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Fujitsu Lifebook S935 Subnotebook Review

Sascha Mölck, 05/15/2015

Modular. Fujitsu's 13.3-inch machine offers everything a modern business notebook needs. The module slot allows some customization for the user's own needs.

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Among 13.3-inch business notebooks, the Lifebook S935 belongs to the premium class. A module slot allows for the customization of the machine: additional battery, second hard drive, optical drive. Our test machine is equipped with a second battery. Regular visitors to our website may recognize this machine. Here we're talking about the Broadwell upgrade of the Lifebook S904 (also previously tested by us).

The Lifebook S935's competitors include expensive 13.3- and 14-inch variants, notably the HP EliteBook Folio 1040, the Lenovo ThinkPad T450s, the Dell Latitude 14 E7450, the Acer TravelMate P645-S, and the HP EliteBook 840 G2.

Since the Lifebook S904 and the Lifebook S935 have the same construction, we won't discuss the case, connectivity, input devices, or speakers further. The corresponding information can be found in the test report of the Lifebook S904.

Fujitsu Lifebook S935
Processor
Graphics adapter
Intel HD Graphics 5500, Core: 300-900 MHz, Dual Channel, 10.18.10.3977
Memory
8192 MB 
, DDR3-1600, Dual Channel, one memory bank (used), 4 GB built-in
Display
13.3 inch 16:9, 1920x1080 pixel, capacitive, Sharp LQ133M1JW01, IPS, glossy: yes
Mainboard
Intel Broadwell-U PCH-LP (Premium)
Storage
Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP, 256 GB 
, 200 GB free
Soundcard
Realtek ALC283 @ Intel Broadwell PCH-LP High Definition Audio Controller
Connections
3 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 VGA, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, 1 Docking Station Port, Audio Connections: Audio combo, Card Reader: SD, 1 SmartCard, 1 Fingerprint Reader, Sensors: brightness sensor, TPM 1.2
Networking
Intel I218-LM Gigabit (10/100/1000MBit), Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265 (a/b/g/h/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.0, Sierra EM7305 LTE
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 26.5 x 319 x 215 ( = 1.04 x 12.56 x 8.46 in)
Battery
51 Wh Lithium-Ion
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 7 Professional (64 Bit) + Windows 8 Pro (64 Bit)
Camera
Webcam: HD Webcam
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, Recovery DVDs, driver DVDs, Cyberlink YouCam 5, McAfee Multi Access Internet Security (Test version), MS Office (Test version), 36 Months Warranty
Weight
1.37 kg ( = 48.33 oz / 3.02 pounds), Power Supply: 350 g ( = 12.35 oz / 0.77 pounds)
Price
1500 Euro

 

Case & Warranty

As noted earlier, the Lifebook S935 offers the same construction as the Lifebook S904. Fujitsu has made two small adjustments, though. The S904's fingerprint reader has become a PalmSecure sensor. This is also envisioned for biometric security. Instead of a fingerprint, it uses a person's vein pattern, which is read using infrared light. Apart from this, a touchpad with two separate keys serves as a mouse replacement. On the underside of the machine there is just one small maintenance flap, which allows access to the memory bank. In order to access the rest of the hardware, the base unit must be removed. This is no problem; after removing all the screws, the unit can simply be taken off. 

Display

Our test machine is equipped with a reflective 13.3-inch touch display, which has a native resolution of 1920x1080 pixels. Available alternatives include monitors with WQHD resolution (2560x1440 pixels). Both models can be purchased either with touchscreen (reflective) or without (matte). The brightness of the monitor, at 284.8 cd/m², comes out well. Still, it should have been a bit higher.

285
cd/m²
292
cd/m²
285
cd/m²
287
cd/m²
305
cd/m²
286
cd/m²
281
cd/m²
270
cd/m²
272
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 305 cd/m² Average: 284.8 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 89 %
Center on Battery: 305 cd/m²
Contrast: 1130:1 (Black: 0.27 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 5.4 | 1.01-23.34 Ø6.8
ΔE Greyscale 7.03 | 0.79-16.8 Ø7
63.6% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll)
Gamma: 2.29
Lifebook S935 vs. sRGB
Lifebook S935 vs. sRGB
Lifebook S935 vs. AdobeRGB
Lifebook S935 vs. AdobeRGB

Contrast (1.130:1) and black level (0.27 cd/m²) do rather well. The Lifebook's display can't reproduce the full AdobeRBG and sRGB color spaces. The coverage rates lie at 63.6% (AdobeRGB) and 83.7% (sRGB). However, an sRGB coverage value of nearly 84% can still be described as good. In this context, the Lifebook's display is at the same level as the monitors of the Latitude E7450 and the MacBook Pro 13 Retina (Early 2015).

The display's color reproduction comes out well in factory condition. The monitor shows a DeltaE2000 deviation of 5.4 and thereby just misses the target zone (DeltaE lower than 3). The display doesn't really display a blue tinge. These quite good values can still be improved with a calibration of the display. The color discrepancy sinks to a value of 1.26, falling into the target zone.

CalMAN - ColorChecker
CalMAN - ColorChecker
CalMAN - grayscale
CalMAN - grayscale
CalMAN - color saturation
CalMAN - color saturation
CalMAN - ColorChecker (calibrated)
CalMAN - ColorChecker (calibrated)
CalMAN - grayscale (calibrated)
CalMAN - grayscale (calibrated)
CalMAN - color saturation (calibrated)
CalMAN - color saturation (calibrated)

The Lifebook is equipped with an IPS panel, making it readable from every position. The Lifebook cannot really be used outside; the reflective monitor surface prevents this. Here we recommend a Lifebook variant with matte display. 

Outdoor use (direct sunlight)
Outdoor use (direct sunlight)
Outdoor use (sun from behind)
Outdoor use (sun from behind)
Viewing angles of the Lifebook
Viewing angles of the Lifebook
Fujitsu Lifebook S935
IPS 1920x1080
Fujitsu LifeBook S904
IPS 2560x1440
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s-20BWS03F00
IPS 1920x1080
Dell Latitude E7450
IPS 1920x1080
Acer TravelMate P645-S-58HK
IPS 1920x1080
HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G1 (F2R72UT)
IPS 1920x1080
Screen
10%
6%
5%
-4%
-16%
Brightness285315
11%
268
-6%
257
-10%
309
8%
281
-1%
Brightness Distribution8994
6%
91
2%
75
-16%
82
-8%
92
3%
Black Level *0.270.28
-4%
0.245
9%
0.3
-11%
0.4
-48%
0.494
-83%
Contrast11301150
2%
1110
-2%
933
-17%
828
-27%
594
-47%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *5.44.29
21%
4.35
19%
3.45
36%
4.07
25%
5.08
6%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *7.034.36
38%
3.7
47%
3.35
52%
4.86
31%
6.68
5%
Gamma *2.292.662.682.372.492.62
CCT64227092
10%
6076
-5%
6940
8%
6109
-5%
5997
-7%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)63.659.6
-6%
54.7
-14%
60
-6%
59
-7%
59.7
-6%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)83.59290.6

* ... smaller is better

Performance

With the Lifebook S935, Fujitsu presents a business notebook in 13.3-inch format. The power of the built-in processor is more than enough for everyday use, and it has TPM, a docking port, and an LTE modem available. Fujitsu also offers various alternatively equipped models. 

CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
GPU-Z
HWInfo
LatencyMon
System information Fujitsu Lifebook S935

Processor

The Lifebook is equipped with an Intel Core i5-5300U (Broadwell) dual-core processor. The CPU runs with a base speed of 2.3 GHz. Thanks to Turbo, the speed can be increased to 2.7 GHz (both cores) or 2.9 GHz (only one core). The Turbo is used both on and off battery power. Cinebench benchmark's CPU tests were run at 2.6 to 2.7 GHz (multithread) and 2.7 to 2.9 GHz (single-thread).

Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
6341
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
9312
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
4422
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
23.47 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
2.96 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
1.35 Points
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
98 %
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
30.3 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
273 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
117 Points
Help
Cinebench R15
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Fujitsu Lifebook S935
HD Graphics 5500, 5300U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
273 Points ∼18%
Fujitsu LifeBook S904
HD Graphics 4400, 4600U, Toshiba HG5d THNSNH256GCST
146 Points ∼9% -47%
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s-20BWS03F00
HD Graphics 5500, 5600U, Intel SSD Pro 2500 Series SSDSC2BF360A5L
302 Points ∼19% +11%
Dell Latitude E7450
HD Graphics 5500, 5300U, Samsung SSD PM851 mSATA 128 GB
280 Points ∼18% +3%
Acer TravelMate P645-S-58HK
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3256GD
250 Points ∼16% -8%
HP EliteBook 840 G2
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
259 Points ∼17% -5%
HP Elitebook 745 G2
Radeon R6 (Kaveri), A10 Pro-7350B, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
162 Points ∼10% -41%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2015
HD Graphics 5500, 5300U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
250 Points ∼16% -8%
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
Fujitsu Lifebook S935
HD Graphics 5500, 5300U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
117 Points ∼64%
Fujitsu LifeBook S904
HD Graphics 4400, 4600U, Toshiba HG5d THNSNH256GCST
85 Points ∼47% -27%
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s-20BWS03F00
HD Graphics 5500, 5600U, Intel SSD Pro 2500 Series SSDSC2BF360A5L
130 Points ∼71% +11%
Dell Latitude E7450
HD Graphics 5500, 5300U, Samsung SSD PM851 mSATA 128 GB
117 Points ∼64% 0%
Acer TravelMate P645-S-58HK
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3256GD
91 Points ∼50% -22%
HP EliteBook 840 G2
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
109 Points ∼60% -7%
HP Elitebook 745 G2
Radeon R6 (Kaveri), A10 Pro-7350B, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
49 Points ∼27% -58%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2015
HD Graphics 5500, 5300U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
118 Points ∼65% +1%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Fujitsu Lifebook S935
HD Graphics 5500, 5300U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
2.96 Points ∼17%
Fujitsu LifeBook S904
HD Graphics 4400, 4600U, Toshiba HG5d THNSNH256GCST
1.77 Points ∼10% -40%
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s-20BWS03F00
HD Graphics 5500, 5600U, Intel SSD Pro 2500 Series SSDSC2BF360A5L
3.31 Points ∼19% +12%
Dell Latitude E7450
HD Graphics 5500, 5300U, Samsung SSD PM851 mSATA 128 GB
3.07 Points ∼17% +4%
Acer TravelMate P645-S-58HK
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3256GD
2.5 Points ∼14% -16%
HP EliteBook 840 G2
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
2.81 Points ∼16% -5%
HP Elitebook 745 G2
Radeon R6 (Kaveri), A10 Pro-7350B, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
1.83 Points ∼10% -38%
HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G1 (F2R72UT)
HD Graphics 5000, 4650U, Sandisk X110 SD6SN1M-256G-1006
2.66 Points ∼15% -10%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2015
HD Graphics 5500, 5300U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
2.76 Points ∼16% -7%
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
Fujitsu Lifebook S935
HD Graphics 5500, 5300U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
1.35 Points ∼62%
Fujitsu LifeBook S904
HD Graphics 4400, 4600U, Toshiba HG5d THNSNH256GCST
1.01 Points ∼47% -25%
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s-20BWS03F00
HD Graphics 5500, 5600U, Intel SSD Pro 2500 Series SSDSC2BF360A5L
1.51 Points ∼70% +12%
Dell Latitude E7450
HD Graphics 5500, 5300U, Samsung SSD PM851 mSATA 128 GB
1.35 Points ∼62% 0%
Acer TravelMate P645-S-58HK
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3256GD
1.04 Points ∼48% -23%
HP EliteBook 840 G2
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
1.26 Points ∼58% -7%
HP Elitebook 745 G2
Radeon R6 (Kaveri), A10 Pro-7350B, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
0.68 Points ∼31% -50%
HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G1 (F2R72UT)
HD Graphics 5000, 4650U, Sandisk X110 SD6SN1M-256G-1006
1.36 Points ∼63% +1%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2015
HD Graphics 5500, 5300U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
1.32 Points ∼61% -2%
Cinebench R10
Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit (sort by value)
Fujitsu Lifebook S935
HD Graphics 5500, 5300U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
9312 Points ∼27%
Fujitsu LifeBook S904
HD Graphics 4400, 4600U, Toshiba HG5d THNSNH256GCST
5576 Points ∼16% -40%
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s-20BWS03F00
HD Graphics 5500, 5600U, Intel SSD Pro 2500 Series SSDSC2BF360A5L
10435 Points ∼30% +12%
Dell Latitude E7450
HD Graphics 5500, 5300U, Samsung SSD PM851 mSATA 128 GB
9396 Points ∼27% +1%
Acer TravelMate P645-S-58HK
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3256GD
7683 Points ∼22% -17%
HP EliteBook 840 G2
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
8851 Points ∼25% -5%
HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G1 (F2R72UT)
HD Graphics 5000, 4650U, Sandisk X110 SD6SN1M-256G-1006
8298 Points ∼24% -11%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2015
HD Graphics 5500, 5300U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
8588 Points ∼25% -8%
Rendering Single 32Bit (sort by value)
Fujitsu Lifebook S935
HD Graphics 5500, 5300U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
4422 Points ∼63%
Fujitsu LifeBook S904
HD Graphics 4400, 4600U, Toshiba HG5d THNSNH256GCST
3265 Points ∼46% -26%
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s-20BWS03F00
HD Graphics 5500, 5600U, Intel SSD Pro 2500 Series SSDSC2BF360A5L
4921 Points ∼70% +11%
Dell Latitude E7450
HD Graphics 5500, 5300U, Samsung SSD PM851 mSATA 128 GB
4465 Points ∼63% +1%
Acer TravelMate P645-S-58HK
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3256GD
3449 Points ∼49% -22%
HP EliteBook 840 G2
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
4113 Points ∼58% -7%
HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G1 (F2R72UT)
HD Graphics 5000, 4650U, Sandisk X110 SD6SN1M-256G-1006
4592 Points ∼65% +4%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2015
HD Graphics 5500, 5300U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
4512 Points ∼64% +2%
Geekbench 3
32 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
Fujitsu Lifebook S935
HD Graphics 5500, 5300U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
2832 Points ∼61%
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s-20BWS03F00
HD Graphics 5500, 5600U, Intel SSD Pro 2500 Series SSDSC2BF360A5L
3004 Points ∼64% +6%
Dell Latitude E7450
HD Graphics 5500, 5300U, Samsung SSD PM851 mSATA 128 GB
2645 Points ∼57% -7%
Acer TravelMate P645-S-58HK
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3256GD
2270 Points ∼49% -20%
HP EliteBook 840 G2
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
2451 Points ∼53% -13%
HP Elitebook 745 G2
Radeon R6 (Kaveri), A10 Pro-7350B, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
1390 Points ∼30% -51%
32 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
Fujitsu Lifebook S935
HD Graphics 5500, 5300U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
5684 Points ∼35%
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s-20BWS03F00
HD Graphics 5500, 5600U, Intel SSD Pro 2500 Series SSDSC2BF360A5L
6357 Points ∼39% +12%
Dell Latitude E7450
HD Graphics 5500, 5300U, Samsung SSD PM851 mSATA 128 GB
5422 Points ∼33% -5%
Acer TravelMate P645-S-58HK
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3256GD
4691 Points ∼29% -17%
HP EliteBook 840 G2
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
4937 Points ∼30% -13%
HP Elitebook 745 G2
Radeon R6 (Kaveri), A10 Pro-7350B, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
3733 Points ∼23% -34%
Sunspider - 1.0 Total Score (sort by value)
Fujitsu Lifebook S935
HD Graphics 5500, 5300U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP (IE 11)
108.3 ms * ∼3%
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s-20BWS03F00
HD Graphics 5500, 5600U, Intel SSD Pro 2500 Series SSDSC2BF360A5L
86.8 ms * ∼2% +20%
Dell Latitude E7450
HD Graphics 5500, 5300U, Samsung SSD PM851 mSATA 128 GB (IE11)
102.1 ms * ∼3% +6%
Acer TravelMate P645-S-58HK
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3256GD (IE 11)
129.6 ms * ∼3% -20%
HP EliteBook 840 G2
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP (IE 11)
125.3 ms * ∼3% -16%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2015
HD Graphics 5500, 5300U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
103.8 ms * ∼3% +4%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score (sort by value)
Fujitsu Lifebook S935
HD Graphics 5500, 5300U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP (IE 11)
2396.7 ms * ∼4%
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s-20BWS03F00
HD Graphics 5500, 5600U, Intel SSD Pro 2500 Series SSDSC2BF360A5L
2074.3 ms * ∼3% +13%
Dell Latitude E7450
HD Graphics 5500, 5300U, Samsung SSD PM851 mSATA 128 GB (IE11)
2370.5 ms * ∼4% +1%
Acer TravelMate P645-S-58HK
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3256GD (IE 11)
2965.9 ms * ∼5% -24%
HP EliteBook 840 G2
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP (IE 11)
2581.6 ms * ∼4% -8%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2015
HD Graphics 5500, 5300U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
2391 ms * ∼4% -0%
Octane V2 - Total Score (sort by value)
Fujitsu Lifebook S935
HD Graphics 5500, 5300U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP (IE 11)
14386 Points ∼32%
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s-20BWS03F00
HD Graphics 5500, 5600U, Intel SSD Pro 2500 Series SSDSC2BF360A5L
15845 Points ∼35% +10%
Dell Latitude E7450
HD Graphics 5500, 5300U, Samsung SSD PM851 mSATA 128 GB (IE11)
13579 Points ∼30% -6%
Acer TravelMate P645-S-58HK
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3256GD (IE 11)
11048 Points ∼24% -23%
HP EliteBook 840 G2
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP (IE 11)
12822 Points ∼28% -11%
Peacekeeper - --- (sort by value)
Fujitsu Lifebook S935
HD Graphics 5500, 5300U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP (IE 11)
2561 Points ∼41%
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s-20BWS03F00
HD Graphics 5500, 5600U, Intel SSD Pro 2500 Series SSDSC2BF360A5L
2958 Points ∼48% +16%
Dell Latitude E7450
HD Graphics 5500, 5300U, Samsung SSD PM851 mSATA 128 GB (lIE11)
2668 Points ∼43% +4%
Acer TravelMate P645-S-58HK
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3256GD (IE 11)
2056 Points ∼33% -20%
HP EliteBook 840 G2
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP (IE 11)
2414 Points ∼39% -6%

* ... smaller is better

System Performance

Nothing is lacking in terms of system performance. The system runs well, smoothly, and fast. The results in the PCMark benchmarks also come out very well. The performance can't be increased any further. Fujitsu has already pulled out all the stops: The RAM runs in dual-channel mode and a Solid State Drive serves as the system drive.

The RAM runs in dual-channel mode.
The RAM runs in dual-channel mode.
PCMark 7 Score
4390 points
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
3042 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
3303 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
4047 points
Help
PCMark 8 - Home Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
Fujitsu Lifebook S935
HD Graphics 5500, 5300U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
3042 Points ∼54%
Fujitsu LifeBook S904
HD Graphics 4400, 4600U, Toshiba HG5d THNSNH256GCST
1885 Points ∼33% -38%
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s-20BWS03F00
HD Graphics 5500, 5600U, Intel SSD Pro 2500 Series SSDSC2BF360A5L
3270 Points ∼58% +7%
Dell Latitude E7450
HD Graphics 5500, 5300U, Samsung SSD PM851 mSATA 128 GB
2932 Points ∼52% -4%
Acer TravelMate P645-S-58HK
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3256GD
2919 Points ∼51% -4%
HP EliteBook 840 G2
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
2936 Points ∼52% -3%
HP Elitebook 745 G2
Radeon R6 (Kaveri), A10 Pro-7350B, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
2444 Points ∼43% -20%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2015
HD Graphics 5500, 5300U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
2778 Points ∼49% -9%
PCMark 7 - Score (sort by value)
Fujitsu Lifebook S935
HD Graphics 5500, 5300U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
4390 Points ∼55%
Fujitsu LifeBook S904
HD Graphics 4400, 4600U, Toshiba HG5d THNSNH256GCST
4442 Points ∼56% +1%
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s-20BWS03F00
HD Graphics 5500, 5600U, Intel SSD Pro 2500 Series SSDSC2BF360A5L
4797 Points ∼60% +9%
Dell Latitude E7450
HD Graphics 5500, 5300U, Samsung SSD PM851 mSATA 128 GB
4650 Points ∼59% +6%
Acer TravelMate P645-S-58HK
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3256GD
4046 Points ∼51% -8%
HP EliteBook 840 G2
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
4139 Points ∼52% -6%
HP Elitebook 745 G2
Radeon R6 (Kaveri), A10 Pro-7350B, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
2005 Points ∼25% -54%
HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G1 (F2R72UT)
HD Graphics 5000, 4650U, Sandisk X110 SD6SN1M-256G-1006
4626 Points ∼58% +5%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2015
HD Graphics 5500, 5300U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
4943 Points ∼62% +13%

Storage Devices

Our test machine boasts a Samsung Solid State Drive model in 2.5-inch format. The SSD offers a total of 256 GB of storage space, of which about 200 GB is available to the user. The remaining storage space is taken up by the Windows installation and the recovery partition. The SSD offers generally good transfer rates.

The SSD can be swapped out quickly and without any problems.
The SSD can be swapped out quickly and without any problems.
Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
Sequential Read: 523.9 MB/s
Sequential Write: 236.8 MB/s
512K Read: 450.6 MB/s
512K Write: 244 MB/s
4K Read: 37.61 MB/s
4K Write: 119.7 MB/s
4K QD32 Read: 280.9 MB/s
4K QD32 Write: 242.8 MB/s

Graphics Card

Intel's HD Graphics 5500 graphics core is responsible for graphics performance. The GPU supports DirectX 11.2 and works with speeds of up to 900 MHz. The graphics core can also access RAM running in dual-channel mode. In this case, graphics performance increases, since the GPU is better employed. The results of the 3DMark benchmarks matched our expectations.

3DMark 11 Performance
1098 points
3DMark (2013) Ice Storm Standard Score
47662 points
3DMark (2013) Cloud Gate Standard Score
5128 points
3DMark (2013) Fire Strike Standard Score
685 points
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3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance (sort by value)
Fujitsu Lifebook S935
HD Graphics 5500, 5300U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
1098 Points ∼5%
Fujitsu LifeBook S904
HD Graphics 4400, 4600U, Toshiba HG5d THNSNH256GCST
838 Points ∼4% -24%
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s-20BWS03F00
HD Graphics 5500, 5600U, Intel SSD Pro 2500 Series SSDSC2BF360A5L
1251 Points ∼6% +14%
Dell Latitude E7450
HD Graphics 5500, 5300U, Samsung SSD PM851 mSATA 128 GB
1023 Points ∼5% -7%
Acer TravelMate P645-S-58HK
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3256GD
1183 Points ∼6% +8%
HP EliteBook 840 G2
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
940 Points ∼4% -14%
HP Elitebook 745 G2
Radeon R6 (Kaveri), A10 Pro-7350B, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
1188 Points ∼6% +8%
HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G1 (F2R72UT)
HD Graphics 5000, 4650U, Sandisk X110 SD6SN1M-256G-1006
962 Points ∼5% -12%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2015
HD Graphics 5500, 5300U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
1067 Points ∼5% -3%
3DMark (2013)
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Score (sort by value)
Fujitsu Lifebook S935
HD Graphics 5500, 5300U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
47662 Points ∼26%
Fujitsu LifeBook S904
HD Graphics 4400, 4600U, Toshiba HG5d THNSNH256GCST
38376 Points ∼21% -19%
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s-20BWS03F00
HD Graphics 5500, 5600U, Intel SSD Pro 2500 Series SSDSC2BF360A5L
55793 Points ∼30% +17%
Dell Latitude E7450
HD Graphics 5500, 5300U, Samsung SSD PM851 mSATA 128 GB
43346 Points ∼23% -9%
Acer TravelMate P645-S-58HK
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3256GD
48758 Points ∼26% +2%
HP EliteBook 840 G2
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
37502 Points ∼20% -21%
HP Elitebook 745 G2
Radeon R6 (Kaveri), A10 Pro-7350B, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
32355 Points ∼18% -32%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2015
HD Graphics 5500, 5300U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
45644 Points ∼25% -4%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Score (sort by value)
Fujitsu Lifebook S935
HD Graphics 5500, 5300U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
5128 Points ∼16%
Fujitsu LifeBook S904
HD Graphics 4400, 4600U, Toshiba HG5d THNSNH256GCST
4079 Points ∼13% -20%
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s-20BWS03F00
HD Graphics 5500, 5600U, Intel SSD Pro 2500 Series SSDSC2BF360A5L
5782 Points ∼18% +13%
Dell Latitude E7450
HD Graphics 5500, 5300U, Samsung SSD PM851 mSATA 128 GB
4655 Points ∼14% -9%
Acer TravelMate P645-S-58HK
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3256GD
5000 Points ∼15% -2%
HP EliteBook 840 G2
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
4342 Points ∼13% -15%
HP Elitebook 745 G2
Radeon R6 (Kaveri), A10 Pro-7350B, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
3158 Points ∼10% -38%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2015
HD Graphics 5500, 5300U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
4780 Points ∼15% -7%
1280x720 Sky Diver Score (sort by value)
Acer TravelMate P645-S-58HK
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3256GD
2759 Points ∼7%
HP EliteBook 840 G2
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
2372 Points ∼6%
HP Elitebook 745 G2
Radeon R6 (Kaveri), A10 Pro-7350B, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
2446 Points ∼7%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Standard Score (sort by value)
Fujitsu Lifebook S935
HD Graphics 5500, 5300U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
685 Points ∼3%
Fujitsu LifeBook S904
HD Graphics 4400, 4600U, Toshiba HG5d THNSNH256GCST
546 Points ∼2% -20%
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s-20BWS03F00
HD Graphics 5500, 5600U, Intel SSD Pro 2500 Series SSDSC2BF360A5L
753 Points ∼3% +10%
Dell Latitude E7450
HD Graphics 5500, 5300U, Samsung SSD PM851 mSATA 128 GB
619 Points ∼3% -10%
Acer TravelMate P645-S-58HK
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3256GD
734 Points ∼3% +7%
HP EliteBook 840 G2
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
548 Points ∼2% -20%
HP Elitebook 745 G2
Radeon R6 (Kaveri), A10 Pro-7350B, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
578 Points ∼2% -16%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2015
HD Graphics 5500, 5300U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
665 Points ∼3% -3%

Gaming Performance

The Lifebook belongs to the business notebook class, so gaming performance does not play a role. That being said, it can still play a wide range of games. This holds mostly for games that do not make great demands on the hardware. Thanks to dual-channel-mode RAM, the Lifebook's frame rates go higher than comparable notebooks whose RAM runs on single-channel mode; still, the user will have to make do with low resolution and low-to-mid-quality settings. 

low med. high ultra
Tomb Raider (2013) 54.327.4188.8fps
Thief (2014) 16.310.78.94fps
GRID: Autosport (2014) 76.430.616.712.5fps
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Emissions

System Noise

The Lifebook does not bother its user with much noise. In idle mode, the fan generally remains quiet, and the notebook works noiselessly. Under load, the fan does not become overwhelmingly loud. During the stress test, we measured a maximum volume of 39.9 dB - an acceptable value. The S935 therefore produces less noise than its Haswell counterpart, the Lifebook S904. The user can also make use of fan control; the "normal" and "silent" modes are available in BIOS and on our test machine, the "normal" mode is active.

The fan does not produce much noise.
The fan does not produce much noise.

Noise Level

Idle
29 / 29 / 29 dB(A)
Load
34.8 / 39.9 dB(A)
 
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Voltcraft SL-451 (15 cm distance)
Fujitsu Lifebook S935
5500/5300U
Fujitsu LifeBook S904
4400/4600U
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s-20BWS03F00
5500/5600U
Dell Latitude E7450
5500/5300U
Acer TravelMate P645-S-58HK
5500/5200U
HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G1 (F2R72UT)
5000/4650U
Noise
-8%
3%
-1%
0%
2%
Idle Minimum *2929.6
-2%
29.1
-0%
29.1
-0%
29.6
-2%
28
3%
Idle Average *2929.6
-2%
29.1
-0%
29.1
-0%
29.6
-2%
28.1
3%
Idle Maximum *2929.6
-2%
29.1
-0%
30
-3%
30.2
-4%
28.2
3%
Load Average *34.842.6
-22%
34.3
1%
36.4
-5%
35.6
-2%
36.1
-4%
Load Maximum *39.944.6
-12%
34.8
13%
37.8
5%
35.9
10%
37
7%

* ... smaller is better

Temperature

The Lifebook during the stress test.
The Lifebook during the stress test.

The Lifebook achieved the same values in our stress test (Prime95 and Furmark run for at least an hour) on and off battery power. The processor ran at 2.3 GHz during the first minute then throttled back to 1.2 to 1.3 GHz. With the graphics core, the opposite was the case. During the first minute, it ran at 300 MHz then sped up to 600 MHz. We can't really speak of any overheating with the S935. Even during the stress test, the temperature lay markedly lower than 40 °C at all measurement points. The same is the case with the Lifebook S904.

Max. Load
 32.1 °C30.1 °C27.3 °C 
 34.1 °C33.4 °C26.7 °C 
 29.6 °C30 °C27.1 °C 
Maximum: 34.1 °C
Average: 30 °C
27.1 °C29.7 °C34 °C
27.7 °C31.2 °C35.1 °C
27 °C29.7 °C30.4 °C
Maximum: 35.1 °C
Average: 30.2 °C
Power Supply (max.)  37.6 °C | Room Temperature 20 °C | Fluke 62 Max
Fujitsu Lifebook S935
5500/5300U
Fujitsu LifeBook S904
4400/4600U
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s-20BWS03F00
5500/5600U
Dell Latitude E7450
5500/5300U
Acer TravelMate P645-S-58HK
5500/5200U
HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G1 (F2R72UT)
5000/4650U
Heat
1%
3%
-7%
-8%
-14%
Maximum Upper Side *34.134.3
-1%
35.1
-3%
41.6
-22%
41.6
-22%
38.6
-13%
Maximum Bottom *35.136.1
-3%
36.6
-4%
37.1
-6%
41.7
-19%
45.6
-30%
Idle Upper Side *30.128.1
7%
26.4
12%
28.7
5%
30.6
-2%
31.2
-4%
Idle Bottom *30.430
1%
28
8%
31.4
-3%
27.5
10%
32.8
-8%

* ... smaller is better

Energy Management

Power Consumption

Power supply (65 Watts)
Power supply (65 Watts)

It is not surprising that a small notebook equipped with a ULV processor does not require much energy in idle mode. We measured a maximum power draw of 7.6 Watts. The Lifebook shows itself to be more thrifty here than its Haswell counterpart, the Lifebook S904. During the stress test, we measured a power consumption within the first minute of 34.3 Watts. Then the processor throttled back, and the value sank to 28.2 Watts.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0 / 0.1 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 3 / 7 / 7.6 Watt
Load midlight 28.1 / 34.3 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Extech Power Analyzer 380803
Fujitsu Lifebook S935
5500/5300U
Fujitsu LifeBook S904
4400/4600U
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s-20BWS03F00
5500/5600U
Dell Latitude E7450
5500/5300U
Acer TravelMate P645-S-58HK
5500/5200U
Power Consumption
-26%
-9%
-12%
-1%
Idle Minimum *35.1
-70%
2.9
3%
4
-33%
3.2
-7%
Idle Average *79.9
-41%
6.6
6%
7.8
-11%
6.3
10%
Idle Maximum *7.610.8
-42%
7.9
-4%
9
-18%
8.6
-13%
Load Average *28.127.1
4%
30.8
-10%
31.6
-12%
30.3
-8%
Load Maximum *34.327.7
19%
48.8
-42%
29.6
14%
30.4
11%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Life

In idle mode, the Lifebook reaches a runtime of 20 hours, 37 minutes. A competitor like the HP EliteBook Folio 1040 (11:22 h) shuts down much sooner. The idle mode was tested with the Battery Eater Reader's Test: the monitor runs at lowest brightness, the energy-saver profile is activated, and wireless modules are turned off. Under load, the Lifebook runs for 2 hours, 57 minutes. The EliteBook Folio (1:33 h) only lasts for half that time. These runtimes were obtained using the Battery Eater Classic Test: the monitor is at full brightness, and the high-performance profile and wireless modules are activated.

Our WLAN test lasted for 9 hours and 14 minutes on Fujitsu's 13.3-inch model. The EliteBook Folio (6:10 h) stopped working sooner. In this test, websites are automatically loaded in 40-second intervals. The "balanced" profile is activated, and the display brightness is set at about 150 cd/m². We tested the video playback duration by running the short film Big Buck Bunny (H.264-coding, 1920x1080 pixels) on loop. The wireless modules are deactivated and brightness is set at about 150 cd/m². The Lifebook reached a runtime of 8 hours, 22 minutes. We did not run this test on the EliteBook Folio.

In general, the Lifebook offers very good battery life. It's not surprising that it performs better than the EliteBook Folio. Thanks to two batteries (51 Watt-hours + 28 Watt-hours) it has much more battery capacity at its disposal than the HP machine (45 Watt-hours). If we compare the Lifebook's runtime to its battery capacity, the results are somewhat disappointing. Why? With its 54-Watt-hour battery, the Acer TravelMate P645-S (previously tested by us) offers the same run times as the Lifebook, so we would have expected more from the Lifebook. In any case, the Lifebook does not mark the end of the road; Fujitsu also offers a second variant of the standard battery, which has a capacity of 77 Watt-hours (S26391-F1306-L100; about $110 [100 Euros]) at its disposal. In combination with this replacement battery, the Lifebook would offer a capacity of 105 Watt-hours.

Our test machine's standard battery has a capacity of 51 Watts.
Our test machine's standard battery has a capacity of 51 Watts.
Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
20h 37min
WiFi Surfing v1.3 (IE 11)
9h 14min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
8h 22min
Load (maximum brightness)
2h 57min
Fujitsu Lifebook S935
79 Wh
Fujitsu LifeBook S904
77 Wh
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s-20BWS03F00
48 Wh
Dell Latitude E7450
54 Wh
Acer TravelMate P645-S-58HK
54 Wh
HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G1 (F2R72UT)
45 Wh
Battery Runtime
-24%
-43%
-28%
-11%
-46%
Reader / Idle1237553
-55%
774
-37%
714
-42%
1143
-8%
682
-45%
Load177164
-7%
88
-50%
115
-35%
113
-36%
93
-47%
WiFi v1.3554276
-50%
422
-24%
535
-3%
H.264502454
-10%
322
-36%
452
-10%
525
5%
WiFi507336459370

Pro

+ Bright, contrast-rich IPS monitor
+ Fast SSD
+ Works quietly most of the time
+ Barely warms up
+ Module slot
+ 3-year warranty
+ LTE Modem

Cons

- Reflecting monitor

Verdict

The Fujitsu Lifebook S935. Test model provided by Fujitsu.
The Fujitsu Lifebook S935. Test model provided by Fujitsu.

With the Lifebook S935, Fujitsu brings a Broadwell upgrade to the Lifebook S904 onto the market. The only visible innovations include the PalmSecure Sensor, which replaces the fingerprint reader, and the touchpad, which replaces a ClickPad. Thanks to the Broadwell processor, CPU and graphics performance increases somewhat. The usual connectivity options also work very well. A fast Solid State Drive ensures that the system runs fast and smoothly. Thanks to an LTE modem, the Internet can be accessed while on the go. The machine also offers good input devices; still, the keyboard can't quite compete with the impressive models from Lenovo. The module slot allows the machine to be individually customized. It can accept an optical drive, a second hard drive, or an additional battery. Our test machine is equipped with a second battery.

The built-in IPS Full HD monitor puts out good brightness and contrast. Still, we would rather have a Lifebook model without touchscreen that has a matte monitor surface. The reflective surface of the touchscreen makes it almost impossible to use the machine outside.

Fujitsu Lifebook S935 - 04/27/2015 v4(old)
Sascha Mölck

Chassis
87 /  98 → 89%
Keyboard
83%
Pointing Device
83%
Connectivity
81 / 81 → 100%
Weight
71 / 78 → 84%
Battery
92%
Display
83%
Games Performance
64 / 68 → 94%
Application Performance
81 / 87 → 93%
Temperature
92 / 91 → 100%
Noise
94%
Audio
55 / 91 → 60%
Camera
58 / 85 → 68%
Average
79%
86%
Subnotebook - Weighted Average

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