Fujitsu LifeBook P1000 review: Fujitsu LifeBook P1000

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The Good Small; lightweight; bright screen; integrated 802.11b Wi-Fi.

The Bad Slow performance; small screen.

The Bottom Line The Fujitsu LifeBook P1000 makes sense for frequent travelers who place a higher premium on portability than performance.

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6.9 Overall

Business travelers know that, on the road, computing power takes a backseat to portability. Fujitsu's LifeBook P1000, a supremely small notebook, will satisfy many business users, but it makes more trade-offs than most to achieve its feather-light weight.

Our test system came with an anemic 800MHz Transmeta Crusoe TM5800 CPU. The P1000's components also include 256MB of SDRAM and a 30GB hard drive spinning at 4,200rpm. The underpowered graphics subsystem is driven by an 8MB ATI Radeon Rage Mobility-M graphics chip. To save space, the P1000 has no internal optical drives and instead relies on an unwieldy external PC Card-interface CD-ROM drive, as well as an external USB floppy. The notebook's 8.9-inch, wide-format TFT screen, though small, is bright and lovely to behold, even if its native resolution of 1,024x600 makes text hard on the eyes.

Measuring only 1.4 by 9.1 by 6.2 inches and weighing a phenomenally scant 2.2 pounds, the P1000 stands somewhere between an ultraportable notebook and a large palmtop organizer. More reminiscent of a PDA is the Fujitsu's touch-screen capability, though this feature seems targeted towards vertical markets. The laptop's cramped keyboard is minuscule and composed of tiny, mushy-feeling keys that flex under slight pressure.

Don't confuse the P1000 with the bigger LifeBook P5010. They're both in the LifeBook P family, but the P5010 has a bigger, 10.6-inch screen and a built-in optical drive. If you don't mind a tad more weight, a built-in optical drive is extremely useful, and we recommend several small notebooks over the P1000, including the Sony VAIO TR series and the Panasonic ToughBook CF-W2.