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Review Fujitsu LifeBook S751 (vPro, SSD, UMTS) Notebook

Siggy Moersch (translated by Niels Woisin), 09/28/2011

In the passing lane. Fujitsu's 14 inch Lifebook S751 business notebook is equipped with a fast Intel processor and a 128GByte SSD. A UMTS radio with included SIM card is built in. A docking station and a secondary power supply is also included.

The 14 inch notebook model S751 vPro/SSD/UMTS is the newest product of the professional Fujitsu Lifebook series.  As the name signifies, the unit sports a UMTS radio and an SSD drive.  Further, this Lifebook S751 includes an Intel Core i7 2620M (2,7 GHz), 4 GByte RAM and a DVD writer.  The SSD drive has a capacity of 128GByte.  The Intel HD 3000 GPU integrated into the processor takes care of the display.  The Notebook is equipped with a matt 14" display (35,6 cm) and supports HD+ with 1600x900 pixels

Accessories include - like the larger Lifebook E751 we tested - a docking station, secondary power supply and a SIM card from the European Telco O2.

MSRP for the Fujitsu Lifebook S571 with vPro technology, SSD drive and integrated UMTS is 1,200 euros.

Case

14 inch notebook with matte display
14 inch notebook with matte display

Visually, the Lifebook S751 matches the looks of the Fujitsu product palette (Lifebook E751 and Celsius H710) 1:1.  The notebook case is kept in the classic colors black and white.  For materials, Fujitsu continues to use plastic.  The case shells are black and the keyboard white again.  The silver wrist rest and edges on the sides have a worn look, as if they had been in use for long (dirty white).

Workmanship of the Fujitsu Lifebook is adequate.  Like the other models, it gains negative notice for the plastic's lack of resistance to light pressure, particularly on the back of the display lid, which can be pushed in easily.  The two hinges holding the display are well adjusted, you can open the notebook with one hand.  The base remains on the table and doesn't follow the display on the way up.  In closed position, the stability of base and display could be better, because they rattle in transport.

 

The Fujitsu Lifebook S751 weighs 5 lbs (2.3 kg), including the 6 cell battery.  The power supply alone weighs 1 lbs (450 grams).  Outer measurements for the notebook are 13.4" x 9.6" x 1 3/8"  (340 x 245 x 35mm).

Connectivity

In regards to connectivity, the Lifebook offers every connection that's currently needed in a work environment.  Anything not included, like a DVI connector, for example, is offered by the included docking station.  For external USB devices, there are 3 connectors on the notebook, one of which supports USB 3.0.  One of the USB connectors offers "Anytime-USB-Charge" functionality, allowing you to charge mobile phones, mp3 players and other electronic gadgets while the notebook is turned off.

Further interfaces available on the Lifebook E751 are one eSATA / USB combo, one RJ45 Gigabit LAN connector, one ancient RS232 serial port, as well as the usual audio I/O for headphones and microphone.  On the sides, there are also an ExpressCard/54 slot and a smart card reader for use with such things as credit cards or health insurance cards.

For connection of external monitors, the LifeBook E751 carries a display port and an old analog D-Sub VGA connector.

The Fujitsu notebook's placement of connectors is acceptable; they are all easily accessible, and the layout is sensible.  Two of the USB sockets are placed a bit too close together though, thick connectors or USB sticks might not be possible to plug into both simultaneously.

The card reader at the front of the base supports SD/MMC and MS/MS Pro flash cards, but lacks a dust cover, exposing it to the hazards of the surrounding environment.  This issue can be alleviated by keeping a MemoryStick Pro card plugged into it, in effect sealing it off.

There is a modular drive slot on the right side;  In this model, it houses the DVD writer, but alternatively, a secondary battery, hard drive, SSD drive or Blue-Ray writer can be swapped as needed.  Those who would prefer to simply reduce the weight of the notebook can simply install an empty plastic cover.

The connector for the included docking station can be found underneath the notebook.

Front: card reader and audio I/O (headphone/microphone)
Front: card reader and audio I/O (headphone/microphone)
Rear: RS232 (Serial), RJ45 (Gigabit-LAN)
Rear: RS232 (Serial), RJ45 (Gigabit-LAN)
Right side: DVD writer in modular drive bay, 2x USB, power
Right side: DVD writer in modular drive bay, 2x USB, power
Left side: Kensington Lock, VGA, Display Port, eSATA-/USB-Combo, USB 3.0, Express Card
Left side: Kensington Lock, VGA, Display Port, eSATA-/USB-Combo, USB 3.0, Express Card
There is already a pre-paid SIM card in the S751 (from o2)
There is already a pre-paid SIM card in the S751 (from o2)

Communications

Fujitsu's LifeBook E751 offers several ways to get on the network: a Gigabit RJ45 interface to get wired up, or 802.11 b/g/n WIFI with dual antennae  for wireless hook ups.  In addition, the LifeBook E751 sports Bluetooth 3.0, as well as an integrated  3G/UMTS radio, which already had a SIM card in it, which can be activated by calling O2, with the first month free.

Three Tariffs are offered for the LifeBook E751 in Germany: a Daily flat rate for 2.95 Euros running from midnight to midnight, a Monthly "flat rate 500" for 9,95 with a 500 MByte transfer volume, and a second Monthly "flat rate 5000" with 5GByte transfer volume, for 24.95 Euros.  There is no SIM lock, so any SIM card from local vendors of your choice can be used.

Security

The LifeBook E751 is equally well equipped in regards to security, offering biometric log-in protection with its finger print sensor.  It comes with two Kensington Lock connectors, one on the notebook, one on the docking station.  For maximum security, the LifeBook  sports a CompuTrace enabled BIOS with ATP (Advanced Theft Protection), integrated smart card slot and TPM module.  In case of theft or loss, ATP allows tracking down the notebook by GPS and WIFI for a speedy recovery.  Optionally, ATP can erase the contents of the hard drive remotely.  Looks like spooks may both love and hate this notebook.  More information in regards to ATP can be found here.

Warranty

This model includes 12 months collect & return/bring-in warranty, which can be extended with service packs up to 5 years.  Fujitsu's online shop offers various service packs with on-site or bring-in service.  Extending warranty to 5 years with bring-in service costs 72,50 Euro, with on site service 353,40 Euro. The on site service includes, aside from telephone support also the visit of a technician.  All expenses, including work hours, travel and parts are covered by this service.  Additional service packs can only be purchased till 90 days after purchase.

Accessories

It has become customary for Fujitsu not to limit accessories to the essential like a few leaflets or quick start guides. The notebook ships with numerous CD's and DVD's.  Among them we find a Recovery DVD of Windows 7 (32bit and 64bit), Nero 9 Essentials and a disc with drivers and manuals for the system, as well as Premium Suite 2011, containing Corel Home Office, Abby PDF transformer 3.0 and a various graphics software from Corel and Serif.  Pre-installed is also a 60 day trial version of Norton Internt Security 2011.

Aside from the many DVDs, there is a second power supply and a matching docking station for the Lifebook E/S series. Regrettably, this docking station was not matched to the 14" size of this Lifebook S751 model, so that it sticks out to the right.

The docking station expands the LifeBook E751 with 4x USB 2.0, 1x VGA, 1x DVI, 1x DisplayPort, 1x Parallel and 1x eSATA.  Beyond that, the notebook can be charged by the power supply of the docking station.

Also available in Fujitsu's web shop: secondary batteries, (Li-Ion 6 cell battery with 3,800 mAh, 41 Wh) for 133 euro, fitting the modular expansion slot, so that it can be swapped in place of the DVD drive.

The docking station expands the notebook with many interfaces
Interfaces: 4x USB 2.0, 1x VGA, 1x DVI, 1 x DisplayPort, 1x Serial, 1x Parallel, 1x eSATA
Docking station with docked Fujitsu Lifebook S751
Docking station with docked Fujitsu Lifebook S751
Lock button on the docking station
Lock button on the docking station
Dockingstation für die LifeBook x751 Serie von Fujitsu

Input Devices

Compact notebook keyboard
Compact notebook keyboard

Keyboard

Fujitsu's LifeBook E751 offers a white, spill-resistant QWERTY keyboard with 86 keys and no separate number pad.  The keyboard does not utilize the full width of the notebook, 1.5 cm on each side go unused. The arrow keys are very small, like in the Fujitsu Celsius H710, or the Lifebook E751.  Fujitsu placed 6 special keys above the keyboard.  One key, for example, immediately locks the operating system. Another key brings up a menu with direct selection of various presets for power settings.  Yet another special key brings you directly to the networking management screen.

Between the "G-H-B" keys, there's a track point, that can be used instead of a mouse.  During testing, we noticed no negative typing sounds.  The individual keys have a very soft pressure point.

The touch pad has a knobbed surface
The touch pad has a knobbed surface

Touchpad

In front of the keyboard, you find a touchpad with a knobbed surface supporting gestures. The scroll area often found on the right edge of touchpads is missing on this notebook. Gliding around the touchpad's surface works very well, you can feel each individual knob. In front are two buttons acting as - you guessed it - mouse buttons. The finger print sensor sits in between them. The touchpad can be deactivated with the "Fn+F4" key combo. The fact that both touchpad and trackpoint always get activated/deactivated together is pretty annoying, however, We have previously complained about the same thing on the Lifebook E751.

Webcam

Centered above the HD+ display is an integrated 1.3 megapixel webcam for use with Skype or any other software you like.

Display

S751-notebook display: 14", matte and backlit by LED
S751-notebook display: 14", matte and backlit by LED

 

Our version of the LifeBook E751 es equipped with an LED back-lit 14 inch display, boasting a resolution of 1600x900 pixels (HD+) in the common 16:9 ratio.

The matte display panel is almost perfectly non-reflecting.  Additional displays can be connected using the VGA and Display-Port connectors, allowing work with multiple displays simultaneously.  The desktop contents can either be spread across all displays or cloned, to show the same thing on every monitor or projector.  External resolutions up to 2560x1600 pixels are supported.

Video output is handled by the integrated HD 3000 GPU which does not have its own RAM, so it has to borrow what it needs from the system RAM, shrinking it to around 3,6 GByte.

 

172
cd/m²
171
cd/m²
170
cd/m²
173
cd/m²
179
cd/m²
172
cd/m²
170
cd/m²
187
cd/m²
185
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
Information
Gossen Mavo-Monitor
Maximum: 187 cd/m²
Average: 175.4 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 91 %
Center on Battery: 179 cd/m²
Black: 1.19 cd/m²
Contrast: 150:1

With maximum brightness, we took nine measurements of the 14" display and noted values between 170 and 187 cd/m² (average 175,4 cd/m²). Evenness of illumination was at 91 percent.

A measured black value of 1,19 cd/m² at maximum brightness resulted in contrast of 150:1.

Visually, the colors of the HD+ display make a pretty good impression and are fairly vivid. Like its bigger brother, the Lifebook E751, the measured color space is somewhat offset from the reference values of sRGB and Apple RGB. In regards to the Adobe RGB color space image, we are not even close to matching it. (left picture) The images from our current test model and the Lifebook E751 look like they use the same type of panel.

AdobeRGB
AdobeRGB
AppleRGB
AppleRGB
sRGB
sRGB
Fujitsu LifeBook S751 vPro/SSD/UMTS color space comparison
Lifebook in use outdoors
Lifebook in use outdoors

Outdoors, the contents of the 14" display were still recognizable in direct sun light.  The color intensity of the test video was muted outside, but its colors were still recognizable.

Working outdoors with the Fujitsu E751 vPro/UMTS was always possible under all lighting conditions, but in bright light outside, the panel reached its limits with its merely average brightness.

For the Fujitsu Lifebook S751's display panel too, viewing angles are not that great; only from optimal frontal vantage points or slightly to the sides were display contents well recognizable offering sufficient contrast.  Rotating the display vertically by 45 degrees up or down causes the image to brighten or invert quickly.

Viewing angles Fujitsu LifeBook S751 vPro/SSD/UMTS
Viewing angles Fujitsu LifeBook S751 vPro/SSD/UMTS

Performance

Processing in the Lifebook S751 is handled by an i7 2620M CPU with 2 cores clocked at 2.7 GHz.  This CPU is based on the Sandy Bridge architecture, with 624 million transistors, sporting 4MByte L3 cache on a die size of 149mm², using Intel's 32 nm manufacturing process.  Thanks to HyperThreading support, 4 threads can be processed simultaneously.  TurboBoost allows overclocking of cores to 3.4 GHz when needed, provided cooling is sufficient.

Also integrated into the Core i7 2620M is Intel's DirectX 10 capable HD 3000 GPU as well as the memory controller.

Systeminfo CPU-Z CPU
Systeminfo CPU-Z CPU
Systeminfo CPU-Z Cache
Systeminfo CPU-Z Cache
Systeminfo CPU-Z Mainboard
Systeminfo CPU-Z Mainboard
Systeminfo CPU-Z Memory
Systeminfo CPU-Z Memory
Systeminfo CPU-Z SPD
Systeminfo CPU-Z SPD
Systeminfo CPU-Z Graphics
Systeminfo CPU-Z Graphics
Systeminfo GPU-Z
Systeminfo GPU-Z
Systeminfo HWInfo 64
Systeminfo HWInfo 64
System information: Fujitsu LifeBook S751 vPro/SSD/UMTS
DPC Latency Checker
DPC Latency Checker

Using Thesycon's DPC Latency Checker, we test for possible latency issues in the interfaces, which can cause synchronization errors with external hardware.

As the screen shot shows, all measurements were in the green. No limitations are to be expected, especially regarding audio-video I/O.

Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
4384
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
9434
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
5690
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
5479 Points
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
11535 Points
Cinebench R10 Shading 64Bit
5580 Points
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
8.84 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
3.08 Points
Help

In Maxon's Cinebench R10 benchmark Single Rendering (64 bit) the Lifebook S751 reached 5479 points. In Cinebench R10 Multi Rendering (64 bit), the Fujitsu Notebook achieved 11535 Points which is a very good score earning it a spot on the podium. Only the ThinkPad X220T and the Elitebook 8460p were faster. For Cinebench R11.5 (CPU 64-bit-calculation) the Lifebook S751 leads our list for this benchmark.

With 12383 points in the PC Mark Vantage, the Lifebook S751 barely missed the podium, but is well ahead of the fifth place Sony Vaio VPC-Z21Q9E (+1276 points).

In the newest Benchmark-Tool PC Mark 7 our present test system scored 3280 points and is up to 43% ahead of competitors and Fujitsu's other systems. Lenovo ThinkPad L420 NYV4UGE (-40%), Toshiba Tecra R840-11E (-35%), HP ProBook 6460b LG645EA (-29%), Fujitsu Lifebook LH531 (-43%), Fujitsu Lifebook E751 (-33%).

4.7
Windows 7 Experience Index
Processor
Calculations per second
7.1
Memory (RAM)
Memory operations per second
5.9
Graphics
Desktop performance for Windows Aero
4.7
Gaming graphics
3D business and gaming graphics
6.2
Primary hard disk
Disk data transfer rate
6.9
PC Mark
PCMark Vantage12383 points
PCMark 73280 points
Help

Video output is handled by the integrated Intel HD 3000 GPU.  Intel has made marked improvements in regards to graphics performance of the Sandy Bridge HD 3000 GPU in comparison to the dismal Intel GMA series.  This integrated GPU matches entry level discrete GPUs, like the Nvidia GeForce 310M or the Radeon HD 5450),  for example.  Thanks to TurboBoost technology, performance of the HD 3000 GPU benefits from being clocked dynamically between 650 MHz and 1200 MHz. In addition, the GPU can access the CPU's L3 Cache.

Video and 3D performance of the Intel HD Graphics 3000 in the Fujitsu Lifebook S751 matches the expected level of this card except for the 3DMark06 score.  For 3D Mark 2001SE we noted 7796 points, 3D Mark 03 turned out 7910 points , 3D Mark 05 showed a score of 6131. The Lifebook S751 performed particularly well in 3DMark06 with 3782 points.  With that, our test unit almost matches the Lifebook E751 (-4%).

The benchmark 3DMark11 had compatibility problems with DirectX 11 and refused to run.

3D Mark
3DMark 2001SE7796 points
3DMark 037910 points
3DMark 056131 points
3DMark 06
 
3782 points
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Throttling

To see if the Core i7 2620M in the Fujitsu Lifebook S751 tends to get throttled, we used several tools to produce a 100% CPU and GPU load.  Most of the time, this simulated stress test causes fan noise to rise and the exhaust air stream to heat up considerably.  If the CPU starts to overheat, like in some notebooks, like the Sony Vaio VPC-EH1M1E/W.G4, for example, the CPU's clock speed simply gets slowed below the base speed, which is referred to as CPU throttling.


The Fujitsu Lifebook S751 did not display this effect. Even with maximal power draw over prolonged periods of time, the Core i7 2620M, in the Lifebook E751 remained at its clock speed of 2,7 GHz.

simulated stress test (shortly after the start)
simulated stress test (shortly after the start)
simulated stress test (after 90 minutes)
simulated stress test (after 90 minutes)

HDD-Performance

The Lifebook S751 packs a 128Gbyte Toshiba SSD drive model THNSNC128GMLJ. This solid state drive connects through an SATA II/300 interface, scoring 187,74 MB/s sequential read with the "AS SSD" benchmark tool.  For sequential writes, it still managed 167,89 MB/s.   Like other SSD drives, there is a conspicious performance drop when reading or writing 4k data blocks.

Aside from the speed advantage compared to regular hard drives, solid state drives are also completely silent and shock resistant;  ideal for notebooks, that are taken along to travel between home and workplace.

HD Tune Pro
HD Tune Pro
AS SSD Test 1
AS SSD Test 1
AS SSD Test 2
AS SSD Test 2
Crystal Disk Mark
Crystal Disk Mark
Information about the SSD-drive of the Fujitsu LifeBook S751 vPro/SSD/UMTS
Toshiba THNSFC128GBSJ
Transfer Rate Minimum: 118.7 MB/s
Transfer Rate Maximum: 157.6 MB/s
Transfer Rate Average: 139.1 MB/s
Access Time: 0.218 ms
Burst Rate: 138.9 MB/s
CPU Usage: 6.5 %
The integrated GPU is only marginally suited for games
The integrated GPU is only marginally suited for games

Gaming Performance

The integrated HD 3000 GPU is only marginally suited for playing games.  To see how the HD 3000 GPU does in this 14 inch notebook, we tested different games.  We installed "Mafia II", as the internal benchmark asks a lot from a GPU - too much for the integrated Intel GPU;  the game was completely unplayable in any resolution/detail level.

„Dirt 3“, allowed us to drift a few laps in the snow, but it stutters somewhat at 1366x768, and frame rates only improved with lowered resolution and detail settings.

FIFA 11 and Trackmania Nation Forever however played as expected in all resolutions, measured frame rates matched the values in our database.

For occasional playing of flash games, or the games provided with Windows, the HD 3000 GPU works just fine.  Graphics intensive games are better avoided.

To see which games run in this integrated GPU, please check current game titles in our encompassing database "Computer games on laptop graphics cards".

low med.high ultra
Trackmania Nations Forever (2008) 12742fps
Mafia 2 (2010) 91915fps
Fifa 11 (2010) 1015632fps
Dirt 3 (2011) 662918fps

Emissions

Noise emissions

One of the weak points of the Lifebook S751 is the noise level. Even in idle mode, the cooling system had to work a lot harder than in the larger Lifebook E751 model.  In idle mode, with maximum display brightness, the fan was already audible with 36.6 dB(A).

Under load, the Fan needs to move considerably more air and speeds up accordingly.  We noted a maximum value of 41.6 dB(A) after taking our measurements.  But the noise is only audible directly near the notebook; with a few meters distance, the rush of air became inaudible.

The typical vibrations from hard drive reads and writes were conspicuously missing, since Fujitsu built a solid state drive instead of a regular drive with rotating platters into the Lifebook S751; hence neither sound nor vibration.

Noise Level

Idle 29.8 / 29.8 / 35.6 dB(A)
HDD 0 dB(A)
DVD 34.9 / dB(A)
Load 38.9 / 41.6 dB(A)
 
    30 dB
silent
40 dB
audible
50 dB
loud
 
min: , med: , max:    Voltcraft sl-320 (15 cm distance)
Much hot air (up to 117 F) is released through the rear vent
Much hot air (up to 117 F) is released through the rear vent

Temperature

Like its bigger brother, the Lifebook E751 this model suffers from a lot of thermal loss. Even at idle, the bottom of the notebook measured up to 33.5 degrees C (92 F) in some spots. Temperature on the top surface was 3 degrees C lower.

Under load, surface temperatures rose markedly. A maximum value of 44,6 degrees Celsius (113 F) was measured underneath, where the cooling system vent is located. Top surface measurements also rose, but not quite as high. Temperatures still rose to between 28.3 and 31,4 degrees Celsius (89 F) in the area of wrist rest and touchpad.

The power supply gets taxed as well in the stress test, and we measured 50.5 degrees Celsius (123 F) in comparison to 31.6 degrees celsius (89 F) at idle.

Max. Load
 36.0 °C35.1 °C31.3 °C 
 35.2 °C35.7 °C30.5 °C 
 30.3 °C31.4 °C28.3 °C 
Maximum: 36.0 °C
Average: 32.6 °C
32.6 °C40.1 °C44.6 °C
31.2 °C38.7 °C40.4 °C
30.8 °C36.5 °C35.7 °C
Maximum: 44.6 °C
Average: 36.7 °C
Power Supply (max.)  50.5 °C | Room Temperature 23.1 °C | Voltcraft IR-360
The small speakers produce a lousy sound image
The small speakers produce a lousy sound image

Speakers

In regards to sound, Fujitsu has much to learn, or outsource, because on this model too, the speakers are barely sufficient to play back system sounds.  The two noise makers above the keyboard to the left and right could not convince in our test.   Music sounds unnatural and metallic, even at low volume.  The more you turned up the volume, the worse the noise got.

Battery Life

The Lifebook S751's energy consumption in stand-by mode is just 0.3 Watts, when turned off, that drops to 0.2 watts. Fujitsu offers an optional zero watt power supply, which consumes no power when the notebook is turned off.

In idle mode with maximum display brightness, energy saving functions turned off and WIFI activated, up to 13.3 watts are drawn from the outlet. The maximum power draw we measured under full load with maximum display brightness, energy saving functions turned off and WIFI activated, was 72.9 watts.

Power Consumption

Off / Standby 0.2 / 0.3 Watt
Idle 9.5 / 12.7 / 13.3 Watt
Load 50 / 72.9 Watt
 
Key: min: , med: , max:         Voltcraft VC 940

The Fujitsu Lifebook S751's mobile power source is a 6 cell Lithium-Ion battery with a capacity of 6,200 mA.  As always, we have thoroughly tested its runtime.

In our first run with the BatteryEater "Classic Test" (maximum display brightness, WIFI radio activated), the battery managed a runtime of 1 hour and eight minutes, 7 minutes more than the Futjitsu E751.

In the "Reader's Test" with maximum energy savings, wireless radios off and minimum display brightness, the battery kept up for 357 minutes.  Surfing over the integrated WIFI connection is possible for 3 hours and 10 minutes, with the display at a comfortable brightness level.

DVD playback ran for 1 hour and 18 minutes with all energy savers and wireless radios deactivated.  The battery charge cycle lasts 140 minutes.

Readers Test
Readers Test
Classic Test
Classic Test
Surfing over WIFI
Surfing over WIFI
Video playback
Video playback
Battery charge cycle
Battery charge cycle
Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
5h 57min
WiFi Surfing
3h 10min
DVD
1h 18min
Load (maximum brightness)
1h 08min

Verdict

14 inch notebook with WLAN/UMTS support and many accessories.
14 inch notebook with WLAN/UMTS support and many accessories.

The Lifebook S751 vPro/SSD/UMTS points in several categories: mobility, SSD drive and good results almost all benchmarks. With the integrated UMTS module and the free SIM card, the notebook is immediately ready for field work.  The 14 inch LED backlit display offers HD+ resolution at 1600x900 pixels.  It is non-reflective (matt), making it a good choice for outdoor use.  Regrettably, the viewing angles are not particularly high.

Core components consist of the Intel Core i7 2620M with integrated HD 3000 GPU, 4 GByte RAM and a DVD writer.  Instead of a hard drive, we get an SSD drive with 128 GByte; this is especially noticeable in fast start-up times and loading of applications.  Additionally, solid state drives are shock proof and silent, in comparison to hard drives.

Less favorable are the mediocre battery runtime, as well as the constant noise from the cooling system, marring the overall picture.

Included accessories of the Fujitsu Notebooks S751 vPro/SSD/UMTS include a multitude of DVD media, a secondary power supply and a docking station. The MSRP of the Lifebook S751 vPro/SSD/UMTS in this version is 1250 euro.

In Review: Fujitsu LifeBook S751 vPro/SSD/UMTS notebook
In Review: Fujitsu LifeBook S751 vPro/SSD/UMTS notebook

Specifications

Fujitsu LifeBook S751 vPro/SSD/UMTS

:: Processor
:: Mainboard
Intel QM67
:: Memory
4096 MB, Hynix HMT351S6BFR8C-H9, DDR3-1333 (667 MHz)
:: Graphics adapter
Intel HD Graphics 3000, Core: 650 MHz, Memory: 650 - 1300 MHz, 8.15.10.2372
:: Display
14 inch 16:9, 1600x900 pixel, FUJ5C12, glossy: no
:: Harddisk
Toshiba THNSFC128GBSJ, 128 GB SSD module
:: Soundcard
Realtek ALC269 @ Intel Cougar Point PCH - High Definition Audio Controller
:: Connections
1 Express Card 54mm, 2 USB 2.0, 1 USB 3.0, 1 VGA, 1 DisplayPort, 1 Kensington Lock, 1 Serial Port, 1 Docking Station Port, Audio Connections: Line-out / headphone, Card Reader: SD/MS/MSPro, 1 SmartCard, 1 Fingerprint Reader, 1 eSATA/USB combo
:: Networking
Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6205 (10/1000MBit), Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6205 (a b g n ), 3.0 Bluetooth, 3G/UMTS
:: Optical drive
TSSTcorp CDDVDW TS-L633F
:: Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 35 x 340 x 245
:: Weight
2.3 kg Power Supply: 0.45 kg
:: Battery
67 Wh Lithium-Ion, 6 cell, 6200 mAh
:: Price
1200 Euro
:: Operating System
Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit
:: Additional features
Webcam: 1,3 Megapixel, Docking station, secondary power supply, Office 2010, Adobe Acrobat Reader, Norton Internet Security, Nero, Recovery-DVD Windows 7 Professional 64bit and 32 bit, 12 Months Warranty

 

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Useful: hardware slider for turning on wireless radios
Useful: hardware slider for turning on wireless radios
The Lifebook notebook from beneath
The Lifebook notebook from beneath
The battery slot of the notebook
The battery slot of the notebook
The battery
The battery
Dust filter
Dust filter
The 4 GByte RAM module
The 4 GByte RAM module
RAM can be upgraded to 8 GByte by adding a second module
RAM can be upgraded to 8 GByte by adding a second module
The Lifebook 751 notebook's 128 GByte solid state drive
The Lifebook 751 notebook's 128 GByte solid state drive
Hard drive / ssd drive slot
Hard drive / ssd drive slot
Docking station
Docking station
Connectors on the docking station: 2x USB, 1x eSATA, 1x Displayport
Connectors on the docking station: 2x USB, 1x eSATA, 1x Displayport
…1x DVI, 1x VGA, 1x serial (RS232)
…1x DVI, 1x VGA, 1x serial (RS232)
…1x parallel, 2x USB 2.0
…1x parallel, 2x USB 2.0
…1x RJ45 (Gigabit-LAN), Kensington Lock
…1x RJ45 (Gigabit-LAN), Kensington Lock
1.3 MPixel webcam centered above the HD+ display
1.3 MPixel webcam centered above the HD+ display
VGA port and Kensington Lock security coupling
VGA port and Kensington Lock security coupling
Fujitsu Lifebook S751 vPro/SSD/UMTS
Fujitsu Lifebook S751 vPro/SSD/UMTS
Patterns and designs found on the surfaces
Patterns and designs found on the surfaces
A TrackPoint pointing device in the center of the keyboard to control the mouse pointer
A TrackPoint pointing device in the center of the keyboard to control the mouse pointer
The five special keys on the Lifebook S751
The five special keys on the Lifebook S751
Relatively small arrow keys
Relatively small arrow keys
Two mouse buttons in front of the touchpad
Two mouse buttons in front of the touchpad
A finger print sensor between the two touchpad buttons.
A finger print sensor between the two touchpad buttons.
Two audio I/O connectors (1x in/1x out)
Two audio I/O connectors (1x in/1x out)
The card leader lives dangerously without cover
The card leader lives dangerously without cover
USB 3.0, eSATA-/USB-Combo und DisplayPort connectors on the sides.
USB 3.0, eSATA-/USB-Combo und DisplayPort connectors on the sides.
The modular expansion bay houses the optical drive (in this model)
The modular expansion bay houses the optical drive (in this model)
ExpressCard/54 slot and credit card slot
ExpressCard/54 slot and credit card slot
RS232 serial port in the rear
RS232 serial port in the rear
The two USB 2.0 connectors on this side
The two USB 2.0 connectors on this side
System diagnostic Software
System diagnostic Software

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Pro

+Modular expansion bay
+HD+ display (1600x900)
+Textured surfaces
+Hardware switch for wireless radios
+Docking station included
+Secondary power supply included
 

Cons

-Bad sound quality
-no cover for card reader slot
-Display with narrow viewing angles
-Touchpad and trackpoint are always deactivated simultaneously

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What we like

The modular bay is a great idea, allowing you to adapt the LifeBook E751 according to situation and usage with either a secondary battery, a secondary hard drive, or an optical drive.

What we'd like to see

 

Fujitsu missed nothing with this model; everything you could expect from a notebook is there.

What surprises us

Good benchmark results and the fact that Fujitsu already includes docking station and secondary power supply and a free SIM card for WAN.  (prepaid tariff by o2).

The competition

Lenovo Thinkpad T420 4236-NGG (Core i7 2620M, HD Graphics 3000), Lenovo ThinkPad L420 NYV4UGE (Core i5 2520M, HD Graphics 3000), Toshiba Tecra R840-11E (Core i5 2520M, HD Graphics 3000), HP ProBook 6460b LG645EA (Core i5 2520M, HD Graphics 3000), Fujitsu Lifebook LH531 (Core i5 2410M, HD Graphics 3000), Dell Latitude E5420 Essential (Core i3 2310M, HD Graphics 3000)

Rating

Fujitsu LifeBook S751 vPro/SSD/UMTS
09/12/2011 v2
Siggy Moersch

Chassis
88%
Keyboard
84%
Pointing Device
80%
Connectivity
85%
Weight
84%
Battery
74%
Display
74%
Games Performance
59%
Application Performance
94%
Temperature
86%
Noise
85%
Add Points
84%
Average
81%
83%
Office *
Weighted Average

> Notebook / Laptop Reviews and News > Reviews > Archive of our own reviews > Review Fujitsu LifeBook S751 (vPro, SSD, UMTS) Notebook
Author: Siggy Moersch, 2011-09-28 (Update: 2013-06- 6)