Fujitsu's Lifebook S760 is a good all-rounder that ticks all the boxes for a corporate laptop. While its design looks a little conservative, it packs a decent amount of processing power into a portable package and has good connectivity and expansion options. The only downside is the need to watch the power consumption when running on batteries.
Relatively light; good keyboard and screen; easy access to components.
Turbo Boost in processor can drain batteries.
£1,101 + VAT (as reviewed)
Intel 2.53GHz Core i5 540M processor, 4GB memory (8GB max), 160GB Sata hard drive, DVD-RW super-multi drive, 13.3in display with 1,366 x 768 native resolution, 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Gigabit Ethernet, Sierra Wireless Gobi 2000 3G broadband modem.
Fujitsu's Lifebook S760 is an ultraportable aimed at corporate buyers, and is styled a bit more conservatively than many recent laptop models. However, under the hood it boasts the latest Intel mobile processors, and provides ample performance for business applications.
Available now, the Lifebook S760 has a 13.3in display and weighs from 1.6kg, depending on configuration. It is based on Intel's latest mobile platform, with Core i3, i5 or i7 processors and up to 8GB of memory.
Business-friendly features include the ability to swap the optical drive for a second battery, a trusted platform module for security, support for Intel's Active Management Technology, and support in the Bios for the Computrace theft protection service which can remotely disable a missing or stolen system.
Our review model was configured with a 2.53GHz Core i5 540M processor which has dual cores and Intel's Hyperthreading technology, and appears to Windows as a four-core processor. It also came with 4GB of memory, a 160GB 2.5in hard drive, DVD-RW drive and the 64-bit edition of Windows 7 Professional.
As is usual with modern laptops, the S760 has Wi-Fi (in this case 802.11 a/b/g/n), Bluetooth and gigabit Ethernet, but also includes a Sierra Wireless Gobi 2000 3G modem supporting speeds up to 7.2Mbit/s over a cellular data connection.
We were generally impressed with the Lifebook's sturdiness and flexibility, which should make the system well suited as a corporate laptop. However, users should be careful of running demanding applications when on battery power.
This is because the Core i5 540M processor includes Intel's Turbo Boost technology, under which the clock speed can ramp up as high as 3.06GHz if the system is running a demanding workload (see our Labs report here). It does this even when on battery power, unless the feature is turned off. Sadly, Fujitsu does not appear to have provided a way to do this.
In design, the Lifebook S760 appears a little chunky compared with some of the newer ultra-slim laptops on the market, but is actually no more than 30mm thick. At 1.6kg, it should not be too much of a burden to carry with you, either.
The screen lid also seems slightly thicker than is usual for a modern laptop, but the 13.3in screen itself delivers an excellent 1,366 x 768 image, a resolution that provides plenty of room for applications such as spreadsheets without making text too small too read. A 1.3 megapixel webcam is located above the screen.