonal) 15.4 inches
System weight/weight with AC adapter 6.2/7.2 pounds
Category Mainstream

The LifeBook E8410 is all business black on the outside, but opening the notebook reveals a silvery-white interior. With a magnesium lid, steel hinges, spill-resistant keyboard, and shock-mounted hard drive, the LifeBook E8410 seems solid enough to handle the knocks and bumps of everyday business life. Though its case size is very similar to Fujitsu's consumer-oriented LifeBook A6030, the LifeBook E8410 weighs a few tenths of an ounce less than its sibling and is among the lightest midsize laptops we've seen.

Our LifeBook E8410's 15.4 inch, wide-screen display featured a fairly standard 1,280x800 native resolution; you can increase the resolution to 1,400x1,050 for $45. The screen's glossy finish successfully walks the line between impressive color and excess reflection. Our review unit also included a 1.3-megapixel Webcam for videoconferencing; opting out of the Webcam knocks $30 off the laptop's price.

The keyboard on the LifeBook E8410 is full-size and comfortable to use. Fujitsu offers two mousing configurations, either touch pad only or touch pad plus pointing stick. Our review unit included just the touch pad, but still had two sets of mouse buttons; they didn't affect the laptop's usability, they just looked strange without the accompanying quick point. The bottom set of mouse buttons frames a tiny fingerprint reader for storing Web passwords and logging on to your computer or a network. The touch pad itself was functional, if small (2.6 inches by 1.5 inches). Above the keyboard sit five buttons that can be programmed to launch the application of your choice, an appreciated extra particularly on a buttoned-up business system. Also above the keyboard sits a 3-inch-long black-and-white LCD status display that takes the place of the multiple bright LED status lights typically found on a laptop--a useful feature that cuts down on distraction when you're working. Rounding out the package, the laptop has a Wi-Fi on/off switch on the front lip. Unsurprising for a business system, the LifeBook E8410 lacks any external media controls--we'd have liked at least a volume wheel--and its speakers emit tinny, weak sound.

  Fujitsu LifeBook E8410 Average for mainstream category
Video VGA-out, S-Video VGA-out, S-Video
Audio Stereo speakers, headphone/microphone jacks Stereo speakers, headphone/microphone jacks
Data Four USB 2.0 ports, mini-FireWire, serial, parallel, multiformat memory card reader, and a smart card reader Four USB 2.0 ports, a mini-FireWire, and a multiformat memory card reader
Expansion PC Card and ExpressCard slots PC Card slot
Networking Modem, Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11a/g/n Wi-Fi, optional Bluetooth Modem, Ethernet, 802.11a/b/g Wi-Fi, optional Bluetooth
Optical drive DVD burner DVD burner

The Fujitsu LifeBook E8410 includes every port a worker could possibly need, including legacy serial and parallel ports for businesses using older or specialized peripherals. The system includes two sets of stacked USB ports, one pair on the laptop's left edge and one pair on the back; their distribution helps cut down on cord crowding. Built on Intel's Centrino Pro platform, the LifeBook E8410 includes the latest 802.11a/g/n wireless, but WWAN is conspicuously absent; users who want cellular connectivity will have to rely on a PC Card or ExpressCard radio. Corporate buyers will be pleased to know that the LifeBook E8410 piles on corporate-level security measures, including not only a fingerprint reader but also a smart card slot and an internal Trusted Platform Module.

On CNET Labs' benchmarks, the LifeBook E8410 performed within 5 percent of similarly configured systems, such as the $1,599 Lenovo 3000 N200 and the $2,186 Gateway E-475M, on our Multitasking and iTunes tests. When it came to Photoshop CS2, though, the LifeBook E8410 trailed far behind the others, most likely due to its lone gigabyte of RAM (those other systems came configured with 2GB). In our anecdotal use, we had no problem with typical work (surfing the Web, typing documents) and making quick photo touch-ups with Vista's built-in image editor--and that was without disabling the Aero-glass translucent effects. Doubling the LifeBook E8410's RAM to match competitive systems costs $130 if you buy from Fujitsu--money well spent if you plan to run programs more intensive than the typical Web browser and word processor.

The Fujitsu LifeBook E8410's eight-cell battery lasted 2 hours, 27 minutes on our taxing DVD drain test. That's pretty good for a midsize laptop, though the Lenovo 3000 N200's comparable battery held out 37 minutes longer. Our DVD battery drain test is especially grueling, so you can expect longer life from casual Web surfing and office use.

Fujitsu covers the LifeBook E8410 with a one-year warranty; 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.

Multimedia multitasking test (in seconds)
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Adobe Photoshop CS2 image-processing test (in seconds)
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Apple iTunes encoding test (in seconds)
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DVD battery drain test (in minutes)
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Fujitsu LifeBook E8410

Score Breakdown

Design 8Features 8Performance 6Battery 7Support 7