The Good Neat design; respectable spec; DVD drive is swappable for another battery, giving a supernatural life in excess of ten hours.
The Bad Slippy outer casing is a potential drop hazard; reflective screen can be annoying even in moderately bright light.
The Bottom Line Although the highly reflective screen and slippy chassis are turn-offs, overall the Lifebook is an appealing proposition. Fujitsu Siemens have made an impressive effort to integrate a powerful laptop chip into a compact unit. It may not render the next Toy Story, but the Lifebook has truly exceptional battery life -- for many this will be an overwhelming reason to buy
Fujitsu Lifebook P7010
While some laptops are too big to lug around and others too small to accomodate adult hands, the Fujitsu Siemens Lifebook P7010 balances on the ridge between extremes: the keyboard doesn't feel cramped, even though it's a compact machine. Nor does the processor seem underpowered for intensive office tasks -- even basic video editing is not beyond this svelte laptop.
Disappointingly, a highly reflective screen thwarts the Lifebook's clever chassis design. This proves very distracting under even moderate lighting conditions. It seems that this may be an established trend for laptop manufacturers -- it's becoming increasing difficult to find new laptops that don't use glossy screens and it may be months or even years before this irritating fad dies out. If you can live with this, the Lifebook makes a very desirable compact workhorse.
The lid on the Lifebook is a glossy black plastic, while the base is a hodgepodge of stickers, screws and, strangest of all, a felt pad that covers the hard disk panel. It's a shame that the elegance of the rest of the chassis couldn't have been extended to the base. The Lifebook is thin, at 34mm thick (including rubber feet). It's lucky that the Lifebook weighs just 1.3kg, because the glossy chassis is the least grippy we've ever travelled with. The extremely polished surface collects grease like a sloppy mechanic, and you'll definitely need a bag to lug this around in. Carry it with bare hands and it'll slip through your fingers and shatter into lots of expensive pieces.
Fujitsu Siemens' 3G laptop lineup
Esprimo line of business laptops, all featuring integrated 3G, includes an ultraportable and a desktop replacement model. Photos: Esprimo Mobile notebook