Fujitsu Lifebook T900 review

31 May 2010

An effective tablet PC, if that’s what you need, but dull design and poor battery life undermine its good work

Price when reviewed 
1,623
3

You could forgive PC manufacturers for giving up on touchscreens altogether following the launch of the Apple iPad, but it would appear that the technology is all the rage right now. We’ve reviewed two all-in-one desktops – the Samsung U250 and Asus Eee Top ET2010PNT) – in recent weeks, and now Fujitsu’s Lifebook T900 laptop is attempting to draw the attention of corporate buyers.

Let’s get one thing straight right from the start, this tablet PC is no glamour puss. The T900 is as drab and businesslike as they come, with a chassis full of stark angles, and a dull silver-black colour scheme. It isn’t slim (at 38mm thick), it isn’t light (at 2.36kg), and it certainly isn’t sexy.

But it is solid and straightforward in a way only business laptops can be. The keyboard looks old-fashioned, but it feels comfortable under the fingers with a light but positive action. The touchpad is responsive and set a comfortable distance from the keyboard and its buttons are similarly competent.

Fujitsu Lifebook T900 - tablet view

And the chassis’ no-nonsense build quality lends the whole thing a reassuringly knock-resistant feel. The hinge that allows the T900’s touchscreen to rotate and fold flat against its body is particularly beefy, and incorporates an ingenious reversible latch that allows the screen to be locked securely in place in tablet mode.

Under the hood, the T900 is powered by one of Intel’s latest mobile processors – a 2.4GHz Core i5-M520 – which means fast performance in any application you care to mention. This is backed up by 4GB of RAM, giving a seriously good overall performance figure of 1.58 in our application based benchmarks.

The hard disk is 320GB in capacity, and there’s little to complain about connectivity-wise. Scattered around the edges of the T900 you’ll find three USB 2 ports, a smartcard reader, a D-SUB video output, memory card reader, smartcard and Express card 54 slots, plus – on the rear under a plastic flap – a slot for a SIM card, revealing the presence of a 3G modem.

Details

Price ex VAT £1,381
Price inc VAT £1,623
Overall rating 3
Features & Design 3
Value for Money 3

Physical specifications

Weight 2.360kg
Travelling weight 2.8kg

Processor and memory

Processor Intel Core i5-520M
Motherboard chipset Intel QM97
RAM capacity 4.00GB
Memory type DDR3
SODIMM sockets free 0
SODIMM sockets total 2

Screen and video

Screen size 13.3in
Resolution screen horizontal 1,280
Resolution screen vertical 800
Resolution 1280 x 800
Graphics chipset Intel GMA HD
VGA (D-SUB) outputs 1
HDMI outputs 0
S-Video outputs 0
DVI-I outputs 0
DVI-D outputs 0
DisplayPort outputs 0

Drives

Capacity 320GB
Hard disk usable capacity 196GB
Spindle speed 5,400RPM
Internal disk interface SATA 300
Hard disk Western Digital WD3200BEVS-16VAT0
Optical drive TSST TS-L633B
Battery capacity 5,800mAh
Replacement battery price inc VAT £0

Networking

Wired adapter speed 1,000Mbits/sec
802.11a support yes
802.11b support yes
802.11g support yes
802.11 draft-n support yes
Integrated 3G adapter yes
Bluetooth support yes

Other Features

Wireless hardware on/off switch yes
Wireless key-combination switch no
Modem no
ExpressCard34 slots 0
ExpressCard54 slots 1
PC Card slots 0
USB ports (downstream) 3
FireWire ports 1
PS/2 mouse port no
9-pin serial ports 0
Parallel ports 0
Optical S/PDIF audio output ports 0
Electrical S/PDIF audio ports 0
3.5mm audio jacks 2
SD card reader yes
Memory Stick reader yes
Smart Media reader no
Compact Flash reader no
Pointing device type Touchpad
Audio chipset Realtek HD Audio
Speaker location Above keyboard
Hardware volume control? no
Integrated microphone? yes
Integrated webcam? yes
Camera megapixel rating 21.0mp
TPM yes
Fingerprint reader yes
Smartcard reader yes
Carry case yes

Battery and performance tests

Battery life, light use 3hr 58min
Battery life, heavy use 1hr 13min
Overall application benchmark score 1.58
Office application benchmark score 1.33
2D graphics application benchmark score 1.54
Encoding application benchmark score 1.52
Multitasking application benchmark score 1.95

Operating system and software

Operating system Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
OS family Windows 7