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Fujitsu LifeBook T580 review: Fujitsu LifeBook T580

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The Good Crisp screen; decent performance.

The Bad Large and quite heavy; small display.

The Bottom Line The 10.1-inch Fujitsu LifeBook T580 is a decent ultra-portable laptop, but it's less successful when you twist the screen and put it into tablet mode, due to its small screen and chunky dimensions.

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If you can't decide whether you should get a new laptop or opt for a tablet instead, maybe the Fujitsu LifeBook T580 could be the answer. It's a 10.1-inch laptop with a multi-touch screen that can be rotated and snapped back against the keyboard to turn it into a tablet.

Priced at around £900, the T580 is significantly cheaper than Fujitsu's other tablet-laptop hybrids, such as the LifeBook T900, which we reviewed last year.

Netbook-sized munter

Given its small, 10.1-inch screen, it's no surprise to find that the T580 is pretty similar in size to your average netbook. It's slightly thicker, though, as extra girth is needed for the twisting mechanism of the display.

The T580 isn't the prettiest machine we've ever had in for review, with the two-tone matte black and chrome finish failing to add much in the way of visual flair. It's also slightly heavy, at 1.4kg, which is something to bear in mind if you planning on using it as a tablet device for prolonged periods.

Nevertheless, the T580 does feel well-built. There's very little flex in the chassis and the rotating mechanism of the screen feels like it's built to last too.

Fujitsu has done a reasonably good job of fitting a keyboard into the T580's small chassis. The keys are large enough to comfortably touch type on and the action is fast and smooth. The trackpad is on the small side, but the dimpled surface helps your finger to glide across it smoothly. 

As you'd perhaps expect, given the small size of the machine, the T580 doesn't offer a huge variety of ports. For example, there are only two USB sockets and it lacks the PC Card slot that you find on many ultra-portable laptops. There are, however, both HDMI and VGA outputs for connecting the T580 to an external display. Fujitsu has managed to cram in a memory-card reader and Smart Card slot too, along with a fingerprint reader on the left side of the display.

This is what the T580 looks like in tablet mode.

The T580 offers Wi-Fi connectivity, but there's also the option to add an integrated 3G modem with GPS. This wasn't included in our review sample.

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