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Review Fujitsu-Siemens Lifebook S7110 Notebook

Old hand. The Lifebook S series bridges the gap between powerful 15 inch multimedia notebooks and very portable 12 inch notebooks. If notebooks of the first class are too big for you and of the other class too small, you are likely to find your notebook in the 14 inch class. Among other FSC notebooks the FSC S7110 competes in this notebook category.

FSC Lifebook S7110 Logo

Case

Even if the Lifebook is actually a business notebook, its design does not reflect this. Especially the bright gray/fawn color of the keyboard combined with its silver border are subjectively really not a good fit. The display cover and the trough of the case are black, so, this notebook looks elegant at least if closed.

Although the Lifebook S7110 seems to be very compact, and has a ergonomic form, its robustness could not totally convince. Torsions and creaking noises are possible during handling it. Also under pressure deformations of the case are possible, especially next to the optical drive at the bottom side of the notebook.
Furthermore, also the display's flexural rigidity is moderate.

We were pleased by the central transport hook of the displays, which apparently is out of metal, and so promises a long durability. It securely locks the display in closed position.

Furthermore, the display hinges are a little too small. They are unable to hold the position of the 14 inch display without wobbling. Furthermore, we observed that adapting the display position leads to slight torsions of the base unit next to the hinges.

The ports of the Lifebook S7110 are in our opinion reasonable located. They are at the left and right side near the back corners and the VGA port is shapely hidden under a removable cover.

Front Side: No ports
FSC S7110 Anschlüsse
Left Side: Power Connector, VGA out (rear cover), 3.5mm S-Video, audio, fan, Firewire, Expresscard, PCCard
FSC S7110 Anschlüsse
Back Side: 2x USB 2.0, battery, Kensington Lock, LAN
FSC S7110 Anschlüsse
Right Side: Kensington Lock, Modem, DVD drive, USB
FSC S7110 Anschlüsse

Input Devices

As already mentioned the keyboard first attracts attention by its bright colors. However, the gray letters are well legible. No structure or special order of keys gets evident. Only the cursor keys slightly break the strict rectangular layout.

The size of the keys is alright. All of them have a good size, and the available space is reasonably utilized. A spacious space bar and an enter key, which extends over two rows, are pros of the S7110's keyboard.

Besides a rattling sound, we did no detect any further weaknesses of the keyboard. The keys react well and also typing feels comfortable.

Right above the keyboard a number of hot keys with imprinted 1, 2, E, and R, are provided. They keys 1 and 2 are arbitrarily definable via the "Lifebook Application Panel" tool. The E key invokes the ECO mode, so, the notebook demands less energy and the battery runtime is increased accordingly. The R key invokes the recovery tool used for system recovery.

The also silver touch pad shows good response and precision. Besides the two usual touch pad buttons it also provides a central scroll button.

Depending on the chosen variant possibly also a track point is provided in addition to the touch pad. However, it is nearly too small.

Touchpad
FSC S7110 Touchpad
Tastatur
FSC S7110 Tastatur

Display

The reviewed notebook was equipped with a non-reflecting 1024x768 pixels XGA panel, which is absolutely still common in the 14 inch business notebook class. Besides this rather low-resolution display, the "Surpreme" variant of the S7110 notebook provides a display with a resolution of 1400x1050 pixels, which clearly helps to better keep track of your (open) applications.

The maximum brightness of the reviewed display scored average with measured 145.0 cd/m². The moderate illumination of 74% stems from diminishing brightness at the edges.

139.9
cd/m²
145.0
cd/m²
134.3
cd/m²
117.3
cd/m²
142.1
cd/m²
115.8
cd/m²
114.5
cd/m²
126.3
cd/m²
107.9
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
Information
Maximum: 145.0 cd/m²
Average: 127 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 74 %
Black: 0.7 cd/m²
Contrast: 203:1

The display's minimum representable brightness was measured 0.7 cd/m². So, the calculated contrast ratio is acceptable at 207:1. The Lifebook S7110 scored slightly below-average regarding speed of reaction, because it only reached grade 5 of the Pixperan test of legibility.

Outdoor use is possible, because of the matt display, however, there are limitations, because of the only low average brightness of the display and because of a maximum brightness of only 134 cd/m² in battery mode.

Horizontally, the display's stability to the vantage point can be called good. Vertically, you'll face a change from white towards black if looking top downwards, and a heavy darkening and changes of the gray levels if looking bottom upwards.

FSC S7110 Blickwinkelstabilität
FSC S7110 Blickwinkelstabilität
FSC S7110 Blickwinkelstabilität
FSC S7110 Blickwinkelstabilität
FSC S7110 Blickwinkelstabilität
FSC S7110 Blickwinkelstabilität
FSC S7110 Blickwinkelstabilität
FSC S7110 Blickwinkelstabilität

Performance

The Fujitsu-Siemens Lifebook S7110 we reviewed was equipped with a powerful Core 2 Duo CPU, and an integrated Intel GMA 950 video chip. In more detail a T7200 CPU with 2.0 GHz and 4MB L2 Cache works inside the Lifebook. But, the Lifebook is available in a variety of configurations, so the notebook can be adapted to user demands.

So, it is a powerful office notebook and appropriate for standard office applications like Office and Internet. Even software with higher demands on calculation power is no problem for the S7110 with the above mentioned equipment.

The graphical performance is, as usual for notebooks with Intel GMA 950 chip, rather moderate. Still, this graphical solution should be capable of handling any applications, besides 3D applications, without any problems. Even older games without high demands on 3D should run without problems.

Our reviewed notebook was equipped with 1GB main memory (two banks of 512MB) which makes it absolutely fit for Windows Vista. A maximum of 4GB main memory are possible.

There are a number of 5400 revs hard disk models available for this notebook. You can currently choose between 40 up to 120 GB capacity hard disks. The 80GB hard disk of the reviewed notebook scored well. The transfer rates and the access times were comparably above-average.

Further information about the video card can be found  here or in our comparison of mobile video cards. Detailed information about the Core 2 Duo CPU can be found here.

Please also look at our benchmark list of mobile processors or at our benchmark list of mobile video cards, in order to compare this notebook to other configurations.

Benchmark Comparison 3DMark
FSC S7110 Benchmarkvergleich
Benchmark Comparison PCMark
FSC S7110 Benchmarkvergleich
3D Mark
3DMark 05611 points
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3DMark 05 in comparison
Nokia Booklet 3G (min)
 Z530, Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 500
120
   ...
Asus U2E-1P017E
 U7500, Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) X3100
584
Lenovo ThinkPad X300
 L7100, Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) X3100
609
Fujitsu-Siemens S7110
 T7200, Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950
611
Asus VivoTab TF810C-1B026W
 Z2760, SGX545
613
HP nc4400
 T7400, Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950
614
   ...
Alienware M18x R2 (max)
 3920XM, Radeon HD 7970M Crossfire
36878
PC Mark
PCMark 053647 points
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PCMark 05 in comparison
Acer Aspire One 751 (min)
 Z520, Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 500
692
   ...
Toshiba Satellite L350-153
 T2390, Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) X3100
3607
Samsung R60-Aura T2330 Deesan
 T2330, Radeon Xpress X1250
3619
Fujitsu-Siemens S7110
 T7200, Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950
3647
HP Compaq 6735b
 ZM-82, Radeon HD 3200
3690
HP Compaq 6720s
 T7250, Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) X3100
3715
   ...
Fujitsu Celsius H710 WXP11DE (max)
 2820QM, Quadro 1000M
13842
80 GB - 5400 rpm
Transfer Rate Minimum: 21.7 MB/s
Transfer Rate Maximum: 43.6 MB/s
Transfer Rate Average: 34.3 MB/s
Access Time: 15.8 ms
Burst Rate: 88 MB/s
CPU Usage: 1.5 %

Emissions

Loudness

Regarding noise emissions it got evident that the Lifebook S7110's fan in the reviewed variant, started to audibly run even without load from time to time.
In the meanwhile FSC released a new BIOS version (22.2.2007), so, this problem is to some degree fixed now. Despite the fan starts running from time to time, the S7110 was subjectively quieter in the repeated review during idle mode.

The maximum noise level of up to 45.7 dB under load, is quite high compared to similar equipped notebooks.

Temperature

The surface temperature of the Lifebook S7110 is alright at the top side and at the bottom side. Its maximum is 36 °C at the top side and 41°C at the bottom side of the case.

Upper side

palmwrist: 32.3°C max: 35.8°C avg: 31.4°C

Bottom side

max: 41.0°C avg: 33.7°C

Speakers

The notebook comes with two tiny speakers left and right above the keyboard. Their sound is, typical business notebook, dull and without basses. We recommend the use of headphones when listening to music.

Battery Runtime

The Fujitsu-Siemens S7110 is equipped with a spacious 5200 mAh battery. Furthermore, the notebook can be equipped with an additional 3800 mAh Ultrabay supplement battery (instead of the DVD drive). The standard battery allows an unplugged operation of at least nearly 2 hours up to more than 5 hours with optimized energy profile.

The supplement battery makes a runtime increase to up to 9 hours possible. Depending on your individual demands you have to be aware of a shorter runtime in practice.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
5h 20min
Load (maximum brightness)
1h 46min

Power Consumption

Idle 14.4 / 22.4 / 22.8 Watt
Load 50.4 / 48.6 Watt
 
Key: min: , med: , max:         

Verdict

Fujitsu-Siemens Lifebook S7110
Fujitsu-Siemens Lifebook S7110

The Fujitsu-Siemens Lifebook S7110 is a powerful mobile notebook. Its pros are good performance, which can be adapted to individual needs, and a very good maximum battery runtime. It is possible to further increase the already good battery runtime of the standard battery by an Ultrabay supplement battery.

The case and also the display face some weaknesses regarding flexural rigidity and pressure resistance.

In general the input devices are alright. The user-friendly keyboard and the comfortable touch pad deserve to be mentioned.

The display with a resolution of 1024x768 pixels could not totally convince, however, the demands on resolution depend on the planned field of operation. Regarding this matter a 1400x1050 pixels panel is also available.

Another pro is the equipment with a powerful Core 2 Duo CPU. So, the Lifebook S7110 is fit for all office demands and should also have no problems with Vista.

In general the noise of the S7110 is quiet, although a fan which runs for short durations from time to time is likely to disturb the peace. However, a Bios upgrade improved this. The surface temperatures are alright.

Reviewed: Fujitsu-Siemens Lifebook S7110
Fujitsu-Siemens Lifebook S7110

Specifications

Fujitsu-Siemens S7110

:: Processor
:: Mainboard
Intel 945GM
:: Memory
1024 MB, DDR2 PC5300 (667 MHz) SDRAM, max. 4096MB, 2x512MB
:: Graphics adapter
:: Display
14.1 inch 16:10, 1024x768 pixel, XGA TFT Display, glossy: no
:: Harddisk
80 GB - 5400 rpm, 80 GB 5400 rpm Seagate Momentus ST980811AS: 80GB, 5400rpm
:: Connections
PCCard, Expresscard, Mikrofon, Headphones (Line out), 3x USB 2.0, VGA-Out, S-Video (3.5mm), Firewire, Kensington Lock, LAN, Modem
:: Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 35 x 307 x 248
:: Weight
2.125 kg
:: Battery
, 5200 mAh Lithium Ionen Akku
:: Price
1400 Euro
:: Additional features
HDD: 80GB, 5400rpm, Seagate Momentus ST980811AS, Realtek HD Audio, DVD +/-R (DL) Matshita UJ-841S,

 

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The Fujitsu-Siemens S7110 has the well-known silver design...
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Nothing for sensible ears: S7119's weak speakers.
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While the surface temperatures were alright, the noise of the fan was sometimes too evident.
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...furthermore, the equipment can also be adapted to your needs.
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A pro of the Lifebook S7110 is particularly the good performance,...
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The non-reflecting display scored average.
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The keyboard is comfortable in use.
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The S7110's interfaces are user-friendly located.
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Nice feature: the VGA port is hidden by a cover.
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...it has weaknesses regarding robustness.
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Although this notebook appears compact...
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...with gray/fawn keyboard.
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The battery runtime absolutely convinces: 2 up to 5 hours are by all means possible with the provided 5200mAh battery.
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Pro

  • Precise touch pad
  • Metal transport hook
  • User-friendly order of interfaces
  • Good performance
  • Low surface temperature
  • Good battery runtime
  • Ultrabay drive slot
  • Contra

  • Partly low flexural rigidity
  • Moderate display
  • Unsteady fan
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    Fujitsu-Siemens Lifebook S7110

    Bewertung

    Fujitsu-Siemens S7110
    08/31/2007
    J. Simon Leitner

    Chassis
    80%
    Keyboard
    82%
    Pointing Device
    86%
    Connectivity
    82%
    Weight
    87%
    Battery
    86%
    Display
    80%
    Games Performance
    52%
    Application Performance
    93%
    Temperature
    73%
    Noise
    75%
    Add Points
    86%
    Average
    80%
    82%
    Office *
    Weighted Average

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    Author: J. Simon Leitner, 2007-05-28 (Update: 2013-05- 8)