Review Fujitsu Lifebook E753 Premium Selection Notebook

Daniel Schmidt (translated by Andreas Osthoff), 10/11/2013

Male model. Fujitsu offers an exclusive business companion in a magnesium case with its Lifebook E-series Premium Selection. The Japanese company wants to attract customers with a quad-core processor, a Solid State Drive, a matte IPS panel and comprehensive security features. Our in-depth review shows if the overall package can convince us.

For the original German review, see here.

The Fujitsu Lifebook E753 Premium Selection is currently the top model from the E-series of the Japanese manufacturer. It is equipped with an Ivy Bridge quad-core processor, 8 GB RAM, a 256 GB Solid State Drive and a Full HD display with good viewing angle stability. It is noticeably more expensive than its two siblings at more than 1,700 Euros (~$2301), but also surpasses them in regard to the connectivity because the port replicator is a standard accessory. The two smaller versions use an Intel Core i5-3230M, 4 GB RAM and a 500 GB hard drive. All systems are shipped with a preinstalled version of Windows 7 Professional (64-bit). Both the 32-bit and the 64-bit versions of the operating system are provided on a DVD and you also get physical copy of Windows 8 Pro. 

Processor Core i7-3632QM Core i5-3230M Core i5-3230M
Display resolution 1920x1080 pixels 1366x768 pixels 1366x768 pixels
Memory 8 GB 4 GB 4 GB
Storage 256 GB SSD 500 GB HDD 500 GB HDD
WLAN a/b/g/n b/g/n b/g/n
WWAN HSPA+/LTE UMTS (Gobi 3000) -
Port replicator provided optional optional
Price 1,715 Euros (~$2322) 1,102 Euros (~$1492) 979 Euros (~$1325)

Our review unit is not only a real premium notebook within its series, but does not have to hide behind the competition either. And the competition is fierce: Dell's Latitude E6530 (Core i5-3360M, 4 GB RAM, Full HD) is currently one of the best office notebooks. But the HP EliteBook 8570w (Core i5-3360M, 4 GB RAM, Full HD) is also an excellent choice, especially with its dedicated AMD FirePro M4000 GPU. Both Dell and HP already updated their business machines with the latest Haswell hardware, so the Fujitsu E753 is in a tough spot. Read our in-depth review to find out how the Lifebook E753 holds up against the competition and if the overall package works.

Case

Magnesium-alloy improves haptics and design.
Magnesium-alloy improves haptics and design.
Generous maximum opening angle.
Generous maximum opening angle.
Bottom is made of plastic.
Bottom is made of plastic.

The case of the Fujitsu Lifebook E753 is one of the lightest within the competition with a weight just shy of 2 kilograms including the battery. The Latitude E6530 (2.8 kg) and EliteBook 8570w (3.3 kg) are considerably heavier. This might be a result of the magnesium-alloy, which is used both for the display cover and the palm rest of the E753. The material is very nice to touch and also conveniently smooth. The bottom is apparently made of plastic.  

Build quality is on a very high level. Only the display can be easily twisted and is very susceptible to pressure. The situation is different with the base unit; it is very sturdy and there are no creaking noises if you try to twist it. Only the area around the optical drive can be slightly pushed in, but not by much. The gaps are very consistent and do not cause any criticism.

The display hinges do a great job and keep the display well in position with every opening angle; even light vibrations do not result in bouncing. The maximum opening angle is very generous with around 190°.

Even though the E753 was not tested according to military standards and cannot quite keep up with the according ruggedness of Dell notebooks, it is however considerably thinner and lighter. With a height of just 20 mm at the front and 28 mm at the rear, our review unit has an elegant design and leaves a representative impression.

Connectivity

The port variety of the Fujitsu Lifebook E753 does not leave much to be desired, even without the port replicator. A very interesting feature is the modular drive bay; our review unit is equipped with a DVD burner. You can also replace it with an empty tray, a Blu-ray burner or a second battery. We had no problems replacing the optical drive while our review unit was running. 

Fujitsu integrates three USB 3.0 ports, one of them can be used to charge attached devices like tablets or smartphones even when the device is turned off. However, you have to activate this feature in the BIOS. The port layout is okay, but only in combination with the port replicator. Since most of the ports are at the back in this scenario you will not have any issues with attached peripherals or cables. Without the port replicator, however, the ports at the sides are too far at the front of the notebook. This can have a negative impact on the usability if you use all of the ports simultaneously. 

The port replicator supports the USB 3.0 standard, but the ports are primarily intended for peripherals. It is also not possible to use the DisplayPort and the DVI port at the same time.

Front: 6 status LEDs
Front: 6 status LEDs
Rear: USB 2.0, HDMI
Rear: USB 2.0, HDMI
Left side: Power, LAN, VGA, DisplayPort, USB 3.0, card reader, SmartCard reader (top)
Left side: Power, LAN, VGA, DisplayPort, USB 3.0, card reader, SmartCard reader (top)
Right side: Headphones, microphone, 2 x USB 3.0, drive bay (DVD), Kensington lock
Right side: Headphones, microphone, 2 x USB 3.0, drive bay (DVD), Kensington lock
Port replicator: Kensington lock, 4 x USB 2.0, eSATA, DisplayPort, LAN, DisplayPort, DVI, VGA
Port replicator: Kensington lock, 4 x USB 2.0, eSATA, DisplayPort, LAN, DisplayPort, DVI, VGA

Communication

The Lifebook E753 provides almost every means of communication you can imagine. Wired networks are supported by a Gigabit-Ethernet module, however, the maximum transfer rate is not really convincing. We only reached a maximum of 85 MB/s at the port replicator and the result was even lower directly at the notebook with a maximum of 79 MB/s. The consumer notebook Toshiba Satellite S70-A, for instance, manages a maximum transfer rate of 108 MB/s in the same scenario. The performance of the Lifebook is still sufficient.

Wireless connections are handled by the Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6235. The module supports the IEEE-802.11 a/b/g/n standards in 2.4 and 5 GHz networks. The transfer rates fall short of expectations but the range of the WLAN is very good in return. Even with a distance of 50 meters from the router and through a wall, the author still had a reliable connection in his individual test environment and web browsing was no problem at all. 

NetIO: LAN
NetIO: LAN
NetIO: LAN (port replicator)
NetIO: LAN (port replicator)
NetIO: LAN (Toshiba Satellite S70-A-10F)
NetIO: LAN (Toshiba Satellite S70-A-10F)
NetIO: WLAN
NetIO: WLAN
Internet on the road with HSPA+ and LTE.
Internet on the road with HSPA+ and LTE.
A GPS module is also integrated.
A GPS module is also integrated.

The Lifebook is also equipped with a WWAN modem (mini SIM), which supports the latest transmission technologies. Besides HSPA+ (up to 41 MBit/s), the module also supports the LTE standard (downstream up to 100 MBit/s, upstream up to 50 MBit/s) and many frequencies that should provide a connection throughout Europe and in North America. If you want to work around the globe you will have to live without CDMA/EV-DO. A smaller model of the E-series is also available with a Qualcomm Gobi 3000 modem that supports these standards but is significantly slower in return. 

The integrated GPS module is also very reliable. Even though it took some time before it located the exact position, it was also able to establish a connection indoors. 

Security

The security features of the Lifebook E753 are very comprehensive. Besides a Trusted Platform Module (TPM) it also supports Intel's Anti-Theft technology. You can set a password to protect the BIOS and the hard drive. While the Professional edition of Windows 7 does not support the BitLocker encryption, it is provided by Windows 8 Pro. The security package is completed by a SmartCard reader as well as a fingerprint reader

BIOS: Information
BIOS: Information
BIOS: CPU Features
BIOS: CPU Features
BIOS: Internal Device Configurations
BIOS: Internal Device Configurations
BIOS: Miscellaneous Configurations
BIOS: Miscellaneous Configurations
BIOS: Security
BIOS: Security

Accessories

The box contains several accessories. Beside the mandatory power supply unit with a rated output of 65 Watts (19 Volts, 3.42 Amp) you also get the operating system Windows 7 Professional (32 and 64-bit) as well as Windows 8 Pro (64-bit) including drivers on a total of five DVDs. However, you can only install one operating system at a time due to licensing reasons. 

The port replicator is also standard equipment for the Lifebook E Premium Selection and comes with its own power supply unit with a rated output of 100 Watts (19 Volts, 5.72 Amp). It is therefore powerful enough for attached peripherals. 

Fujitsu also offers optional accessories like input devices, speakers, bags and a second battery (28 Wh, 6-cell, 2,600 mAh) for the modular drive bay, which can be bought for 159 Euros (~$215).  

Maintainability is very limited.
Maintainability is very limited.
Only the memory can be easily replaced.
Only the memory can be easily replaced.
The SIM slot is underneath the battery.
The SIM slot is underneath the battery.

Maintenance

Maintainability on the Fujitsu Lifebook E753 is very limited for common users. This can either be an advantage or disadvantage for companies. A small maintenance cover on the back only reveals the memory slots.

Before you can completely remove the bottom cover you will have to carefully lift the keyboard and pull out the according connector. After that you can remove it. Underneath it are the 2.5-inch SSD and several screws that secure the base unit. After you loosen these screws you can turn the device around. Then you will have to open the maintenance cover and remove both the battery as well as the DVD burner. After that you can loosen all the screws, including the ones in the drive bay. Only then can you remove the bottom cover, but this operation requires some experience and should only be performed by an authorized technician. We did not try to open our review unit to avoid any damage.  

You only have to remove the battery to insert a SIM card into a little tray, which can be pulled out. 

Warranty

Fujitsu grants a 24-month warranty for its Lifebook E-series devices that can be extended up to five years. You can choose between several packages; the cheapest warranty upgrade (122 Euros, ~$165) extends the warranty to three years and includes an on-site service for the next business day. This also includes travel costs within a 50 km radius. A five year bring-in warranty is available for 125 Euros (~$169), while a collect-and-return service is 21 Euros (~$28) more. 

Input Devices

Keyboard

Fujitsu equipped the chiclet keyboard of the Lifebook E753 with a subtle two-stage background illumination. The QWERTY-keys are conveniently sized with 15 x 15 millimeters and a spacing of around three and a half millimeters. The key surface is slightly rubberized and feels quite soft; the keys have a slightly concave shape that improves the usability. Key travel is short and provides a very good feedback

Unfortunately, the keyboard has some issues with stability, especially in the area around the G- and H-keys, where you can noticeably dent it. However, this will not be an issue for many users because the overall typing experience is very smooth and does not require a lot of force. We had no problems with typos in our review. 

Some of the F-keys have special functions that can be used in combination with the Fn-key. There are also two additional buttons above the keyboard. One of them controls the wireless modules while the other one activates the ECO mode. The latter deactivates all additional energy consumers like the optical drive, WLAN and LAN, mutes the sound, reduces the display brightness and reduces the processor clock to save energy. 

Touchpad

The smooth touchpad is generously sized with 110 x 76 mm and has excellent gliding capabilities. Gestures and inputs are executed quickly and precisely. Especially the scrolling function is a joy. There are two integrated mouse buttons at the bottom of the touchpad. They have a limited travel and provide a perceptible and precise feedback; you can also hear the clicking sound. The input device works flawlessly and does not cause any criticism. 

Backlit keyboard.
Backlit keyboard.
Touchpad with good gliding capabilities.
Touchpad with good gliding capabilities.

Display

The 15.6-inch IPS panel has a resolution of 1920x1080 pixels (Full HD). This corresponds with a 16:9 aspect ratio and a pixel density of 141 ppi. The matte display has a good brightness distribution of 86% and a maximum display brightness of 343 cd/m². The average luminance is still good with 305 cd/m² and therefore slightly above the manufacturer's specification of 300 nits. 

The other E753 notebooks are not only equipped with lower resolution displays (1366x768) but they are also not as bright; Fujitsu only specifies them with 200 nits. Unfortunately, our review unit had some issues with screen bleeding at the lower edge of the screen, which was visible with dark pictures. 

295
cd/m²
303
cd/m²
302
cd/m²
297
cd/m²
343
cd/m²
314
cd/m²
304
cd/m²
295
cd/m²
300
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
Information
X-Rite i1 Basic Pro 2
Maximum: 343 cd/m²
Average: 305.9 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 86 %
Center on Battery: 343 cd/m²
Black: 0.47 cd/m²
Contrast: 730:1

The black value of 0.47 cd/m² is okay and the contrast ratio of 730:1 is decent. Not even the top of the class notebook from Dell (0.52 cd/m², 564:1) can keep up with these results.

Calibration out of the box is not overwhelming. We measured a maximum DeltaE value of 12 for the grayscale presentation. The average deviation of 8 is still a bit high and we can also see a slight green cast in the CalMAN screenshots. However, it is not really visible in practice and should not be really important for most business users anyway. Calibration does not really improve the picture; the display calibration of the Latitude E6530 is even worse ex-works but can be optimized. The same applies for the screen of the EliteBook 8570w.

Grayscale (pre-calibration, target color space sRGB)
Grayscale (pre-calibration, target color space sRGB)
Grayscale (calibrated, target color space sRGB)
Grayscale (calibrated, target color space sRGB)
ColorChecker (pre-calibration, target color space sRGB)
ColorChecker (pre-calibration, target color space sRGB)
ColorChecker (calibrated, target color space sRGB)
ColorChecker (calibrated, target color space sRGB)
Saturation (pre-calibration, target color space sRGB)
Saturation (pre-calibration, target color space sRGB)
Saturation (calibrated, target color space sRGB)
Saturation (calibrated, target color space sRGB)
sRGB coverage: 60%
sRGB coverage: 60%
Adobe RGB coverage: 44%
Adobe RGB coverage: 44%
Lifebook E753 vs. Latitude E6530 (grid)
Lifebook E753 vs. Latitude E6530 (grid)

Outdoor use is a big strength of the Fujitsu Lifebook E753. The matte screen does benefit from its high luminance and good contrast. Even very bright environments do not reduce the visibility of the display content. Only direct sunlight shows the limits of the panel, but you can still see the content. 

The Lifebook E753 PS in a bright environment.
The Lifebook E753 PS in a bright environment.
Screen bleeding at the bottom of the screen.
Screen bleeding at the bottom of the screen.

The use of IPS technology basically ensures excellent viewing angle stability and the panel does not disappoint in this category. We can only see some slight deviations with very extreme vertical viewing angles, but that should not be a very common scenario. Both the Dell Latitude E6530 and HP EliteBook 8570w use a TN panel with limited viewing angles and visible color deviations as a result.

Viewing angles Fujitsu Lifebook E753 Premium Selection
Viewing angles Fujitsu Lifebook E753 Premium Selection

Performance

Fujitsu equips the Lifebook E753 PS with a quad-core processor based on Intel's Ivy Bridge architecture that is supported by 8 GB RAM. The two smaller siblings are only available with a dual-core Core i5; all three systems use the integrated graphics solution. The Solid State Drive ensures fast application and OS starts. 

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CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
GPU-Z
ATTO Disk Benchmark
CrystalDiskMark
HD Tune
DPC Latency idle
DPC Latency 720p YouTube video
System information Fujitsu Lifebook E753 Premium Selection

Processor

The heart of the notebook is an Intel Core i7-3632QM processor. The quad-core CPU with a nominal clock of 2.2 GHz can execute up to eight threads simultaneously and reaches up to 3.2 GHz for a single core and up to 2.9 GHz for all four cores via Turbo Boost 2.0. 

Cinebench R11.5 determines 1.29 points in the Single-Core test and 5.79 points in the Multi-Core test respectively. Because of the higher turbo clocks for one core, the i5 CPUs inside the Latitude E6530 and HP 8570w (both i5-3360M, 2.8 up to 3.5 GHz) are actually faster in this benchmark. But even the Schenker B502 with the same CPU is slightly faster than our review unit. The reason for this is the slight clock reduction because of the resulting heat under continuous load for one core. 

The situation changes in multi-core benchmarks, where the E753 can take advantage of its two additional cores and therefore surpasses the competitors from Dell and HP. The difference to the B502 is also smaller, but the performance could be better in this scenario as well. Our CPU stress test shows throttling of the CPU clock after around five minutes; it even drops below the nominal clock after ten minutes to keep the temperature down. However, this impractical scenario should not be common during everyday use; it is therefore not a serious drawback.

The notebook can use its full CPU performance on battery power

Cinebench R15: Single-Core
Cinebench R15: Single-Core
Cinebench R15: Multi-Core
Cinebench R15: Multi-Core
Cinebench R15: Multi-Core on battery power
Cinebench R15: Multi-Core on battery power
CPU stress test with Prime95
CPU stress test with Prime95
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Multi 64Bit
Fujitsu Lifebook E753 Premium Selection
HD Graphics 4000, 3632QM, Micron RealSSD C400 (MTFDDAK256MAM-1K12)
5.79 Points ∼33%
Dell Latitude E6530
HD Graphics 4000, 3360M, Seagate Momentus 7200.4 ST9500423AS
3.26 Points ∼19% -44%
HP EliteBook 8570w LY550EA-ABD
FirePro M4000, 3360M, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
3.26 Points ∼19% -44%
Schenker XIRIOS B502 i7-3632QM
HD Graphics 4000, 3632QM, Samsung SSD PM841 MZMTD128HAFV mSATA
5.84 Points ∼33% +1%
Dell Latitude E6540 FHD HD 8790M
Radeon HD 8790M, 4800MQ, Liteonit LCS-128M6S
6.99 Points ∼40% +21%
CPU Single 64Bit
Fujitsu Lifebook E753 Premium Selection
HD Graphics 4000, 3632QM, Micron RealSSD C400 (MTFDDAK256MAM-1K12)
1.29 Points ∼47%
Dell Latitude E6530
HD Graphics 4000, 3360M, Seagate Momentus 7200.4 ST9500423AS
1.43 Points ∼52% +11%
HP EliteBook 8570w LY550EA-ABD
FirePro M4000, 3360M, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
1.38 Points ∼50% +7%
Schenker XIRIOS B502 i7-3632QM
HD Graphics 4000, 3632QM, Samsung SSD PM841 MZMTD128HAFV mSATA
1.33 Points ∼48% +3%
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
4299
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
15952
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
5506
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
5456 Points
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
20085 Points
Cinebench R10 Shading 64Bit
5592 Points
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
20.43 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
5.79 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
1.29 Points
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
32.2 %
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
519 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
111 Points
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System Performance

PCMark 7 does not run without errors.
PCMark 7 does not run without errors.

The subjective system performance with Windows 7 is very good. The operating system quickly boots up and resumes from stand-by. The same applies for applications. However, the PCMark results suggest that the system could be even faster. PCMark 7 did not run without errors; the result was comparable with a netbook. The main reason for this is the outdated GPU driver for the HD 4000, which was released one and a half years ago; we can only recommend an update. 

Fujitsu does not use the fastest SSD either, which can be seen in the following benchmarks. Fast top versions from other manufacturers are faster than our review unit. The otherwise similarly equipped Schenker B502, for instance, is 11% faster in PCMark Vantage and the Bullman C-Class 3 has an advantage of around 9% in the current PCMark 8. However, the performance difference will not have a huge impact during daily tasks. 

PCMark Vantage
1024x768 Result
Fujitsu Lifebook E753 Premium Selection
HD Graphics 4000, 3632QM, Micron RealSSD C400 (MTFDDAK256MAM-1K12)
13772 Points ∼58%
Dell Latitude E6530
HD Graphics 4000, 3360M, Seagate Momentus 7200.4 ST9500423AS
8320 Points ∼35% -40%
HP EliteBook 8570w LY550EA-ABD
FirePro M4000, 3360M, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
8536 Points ∼36% -38%
Schenker XIRIOS B502 i7-3632QM
HD Graphics 4000, 3632QM, Samsung SSD PM841 MZMTD128HAFV mSATA
15340 Points ∼65% +11%
Dell Latitude E6540 FHD HD 8790M
Radeon HD 8790M, 4800MQ, Liteonit LCS-128M6S
16771 Points ∼71% +22%
1024x768 Productivity Score
Fujitsu Lifebook E753 Premium Selection
HD Graphics 4000, 3632QM, Micron RealSSD C400 (MTFDDAK256MAM-1K12)
13138 Points ∼43%
Dell Latitude E6530
HD Graphics 4000, 3360M, Seagate Momentus 7200.4 ST9500423AS
7170 Points ∼23% -45%
HP EliteBook 8570w LY550EA-ABD
FirePro M4000, 3360M, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
7073 Points ∼23% -46%
Schenker XIRIOS B502 i7-3632QM
HD Graphics 4000, 3632QM, Samsung SSD PM841 MZMTD128HAFV mSATA
19223 Points ∼63% +46%
Dell Latitude E6540 FHD HD 8790M
Radeon HD 8790M, 4800MQ, Liteonit LCS-128M6S
16452 Points ∼54% +25%
PCMark 8 - Work Score Accelerated
Fujitsu Lifebook E753 Premium Selection
HD Graphics 4000, 3632QM, Micron RealSSD C400 (MTFDDAK256MAM-1K12)
4674 Points ∼90%
Bullman C-Klasse 3 SRD 14 Touch 3632QM
HD Graphics 4000, 3632QM, Plextor PX-256M5M
5102 Points ∼98% +9%
6.5
Windows 7 Experience Index
Processor
Calculations per second
7.5
Memory (RAM)
Memory operations per second
7.6
Graphics
Desktop performance for Windows Aero
6.5
Gaming graphics
3D business and gaming graphics
6.5
Primary hard disk
Disk data transfer rate
7.9
PC Mark
PCMark Vantage13772 points
PCMark 8 Home3311 points
PCMark 8 Creative2841 points
PCMark 8 Work4674 points
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Storage Devices

AS SSD
AS SSD
AS SSD - copy benchmark
AS SSD - copy benchmark

The hard drive is a Solid State Drive from Micron's C400-series. Compared to conventional hard drives, the fast flash memory benefits from very low access times and the high read and write transfer rates of small data blocks. This performance advantage is especially perceptible during Windows starts and when you launch complex applications. 

The integrated SSD cannot keep up with the fastest drives when you copy large files, but is still significantly faster than the mechanical counterpart inside the Latitude E6530. However, the performance is not the most important aspect of this SSD. Business customers will pay more attention to the other features of the RealSSD like the 256-bit AES-encryption, high durability (1.2 million operating hours) and the resistance against high environmental temperatures of up to 70 °C. 

CrystalDiskMark 3.0
Read Seq
Fujitsu Lifebook E753 Premium Selection
440 MB/s ∼30%
Dell Latitude E6530
104.2 MB/s ∼7% -76%
Bullman C-Klasse 3 SRD 14 Touch 3632QM
499 MB/s ∼34% +13%
Write Seq
Fujitsu Lifebook E753 Premium Selection
272.4 MB/s ∼29%
Dell Latitude E6530
96.11 MB/s ∼10% -65%
Bullman C-Klasse 3 SRD 14 Touch 3632QM
409.8 MB/s ∼44% +50%
Read 4k
Fujitsu Lifebook E753 Premium Selection
21.45 MB/s ∼49%
Dell Latitude E6530
0.373 MB/s ∼1% -98%
Bullman C-Klasse 3 SRD 14 Touch 3632QM
26.62 MB/s ∼61% +24%
Write 4k
Fujitsu Lifebook E753 Premium Selection
65.09 MB/s ∼40%
Dell Latitude E6530
0.789 MB/s ∼0% -99%
Bullman C-Klasse 3 SRD 14 Touch 3632QM
49.83 MB/s ∼31% -23%
AS SSD
Seq Read
Fujitsu Lifebook E753 Premium Selection
437.13 MB/s ∼33%
Lenovo ThinkPad T440s 20AQ-S00500
113.98 MB/s ∼8% -74%
Lenovo ThinkPad S531
509.47 MB/s ∼38% +17%
Bullman C-Klasse 3 SRD 14 Touch 3632QM
504.08 MB/s ∼38% +15%
Seq Write
Fujitsu Lifebook E753 Premium Selection
269.78 MB/s ∼30%
Lenovo ThinkPad T440s 20AQ-S00500
106.01 MB/s ∼12% -61%
Lenovo ThinkPad S531
238.92 MB/s ∼27% -11%
Bullman C-Klasse 3 SRD 14 Touch 3632QM
420.04 MB/s ∼47% +56%
4K Read
Fujitsu Lifebook E753 Premium Selection
19.24 MB/s ∼15%
Lenovo ThinkPad T440s 20AQ-S00500
0.6 MB/s ∼0% -97%
Lenovo ThinkPad S531
19.97 MB/s ∼15% +4%
Bullman C-Klasse 3 SRD 14 Touch 3632QM
23.79 MB/s ∼18% +24%
4K Write
Fujitsu Lifebook E753 Premium Selection
51.54 MB/s ∼39%
Lenovo ThinkPad T440s 20AQ-S00500
0.86 MB/s ∼1% -98%
Lenovo ThinkPad S531
36.73 MB/s ∼28% -29%
Bullman C-Klasse 3 SRD 14 Touch 3632QM
43.29 MB/s ∼33% -16%
Legend
      Fujitsu Lifebook E753 Premium Selection Intel Core i7-3632QM, Intel HD Graphics 4000, Micron RealSSD C400 (MTFDDAK256MAM-1K12)
      Dell Latitude E6530 Intel Core i5-3360M, Intel HD Graphics 4000, Seagate Momentus 7200.4 ST9500423AS
      HP EliteBook 8570w LY550EA-ABD Intel Core i5-3360M, AMD FirePro M4000, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
      Lenovo ThinkPad T440s 20AQ-S00500 Intel Core i5-4200U, Intel HD Graphics 4400, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
      Lenovo ThinkPad S531 Intel Core i7-3537U, AMD Radeon HD 8670M, Samsung SSD 840 250GB MZ7TD256HAFV
      Bullman C-Klasse 3 SRD 14 Touch 3632QM Intel Core i7-3632QM, Intel HD Graphics 4000, Plextor PX-256M5M
Micron RealSSD C400 (MTFDDAK256MAM-1K12)
Transfer Rate Minimum: 236.7 MB/s
Transfer Rate Maximum: 356.3 MB/s
Transfer Rate Average: 326.7 MB/s
Access Time: 0.1 ms
Burst Rate: 77 MB/s
CPU Usage: -1 %

Graphics

GPU clocks
GPU clocks

Graphics are handled by the Intel HD Graphics 4000, which is integrated into the processor. The GPU does not have its own memory and has to use the system memory. The RAM works in dual-channel mode, so the GPU can use its full potential. According to the chipset specifications, the GPU clock is between 350 and 1,350 MHz. The version in the Lifebook E753 can reach up to 1,150 MHz; the performance is once again not reduced on battery power.

Dell also uses the HD 4000 but cannot keep up in terms of performance. A reason for this is the single-channel memory configuration and the lower clock. HP (AMD FirePro 4000), however, integrates a more powerful dedicated GPU. The HD 4000 cannot compete with this performance and is not really suitable for CAD applications. The performance is, however, sufficient for everyday tasks. 

SPECviewperf 11
1920x1080 Lightwave AA:0x AF:0x
Fujitsu Lifebook E753 Premium Selection
HD Graphics 4000, 3632QM, Micron RealSSD C400 (MTFDDAK256MAM-1K12)
12.11 fps ∼15%
Schenker XIRIOS B502 i7-3632QM
HD Graphics 4000, 3632QM, Samsung SSD PM841 MZMTD128HAFV mSATA
11.75 fps ∼15% -3%
Dell Latitude E6540 FHD HD 8790M
Radeon HD 8790M, 4800MQ, Liteonit LCS-128M6S
29.85 fps ∼37% +146%
HP EliteBook 8570w LY550EA-ABD
FirePro M4000, 3360M, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
61.01 fps ∼76% +404%
1920x1080 Pro/ENGINEER AA:0x AF:0x
Fujitsu Lifebook E753 Premium Selection
HD Graphics 4000, 3632QM, Micron RealSSD C400 (MTFDDAK256MAM-1K12)
1.22 fps ∼6%
Schenker XIRIOS B502 i7-3632QM
HD Graphics 4000, 3632QM, Samsung SSD PM841 MZMTD128HAFV mSATA
0.82 fps ∼4% -33%
Dell Latitude E6540 FHD HD 8790M
Radeon HD 8790M, 4800MQ, Liteonit LCS-128M6S
4.14 fps ∼22% +239%
HP EliteBook 8570w LY550EA-ABD
FirePro M4000, 3360M, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
6.27 fps ∼33% +414%
3D Mark
3DMark 0510421 points
3DMark 06
 1280x1024
6293 points
3DMark Vantage3951 points
3DMark 11725 points
3DMark Ice Storm34900 points
3DMark Cloud Gate5184 points
3DMark Fire Strike558 points
3DMark Fire Strike Extreme257 points
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Gaming Performance

The HD 4000 is not the best solution for gaming. Casual games like Solitaire and Minesweeper are obviously no problem and even less demanding titles like FIFA 14 can be played with high settings. Current 3D titles, however, can only be played with minimum details, if they run at all.

low med.high ultra
BioShock Infinite (2013) 36.518.616.46.5fps
Fifa 14 (2013) 182974826fps
F1 2013 (2013) 48332612fps

Emissions

System Noise

The noise development of the Fujitsu Lifebook E753 is very convenient during idle with a maximum value of 32.2 dB(A). The fan is even completely deactivated from time to time

Medium workloads result in a fan noise between 37 and 38.2 dB(A); the fluctuation is connected with the afore-mentioned fluctuation of the CPU clock. We determined a maximum system noise of 48.6 dB(A) under maximum load with combined load of Prime95 and Furmark. This is quite noisy but not yet annoying, especially since this extreme scenario should not be very common.   

One issue is a whistling sound that seemed to originate from the SSD when it is active for a longer period. This noise is drowned out by the fan under load, but it is audible when you copy something during idle. 

Noise Level

Idle 29.6 / 32.0 / 32.2 dB(A)
DVD 35.2 / dB(A)
Load 38.2 / 48.6 dB(A)
 
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silent
40 dB
audible
50 dB
loud
 
min: , med: , max:    Voltcraft sl-320 (15 cm distance)

Temperature

Stress test
Stress test

The temperatures are quite high during idle with up to 40 °C at the bottom. The combination of powerful hardware and a thin case design favors this development. The temperatures reach up to 47 °C under load in the area around the fan. 

We use our stress test with Furmark and Prime95 to simulate the maximum system load. According to HWiNFO64, the maximum CPU temperature is 97 °C. We can once again see CPU throttling to cool down the processor; the average clock of 2.4 GHz, however, remains above the nominal clock. The GPU clock also fluctuates between 650 and 1,100 MHz in this scenario. Once again, this is a very impractical scenario that should not occur in practice.  

We used the smaller power supply unit with 65 Watts during our measurements, which got very warm with 53 °C while charging the notebook. 

 35.5 °C35.2 °C27.9 °C 
 33.3 °C31.6 °C27.1 °C 
 35.4 °C34.9 °C28.9 °C 
Maximum: 35.5 °C
Average: 32.2 °C
27.0 °C40.0 °C38.2 °C
27.4 °C35.2 °C37.5 °C
27.3 °C33.6 °C33.0 °C
Maximum: 40.0 °C
Average: 33.2 °C
Power Supply (max.)  48.1 °C | Room Temperature 23.1 °C | Voltcraft IR-360

Speakers

The two integrated stereo speakers are not ideal for movie or music playback. High tones are a bit muffled, there are no medium tones and the bass is very weak. This is definitely not a good sound experience. 

The Lifebook E753 is, however, well suited for video calls. We had no problems understanding the other person over Skype and the recipient did not report any problems either. Even a distance of around one and a half meters from the microphone was not an issue. The webcam works really well and takes good pictures in low-light environments.  

Energy Management

Power Consumption

The energy consumption of the Fujitsu Lifebook E753 is on a good level with 7.9 up to 14.7 Watts during idle. The result is even better than the less powerful Latitude E6530 (8.4 up to 16.6 Watts), which is probably a result of the higher nominal clock.  The consumption fluctuates between 45 and 61 Watts with Prime95. The big gap is once again connected to the fluctuating CPU clock that we mentioned before. We can measure up to 65.7 Watts under maximum load, which is not very high. However, the provided PSU only has a rated output of 65 Watts, so there is not much headroom.  

The consumption values during stand-by (0.2 Watts) and when the device is turned off (up to 0.1 Watts) support the Green IT claim of the notebook. 

Power Consumption

Off / Standby 0.1 / 0.2 Watt
Idle 7.9 / 13.4 / 14.7 Watt
Load 45.5 / 65.7 Watt
 
Key: min: , med: , max:         Voltcraft VC 940

Battery Runtime

The battery is recharged after 153 minutes.
The battery is recharged after 153 minutes.

Our review unit is equipped with a 72 Wh lithium-ion battery that can be expanded with an optional battery for the drive bay, but the runtimes of the main battery alone are already very good. We use the Battery Eater Reader's Test (minimum display brightness, activated Eco-mode) to determine the maximum runtime. The notebook runs for ten hours before the battery is empty. The other extreme scenario (maximum display brightness, high performance energy profile, all components activated) is the minimum runtime, which is simulated by the Battery Eater Classic Test. The system shuts down after 83 minutes

Our WLAN scenario is more realistic (adjusted brightness at 150 cd/m², only WLAN active) and simulates web browsing; it refreshes a web page every 40 seconds via script. The E753 manages a good result just shy of six hours. DVD playback on the go is no problem either with a runtime of more than four hours. The notebook will last for around five and a half hours in practice before you will have recharge it. This result is also confirmed by the battery test of PCMark 8 Work (5:26 hours).

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
10h 06min
WiFi Surfing
5h 54min
DVD
4h 16min
Load (maximum brightness)
1h 19min

Verdict

In Review: Fujitsu Lifebook E753 Premium Selection.
In Review: Fujitsu Lifebook E753 Premium Selection.

The Fujitsu Lifebook E753 Premium Selection is not only well-designed but can also convince us with its inner values. It is equipped with a powerful i7 processor and an SSD as well as comprehensive security features and many communication modules. The excellent IPS display and the very good input devices support the overall positive impression. The Lifebook is an excellent business companion

One drawback is certainly the screen bleeding at the bottom part of the display. This should not happen in this price category, however, many premium notebooks from other manufacturers have the same problem. We also did not like the whistling sound of the SSD when we copied large files and the preinstalled bloatware makes no sense for a business notebook. 

If you need more GPU performance and a better color accuracy you should have a closer look at the HP EliteBook 8570w or the Dell Latitude E6540, which already uses the latest Haswell hardware; both devices can also be configured with a dedicated graphics card. Otherwise you will be completely satisfied with the Lifebook E753.  

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Specifications

Fujitsu Lifebook E753 Premium Selection

:: Processor
:: Mainboard
Intel QM77 (Panther Point)
:: Memory
8192 MB, dual-channel mode, DDR3 PC3-12800
:: Graphics adapter
Intel HD Graphics 4000, Core: 350 - 1.150 MHz, Memory: 1.600 MHz, Shared Memory, 8.15.10.2696
:: Display
15.6 inch 16:9, 1920x1080 pixel, Fujitsu FUJ5D12, IPS, glossy: no
:: Harddisk
Micron RealSSD C400 (MTFDDAK256MAM-1K12), 256 GB , 171 GB free
:: Soundcard
Realtek ALC269 @ Intel Panther Point PCH - High Definition Audio Controller
:: Connections
1 USB 2.0, 3 USB 3.0, 1 VGA, 1 HDMI, 1 DisplayPort, 1 Kensington Lock, 1 Docking Station Port, Audio Connections: two stereo jacks (headphones and microphone), Card Reader: SD (SDXC up to 64 GB), 1 SmartCard, 1 Fingerprint Reader, Sensors: A-GPS, gps XTRA, Glonass, 2 digital microphones
:: Networking
Intel 82579LM Gigabit Network Connection (10/100/1000MBit), Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6235 (a b g n ), 4.0 Bluetooth, LTE Sierra Wireless MC7710: GSM/GPRS/EDGE (850, 900, 1,800 and 1,900 MHz), WCDMA (900 u. 2,100 MHz), LTE (800, 900, 1,800, 2,100 and 2,600 MHz)
:: Optical drive
Matshita DVD-RAM UJ8C2
:: Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 20 x 374 x 250
:: Weight
1.993 kg Power Supply: 0.24 kg
:: Battery
72 Wh Lithium-Ion, 6-cell, 6,700 mAh
Battery runtime (according to manufacturer): 780 h
:: Price
1,714.80 Euro
:: Operating System
Microsoft Windows 7 Professional (64 Bit) + Windows 8 Pro (64 Bit)
:: Additional features
Webcam: 2 MP (1.920 x 1.080 Pixel, FHD), Speakers: two stereo speakers, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, Port-Replicator, two power supply units (100 and 65 Watts), Authen Tec Fingerprint, Cyberlink YouCam 5, Hotkey Utility, Power Saving Utility, Shock Sensor Utility, System Utility, Intel Anti-Theft, 24 Months Warranty

 

The cover is graced by a magnesium-alloy.
The cover is graced by a magnesium-alloy.
Fujitsu integrates a matte panel.
Fujitsu integrates a matte panel.
It has a resolution of 1920x1080 pixels.
It has a resolution of 1920x1080 pixels.
The maximum opening angle of the display is at around 190°.
The maximum opening angle of the display is at around 190°.
The E753 is very light and thin.
The E753 is very light and thin.
Good low-light performance of the webcam.
Good low-light performance of the webcam.
Most of the ports are on the left side of the case.
Most of the ports are on the left side of the case.
Only a few ports are on the right side.
Only a few ports are on the right side.
The optical drive reads and writes DVDs.
The optical drive reads and writes DVDs.
A fingerprint reader is integrated.
A fingerprint reader is integrated.
Fujitsu advertises the E753 with a Green IT sticker.
Fujitsu advertises the E753 with a Green IT sticker.
Six status LEDs for power, SSD and wireless.
Six status LEDs for power, SSD and wireless.
The speakers are no highlight.
The speakers are no highlight.
You can reduce the energy consumption to a minimum with the Eco button.
You can reduce the energy consumption to a minimum with the Eco button.
Background illumination (dark)
Background illumination (dark)
Background illumination (bright)
Background illumination (bright)
The bottom is made of plastic.
The bottom is made of plastic.
Limited maintainability.
Limited maintainability.
The drive bay is only secured with one slider.
The drive bay is only secured with one slider.
You can easily remove the DVD burner.
You can easily remove the DVD burner.
The SIM slot is underneath the battery.
The SIM slot is underneath the battery.
You will need a standard-sized SIM card.
You will need a standard-sized SIM card.
Only the memory is accessible via the maintenance cover.
Only the memory is accessible via the maintenance cover.
Accessories include a port replicator.
Accessories include a port replicator.
The box contains five DVDs.
The box contains five DVDs.
One power supply unit is for the notebook (65 Watts)
One power supply unit is for the notebook (65 Watts)
Another PSU is for the port replicator (100 Watts).
Another PSU is for the port replicator (100 Watts).
The battery has a capacity of 72 Wh.
The battery has a capacity of 72 Wh.
The outdated GPU driver results in benchmark errors.
The outdated GPU driver results in benchmark errors.

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Pro

+Good build quality
+Excellent input devices
+Bright display with good viewing angles
+Excellent usability outdoors
+Eco-mode
+Full performance on battery power
+Comprehensive security features
+Good runtimes
+Webcam with good low-light performance
 

Cons

-Screen bleeding
-Slight green cast
-Bloat ware
-Beeping SSD
-Limited maintainability

Shortcut

What we like

The matte IPS display is very bright and has a high contrast, so outdoor use is no problem. The input devices are very good and the security features are comprehensive.

What we miss

A current driver for the Intel HD Graphics 4000 would be nice. The preinstalled one is already one and a half years old. 

What surprises us

We cannot understand why there is so much bloatware on a business notebook. Shortcuts of alleged full versions only lead to the web shop of the manufacturer. 

The competition

Amongst others: Dell Latitude E6530, HP EliteBook 8570w, Asus Pro B53V-S4042X, Lenovo ThinkPad T440s, Dell Latitude E6540, Bullman C-Class 3 SRD 14, Lenovo ThinkPad S531 and Schenker XIRIOS B502.

Rating

Fujitsu Lifebook E753 Premium Selection
04/01/2014 v4
Daniel Schmidt

Chassis
87 / 98 → 89%
Keyboard
87%
Pointing Device
90%
Connectivity
88%
Weight
63 / 67 → 91%
Battery
83%
Display
85%
Games Performance
72 / 85 → 85%
Application Performance
95%
Temperature
84%
Noise
80%
Audio
59%
Camera
65%
Average
80%
86%
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Author: Daniel Schmidt, 2013-10-11 (Update: 2013-10-12)