One of the LifeBook P7010D's more notable features is a biometric fingerprint reader. You can set it up so that you no longer have to type in passwords on Web sites or log in to the OS, but rather you can stroke your finger across the scanner for access. Setting up the included Softex OmniPass fingerprint-reading software went smoothly for us, but we found the sensor somewhat persnickety: the system would balk if we didn't carefully run a finger in an exactly perpendicular motion down the reader.
The LifeBook P7010D is loaded with features and connections--you'll find just about everything a full-size notebook would have, including three slots for Secure Digital/Memory Stick, CompactFlash, and Type II PC cards; a four-pin FireWire, an S-Video, and two USB 2.0 ports; Ethernet, modem, and an external switch to turn the a/b/g Wi-Fi transceiver off (to conserve power); and a CD-RW/DVD-ROM drive in a hot-swappable bay. However, with the main battery monopolizing the laptop's back edge, a well-connected LifeBook P7010D will have a lot of messy wires poking out from the sides. (We think it's worth the mess.) Our test unit came preloaded with Microsoft Windows XP Pro and included Microsoft Works 7.0 (a basic home productivity suite) and Sonic Solutions' Record Now for burning CDs and DVDs.
The Lifebook P7010D has unremarkable components, but Fujitsu tuned them well. Our test model featured a 1.1GHz Pentium M, 512MB of DDR memory, a 60GB hard drive spinning at 4,200rpm, and an integrated Intel graphics controller. In CNET Labs' tests, the Fujitsu sped ahead of the $3,000 Sony VAIO X505, which is similarly endowed but more than a pound lighter. The LifeBook P7010D also fared well against Panasonic's thin-and-light ToughBook Y2. In CNET's battery life test, the Fujitsu chugged along for almost five hours--about twice as long as the VAIO X505 but a few minutes shy of the ToughBook Y2's awesome 5 hours 18 minutes.
Fujitsu backs the P7010D with an industry-standard one-year warranty that includes neither prepaid shipping nor onsite service; we find this somewhat cheap for a product that costs more than $2,000. An extra year of warranty costs $100, two extra years cost $180, and onsite plans are also available. IBM, by contrast, provides three years for its ThinkPad T41, which costs several hundred dollars less. Fujitsu's tolerance for bad pixels is reassuringly low: more than one bad pixel in the center of your screen or three bad pixels anywhere qualifies your unit for replacement. Fujitsu offers 24/7 telephone tech support, which remains free for the life of the product. The company's Web site offers a FAQ page that lists only a couple dozen answers spread across many LifeBook models, but the site provides a discussion board, a place to e-mail technicians, and driver and manual downloads.
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Fujitsu LifeBook P7010D
Windows XP Professional; 1.1GHz Intel Pentium M; 512MB DDR SDRAM 333MHz; Intel Extreme Graphics 2 For Mobile (up to 64MB); Fujitsu MHT2060AT 60GB 4,200rpm
Panasonic ToughBook CF-Y2
Windows XP Professional; 1.3GHz Intel Pentium M; 256MB DDR SDRAM 266MHz; Intel Extreme Graphics 2 For Mobile (up to 64MB); Toshiba MK4025GASL 40GB 4,200rpm
Sony VAIO X505
Windows XP Professional; 1.1GHz Intel Pentium M; 512MB DDR SDRAM 266MHz; Intel Extreme Graphics 2 For Mobile (up to 64MB); Toshiba MK2004GAL 20GB 4,200rpm