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Fujitsu LifeBook E558 (i5-8250U, SSD, FHD) Laptop Review

Sascha Mölck (translated by Stanislav Kokhanyuk), 05/04/2018

Unsophisticated. Fujitsu’s business notebook scores some major points with an LTE modem, great maintenance options and good battery life. However, the model from the LifeBook E series forgoes an optical disk drive and a serial port.

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The LifeBook E558 is a 15.6-inch business notebook. We have already reviewed its direct predecessor, the LifeBook E557. The two devices are not identically built. With the E558, Fujitsu offers a new case and new ports. The laptop is powered by a quad-core ULV CPU from Intel. The competing devices of the E558 include: The Dell Latitude 5590, the HP ProBook 450 G5, the Lenovo ThinkPad E580, the HP ProBook 650 G3 and the Lenovo ThinkPad L580.

Fujitsu Lifebook E558 E5580MP581DE (Lifebook E Series)
Graphics adapter
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Core: 300-1100 MHz, single-channel, 22.20.16.4836
Memory
8192 MB 
, DDR4-2400, single-channel, two RAM slots, one slot occupied
Display
15.6 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 141 PPI, LG Philips LP156WFB-SPB1, IPS, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel Kaby Lake-U iHDCP 2.2 Premium PCH
Storage
Micron 1100 MTFDDAV256TBN, 256 GB 
, 202 GB free
Soundcard
Realtek ALC255 @ Intel Sunrise Point PCH - High Definition Audio Controller
Connections
3 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 VGA, 1 HDMI, 1 DisplayPort, 1 Kensington Lock, 1 Docking Station Port, Audio Connections: Audiokombo, Card Reader: SD, 1 SmartCard, 1 Fingerprint Reader, TPM 2.0
Networking
Intel Ethernet Connection I219-LM (10/100/1000MBit), Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265 (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.2, Sierra Wireless EM7305, LTE, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 23.9 x 379 x 256 ( = 0.94 x 14.92 x 10.08 in)
Battery
50 Wh, 3490 mAh Lithium-Ion, removeable, 14.4 V
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: HD
Primary Camera: 0.9 MPix
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo, Keyboard: Chiclet-style, Keyboard Light: yes, Windows 10 Pro DVD, McAfee LiveSafe (trail version), Winzip (trail version), 12 Months Warranty
Weight
2.04 kg ( = 71.96 oz / 4.5 pounds), Power Supply: 422 g ( = 14.89 oz / 0.93 pounds)
Price
1269 Euro

 

Case & Connectivity - The LifeBook E558 comes with a new case

With the E558, Fujitsu forgoes an optical disk drive. Therefore, the notebook is slimmer and lighter than the predecessor. There are no changes in terms of case materials: The case is made of matte black plastic. The build quality is solid. There are no defects. However, the case could have been somewhat more rigid. The chassis can be twisted when a significant amount of force is applied to it. This should not happen with a device with such a price tag. There is a maintenance cover on the underside of the device that enables access to the RAM, the SSD and the LTE module. The battery is not soldered-in. However, here Fujitsu relies on a new battery format. The batteries of the predecessors cannot be used with the E558. 

The LifeBook E558 offers plenty of ports. The notebook comes with three USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports (two Type-A ports, one Type-C port). The laptop also features three ports for video output (HDMI, DisplayPort, VGA). Unlike with the predecessors, Fujitsu does not provide a serial port with this model. The selection of ports can be expanded with a docking station. However, the docking stations that were compatible with the predecessors of the E558 cannot be used with the new model. The built-in SD card reader works fast. When copying large chunks of data, a transfer rate of 76.5 MB/s was achieved. When copying 250 JPG image files (each approximately 5 MB in size), we observed an average speed of 60.6 MB/s. We test the SD card reader with the help of a reference SD card (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II).

The Wi-Fi module comes from Intel (Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265). Besides the Wi-Fi standards 802.11a/b/g/n, it also supports the fast AC standard. The data transfer speeds that we have measured under the optimal conditions (no other Wi-Fi-enabled devices in close proximity, a short distance between the notebook and the server PC) are in good order

Size Comparison

Ports

Left side: DC power socket, VGA-out, two USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports (one Type-C port, one Type-A port), SmartCard reader
Left side: DC power socket, VGA-out, two USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports (one Type-C port, one Type-A port), SmartCard reader
Right side: headphone/microphone combo jack, USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A port, DisplayPort, Gigabit Ethernet, Kensington lock
Right side: headphone/microphone combo jack, USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A port, DisplayPort, Gigabit Ethernet, Kensington lock
Front side: SD card reader
Front side: SD card reader
SDCardreader Transfer Speed
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Dell Latitude 5590
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
178.2 MB/s ∼100% +194%
HP ProBook 450 G5-2UB53EA
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
77.3 MB/s ∼43% +28%
Lenovo ThinkPad E580-20KSCTO1WW
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
76.4 MB/s ∼43% +26%
Fujitsu Lifebook E557
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
74.8 MB/s ∼42% +23%
HP Probook 650 G3 Z2W44ET
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
68.1 MB/s ∼38% +12%
Average of class Office
  (of 199, min: 16.5, max: 191)
61.1 MB/s ∼34% +1%
Fujitsu Lifebook E558 E5580MP581DE
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
60.6 MB/s ∼34%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
Dell Latitude 5590
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
203.3 MB/s ∼100% +166%
HP Probook 650 G3 Z2W44ET
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
87.6 MB/s ∼43% +15%
Fujitsu Lifebook E557
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
86.6 MB/s ∼43% +13%
HP ProBook 450 G5-2UB53EA
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
86.1 MB/s ∼42% +13%
Lenovo ThinkPad E580-20KSCTO1WW
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
85.7 MB/s ∼42% +12%
Average of class Office
  (of 178, min: 9.5, max: 255)
78.7 MB/s ∼39% +3%
Fujitsu Lifebook E558 E5580MP581DE
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
76.5 MB/s ∼38%
Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
HP ProBook 450 G5-2UB53EA
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
628 MBit/s ∼100% +19%
HP Probook 650 G3 Z2W44ET
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265 (jseb)
576 MBit/s ∼92% +9%
Fujitsu Lifebook E558 E5580MP581DE
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
527 MBit/s ∼84%
Fujitsu Lifebook E557
Intel 8265 Tri-Band WiFi (Oak Peak) Network Adapter
515 MBit/s ∼82% -2%
Dell Latitude 5590
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
328 MBit/s ∼52% -38%
Lenovo ThinkPad E580-20KSCTO1WW
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3165
326 MBit/s ∼52% -38%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Fujitsu Lifebook E558 E5580MP581DE
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
663 MBit/s ∼100%
Fujitsu Lifebook E557
Intel 8265 Tri-Band WiFi (Oak Peak) Network Adapter
662 MBit/s ∼100% 0%
HP Probook 650 G3 Z2W44ET
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265 (jseb)
602 MBit/s ∼91% -9%
HP ProBook 450 G5-2UB53EA
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
480 MBit/s ∼72% -28%
Lenovo ThinkPad E580-20KSCTO1WW
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3165
299 MBit/s ∼45% -55%
Dell Latitude 5590
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
250 MBit/s ∼38% -62%

Input Devices - The Fujitsu notebook features a keyboard backlight

Fujitsu has equipped the LifeBook with a chiclet-style backlit keyboard. The smooth, slightly concave keys have a short travel distance and a clear actuation point. During typing, the keyboard exhibits only a minimal amount of flex. The backlight is controlled with the function keys. It offers two brightness levels. Overall, Fujitsu delivers an “okay” keyboard, which has no trouble fulfilling its core functions.

The multitouch-enabled TouchPad occupies an area of some 9.9 x 6 cm (3.9 x 2.4 in). Therefore, there is enough space for the use of gesture controls. The slightly rough surface of the pad does not make finger gliding hard. Beneath the TouchPad, there are two separate easy-to-press mouse buttons. They have a short travel distance and a clear actuation point.

Input devices
Input devices

Display - The Fujitsu E558 offers a dim screen

Pixel arrangement
Pixel arrangement

The 15.6-inch display of the LifeBook operates with a native resolution of 1920x1080. The screen offers a good contrast ratio of 1444:1. However, the display brightness of 227.4 cd/m² is too low. Here, we would have liked to see a brightness of at least 300 cd/m². Most notebooks in this price range offer a display brightness of more than 300 cd/m². Positive: The screen does not suffer from PWM flickering.

241
cd/m²
233
cd/m²
229
cd/m²
223
cd/m²
231
cd/m²
212
cd/m²
234
cd/m²
228
cd/m²
216
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 241 cd/m² Average: 227.4 cd/m² Minimum: 3.1 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 88 %
Center on Battery: 231 cd/m²
Contrast: 1444:1 (Black: 0.16 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 4.83 | 0.8-29.43 Ø6.4
ΔE Greyscale 3.49 | 0.64-98 Ø6.6
53% sRGB (Argyll) 34% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll)
Gamma: 2.54
Fujitsu Lifebook E558 E5580MP581DE
IPS, 1920x1080, 15.6
Fujitsu Lifebook E557
TN LED, 1366x768, 15.6
HP Probook 650 G3 Z2W44ET
TN LED, 1920x1080, 15.6
HP ProBook 450 G5-2UB53EA
IPS LED, 1920x1080, 15.6
Lenovo ThinkPad E580-20KSCTO1WW
IPS LED, 1920x1080, 15.6
Dell Latitude 5590
IPS, 1920x1080, 15.6
Response Times
-22%
-7%
-45%
-42%
-53%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
36 (18, 18)
50 (30, 20)
-39%
38 (16, 22, Plateau)
-6%
52.4 (24.8, 27.6)
-46%
48.4 (25.6, 22.8)
-34%
53.2 (26.8, 26.4)
-48%
Response Time Black / White *
25 (15, 10)
26 (22, 4)
-4%
27 (9, 18, Plateau)
-8%
36 (19.6, 16.4)
-44%
37.6 (21.2, 16.4)
-50%
39.6 (23.2, 16.4)
-58%
PWM Frequency
210 (90)
200 (50)
22030 (99)
1000 (98)
Screen
-60%
-67%
-29%
-21%
-25%
Brightness middle
231
214
-7%
351
52%
252
9%
292
26%
243
5%
Brightness
227
213
-6%
345
52%
249
10%
272
20%
234
3%
Brightness Distribution
88
88
0%
95
8%
88
0%
84
-5%
83
-6%
Black Level *
0.16
0.53
-231%
0.65
-306%
0.22
-38%
0.3
-88%
0.19
-19%
Contrast
1444
404
-72%
540
-63%
1145
-21%
973
-33%
1279
-11%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
4.83
7.93
-64%
11.02
-128%
6.9
-43%
5.8
-20%
6.6
-37%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
8.42
13.9
-65%
17.68
-110%
18.4
-119%
22.4
-166%
22.3
-165%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
3.49
9.37
-168%
13.14
-277%
6.9
-98%
2.3
34%
5.2
-49%
Gamma
2.54 94%
2.32 103%
2.7 89%
2.43 99%
2.12 113%
2.24 107%
CCT
6233 104%
9971 65%
16626 39%
7524 86%
6223 104%
6990 93%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
34
36
6%
52
53%
36.3
7%
37.6
11%
39.2
15%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
53
56
6%
81
53%
57.2
8%
58
9%
60.8
15%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
5
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-41% / -54%
-37% / -57%
-37% / -31%
-32% / -25%
-39% / -30%

* ... smaller is better

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM not detected

In comparison: 54 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 10377 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 588200) Hz was measured.

Right out of the box, the DeltaE 2000 color deviation of the display is 4.83. Therefore, it is not very far from the desired value (DeltaE less than 3). The display does not suffer from a bluish cast. 

CalMAN - Colors
CalMAN - Colors
CalMAN - Grayscale
CalMAN - Grayscale
CalMAN - Saturation
CalMAN - Saturation

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
25 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 15 ms rise
↘ 10 ms fall
The screen shows relatively slow response rates in our tests and may be too slow for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 37 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (26.2 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
36 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 18 ms rise
↘ 18 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 26 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (42 ms).

Fujitsu has equipped the LifeBook E558 with an IPS panel with stable viewing angles. Therefore, the screen content can be read from any position. Outdoors, the device can only be used when the sun does not shine too brightly. The brightness is too low for use outside.

The LifeBook outdoors (the sky is completely overcast).
The LifeBook outdoors (the sky is completely overcast).

Performance - The E558 brings mid-range hardware to the table

The LifeBook E558 is a 15.6-inch business notebook. It offers more than enough performance for such usage scenarios as office work and Internet browsing. The laptop offers traditional business features such as the docking port and TPM. Our review device can be had for anywhere between 1100 and 1200 Euros ($1315-1435). At the time of this review, we could find only one other hardware configuration.

HWInfo
HWInfo
Intel XTU
Intel XTU

Processor

The LifeBook comes with a Core i5-8250U. It is a mid-range, quad-core ULV CPU from Intel with a TDP of 15 watts. The processor has a base clock of 1.6 GHz and a boost clock of 3.4 GHz.

In the multi-core section of the Cinebench R15 benchmark, the processor operates at 2.9 to 3.1 GHz for a short time. After that, the clock rate sinks to 2.3 to 2.4 GHz. In the single-core benchmarks, the CPU runs at 2.9 to 3.4 GHz. The processor performs identically both when the laptop is running on battery power and when it is plugged in.

We check if the Turbo boost can be used over an extended period of time by running the Cinebench multi-core benchmark in a continuous loop for 30 minutes. The results sink after the first benchmark run and remain stable thereafter. The Turbo boost operates at 2.3 to 2.4 GHz. 

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Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64 Bit
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
5526
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
17166
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
8331
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
143 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
548 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
42.23 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
97.8 %
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Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
HP ProBook 450 G5-2UB53EA
Intel Core i5-8250U
145 Points ∼71% +1%
Dell Latitude 5590
Intel Core i5-8250U
145 Points ∼71% +1%
Lenovo ThinkPad E580-20KSCTO1WW
Intel Core i5-8250U
143 Points ∼70% 0%
Fujitsu Lifebook E558 E5580MP581DE
Intel Core i5-8250U
143 Points ∼70%
Average Intel Core i5-8250U
  (of 55, min: 81, max: 147)
142 Points ∼69% -1%
HP Probook 650 G3 Z2W44ET
Intel Core i5-7200U
122 Points ∼60% -15%
Average of class Office
  (of 439, min: 20, max: 178)
106 Points ∼52% -26%
Fujitsu Lifebook E557
Intel Core i3-7100U
90 Points ∼44% -37%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Dell Latitude 5590
Intel Core i5-8250U
696 Points ∼32% +27%
HP ProBook 450 G5-2UB53EA
Intel Core i5-8250U
596 Points ∼28% +9%
Average Intel Core i5-8250U
  (of 58, min: 506, max: 730)
586 Points ∼27% +7%
Lenovo ThinkPad E580-20KSCTO1WW
Intel Core i5-8250U
553 Points ∼26% +1%
Fujitsu Lifebook E558 E5580MP581DE
Intel Core i5-8250U
548 Points ∼26%
HP Probook 650 G3 Z2W44ET
Intel Core i5-7200U
320 Points ∼15% -42%
Average of class Office
  (of 443, min: 36, max: 736)
300 Points ∼14% -45%
Fujitsu Lifebook E557
Intel Core i3-7100U
257 Points ∼12% -53%
Cinebench R10
Rendering Single 32Bit
Dell Latitude 5590
Intel Core i5-8250U
8356 Points ∼77% +51%
Average Intel Core i5-8250U
  (of 31, min: 5420, max: 8356)
5670 Points ∼52% +3%
Fujitsu Lifebook E558 E5580MP581DE
Intel Core i5-8250U
5526 Points ∼51%
Lenovo ThinkPad E580-20KSCTO1WW
Intel Core i5-8250U
5420 Points ∼50% -2%
HP Probook 650 G3 Z2W44ET
Intel Core i5-7200U
4942 Points ∼46% -11%
Average of class Office
  (of 649, min: 667, max: 8356)
3262 Points ∼30% -41%
Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
Dell Latitude 5590
Intel Core i5-8250U
21891 Points ∼44% +28%
Average Intel Core i5-8250U
  (of 31, min: 14148, max: 22097)
18498 Points ∼37% +8%
Fujitsu Lifebook E558 E5580MP581DE
Intel Core i5-8250U
17166 Points ∼35%
Lenovo ThinkPad E580-20KSCTO1WW
Intel Core i5-8250U
16363 Points ∼33% -5%
HP Probook 650 G3 Z2W44ET
Intel Core i5-7200U
11073 Points ∼22% -35%
Average of class Office
  (of 637, min: 1242, max: 22297)
7532 Points ∼15% -56%
Geekbench 3
32 Bit Multi-Core Score
Average Intel Core i5-8250U
  (of 13, min: 11489, max: 13553)
12759 Points ∼41% +8%
Fujitsu Lifebook E558 E5580MP581DE
Intel Core i5-8250U
11866 Points ∼38%
HP Probook 650 G3 Z2W44ET
Intel Core i5-7200U
6314 Points ∼20% -47%
Average of class Office
  (of 167, min: 1016, max: 13931)
5240 Points ∼17% -56%
32 Bit Single-Core Score
Average Intel Core i5-8250U
  (of 13, min: 3180, max: 3503)
3303 Points ∼71% +4%
Fujitsu Lifebook E558 E5580MP581DE
Intel Core i5-8250U
3189 Points ∼68%
HP Probook 650 G3 Z2W44ET
Intel Core i5-7200U
2818 Points ∼60% -12%
Average of class Office
  (of 167, min: 595, max: 4020)
2213 Points ∼47% -31%
Geekbench 4.0
64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Average Intel Core i5-8250U
  (of 14, min: 11026, max: 13486)
12263 Points ∼45% +11%
Fujitsu Lifebook E558 E5580MP581DE
Intel Core i5-8250U
11026 Points ∼40%
HP Probook 650 G3 Z2W44ET
Intel Core i5-7200U
6556 Points ∼24% -41%
Average of class Office
  (of 49, min: 1834, max: 15294)
6511 Points ∼24% -41%
64 Bit Single-Core Score
Average Intel Core i5-8250U
  (of 14, min: 3958, max: 4232)
4078 Points ∼71% +3%
Fujitsu Lifebook E558 E5580MP581DE
Intel Core i5-8250U
3958 Points ∼69%
HP Probook 650 G3 Z2W44ET
Intel Core i5-7200U
3508 Points ∼61% -11%
Average of class Office
  (of 49, min: 1087, max: 4801)
3106 Points ∼54% -22%
Geekbench 4.1/4.2
64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Average Intel Core i5-8250U
  (of 16, min: 11592, max: 14228)
12847 Points ∼44% +11%
Fujitsu Lifebook E558 E5580MP581DE
Intel Core i5-8250U
11592 Points ∼40%
Average of class Office
  (of 32, min: 1736, max: 16294)
7179 Points ∼25% -38%
64 Bit Single-Core Score
Average Intel Core i5-8250U
  (of 16, min: 3981, max: 4330)
4161 Points ∼70% +3%
Fujitsu Lifebook E558 E5580MP581DE
Intel Core i5-8250U
4046 Points ∼68%
Average of class Office
  (of 32, min: 1084, max: 4997)
3233 Points ∼54% -20%
JetStream 1.1 - 1.1 Total Score
HP ProBook 450 G5-2UB53EA
Intel Core i5-8250U (Edge)
235.51 Points ∼1% +5%
Fujitsu Lifebook E558 E5580MP581DE
Intel Core i5-8250U (Edge 41)
223.45 Points ∼1%
Average Intel Core i5-8250U
  (of 47, min: 155, max: 256)
223 Points ∼1% 0%
Dell Latitude 5590
Intel Core i5-8250U (Edge 41.16299.248.0)
216.69 Points ∼1% -3%
HP Probook 650 G3 Z2W44ET
Intel Core i5-7200U (Edge 38)
214.17 Points ∼1% -4%
Lenovo ThinkPad E580-20KSCTO1WW
Intel Core i5-8250U (Edge 41.16299.248.0)
210.53 Points ∼1% -6%
Average of class Office
  (of 176, min: 36.7, max: 268)
173 Points ∼1% -23%
Fujitsu Lifebook E557
Intel Core i3-7100U
114.15 Points ∼0% -49%

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System Performance

An SSD and a powerful quad-core processor create a very responsive system. The laptop has more than enough computing power for such usage scenarios as office work and web browsing. The very good results in the PCMark benchmarks confirm this. A small increase in the overall performance can be achieved by installing a second RAM module (= enabling dual-channel mode).

PC Mark 10
PC Mark 10
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
3464 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
4499 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
4525 points
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PCMark 8 - Home Score Accelerated v2
HP ProBook 450 G5-2UB53EA
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, SanDisk SD8SN8U256G1006
3781 Points ∼63% +9%
Dell Latitude 5590
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, SK hynix SC311 M.2
3757 Points ∼63% +8%
Lenovo ThinkPad E580-20KSCTO1WW
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Toshiba KBG30ZMT128G
3729 Points ∼62% +8%
Average Intel Core i5-8250U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (of 37, min: 3076, max: 4458)
3671 Points ∼61% +6%
Fujitsu Lifebook E558 E5580MP581DE
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Micron 1100 MTFDDAV256TBN
3464 Points ∼58%
Fujitsu Lifebook E557
HD Graphics 620, 7100U, Toshiba THNSNK256GCS8
3179 Points ∼53% -8%
HP Probook 650 G3 Z2W44ET
HD Graphics 620, 7200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
3149 Points ∼53% -9%
Average of class Office
  (of 317, min: 1169, max: 4458)
2967 Points ∼50% -14%

Storage Devices

Fujitsu has put a SATA-III SSD from Micron in the LifeBook E558. It comes in the M.2-2280 form factor and has a capacity of 256 GB. Only 202 GB thereof is available to the user. The rest of the storage space is occupied by the Windows installation files and the recovery partition. The transfer rates are decent.

Micron 1100 MTFDDAV256TBN
Sequential Read: 458.8 MB/s
Sequential Write: 378.7 MB/s
512K Read: 332.2 MB/s
512K Write: 325.1 MB/s
4K Read: 26.48 MB/s
4K Write: 77.99 MB/s
4K QD32 Read: 246.6 MB/s
4K QD32 Write: 259.9 MB/s
Fujitsu Lifebook E558 E5580MP581DE
Micron 1100 MTFDDAV256TBN
Fujitsu Lifebook E557
Toshiba THNSNK256GCS8
HP Probook 650 G3 Z2W44ET
Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
HP ProBook 450 G5-2UB53EA
SanDisk SD8SN8U256G1006
Lenovo ThinkPad E580-20KSCTO1WW
Toshiba KBG30ZMT128G
Dell Latitude 5590
SK hynix SC311 M.2
Average Micron 1100 MTFDDAV256TBN
 
Average of class Office
 
CrystalDiskMark 3.0
-12%
-91%
-4%
11%
6%
-4%
-41%
Write 4k QD32
259.9
201.1
-23%
0.859
-100%
177.7
-32%
118.8
-54%
267
3%
223 (of 16, min: 123, max: 300)
-14%
106 (of 623, min: 0.154, max: 706)
-59%
Read 4k QD32
246.6
311.4
26%
0.826
-100%
260.2
6%
199.2
-19%
276.4
12%
226 (of 16, min: 149, max: 248)
-8%
135 (of 623, min: 0.015, max: 652)
-45%
Write 4k
77.99
60.62
-22%
0.866
-99%
52.37
-33%
92.42
19%
74.49
-4%
81.4 (of 16, min: 62.4, max: 102)
4%
39.4 (of 635, min: 0.009, max: 197)
-49%
Read 4k
26.48
17.5
-34%
0.337
-99%
27.76
5%
33.34
26%
29.11
10%
24.9 (of 16, min: 14, max: 28.3)
-6%
14.6 (of 635, min: 0.218, max: 66.9)
-45%
Write 512
325.1
263
-19%
43.45
-87%
269.7
-17%
134.3
-59%
322.8
-1%
314 (of 16, min: 157, max: 447)
-3%
186 (of 632, min: 13.7, max: 1863)
-43%
Read 512
332.2
389.5
17%
16.34
-95%
372.5
12%
787.2
137%
352.9
6%
317 (of 16, min: 259, max: 360)
-5%
222 (of 632, min: 16.3, max: 1799)
-33%
Write Seq
378.7
262.6
-31%
99.95
-74%
451.6
19%
135
-64%
436.4
15%
374 (of 16, min: 165, max: 458)
-1%
254 (of 635, min: 21.1, max: 1995)
-33%
Read Seq
458.8
417.2
-9%
109.4
-76%
502
9%
915.7
100%
498.8
9%
469 (of 16, min: 425, max: 490)
2%
349 (of 635, min: 37.1, max: 2860)
-24%

Graphics Card

The E558 does not offer a dedicated graphics card. Intel’s UHD Graphics 620 is used for image rendering. Intel’s chip supports DirectX 12 and runs at anywhere between 300 and 1100 MHz. The results in the 3DMark benchmarks are on the normal level for this kind of GPU. Through the activation of the dual-channel mode, an increase in performance can be achieved, because in that case the graphics unit can be better utilized. This will require installation of a second RAM module. 

GPU-Z
GPU-Z
DXVAChecker
DXVAChecker
3DMark 11 Performance
1719 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
7057 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
872 points
Help
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (of 63, min: 1366, max: 1915)
1660 Points ∼100% +6%
Lenovo ThinkPad E580-20KSCTO1WW
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8250U
1629 Points ∼98% +4%
Dell Latitude 5590
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8250U
1619 Points ∼98% +3%
HP ProBook 450 G5-2UB53EA
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8250U
1596 Points ∼96% +1%
Fujitsu Lifebook E558 E5580MP581DE
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8250U
1573 Points ∼95%
Fujitsu Lifebook E557
Intel HD Graphics 620, Intel Core i3-7100U
1317 Points ∼79% -16%
HP Probook 650 G3 Z2W44ET
Intel HD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-7200U
1298 Points ∼78% -17%
Average of class Office
  (of 563, min: 185, max: 4967)
1158 Points ∼70% -26%

Gaming Performance

Even though the LifeBook E558 is mainly an office notebook, it can still run some games smoothly. This applies to titles that have low system requirements. However, one will have to be content with running these games at low resolutions and with low graphical settings. An increase in gaming performance can be achieved through the activation of the dual-channel mode.

low med. high ultra
BioShock Infinite (2013) 44.825.320.97.5fps

Emissions & Energy Management

System Noise

The LifeBook E558 does not produce too much noise. When idle, the fan often stands still, which leads to silent operation. Under full load, the fan does not spin especially fast. During the stress test, we measured a sound pressure level of 33.5 dB(A). Reason: The CPU and the GPU operate at low frequencies. The fan is somewhat louder under medium load (34.8 dB(A)).

Noise Level

Idle
30 / 30 / 30 dB(A)
Load
34.8 / 33.5 dB(A)
  red to green bar
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Audix TM1, Arta (15 cm distance)   environment noise: 30 dB(A)
dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2033.442.532.930.733.42533.140.329.733.833.13132.938.332.834.532.94029.938.329.829.829.95035.340.236.129.335.36327.528.928.526.327.58025.927.826.726.925.910024.926.525.825.924.912524.225.524.624.624.216023.823.624.124.123.820023.923.822.822.723.925022.722.422.221.322.731523.223.221.520.523.240022.321.52020.822.35002221.619.719.32263021.921.218.618.421.980023.522.218.21823.5100024.723.917.717.324.7125025.325.917.517.125.3160026.522.517.417.226.5200021.920.317.517.221.9250022.320.617.417.122.3315022.420.117.417.322.4400021.319.417.517.521.3500019.718.417.717.619.7630018.918.117.717.818.9800018.518.117.917.818.51000018.21817.817.718.21250018.11817.917.618.11600018.21818.217.818.2SPL34.833.630.23034.8N1.91.71.21.21.9median 22.3Fujitsu Lifebook E558 E5580MP581DEmedian 21.5median 17.9median 17.8median 22.3Delta1.92.61.51.71.9hearing rangehide median Fan Noise

Temperature

The LifeBook during the stress test
The LifeBook during the stress test

The LifeBook E558 completes our stress test (Prime95 and FurMark running continuously for at least one hour) with similar results, both when plugged in and when running on battery power: The processor operates at 1.8 to 1.9 GHz. The GPU runs at 550 MHz.

The notebook does not become excessively hot. During the stress test, the 40 °C (104 °F) mark is exceeded only at two measurement points.

Max. Load
 42 °C38 °C29.4 °C 
 32.6 °C34.8 °C27.4 °C 
 25.8 °C26 °C25.3 °C 
Maximum: 42 °C
Average: 31.3 °C
27 °C41 °C36.3 °C
26.4 °C26.1 °C30.7 °C
24.9 °C26 °C26.1 °C
Maximum: 41 °C
Average: 29.4 °C
Power Supply (max.)  40.2 °C | Room Temperature 24.6 °C | FIRT 550-Pocket
Heat distribution on the upper side (under load)
Heat distribution on the upper side (under load)
Heat distribution on the underside (under load)
Heat distribution on the underside (under load)
Heat distribution on the upper side (at idle)
Heat distribution on the upper side (at idle)
Heat distribution on the underside (at idle)
Heat distribution on the underside (at idle)

Speakers

The stereo speakers are located on the underside of the device behind a perforated cover. They produce an okay sound, to which one can listen for a long time. However, the sound almost completely lacks bass. For a better listening experience, we recommend using external speakers or headphones.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2031.330.731.32533.233.833.23132.634.532.64030.829.830.85035.229.335.26328.726.328.78026.926.926.910025.125.925.112526.924.626.916032.624.132.620038.122.738.125036.521.336.531539.420.539.440047.420.847.450055.619.355.663060.318.460.380064.91864.9100062.117.362.1125064.517.164.5160061.417.261.4200061.217.261.2250064.117.164.1315064.317.364.340006117.561500061.517.661.563006717.867800065.517.865.51000063.517.763.51250053.517.653.51600050.417.850.4SPL75.23075.2N32.51.232.5median 61Fujitsu Lifebook E558 E5580MP581DEmedian 17.8median 61Delta11.11.711.135.335.132.931.831.83236.535.132.428.93328.936.328.848.32761.52752.924.860.92462.822.763.32269.521.267.82174.82075.919.472.718.97117.770.117.86917.671.817.668.117.671.417.673.717.670.417.571.617.671.617.669.617.459.717.583.630.662.51.5median 69.6Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHzmedian 17.84.62.4hearing rangehide median Pink Noise
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Fujitsu Lifebook E558 E5580MP581DE audio analysis

(-) | not very loud speakers (67 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 27.9% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (7.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 3.6% away from median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (9.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2.9% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (5.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (23.6% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 73% of all tested devices in this class were better, 7% similar, 20% worse
» The best had a delta of 8%, average was 20%, worst was 51%
Compared to all devices tested
» 63% of all tested devices were better, 9% similar, 28% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (83.6 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 11.3% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (14.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 2.4% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (5.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (4.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (9.3% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 1% of all tested devices in this class were better, 1% similar, 98% worse
» The best had a delta of 9%, average was 19%, worst was 47%
Compared to all devices tested
» 1% of all tested devices were better, 0% similar, 98% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Energy Consumption

There are no abnormalities in terms of energy consumption to report. When idle, we measured a maximum power draw of 8.3 watts. During the stress test, the energy consumption peaked at 36.7 watts. The rated output of the AC adapter amounts to 65 watts.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.23 / 0.7 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 3.8 / 6.7 / 8.3 Watt
Load midlight 29 / 36.7 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy

Battery Life

Our practically oriented Wi-Fi test simulates loads that are consistent with surfing the Internet. The “balanced” power plan is selected, the energy-saving functions are disabled and the display brightness is set to 150 cd/m². The LifeBook achieves a battery runtime of 7 hours and 9 minutes. Therefore, it lasts significantly longer than the predecessor (4 hours and 30 minutes).

The battery has a capacity of 50 Wh.
The battery has a capacity of 50 Wh.
Battery Runtime
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3 (Edge 41)
7h 9min
Battery Runtime - WiFi Websurfing 1.3
HP Probook 650 G3 Z2W44ET
7200U, HD Graphics 620, 48 Wh
467 min ∼22% +9%
HP ProBook 450 G5-2UB53EA
8250U, UHD Graphics 620, 48 Wh
463 min ∼22% +8%
Dell Latitude 5590
8250U, UHD Graphics 620, 51 Wh
444 min ∼21% +3%
Fujitsu Lifebook E558 E5580MP581DE
8250U, UHD Graphics 620, 50 Wh
429 min ∼20%
Lenovo ThinkPad E580-20KSCTO1WW
8250U, UHD Graphics 620, 45 Wh
421 min ∼20% -2%
Average of class Office
  (of 253, min: 105, max: 964)
402 min ∼19% -6%
Fujitsu Lifebook E557
7100U, HD Graphics 620, 49 Wh
270 min ∼13% -37%

Pros

+ contrast-rich IPS screen
+ Full HD resolution
+ SSD
+ LTE modem
+ maintenance cover
+ removable battery
+ docking port
+ good battery life

Cons

- dim screen
- flexible chassis

Verdict

The Fujitsu Lifebook E558 VFY:E5580MP581DE, provided courtesy of: cyberport
The Fujitsu Lifebook E558 VFY:E5580MP581DE, provided courtesy of: cyberport

The LifeBook E558 is a 15.6-inch business notebook. Just like the competition, Fujitsu utilizes ULV quad-core CPUs from Intel. Therefore, the laptop offers enough computing power for business applications. Moreover, the device operates quietly regardless of the load.

An SSD creates a very responsive system. Replacing the SSD is not hard, because it is located behind a maintenance hatch. The notebook offers plenty of ports. The selection of ports can be expanded with a docking station.

The keyboard has left a positive impression and is fit for regular office work. It also features a backlight. A connection to the Internet can be established not only via Ethernet and Wi-Fi, but also through LTE. Additionally, the notebook also offers good battery life.

The LifeBook E558 is a well-rounded business laptop. Despite a high price tag, it evinces flaws that could have been avoided.

The matte IPS screen delights with stable viewing angles and good contrast. However, the display brightness proves too low when compared to other devices in this price range. The case deserves criticism. Here we are not talking about the choice of materials, but rather about the lack of rigidity: The chassis can be twisted to a considerable extent. Such a flaw should not crop up in a notebook that costs more than 1000 Euros ($1198).

Users who are already familiar with the LifeBook E557 and E556 will have to contend with some changes: The case is slimmer and lighter, because Fujitsu no longer provides an optical disk drive. Additionally, the docking stations that were usable with the predecessors are not compatible with the new model. The serial port is also gone. It is no longer available according to Fujitsu’s website.

Fujitsu Lifebook E558 E5580MP581DE - 05/01/2018 v6
Sascha Mölck

Chassis
77 / 98 → 79%
Keyboard
74%
Pointing Device
87%
Connectivity
66 / 80 → 82%
Weight
63 / 20-67 → 91%
Battery
89%
Display
85%
Games Performance
57 / 68 → 83%
Application Performance
87 / 92 → 94%
Temperature
93%
Noise
94%
Audio
44%
Camera
40 / 85 → 47%
Average
73%
84%
Office - Weighted Average

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Sascha Mölck, 2018-05- 4 (Update: 2018-05- 9)