A lightweight, competent laptop that will suit the travelling business user, the PH530 is an impressive device that has a good array of connectivity options and decent battery life. However, it's also fairly expensive and business users with undemanding needs may be better off opting for a netbook.
Ultraportable design; good battery life; great connectivity options.
Small and uncomfortable keyboard; relatively slow processor; no DVD drive.
Intel Core i3-330UM processor (1.2GHz), 2GB RAM, 802.11n, Bluetooth, 4-in-1 card reader, HDMI-out, three USB 2.0 ports, 1.3-megapixel webcam and built-in digital microphone, Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
The Fujitsu Lifebook PH530 is a lightweight, portable laptop targeting the travelling business user.
The small, stylish chassis houses an 11.6in LED backlit screen capable of outputting a 1,366 x 768 HD resolution. However, unlike the usual business laptops, the display has a glossy finish as opposed to a matt one, which means that reflections in rooms with bright overhead lighting can be problematic.
At 1.4kg (including the battery), the laptop is definitely light enough to be carried around on day trips and long journeys.
The Lifebook PH530 (PDF) comes preloaded with a 64-bit version of Windows 7 Professional and has an overall Windows Experience rating of 2.7. However, this is slightly misleading as it is the graphics capabilities which bring the overall score down.
As business users are unlikely to be playing games such as Modern Warfare on the device, graphics performance is unlikely to be a clinching factor when considering this laptop.
The PH530 is powered by a dual-core Intel Core i3-330UM running at 1.2GHz. This achieves a mid-range rating of 4.2 in the Windows Experience benchmark and provides a more accurate representation of the device's overall capabilities.
Fujitsu offers the choice of 320GB or 500GB hard disk space, both running at the standard 5,400 rpm.
With 2GB of RAM installed, the device is generally capable of running multiple applications simultaneously. However, in our tests where we had multiple tabs open in Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as several Word documents running, the PH530 did exhibit a bit of lag.
The Lifebook offers an impressive range of ports, but its relatively small size means there's no room for a DVD drive. Those who regularly use optical discs for work or entertainment may find may find it too much trouble to attach an external drive.
There are three USB 2.0 ports, two located on the right-hand side and one on the left. VGA, HDMI, Ethernet and a 4-in-1 memory card reader round off the list of hardware connection options.
Wireless connectivity comes in the form of Bluetooth 2.1 and 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi. There is also the option of a built-in 3G/UMTS module, allowing for mobile broadband without the need for a separate USB dongle.