Fujitsu Lifebook A557
Average of 2 scores (from 5 reviews)
Reviews for the Fujitsu Lifebook A557
A solid office device! With the introduction of the ULV processors into Fujitsu's LifeBooks, they had to suffer some losses in terms of performance. In this short test we have summarized for you whether things are looking up again with the new Kaby Lake processors.
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Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/07/2017
Rating: Total score: 83% performance: 80% display: 90% mobility: 100%
Source: Notebookcheck DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 01/14/2017
Source: Putoinformatico ES→EN
Positive: Low price; large screen; nice design; good hardware.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 06/28/2018
Source: Notebook-Center.ru RU→EN
Positive: Comfortable keyboard; nice display; good performance; decent cooling system; good price. Negative: No backlit keys; no USB-C.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 11/14/2017
Source: Laptopkalauz HU→EN
Positive: Solid workmanship; excellent display. Negative: Mediocre design.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/22/2017
Model: Read any review on a Lifebook and it comes to pass that this series by Fujitsu certainly lived up to its name. It is essentially a laptop built for life and the Japanese manufacturer certainly does not compromise on its performance or craftsmanship. On its surface, the A557 appears to be a well-made, no-nonsense laptop. Its front lid is emblazoned with Fujitsu’s logo and it is clear that Fujitsu intended to keep the design simple and straightforward. It may be an entry-level business laptop, yet this machine is not cheap looking. It is housed in a stable and well-designed chassis, which makes it a solid workstation. It is also made of scratch resistant material. This makes it highly suitable for everyday use. A key uniqueness of the Lifebook A557 is its anti-glare display. The 15.6" panel delivers high definition visual quality and thus provides top-notch viewing comfort. There are two variants: the HD model with 1,366 x 768 pixel resolution and the Full HD model with 1,920 x 1,080 pixel resolution, which is probably the more sensible choice for many. Furthermore, its anti-glare feature enables its viewing quality to be unobscured even when used outdoors. This makes this laptop a pleasant choice for work within and without the office area.
Early reviews also show that users find the keyboard fitted on board wide and well-spaced for smooth typing. Not only so, it is also integrated with a numeric keypad for enhanced data entry. With solid specs including the high-performance Intel Core i5-7200U and 8 GB of memory, the Lifebook A557 is idyllic for multimedia and business purposes. With Intel Turbo Boost, processes run smoothly even with multiple applications running at the same time. Notwithstanding its slimness, there is an optical drive integrated on board and this also contributes to its weight of 2.2 kg. The various interfaces available on this notebook enable multiple connectivity with devices be it an external monitor, the network or a headset. With the Trusted Platform Module (TPM 2.0) Security Chip, users can be assured of high data security and protection against virus attacks and other security threats. The 6-cell battery keeps users going for hours on a single charge. Overall this laptop would appeal largely to those who use their laptops for business purpose. It emphasizes on functionality and security. Its direct competition is the Dell Latitude series and like the Lifebook A557, it has an optical drive too. Nevertheless, it is questionable whether an optical drive is indispensable as its omission could have substantially reduced its weight and thickness.
Hands-on article by Jagadisa Rajarathnam
Intel HD Graphics 620: Integrated GPU (GT2) found on some Kaby-Lake CPU models (15 W ULV series).
Modern games should be playable with these graphics cards at low settings and resolutions. Casual gamers may be happy with these cards.
7200U: Kaby-Lake based SoC with two CPU cores clocked at 2.5 to 3.1 GHz, HyperThreading and manufactured with an improved 14nm process.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
15-16 inch is a standard display size for laptops and offers the biggest variety of products.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
Usually subnotebooks, ultrabooks and quite lightweight laptops with 12-16 inch display-diagonal weigh as much.
Fujitsu: Fujitsu, founded 1935, is a Japanese company specializing in semiconductors, air conditioners, computers (supercomputers, personal computers, servers), telecommunications, and services, and is headquartered in Tokyo. Fujitsu employs around 160,000 people and has 500 subsidiary companies. The partnership with Siemens AG was established in 1999 in the form of Fujitsu Siemens Computers, one of Europe's largest IT hardware suppliers, and owned 50/50 by Fujitsu and Siemens. 2009, this cooperation was terminated. In future, no laptops will be sold with the brand "Fujitsu-Siemens" but only "Fujitsu".
Fujitsu is a medium-sized laptop manufacturer, which did not belong to the global Top 10 in the last years. In the smartphone sector, Fujitsu does hardly play any role. The ratings are above-average in the reviews (as of 2016).
83.55%: This rating should be considered to be average. This is because the proportion of notebooks which have a higher rating is approximately equal to the proportion which have a lower rating.
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