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Fujitsu LifeBook U745 Ultrabook Review

Sascha Mölck (translated by Martina Osztovits), 05/11/2015

Disappointing display. Fujitsu's new 14-inch business Ultrabook, the LifeBook U745, left a good impression overall. However, Fujitsu has made a mistake when selecting the display.

For the original German review, see here.

With the LifeBook U745 series, Fujitsu offers a number of 14-inch business Ultrabooks and rounds off the lower end of their line-up. With the LifeBook U904, the company already offers such a model in the premium class (Fujitsu's "Superior" class). The LifeBook U745 belongs to the upper class (Fujitsu's "Advanced" class). Differences between the two series become obvious when looking at the technical data: The U904 models are a few millimeters slimmer than the U745 models. In addition, the U745 models only feature HD+ displays, while Fujitsu uses WQHD+ displays in the U904 models. Our review will reveal whether the new model is convincing.

The competitors of the LifeBook are the Lenovo ThinkPad T450s, the HP EliteBook 840 G2, the Dell Latitude E7450 and the Acer TravelMate P645-S. These computers are also 14-inch business notebooks of the upper class.

Fujitsu LifeBook U745 (LifeBook U Series)
Graphics adapter
Intel HD Graphics 5500, Core: 300-900 MHz, dual channel, 10.18.10.3977
Memory
8192 MB 
, DDR3-1600, dual channel, one RAM slot (used), 4 GB soldered
Display
14 inch 16:9, 1600 x 900 pixel, capazitive, LG Philips LP140WD2-TPB1, TN LED, glossy: yes
Mainboard
Intel Broadwell-U PCH-LP (Premium)
Storage
Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP, 256 GB 
, 200 GB free
Soundcard
Realtek ALC282 @ Intel Broadwell PCH-LP - High Definition Audio Controller
Connections
3 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 VGA, 1 DisplayPort, 1 Kensington Lock, 1 Docking Station Port, Audio Connections: headphones-out, microphone-in, Card Reader: SD, 1 SmartCard, 1 Fingerprint Reader, Sensors: brightness sensor, TPM 1.2
Networking
Intel I218-LM Gigabit (10/100/1000MBit), Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265 (a/b/g/h/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.0, Sierra Wireless EM7305
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 19 x 332.6 x 234 ( = 0.75 x 13.09 x 9.21 in)
Battery
45 Wh Lithium-Ion, 14.4 V, 3150 mAh
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 7 Professional (64 Bit) + Windows 8 Pro (64 Bit)
Camera
Webcam: HD webcam
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, Recovery DVDs, Treiber DVDs, Cyberlink YouCam 5, McAfee Multi Access Internet Security (trial version), MS Office (trial version), 36 Months Warranty
Weight
1.7 kg ( = 59.97 oz / 3.75 pounds), Power Supply: 369 g ( = 13.02 oz / 0.81 pounds)
Price
1399 Euro

 

Case & Connectivity

The case of the LifeBook is made from aluminum and magnesium. The lid and upper side of the base unit are anthracite gray. The computer does not have major weaknesses in build quality and stability. However, in our opinion the base unit twists too easily. The hinges hold the lid tightly in position and bounce a little. It is just possible to open the lid with one hand.

There are three hatches on the underside of the computer. The large hatch hides the battery and the SIM card slot. It is easy to remove the battery as it is not screwed. The medium-sized hatch allows accessing the solid-state disk, the LTE modem and the BIOS battery. The RAM slot is behind the small hatch. The two smaller hatches are fixed by one screw each. The large hatch can be opened with levers.

The Wi-Fi module comes from Intel (7265). It supports the fast AC standard. The Wi-Fi connection to our router was always stable without any interruptions. The Gigabit Ethernet chip is also from Intel. The built-in LTE modem makes accessing the Internet or the corporate network possible via cellular network.

Despite the slim exterior, Fujitsu has incorporated many interfaces. The small computer provides you with three USB 3.0 ports and two video outputs. A fingerprint reader, which is mandatory for business notebooks, is missing. Instead, Fujitsu has incorporated a PalmSecure sensor, which allows biometric access control. A person's vein pattern is captured with infrared light instead of a fingerprint.

left side: power-in, Kensington lock slot, USB 3.0, mic-in, headphones-out, Smartcard reader, memory card reader (image: Fujitsu)
left side: power-in, Kensington lock slot, USB 3.0, mic-in, headphones-out, Smartcard reader, memory card reader (image: Fujitsu)
right side: 2x USB 3.0, Display port, VGA-out, Gigabit-Ethernet (image: Fujitsu)
right side: 2x USB 3.0, Display port, VGA-out, Gigabit-Ethernet (image: Fujitsu)
rear side (image: Fujitsu)
rear side (image: Fujitsu)
front side (image: Fujitsu)
front side (image: Fujitsu)

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Input Devices

Keyboard

Fujitsu has equipped the LifeBook with an illuminated Chiclet keyboard with two brightness levels. The keys have a medium travel, a clear pressure point, and a comfortable resistance. The keyboard yields slightly towards the outer edges when typing, but this was not particularly annoying. All things considered, Fujitsu has included a good keyboard, which is suitable for prolific writers.

Touchpad

The multi-touch capable touchpad has a size of about 9.5 x 5 cm (~3.7 x ~2 in) and is therefore sufficiently large for gesture control. Fingers glide easily over the touchpad's smooth surface. There are two dedicated mouse buttons with a short travel and clearly audible and palpable pressure point in front of the pad.

Touchscreen

Our test model comes with a touchscreen. The LifeBook is also available without touchscreen. The touchscreen works flawlessly and is responsive. We did not encounter any problems. Fujitsu has incorporated a largely anti-reflective model. Compared to displays from other manufacturers, glare is limited.

Input devices of the LifeBook U745
Input devices of the LifeBook U745

Display

The LifeBook features a 14-inch display with a native resolution of 1600x900 pixels. Fujitsu does not offer any other display options. The average brightness is only 251.7 cd/m², which is too low in view of the computer's price. We expected a brightness of above 300 cd/m², since a 14-inch laptop would be used in different locations and light conditions. However, the displays of competitors like the Lenovo ThinkPad T450s (268.4 cd/m²) and the Dell Latitude 14 E7450 (257.3 cd/m²) have hardly better values.

Fujitsu claims that this is an "anti-glare" display. We concur with their opinion to some extent. The glare is significantly lower than we are used to from touchscreen devices. We would call the display surface as "matt-reflective".

270
cd/m²
282
cd/m²
272
cd/m²
241
cd/m²
248
cd/m²
246
cd/m²
241
cd/m²
228
cd/m²
237
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 282 cd/m² Average: 251.7 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 81 %
Center on Battery: 250 cd/m²
Contrast: 261:1 (Black: 0.95 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 9.92 | 0.8-23.34 Ø6.4
ΔE Greyscale 10.69 | 0.64-98 Ø6.7
39.8% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll)
Gamma: 2.2
LifeBook vs. sRGB
LifeBook vs. sRGB
LifeBook vs. AdobeRGB
LifeBook vs. AdobeRGB

Contrast (261:1) and black value (0.95 cd/m²) are poor. These values are also not appropriate for the notebook's price. The displays of the ThinkPad (1110:1; 0.25 cd/m²) and the Latitude (933:1; 0.3 cd/m²) show how it should be. The LifeBook does not cover AdobeRGB and sRGB. The coverage is about 39.8% (AdobeRGB) and 57.2% (sRGB), respectively.

In state of delivery, the display has an average DeltaE 2000 shift of 9.92. The target value should be smaller than 3. In addition, the display is bluish. Calibration improves the colors significantly. For example, the color shift decreases to 2.8 and is well within the target. What is more, the blue tint disappears.

CalMAN - Color Checker
CalMAN - Color Checker
CalMAN - Gray levels
CalMAN - Gray levels
CalMAN - Color saturation
CalMAN - Color saturation
CalMAN - Color Checker (calibrated)
CalMAN - Color Checker (calibrated)
CalMAN - Gray levels (calibrated)
CalMAN - Gray levels (calibrated)
CalMAN - Color saturation (calibrated)
CalMAN - Color saturation (calibrated)

Fujitsu has equipped the LifeBook with a TN panel with narrow viewing angles. Therefore, it is not possible to read from the display from all angles. As is usual for this type of displays, the horizontal angle is quite large and several people can read from the display at the same time. However, things are different in vertical direction. The image deteriorates quickly when changing the angle. The LifeBook can be used outdoors when the sky is overcast.

Viewing angles: LifeBook U745
Viewing angles: LifeBook U745
The LifeBook outdoors (shot when sky was overcast)
The LifeBook outdoors (shot when sky was overcast)
Fujitsu LifeBook U745
TN 1600x900
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s-20BWS03F00
IPS 1920x1080
Acer TravelMate P645-S-58HK
IPS 1920x1080
Dell Latitude E7450
IPS 1920x1080
HP EliteBook 840 G2
TN 1600x900
HP Elitebook 745 G2
TN 1366x768
Screen
73%
62%
65%
-2%
-9%
Brightness middle
248
272
10%
331
33%
280
13%
267
8%
208
-16%
Brightness
252
268
6%
309
23%
257
2%
240
-5%
202
-20%
Brightness Distribution
81
91
12%
82
1%
75
-7%
84
4%
76
-6%
Black Level *
0.95
0.245
74%
0.4
58%
0.3
68%
0.8
16%
0.72
24%
Contrast
261
1110
325%
828
217%
933
257%
334
28%
289
11%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
9.92
4.35
56%
4.07
59%
3.45
65%
12.71
-28%
12.51
-26%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
10.69
3.7
65%
4.86
55%
3.35
69%
13.91
-30%
13.57
-27%
Gamma
2.2 109%
2.68 90%
2.49 96%
2.37 101%
2.35 102%
2.15 112%
CCT
12000 54%
6076 107%
6109 106%
6940 94%
20099 32%
15339 42%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
39.8
54.7
37%
59
48%
60
51%
37.2
-7%
35
-12%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
83.5
90.6
92

* ... smaller is better

Performance

With the LifeBook U745, Fujitsu has a 14-inch business Ultrabook in its line-up. Its processor brings sufficient performance for everyday tasks. The device features a docking port, TPM, and an LTE modem. Our test model is priced at about 1350 Euros (~$1509). Fujitsu also offers other configurations.

CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
GPU-Z
HWInfo
LatencyMon
System information Fujitsu LifeBook U745

Processor

Fujitsu sent us a test model with a Core i5-5300U (Broadwell) dual core processor. It is a frugal ULV processor with a TDP of 15 watts. The CPU runs at 2.3 GHz. With Turbo, the clock rate can increase to 2.7 GHz (both cores) or 2.9 GHz (one core). The maximum Turbo clock is available to the owner of the LifeBook in mains operation as well as on battery. The Broadwell CPU can beat its predecessor - the Core i5-4300U. The CPU benchmark results are about 5 to 10% better. Since both processors have the same maximum clock (2.9 GHz), the performance gain is due to the improvements in the Broadwell architecture.

Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
6263
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
9461
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
4429
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
25.48 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
3.04 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
1.35 Points
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
98 %
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
31.56 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
281 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
118 Points
Help
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
Fujitsu LifeBook U745
HD Graphics 5500, 5300U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
118 Points ∼59%
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s-20BWS03F00
HD Graphics 5500, 5600U, Intel SSD Pro 2500 Series SSDSC2BF360A5L
130 Points ∼65% +10%
Dell Latitude E7450
HD Graphics 5500, 5300U, Samsung SSD PM851 mSATA 128 GB
117 Points ∼59% -1%
Acer TravelMate P645-S-58HK
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3256GD
91 Points ∼46% -23%
HP EliteBook 840 G2
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
109 Points ∼55% -8%
HP Elitebook 745 G2
Radeon R6 (Kaveri), A10 Pro-7350B, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
49 Points ∼25% -58%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Fujitsu LifeBook U745
HD Graphics 5500, 5300U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
281 Points ∼13%
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s-20BWS03F00
HD Graphics 5500, 5600U, Intel SSD Pro 2500 Series SSDSC2BF360A5L
302 Points ∼14% +7%
Dell Latitude E7450
HD Graphics 5500, 5300U, Samsung SSD PM851 mSATA 128 GB
280 Points ∼13% 0%
Acer TravelMate P645-S-58HK
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3256GD
250 Points ∼12% -11%
HP EliteBook 840 G2
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
259 Points ∼12% -8%
HP Elitebook 745 G2
Radeon R6 (Kaveri), A10 Pro-7350B, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
162 Points ∼8% -42%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
Fujitsu LifeBook U745
HD Graphics 5500, 5300U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
1.35 Points ∼59%
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s-20BWS03F00
HD Graphics 5500, 5600U, Intel SSD Pro 2500 Series SSDSC2BF360A5L
1.51 Points ∼67% +12%
Dell Latitude E7450
HD Graphics 5500, 5300U, Samsung SSD PM851 mSATA 128 GB
1.35 Points ∼59% 0%
Acer TravelMate P645-S-58HK
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3256GD
1.04 Points ∼46% -23%
HP EliteBook 840 G2
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
1.26 Points ∼56% -7%
HP Elitebook 745 G2
Radeon R6 (Kaveri), A10 Pro-7350B, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
0.68 Points ∼30% -50%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Fujitsu LifeBook U745
HD Graphics 5500, 5300U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
3.04 Points ∼13%
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s-20BWS03F00
HD Graphics 5500, 5600U, Intel SSD Pro 2500 Series SSDSC2BF360A5L
3.31 Points ∼14% +9%
Dell Latitude E7450
HD Graphics 5500, 5300U, Samsung SSD PM851 mSATA 128 GB
3.07 Points ∼13% +1%
Acer TravelMate P645-S-58HK
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3256GD
2.5 Points ∼10% -18%
HP EliteBook 840 G2
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
2.81 Points ∼12% -8%
HP Elitebook 745 G2
Radeon R6 (Kaveri), A10 Pro-7350B, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
1.83 Points ∼8% -40%
Cinebench R10
Rendering Single 32Bit (sort by value)
Fujitsu LifeBook U745
HD Graphics 5500, 5300U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
4429 Points ∼50%
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s-20BWS03F00
HD Graphics 5500, 5600U, Intel SSD Pro 2500 Series SSDSC2BF360A5L
4921 Points ∼55% +11%
Dell Latitude E7450
HD Graphics 5500, 5300U, Samsung SSD PM851 mSATA 128 GB
4465 Points ∼50% +1%
Acer TravelMate P645-S-58HK
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3256GD
3449 Points ∼39% -22%
HP EliteBook 840 G2
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
4113 Points ∼46% -7%
Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit (sort by value)
Fujitsu LifeBook U745
HD Graphics 5500, 5300U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
9461 Points ∼19%
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s-20BWS03F00
HD Graphics 5500, 5600U, Intel SSD Pro 2500 Series SSDSC2BF360A5L
10435 Points ∼21% +10%
Dell Latitude E7450
HD Graphics 5500, 5300U, Samsung SSD PM851 mSATA 128 GB
9396 Points ∼19% -1%
Acer TravelMate P645-S-58HK
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3256GD
7683 Points ∼15% -19%
HP EliteBook 840 G2
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
8851 Points ∼18% -6%
Geekbench 3
32 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
Fujitsu LifeBook U745
HD Graphics 5500, 5300U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
5577 Points ∼18%
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s-20BWS03F00
HD Graphics 5500, 5600U, Intel SSD Pro 2500 Series SSDSC2BF360A5L
6357 Points ∼20% +14%
Dell Latitude E7450
HD Graphics 5500, 5300U, Samsung SSD PM851 mSATA 128 GB
5422 Points ∼17% -3%
Acer TravelMate P645-S-58HK
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3256GD
4691 Points ∼15% -16%
HP EliteBook 840 G2
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
4937 Points ∼16% -11%
HP Elitebook 745 G2
Radeon R6 (Kaveri), A10 Pro-7350B, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
3733 Points ∼12% -33%
32 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
Fujitsu LifeBook U745
HD Graphics 5500, 5300U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
2818 Points ∼60%
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s-20BWS03F00
HD Graphics 5500, 5600U, Intel SSD Pro 2500 Series SSDSC2BF360A5L
3004 Points ∼64% +7%
Dell Latitude E7450
HD Graphics 5500, 5300U, Samsung SSD PM851 mSATA 128 GB
2645 Points ∼57% -6%
Acer TravelMate P645-S-58HK
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3256GD
2270 Points ∼49% -19%
HP EliteBook 840 G2
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
2451 Points ∼53% -13%
HP Elitebook 745 G2
Radeon R6 (Kaveri), A10 Pro-7350B, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
1390 Points ∼30% -51%
Sunspider - 1.0 Total Score (sort by value)
Fujitsu LifeBook U745
HD Graphics 5500, 5300U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
109.4 ms * ∼3%
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s-20BWS03F00
HD Graphics 5500, 5600U, Intel SSD Pro 2500 Series SSDSC2BF360A5L
86.8 ms * ∼2% +21%
Dell Latitude E7450
HD Graphics 5500, 5300U, Samsung SSD PM851 mSATA 128 GB
102.1 ms * ∼3% +7%
Acer TravelMate P645-S-58HK
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3256GD
129.6 ms * ∼3% -18%
HP EliteBook 840 G2
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
125.3 ms * ∼3% -15%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score (sort by value)
Fujitsu LifeBook U745
HD Graphics 5500, 5300U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
2414.7 ms * ∼4%
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s-20BWS03F00
HD Graphics 5500, 5600U, Intel SSD Pro 2500 Series SSDSC2BF360A5L
2074.3 ms * ∼3% +14%
Dell Latitude E7450
HD Graphics 5500, 5300U, Samsung SSD PM851 mSATA 128 GB
2370.5 ms * ∼4% +2%
Acer TravelMate P645-S-58HK
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3256GD
2965.9 ms * ∼5% -23%
HP EliteBook 840 G2
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
2581.6 ms * ∼4% -7%
Octane V2 - Total Score (sort by value)
Fujitsu LifeBook U745
HD Graphics 5500, 5300U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
13303 Points ∼27%
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s-20BWS03F00
HD Graphics 5500, 5600U, Intel SSD Pro 2500 Series SSDSC2BF360A5L
15845 Points ∼32% +19%
Dell Latitude E7450
HD Graphics 5500, 5300U, Samsung SSD PM851 mSATA 128 GB
13579 Points ∼27% +2%
Acer TravelMate P645-S-58HK
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3256GD
11048 Points ∼22% -17%
HP EliteBook 840 G2
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
12822 Points ∼26% -4%
Peacekeeper - --- (sort by value)
Fujitsu LifeBook U745
HD Graphics 5500, 5300U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
2585 Points ∼42%
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s-20BWS03F00
HD Graphics 5500, 5600U, Intel SSD Pro 2500 Series SSDSC2BF360A5L
2958 Points ∼48% +14%
Dell Latitude E7450
HD Graphics 5500, 5300U, Samsung SSD PM851 mSATA 128 GB
2668 Points ∼43% +3%
Acer TravelMate P645-S-58HK
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3256GD
2056 Points ∼33% -20%
HP EliteBook 840 G2
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
2414 Points ∼39% -7%

* ... smaller is better

System Performance

The system runs smoothly without any problems. Windows boots up quickly. The results in the PC Mark benchmarks are also very good. The system performance of the LifeBook cannot be increased any further. Already, the RAM works in dual channel mode and a solid-state disk is used as system drive.

PCMark 7 Score
4464 points
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
3224 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
3392 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
4218 points
Help
PCMark 8 - Home Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
Fujitsu LifeBook U745
HD Graphics 5500, 5300U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
3224 Points ∼54%
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s-20BWS03F00
HD Graphics 5500, 5600U, Intel SSD Pro 2500 Series SSDSC2BF360A5L
3270 Points ∼55% +1%
Dell Latitude E7450
HD Graphics 5500, 5300U, Samsung SSD PM851 mSATA 128 GB
2932 Points ∼49% -9%
Acer TravelMate P645-S-58HK
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3256GD
2919 Points ∼49% -9%
HP EliteBook 840 G2
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
2936 Points ∼49% -9%
HP Elitebook 745 G2
Radeon R6 (Kaveri), A10 Pro-7350B, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
2444 Points ∼41% -24%
PCMark 7 - Score (sort by value)
Fujitsu LifeBook U745
HD Graphics 5500, 5300U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
4464 Points ∼55%
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s-20BWS03F00
HD Graphics 5500, 5600U, Intel SSD Pro 2500 Series SSDSC2BF360A5L
4797 Points ∼60% +7%
Dell Latitude E7450
HD Graphics 5500, 5300U, Samsung SSD PM851 mSATA 128 GB
4650 Points ∼58% +4%
Acer TravelMate P645-S-58HK
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3256GD
4046 Points ∼50% -9%
HP EliteBook 840 G2
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
4139 Points ∼51% -7%
HP Elitebook 745 G2
Radeon R6 (Kaveri), A10 Pro-7350B, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
2005 Points ∼25% -55%

Storage Devices

Fujitsu has equipped the LifeBook with a 2.5-inch solid-state disk from Samsung. Thus, the SSD could be easily replaced by a model with a larger capacity. The built-in SSD has a capacity of 256 GB. About 200 GB is available to the user; the rest is used by Windows and the recovery partition. Overall, the transfer rates of the SSD are good.

The SSD is hidden behind a maintenance hatch.
The SSD is hidden behind a maintenance hatch.
Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
Sequential Read: 523 MB/s
Sequential Write: 243.7 MB/s
512K Read: 448.6 MB/s
512K Write: 244.2 MB/s
4K Read: 37.76 MB/s
4K Write: 120.8 MB/s
4K QD32 Read: 270.7 MB/s
4K QD32 Write: 243.4 MB/s

Graphics Card

Intel's HD Graphics 5500 graphics core is used in the LifeBook. The GPU supports DirectX 11.2 and runs at up to 900 MHz. The results in the 3D Mark benchmarks are normal for this graphics core. The GPU benefits from the dual channel mode RAM; it is used more efficiently, improving the graphics performance. Without the dual channel mode, the LifeBook would for example achieve about 1000 points in the 3D Mark 2011 benchmark.

3DMark 11 Performance
1142 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
49535 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
5348 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
714 points
Help
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance (sort by value)
Fujitsu LifeBook U745
HD Graphics 5500, 5300U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
1142 Points ∼4%
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s-20BWS03F00
HD Graphics 5500, 5600U, Intel SSD Pro 2500 Series SSDSC2BF360A5L
1251 Points ∼4% +10%
Dell Latitude E7450
HD Graphics 5500, 5300U, Samsung SSD PM851 mSATA 128 GB
1023 Points ∼3% -10%
Acer TravelMate P645-S-58HK
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3256GD
1183 Points ∼4% +4%
HP EliteBook 840 G2
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
940 Points ∼3% -18%
HP Elitebook 745 G2
Radeon R6 (Kaveri), A10 Pro-7350B, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
1188 Points ∼4% +4%
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Score (sort by value)
Fujitsu LifeBook U745
HD Graphics 5500, 5300U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
714 Points ∼3%
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s-20BWS03F00
HD Graphics 5500, 5600U, Intel SSD Pro 2500 Series SSDSC2BF360A5L
753 Points ∼3% +5%
Dell Latitude E7450
HD Graphics 5500, 5300U, Samsung SSD PM851 mSATA 128 GB
619 Points ∼2% -13%
Acer TravelMate P645-S-58HK
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3256GD
734 Points ∼3% +3%
HP EliteBook 840 G2
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
548 Points ∼2% -23%
HP Elitebook 745 G2
Radeon R6 (Kaveri), A10 Pro-7350B, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
578 Points ∼2% -19%
1280x720 Sky Diver Score (sort by value)
Fujitsu LifeBook U745
HD Graphics 5500, 5300U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
2731 Points ∼5%
Acer TravelMate P645-S-58HK
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3256GD
2759 Points ∼5% +1%
HP EliteBook 840 G2
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
2372 Points ∼4% -13%
HP Elitebook 745 G2
Radeon R6 (Kaveri), A10 Pro-7350B, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
2446 Points ∼5% -10%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Score (sort by value)
Fujitsu LifeBook U745
HD Graphics 5500, 5300U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
5348 Points ∼11%
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s-20BWS03F00
HD Graphics 5500, 5600U, Intel SSD Pro 2500 Series SSDSC2BF360A5L
5782 Points ∼12% +8%
Dell Latitude E7450
HD Graphics 5500, 5300U, Samsung SSD PM851 mSATA 128 GB
4655 Points ∼9% -13%
Acer TravelMate P645-S-58HK
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3256GD
5000 Points ∼10% -7%
HP EliteBook 840 G2
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
4342 Points ∼9% -19%
HP Elitebook 745 G2
Radeon R6 (Kaveri), A10 Pro-7350B, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
3158 Points ∼6% -41%
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Score (sort by value)
Fujitsu LifeBook U745
HD Graphics 5500, 5300U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
49535 Points ∼4%
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s-20BWS03F00
HD Graphics 5500, 5600U, Intel SSD Pro 2500 Series SSDSC2BF360A5L
55793 Points ∼5% +13%
Dell Latitude E7450
HD Graphics 5500, 5300U, Samsung SSD PM851 mSATA 128 GB
43346 Points ∼4% -12%
Acer TravelMate P645-S-58HK
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3256GD
48758 Points ∼4% -2%
HP EliteBook 840 G2
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
37502 Points ∼3% -24%
HP Elitebook 745 G2
Radeon R6 (Kaveri), A10 Pro-7350B, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
32355 Points ∼3% -35%

Gaming Performance

The LifeBook is not suitable for running the latest 3D games. Only a few games reach playable frame rates with low resolutions and low to relatively medium quality settings. Even that is not enough for a current game like “GTA V”. Computer games also benefit from the dual channel mode RAM. The frame rates are 5 to 40% higher than in the single channel mode.

low med. high ultra
Tomb Raider (2013) 55.928.518.39.1fps
Thief (2014) 17.4119.24.3fps
GRID: Autosport (2014) 853016.712.5fps

Emissions

System Noise

While idling, the fan of the LifeBook usually stands still and the notebook works silently. During the stress test, we measured a maximum noise level of 44.2 dB(A). When you consider that the CPU and GPU throttle during the stress test, this value is too high. A more conservative fan control should ensure sufficient cooling. The user can adapt the fan control in the BIOS. Our test model uses "Normal" mode. A "Silent" mode is also available.

Unfortunately, it is not only the fan noise that is audible. You can also hear a quiet buzzing sound when  the ear is put close to the fan grille. This noise is not audible at a normal sitting distance to the computer. In addition, the notebook produces occasional electronic whistling sounds, which is actually audible and can become annoying.

Fan and CPU control can be changed in the BIOS.
Fan and CPU control can be changed in the BIOS.

Noise Level

Idle
29 / 29 / 29 dB(A)
Load
35.1 / 44.2 dB(A)
 
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Voltcraft sl-451 (15 cm distance)
Fujitsu LifeBook U745
5500/5300U
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s-20BWS03F00
5500/5600U
Acer TravelMate P645-S-58HK
5500/5200U
Dell Latitude E7450
5500/5300U
HP EliteBook 840 G2
5500/5200U
HP Elitebook 745 G2
R6 (Kaveri)/A10 Pro-7350B
Noise
5%
2%
1%
6%
1%
off / environment *
Idle Minimum *
29
29.1
-0%
29.6
-2%
29.1
-0%
29.1
-0%
31.2
-8%
Idle Average *
29
29.1
-0%
29.6
-2%
29.1
-0%
29.1
-0%
31.2
-8%
Idle Maximum *
29
29.1
-0%
30.2
-4%
30
-3%
29.1
-0%
31.2
-8%
Load Average *
35.1
34.3
2%
35.6
-1%
36.4
-4%
32.2
8%
32.7
7%
Load Maximum *
44.2
34.8
21%
35.9
19%
37.8
14%
34.2
23%
35.3
20%

* ... smaller is better

Temperature

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

The LifeBook behaves the same way in the stress test (Prime95 and FurMark run for at least one hour) in mains operation and on battery. In the first minute, the CPU and the GPU work at full speed. Afterwards, they throttle at 1.3 to 1.4 GHz (CPU) and 700 MHz (graphics core). The computer does not get particularly hot. During the stress test, none of the measurement quadrants reached the 40 degrees Celsius (~104 °F) level.

Max. Load
 39.7 °C35.6 °C27.9 °C 
 37.1 °C35.5 °C28.3 °C 
 30.9 °C28.1 °C28.5 °C 
Maximum: 39.7 °C
Average: 32.4 °C
27.1 °C34.1 °C32.5 °C
28.7 °C32.9 °C34.4 °C
27.5 °C28.3 °C28.8 °C
Maximum: 34.4 °C
Average: 30.5 °C
Power Supply (max.)  37.3 °C | Room Temperature 20.6 °C | Fluke 62 Max
Fujitsu LifeBook U745
5500/5300U
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s-20BWS03F00
5500/5600U
Acer TravelMate P645-S-58HK
5500/5200U
Dell Latitude E7450
5500/5300U
HP EliteBook 840 G2
5500/5200U
HP Elitebook 745 G2
R6 (Kaveri)/A10 Pro-7350B
Heat
5%
-6%
-5%
-2%
-15%
Maximum Upper Side *
39.7
35.1
12%
41.6
-5%
41.6
-5%
37.5
6%
40.4
-2%
Maximum Bottom *
34.4
36.6
-6%
41.7
-21%
37.1
-8%
38.4
-12%
43.6
-27%
Idle Upper Side *
29.1
26.4
9%
30.6
-5%
28.7
1%
28.7
1%
33.1
-14%
Idle Bottom *
29.3
28
4%
27.5
6%
31.4
-7%
30.1
-3%
33.6
-15%

* ... smaller is better

Speakers

Fujitsu has placed the speakers at the front edge of the underside. They cannot produce a bombastic sound - quite the contrary. The speakers only bring a thin, slightly tinny sound without bass. This is not surprising, since it is a business notebook and not a multimedia laptop. However, the speakers are sufficient for telephony.

Energy Management

Power Consumption

The LifeBook is frugal while idling: We measured a maximum power consumption of 6.4 watts. Under load, the hardware requires more energy. The power consumption increases to 44.4 watts during the stress test. However, this is only true in the first minute. Afterwards the CPU and the GPU throttle and the power consumption drops to 27 watts. In any case, the power adapter's capacity of 65 watts is sufficient.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0 / 0.1 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 3.4 / 5.8 / 6.4 Watt
Load midlight 25.5 / 44.4 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Extech Power Analyzer 380803
Fujitsu LifeBook U745
5500/5300U
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s-20BWS03F00
5500/5600U
Acer TravelMate P645-S-58HK
5500/5200U
Dell Latitude E7450
5500/5300U
HP EliteBook 840 G2
5500/5200U
HP Elitebook 745 G2
R6 (Kaveri)/A10 Pro-7350B
Power Consumption
-11%
-5%
-17%
10%
-37%
Idle Minimum *
3.4
2.9
15%
3.2
6%
4
-18%
2.6
24%
6.1
-79%
Idle Average *
5.8
6.6
-14%
6.3
-9%
7.8
-34%
5.1
12%
8.8
-52%
Idle Maximum *
6.4
7.9
-23%
8.6
-34%
9
-41%
5.8
9%
9.9
-55%
Load Average *
25.5
30.8
-21%
30.3
-19%
31.6
-24%
28.7
-13%
31.2
-22%
Load Maximum *
44.4
48.8
-10%
30.4
32%
29.6
33%
36.8
17%
33.5
25%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Life

While idling, the LifeBook lasts 12:30 h. Thus, it performs worse than competitors like the Lenovo ThinkPad T450s (12:54 h) and the HP EliteBook 840 G2 (16:01 h). We test the idle runtime with the Battery Eater Reader's test with minimum display brightness, energy saving profile and disabled Wi-Fi modules. Under load, the LifeBook shuts down after 1:56 h. The EliteBook (1:52 h) achieves a similar value. The ThinkPad (1:28 h) performs the worst. The load runtime is recorded with the Battery Eater Classic test with maximum display brightness, maximum performance profile and enabled Wi-Fi modules.

The Fujitsu Ultrabook ends our realistic Wi-Fi test in 6:09 h and ranks between the ThinkPad (4:36 h) and the EliteBook (7:02 h). This test opens web sites automatically at 40-second intervals. The profile "balanced" is active and the display brightness is set to about 150 cd/m². We test the battery life during video playback by running the short film Big Buck Bunny (H.264 coding, 1920x1080 pixels) in a loop. The Wi-Fi modules are disabled and the display brightness is set to about 150 cd/m². The LifeBook achieves a battery runtime of about 5:29 h. The ThinkPad (5:22 h) and the EliteBook (5:24 h) are on par.

The Akku is removable.
The Akku is removable.
Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
12h 30min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3 (IE 11)
6h 9min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
5h 29min
Load (maximum brightness)
1h 56min
Fujitsu LifeBook U745
5500/5300U
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s-20BWS03F00
5500/5600U
Acer TravelMate P645-S-58HK
5500/5200U
Dell Latitude E7450
5500/5300U
HP EliteBook 840 G2
5500/5200U
HP Elitebook 745 G2
R6 (Kaveri)/A10 Pro-7350B
Battery Runtime
-12%
39%
11%
9%
-23%
Reader / Idle
750
774
3%
1143
52%
714
-5%
961
28%
562
-25%
H.264
329
322
-2%
525
60%
452
37%
324
-2%
246
-25%
WiFi v1.3
369
276
-25%
535
45%
422
14%
422
14%
Load
116
88
-24%
113
-3%
115
-1%
112
-3%
95
-18%
WiFi
336
459
279

Pros

+ Slim, sleek case
+ Fast Solid State Disk
+ LTE modem
+ Good input devices
+ Works quietly
+ Does hardly get warmer

Cons

- Low-contrast TN display with narrow viewing angles

Verdict

The Fujitsu LifeBook U745. Test model courtesy of Fujitsu.
The Fujitsu LifeBook U745. Test model courtesy of Fujitsu.

With the LifeBook U745, Fujitsu has a 14-inch Ultrabook in its series. The hardware is inside a presentable, elegant case made of aluminum and magnesium. Thanks to its Core i5 processor, it does not lack processing performance. A solid-state disk ensures a fast running system. Usually, the computer works quietly to silently and does hardly get warm. In addition, there are good input devices. The battery life is alright, yet not outstanding. However, competitors like the Dell Latitude 14 E7450 and the Acer TravelMate P645-S keep running significantly longer.

Unfortunately, Fujitsu damages the good impression of the computer with the choice of display.

The built-in panel is a low-contrast TN display with narrow viewing angles, which is not appropriate for this price range.

Fujitsu LifeBook U745 - 04/26/2015 v4(old)
Sascha Mölck

Chassis
85 / 98 → 87%
Keyboard
84%
Pointing Device
86%
Connectivity
82 / 80 → 100%
Weight
67 / 67 → 100%
Battery
87%
Display
70%
Games Performance
66 / 68 → 97%
Application Performance
82 / 92 → 89%
Temperature
91%
Noise
91%
Audio
40%
Camera
50 / 85 → 59%
Average
75%
83%
Office - Weighted Average

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Sascha Mölck, 2015-05-11 (Update: 2015-05-11)