Fujistu’s new Lifebook P770 has a lot of the same ingredients as its predecessor – the Lifebook P8110. It’s still aimed at business users who can afford to splash out on expensive hardware and it’s housed in the same tough magnesium chassis. The specs and features have been given a next-generation update and it comes with excellent security credentials.
The P770 is primed for heavy-duty use and has great ultra mobility features, including a good battery life. We recommend the Fujitsu Lifebook P770 with one caveat – wait until the price drops before buying.
The model has a gloss black case with Fujitsu’s emblem stylishly emblazoned across the back. It’s not a particularly modish looking laptop but it feels well designed for practical use.
At only 12.1in and weighing 1.4kg, it is well built for mobile environments and the magnesium chassis gives it a solid feel. We found no bend in the top lid and we were equally happy with the quality of the rest of the case.
The only issue we had was a very noisy exhaust port on the left-hand side of the case. This was fine in idle from boot up but after a few hours use, the exhaust cycle kicked in to expel hot air making a sound loud enough to be distracting in quiet presentation rooms.
Fujitsu's decision not to use an isolated key chiclet finish on the keyboard could make typing very difficult on such a compact laptop. However, this was one of the better small boards we’ve used. There is a little too much carry in the board but Fujitsu built it so the raised keys don’t sit flat against each other, which makes mis-hitting keys less likely.
The board also has a large shift, return and backspace. With these and the solid board, we had no problems using the P770 for Office-based apps for long periods of time.
The top of the case has a matte bump to prevent slippage – as does the very responsive touchpad. The pad is great but why did Fujitsu see the need to put the biometric swipe slap bang in the middle? There’s enough open space on the P770 to house the biometric swipe and it gets in the way of vertical scrolling – unless you use just your finger tip.
Another surprising addition to the touchpad is multi-gesture support. We enabled this in the mouse driver and it gives the pad similar properties to a multi-touch screen. You can flick, pinch zoom and pivot apps, but we found it to be little more than a novelty. The pad is simply too small to make it viable as a navigation tool for business apps.