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Fujitsu Lifebook E544 Notebook Review

Nino Ricchizzi, Stefanie Voigt (translated by Liala Stieglitz), 12/21/2014

Reliable. Reliability is regarded as the main focus of a business laptop. Fujitsu's Lifebook E544 lineup provides a total package for 700 Euros (~$854). Our test reveals whether the mix of hardware, input devices, and security standards are satisfactory, or whether they are even good.

For the original German review, see here.

Fujitsu summarizes the basic idea of its Lifebook E544 business laptops with the word "reliable". To ensure this, the focus should not only be placed on sufficient hardware performance, but the device has to provide a certain standard of security and resistance. The manufacturer wants to meet these claims for a purchase price of 700 Euros (~$854). The Lifebook is equipped with an Intel Core i5-4210M, 4 GB of working memory, and a 500 GB magnetic hard drive.

Fujitsu's Lifebook will have to compete against some competition for comparison. Lenovo's ThinkPad L440 steps up with a stronger processor for the same price. It is equipped with an Intel Core i5-4330M, 4 GB of working memory, and a 500 GB hard drive. So that we do not lose sight of AMD, HP's ProBook 645 G1, based exclusively on AMD components is an interesting rival. But just where are the differences between laptops from the 700 Euros (~$854) price range and a device with a price tag of 1100 Euros (~$1342)? To answer this exact question, we add Dell's Latitude 14 E5450 to our comparison round. The Latitude is quite fit for the competition owing to 8 GB of working memory and a generous 128 GB SSD. It is also the only model with a Full HD screen in this group.

 

 

Case

Traditional, with many edges and corners - this would describe the design of Fujitsu's Lifebook. The glossy Fujitsu logo adorns the display's back, and a red strip adds an appealing highlight. These small features make the otherwise very plain casing attractive. The choice of materials is limited to plastic. Only the display's lid can be dented slightly; the other parts convey a solid and long-lasting feel. The hinges are relatively tight. The review sample's roughened surface provides enough grip for transportation. Unsightly fingerprint marks were noticed on the review sample after only a brief period of use.

Covers on the underside allow maintenance and upgrading. There is even a flap for cleaning the fan. The user can easily remove the battery. The hinges are pulled so tight that the laptop has to be held down when opening it. The device's build is decent. All connecting parts have been assembled evenly. Its weight of approximately 2 kg (~4.4 lb) is on par with the competition. Only HP's ProBook 645 G1 is 0.5 cm (~0.2 inches) slimmer than Fujitsu's laptop.

Fujitsu Lifebook E544
Fujitsu Lifebook E544
Classical and basic
Classical and basic
Maintenance covers on the underside
Maintenance covers on the underside

Connectivity

All interfaces are on the front left and right sides. This enables quick access, but connected cables might obstruct and limit the work area. All USB ports support the USB 3.0 standard. The SIM card slot is inconveniently located under the battery.

Left: power in, Ethernet, VGA out, DisplayPort, 1x USB 3.0, SmartCard, SD card reader
Left: power in, Ethernet, VGA out, DisplayPort, 1x USB 3.0, SmartCard, SD card reader
Right: headphone and microphone jack, 2x USB 3.0, DVD drive
Right: headphone and microphone jack, 2x USB 3.0, DVD drive
Front
Front

Communication

Wireless connections are set up via Intel's Dual Band Wireless-AC 7260 module. In addition, a Sierra Wireless EM8805 provides mobile connections. The manufacturer specifies a downlink speed of 45 Mbps and an uplink speed of 5.76 Mbps. A non-standardized test scenario is arranged in the writer's environment to determine the average practical Wi-Fi download rates. In the first test, the router is located one floor above the review sample. A MacBook Pro Retina 13 with a Broadcom 802.11 ac module is used for comparison. The MacBook settles to 7.5 Mbps and the Lifebook to 6.4 Mbps after a series of downloads. However, we have to note that initially Fujitsu's laptop only achieved rates close to 1 Mbps. It reached the recorded rate after closing all background programs. Windows updates were closed beforehand. Both comparison devices achieved the same rates of almost 11 Mbps when moving the test to the same floor as the router.

Security 

Security should be a key aspect particularly in the business sector. This is implemented via a SmartCard reader, a TPM (Trusted Platform Module), and a fingerprint reader. Workplace Protect provides additional secure authentication. Computrace theft protection is optional. A Kensington lock is available for physical security. More details and options can be found in the series spec sheet (German).

Accessories

Only the standard accessories are included with the  review sample. In our case a quick start guide, driver DVD and recovery DVDs for both Windows 7 and 8.1 were included.

Maintenance

Replacements and repairs can be performed via maintenance covers on the underside. They enable accessing the hard drive and working memory slots. A flap for cleaning the fan is also available. The battery is also easy to remove. However, the base unit has to be dismantled for more in-depth repairs.

Warranty

Fujitsu only includes a one-year warranty ex-factory. Upgrades are possible, but are priced according to the scope of services. All options can be found and selected in Fujitsu's Support Shop (German).

Input Devices

Keyboard

A black chiclet keyboard is part of our review sample's configuration. The roughened unit provides enough grip for fast typing. The keys fit securely, and have a soft stroke as well as an even pressure point. The space key's sensitivity is also consistent. Unfortunately, it has a shorter and lower stroke. The muffled and quiet stroke noise left a positive impression.

Touchpad

The touchpad has a size of 9.2 x 7.9 cm (~3.6 x 3.1 inches). The touchpads from Dell and Lenovo are significantly larger. The gliding properties of the roughened input area provide adequate accuracy. However, the corners are a familiar problem area. Multi-touch gestures, such as scrolling websites, function smoothly with an agreeable responsiveness. Only a different surface structure separates the touchpad from the base unit, which remains to be a matter of taste.

The small keys are annoying.
The small keys are annoying.
Touchpad
Touchpad

Display

Fujitsu's Lifebook has a 1600x900-pixel TN screen. Therefore, the matte, 16:9 screen has a slightly higher resolution than the equally priced comparison devices. Dell's Latitude 5450 has a higher-quality IPS screen with a Full HD resolution. The average brightness is higher than HP's ProBook 645 G1 and Lenovo's ThinkPad L440. The Lifebook's screen struggles with a visible brightness difference of over 100 cd/m² between the upper and lower edge.

Fujitsu Lifebook E544
HD Graphics 4600, 4210M, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
Lenovo Thinkpad L440
HD Graphics 4600, 4330M, 500 GB - 5400 rpm
HP Probook 645 G1
Radeon HD 8450G, A6-5350M, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
Dell Latitude 14 E5450
HD Graphics 4400, 4310U, Lite-On LCS-128L9S
Screen
12%
10%
57%
Brightness middle
252
212
-16%
182
-28%
293
16%
Brightness
255
204
-20%
170
-33%
271
6%
Brightness Distribution
67
92
37%
87
30%
85
27%
Black Level *
0.696
0.3236
54%
0.27
61%
0.291
58%
Contrast
362
655
81%
674
86%
1007
178%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
9.1
10.83
-19%
10.49
-15%
3.81
58%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
9.44
11.42
-21%
11.42
-21%
3.97
58%
Gamma
2.56 86%
2.68 82%
2.32 95%
2.51 88%
CCT
10890 60%
13243 49%
12682 51%
7368 88%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
38.6
37.84
-2%
37.6
-3%
60.4
56%

* ... smaller is better

285
cd/m²
325
cd/m²
294
cd/m²
236
cd/m²
252
cd/m²
246
cd/m²
222
cd/m²
217
cd/m²
221
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 325 cd/m² Average: 255.3 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 67 %
Center on Battery: 252 cd/m²
Contrast: 362:1 (Black: 0.696 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 9.1 | 0.4-29.43 Ø6.3
ΔE Greyscale 9.44 | 0.64-98 Ø6.5
38.6% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.56

Unfortunately, the contrast of 362:1 is only average. The resulting black level is just under 0.7 cd/m², and does not provide a saturated black. The DeltaE rate of over 9 in the CalMAN grayscale in particular, confirms a bluish cast. The colors present a similar shift. The DeltaE rates are rationalized after calibration, and the bluish cast is completely eliminated. Professional use is not recommendable from the outset; the AdobeRGB color space coverage is 38.6% and that of the sRGB space is 55.2%.

CalMAN - Saturation Sweeps (non-calibrated)
CalMAN - Saturation Sweeps (non-calibrated)
CalMAN - Grayscale (non-calibrated)
CalMAN - Grayscale (non-calibrated)
CalMAN - ColorChecker (non-calibrated)
CalMAN - ColorChecker (non-calibrated)
AdobeRGB color space coverage
AdobeRGB color space coverage
CalMAN - Saturation Sweeps (calibrated)
CalMAN - Saturation Sweeps (calibrated)
CalMAN - Grayscale (calibrated)
CalMAN - Grayscale (calibrated)
CalMAN - ColorChecker (calibrated)
CalMAN - ColorChecker (calibrated)
sRGB color space coverage
sRGB color space coverage

The advantage of the installed matte screen is noticed especially in the outdoors. Fujitsu's laptop can be used outdoors without any hesitation. However, direct light sources should be avoided.

The matte screen predestines...
The matte screen predestines...
...Fujitsu's laptop for outdoor use.
...Fujitsu's laptop for outdoor use.
The brightness is too low...
The brightness is too low...
...in direct sunlight.
...in direct sunlight.

Opting for a low-cost TN screen involves compromises primarily in the viewing angle stability. Colors and brightness deviate drastically when the screen is viewed from different angles or tilted. The maximum tilt angle of over 180° proved agreeable and useful.

Viewing angle stability
Viewing angle stability

Performance

Fujitsu's Lifebook represents a 14-inch business laptop. It has enough computing power for  office applications. The complete package is sold for approximately 700 Euros (~$854). There are different configurations available within the Lifebook lineup. We struck the balanced middle with our review sample.

System information: Fujitsu Lifebook E544

Processor

An Intel Core i5-4210M with a clock rate of 2.6 GHz calculates inside. Occasionally, 3.3 GHz can be reached via Turbo. As the CPU's name indicates, Fujitsu does not use a ULV processor. Intel specifies a TDP of up to 37 Watts. Office and multimedia applications should not present major problems. The user can even use some demanding applications. A look at the Cinebench R11.5 scores reveals that the CPU accomplishes the expected scores. The ThinkPad L440 leads the competition with a 9% edge on Fujitsu's laptop. Despite a ULV CPU, Intel's Core i5-4310U  has only 12% lower score than the Lifebook.

The clock never dropped below the base rate, even in the stress test. The Turbo clock speeds were again achieved after a short delay, therefore, there were no performance losses.

Performance losses do not occur in battery mode, either. According to Cinebench R15, the CPU calculates consistently. A clock of 3100 MHz was maintained almost stably throughout the tests.

More details about the installed CPU as well as other benchmarks score can be found in our database.

Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
Fujitsu Lifebook E544
1.39 Points ∼57%
Lenovo Thinkpad L440
1.51 Points ∼62% +9%
HP Probook 645 G1
0.87 Points ∼36% -37%
Dell Latitude 14 E5450
1.11 Points ∼45% -20%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Fujitsu Lifebook E544
3.35 Points ∼12%
Lenovo Thinkpad L440
3.66 Points ∼14% +9%
HP Probook 645 G1
1.34 Points ∼5% -60%
Dell Latitude 14 E5450
2.94 Points ∼11% -12%

Legend

 
Fujitsu Lifebook E544 Intel Core i5-4210M, Intel HD Graphics 4600, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
 
Lenovo Thinkpad L440 Intel Core i5-4330M, Intel HD Graphics 4600, 500 GB - 5400 rpm
 
HP Probook 645 G1 AMD A6-5350M, AMD Radeon HD 8450G, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
 
Dell Latitude 14 E5450 Intel Core i5-4310U, Intel HD Graphics 4400, Lite-On LCS-128L9S
Cinebench R10 Shading 64Bit
6700 Points
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
13118 Points
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
6075 Points
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
6867
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
10144
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
4585
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
15.96 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
3.35 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
1.39 Points
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
98 %
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
21.7 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
304 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
121 Points
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System Performance

The Windows 7 system is fast and operates smoothly. The SSHD cannot match the responsiveness of an SSD in every situation. PCMark 8 confirms this subjective impression. It is particularly interesting that Fujitsu's Lifebook takes a clear lead in the Work segment although Dell's Latitude 5450 provides considerably better scores in the Creative and Home benchmark. Nevertheless, even better results can be expected from an SSD model and a working memory that operates in dual-channel mode.

Fujitsu Lifebook E544
HD Graphics 4600, 4210M, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
HP Probook 645 G1
Radeon HD 8450G, A6-5350M, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
Dell Latitude 14 E5450
HD Graphics 4400, 4310U, Lite-On LCS-128L9S
PCMark 8
-17%
3%
Work Score Accelerated v2
3774
3175
-16%
2338
-38%
Creative Score Accelerated v2
2497
1922
-23%
3340
34%
Home Score Accelerated v2
2521
2230
-12%
2824
12%
PCMark 7 Score
3439 points
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
2521 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
2497 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
3774 points
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Storage Devices

A 500 GB SSHD hard drive that spins with 5400 rpm is installed in Fujitsu's Lifebook E544. The SSD cache adds 8 GB. Both the system performance and subjective impression point to a decent performance. Weaknesses are seen in the test of the pure storage device performance via CrystalDiskMark. The sequential read speed of approximately 75 MB/s is particularly slow. It is interesting that different rates were recorded depending on the test run. Performance losses occurred even when all background programs were closed. According to the benchmark, all comparison devices are superior to the review sample. The manufacturer offers optional 128 GB and 256 GB SSDs for faster access and response times.

Fujitsu Lifebook E544
HD Graphics 4600, 4210M, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
Lenovo Thinkpad L440
HD Graphics 4600, 4330M, 500 GB - 5400 rpm
HP Probook 645 G1
Radeon HD 8450G, A6-5350M, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
Dell Latitude 14 E5450
HD Graphics 4400, 4310U, Lite-On LCS-128L9S
CrystalDiskMark 3.0
43%
13%
14757%
Write 4k QD32
0.716
1.123
57%
0.807
13%
317.3
44216%
Read 4k QD32
0.733
0.964
32%
0.786
7%
389.4
53024%
Write 4k
0.721
1.123
56%
0.82
14%
74.44
10225%
Read 4k
0.314
0.506
61%
0.323
3%
25.22
7932%
Write 512
50.63
56.03
11%
44.12
-13%
335.5
563%
Read 512
26.97
41.3
53%
31.71
18%
380.9
1312%
Write Seq
101.3
112.9
11%
110.5
9%
336.9
233%
Read Seq
74.2
121.5
64%
112.8
52%
483.4
551%
Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
Sequential Read: 74.2 MB/s
Sequential Write: 101.3 MB/s
512K Read: 26.97 MB/s
512K Write: 50.63 MB/s
4K Read: 0.314 MB/s
4K Write: 0.721 MB/s
4K QD32 Read: 0.733 MB/s
4K QD32 Write: 0.716 MB/s

Graphics Card

Intel's HD Graphics 4600 integrated GPU is used in the review sample. Its clock rate ranges from 400 to 1150 MHz depending on the load. The HD 4600 supports important standards, such as DirectX 11.1 or OpenCL 1.2, among others. The competitors also rely on a processor-integrated graphics card. The 3DMark 11 score of 838 points is below the average of this processor graphics card because the working memory does not operate in dual-channel mode that would have a supportive effect. Dell's Latitude achieves a better score of 990 points despite the weaker Intel HD Graphics 4400.

The full performance can also be retrieved in battery mode. 3DMark 11 results in 860 points, which is within the tolerance range of these tests. More benchmark scores and comparisons can be found in the corresponding database.

3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance (sort by value)
Fujitsu Lifebook E544
HD Graphics 4600, 4210M, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
838 Points ∼3%
Dell Latitude 14 E5450
HD Graphics 4400, 4310U, Lite-On LCS-128L9S
990 Points ∼3% +18%
HP Probook 645 G1
Radeon HD 8450G, A6-5350M, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
789 Points ∼3% -6%
3DMark 11 Performance
838 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
34337 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
4396 points
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Gaming Performance

The gaming sector should not be routine for a business laptop, and the Intel HD Graphics 4600 correspondingly only provides conditional gaming entertainment. A few newer games can also be enjoyed using low quality settings. Three of the games we selected can be rendered smoothly. As in the graphic benchmarks, Dell's Latitude once again has the lead in this round. We refer to our benchmark chart for more potentially playable games using the processor-integrated graphics card.

Tomb Raider - 1024x768 Low Preset (sort by value)
Fujitsu Lifebook E544
40.6 fps ∼6%
Lenovo Thinkpad L440
36.3 fps ∼6% -11%
HP Probook 645 G1
36.9 fps ∼6% -9%
Dell Latitude 14 E5450
42.2 fps ∼7% +4%

Legend

 
Fujitsu Lifebook E544 Intel Core i5-4210M, Intel HD Graphics 4600, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
 
Lenovo Thinkpad L440 Intel Core i5-4330M, Intel HD Graphics 4600, 500 GB - 5400 rpm
 
HP Probook 645 G1 AMD A6-5350M, AMD Radeon HD 8450G, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
 
Dell Latitude 14 E5450 Intel Core i5-4310U, Intel HD Graphics 4400, Lite-On LCS-128L9S
low med. high ultra
Tomb Raider (2013) 40.620.211.2fps
BioShock Infinite (2013) 29.314.611.9fps
Sims 4 (2014) 146.328.4fps

Emissions

System Noise

We discovered a solid fan characteristic in idle mode. The fan first started up after a prolonged period of use. The fan's noise was satisfactory even during everyday operation, though it hightened quite quickly. Even under load, the noise level remained within limits, although it is higher than that of the  competitors. The frequency range was mostly in the midfield.

Fujitsu Lifebook E544
HD Graphics 4600, 4210M, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
Lenovo Thinkpad L440
HD Graphics 4600, 4330M, 500 GB - 5400 rpm
HP Probook 645 G1
Radeon HD 8450G, A6-5350M, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
Dell Latitude 14 E5450
HD Graphics 4400, 4310U, Lite-On LCS-128L9S
Noise
-0%
-3%
11%
off / environment *
Idle Minimum *
30.3
33.1
-9%
31.6
-4%
28.6
6%
Idle Average *
30.3
33.1
-9%
31.6
-4%
28.6
6%
Idle Maximum *
32.5
33.3
-2%
34.9
-7%
28.6
12%
Load Average *
36.2
34.8
4%
36.9
-2%
33
9%
Load Maximum *
41.5
35.7
14%
40.2
3%
33.3
20%

* ... smaller is better

Noise Level

Idle
30.3 / 30.3 / 32.5 dB(A)
HDD
30.5 dB(A)
DVD
36.4 / dB(A)
Load
36.2 / 41.5 dB(A)
  red to green bar
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Voltcraft SL-451 (15 cm distance)

Temperature

Stress test
Stress test

Neither idle nor did the load operation heat the surfaces of Fujitsu's laptop unpleasantly. The rates mostly remained below 30 °C (~86 °F). A somewhat warmer hot spot of 34.6 °C (~94 °F) was reached only on the left. None of the comparison laptops can outdo these outstanding rates. Quite the opposite: Lenovo's laptop even reached peak temperatures of over 50 °C (~122 °F).

In the stress test, we examine the behavior of CPU and GPU via Prime95 and FurMark. We observed a consistent CPU base clock even after two hours of permanent load. The Turbo mode was exemplary right after finishing the stress test program, although an approximately 25% lower score was achieved in 3DMark 11.

 27.7 °C
82 F
26 °C
79 F
22.6 °C
73 F
 
 28.1 °C
83 F
27.1 °C
81 F
22.2 °C
72 F
 
 27.5 °C
82 F
28.7 °C
84 F
25.4 °C
78 F
 
Maximum: 28.7 °C = 84 F
Average: 26.1 °C = 79 F
21.4 °C
71 F
24.5 °C
76 F
25.3 °C
78 F
22 °C
72 F
27.8 °C
82 F
31.6 °C
89 F
22.3 °C
72 F
29.6 °C
85 F
28.5 °C
83 F
Maximum: 31.6 °C = 89 F
Average: 25.9 °C = 79 F
Power Supply (max.)  36.3 °C = 97 F | Room Temperature 19.8 °C = 68 F | Fluke 62 Max
(+) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 26.2 °C / 79 F, compared to the average of 29.4 °C / 85 F for the devices in the class Office.
(+) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 32.6 °C / 91 F, compared to the average of 33.9 °C / 93 F, ranging from 21.2 to 62.5 °C for the class Office.
(+) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 34.6 °C / 94 F, compared to the average of 36.4 °C / 98 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 26.1 °C / 79 F, compared to the device average of 29.4 °C / 85 F.
(+) The palmrests and touchpad are cooler than skin temperature with a maximum of 28.7 °C / 83.7 F and are therefore cool to the touch.
(±) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 28.3 °C / 82.9 F (-0.4 °C / -0.8 F).

Speakers

We cannot call either the volume or the sound spectrum satisfactory. The speakers should only be used for system sounds. Unfortunately, even Skype conferences were only possible in exceptionally quiet rooms due to the low maximum volume.

Energy Management

Power Consumption

The idle power consumption is quite praiseworthy. The requirement is barely higher than a laptop based on a ULV processor, such as Dell's Latitude 14 E5450. Both technologies differ in medium load (3DMark 06) and full load (Prime95 and FurMark). The power consumption is slightly below that of Lenovo's ThinkPad L440 with a stronger configuration. The power supply's output of 65 Watts is definitely sufficient for Fujitsu's laptop.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0 / 0.1 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 5.4 / 9.3 / 10.2 Watt
Load midlight 41 / 52.4 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Extech Power Analyzer 380803

Battery Runtime

The manufacturer states a maximum runtime of 11 hours and 20 minutes, which we check here. The six-cell, lithium-ion battery has a capacity of 72 Wh.

We use the Battery Eater tool to determine the maximum possible battery runtime. This is simulated by reading documents using minimum brightness. Fujitsu's Lifebook shut down after almost 13 hours. Only Dell's laptop allows reading text files for 25 minutes longer under these conditions.

To ascertain a practical runtime, we set up a Wi-Fi scenario where browsing randomly selected websites is simulated. Unfortunately, Fujitsu's laptop will not last a whole workday with almost 4.5 hours. The competitors provide longer runtimes.

We prompt the minimum possible battery runtime with Battery Eater Classic tool. The review sample managed approximately 1.5 hours in the high-performance profile and maximum brightness.

Fujitsu's laptop features an extra ECO button and energy saving mode. It automatically disables all communication modules and activates the well-known Windows energy-saving profile on the system.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
12h 51min
WiFi Surfing
4h 22min
Load (maximum brightness)
1h 35min
Battery Runtime - WiFi (sort by value)
Fujitsu Lifebook E544
262 min ∼68%
Lenovo Thinkpad L440
471 min ∼123%
HP Probook 645 G1
289 min ∼75%
Dell Latitude 14 E5450
383 min ∼100%

Legend

 
Fujitsu Lifebook E544 Intel Core i5-4210M, Intel HD Graphics 4600, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
 
Lenovo Thinkpad L440 Intel Core i5-4330M, Intel HD Graphics 4600, 500 GB - 5400 rpm
 
HP Probook 645 G1 AMD A6-5350M, AMD Radeon HD 8450G, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
 
Dell Latitude 14 E5450 Intel Core i5-4310U, Intel HD Graphics 4400, Lite-On LCS-128L9S

Verdict

Fujitsu Lifebook E544
Fujitsu Lifebook E544

Fujitsu's Lifebook stands out with a basic design. However, it has enough power for dealing with the office and multimedia world. We did not find any drawbacks in the build. The input devices can be seen as the main communication interface between humans and laptop. The keyboard is compelling in terms of pressure sensitivity and typing feel. Overall, it can be called decent, and is suitable for long typing sessions. Although the touchpad's size is rather small, it is nevertheless a worthy mouse replacement. A matte TN screen with a good brightness for the price range provides a clear view. We had mixed feeling about the system performance because the computing power, particularly in 3D applications, cannot be fully used due to the working memory that operates in single-channel mode. Fujitsu's laptop outruns its competitors in the emission rates. The good temperature development is especially striking, although the fans are enabled quickly. Overall, Fujitsu's Lifebook E544 is a solid device that, however, cannot ascend to the peak of business laptops. Despite this, it is a very noteworthy choice in this price range, and perhaps also a good alternative.

Fujitsu's Lifebook E544 holds its ground as a business work machine.
Fujitsu's Lifebook E544 holds its ground as a business work machine.

 

 

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In Review: Fujitsu Lifebook E544. Test model courtesy of Fujitsu Germany
In Review: Fujitsu Lifebook E544. Test model courtesy of Fujitsu Germany

Specifications

Fujitsu Lifebook E544 (Lifebook E Series)
Graphics adapter
Intel HD Graphics 4600, Core: 400 - 1150 MHz, igdumdim64 10.18.19.3412
Memory
4096 MB 
, DDR3 L, 1600 MHz, PC3-12800, SO DIMM, single-channel, 1 of 2 slots filled
Display
14 inch 16:9, 1600 x 900 pixel, FUJ5C12, TN, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel HM86 (Lynx Point)
Storage
Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive, 500 GB 
, 5400 rpm, 5400 rpm, S.M.A.R.T.
Soundcard
Intel Lynx Point PCH - 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: headphone-out, microphone-in, Card Reader: SD, 1 SmartCard, 1 Fingerprint Reader, Sensors: brightness sensor
Networking
Realtek RTL8168/8111 Gigabit-LAN (10/100/1000MBit), Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7260 (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.0, Sierra Wireless EM8805
Optical drive
MATSHITADVD-RAM
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 31.4 x 338 x 231 ( = 1.24 x 13.31 x 9.09 in)
Battery
72 Wh Lithium-Ion, 6 cells
Operating System
Windows 8.1 Professional (64 Bit) + Windows 7 Professional (64 Bit)
Camera
Webcam: 720p
Additional features
Speakers: stereo speakers w/ DTS Boost, Keyboard: chiclet, Keyboard Light: no, Fujitsu LIFEBOOK Application Panel, Fujitsu Display Manager, energy saving feature, Fujitsu Plugfree Network (Network-Management-Utility), Win 7: Fujitsu Recovery, Connection Manager, CyberLink PowerDVD DVD, CyberLink YouCam
Weight
2.064 kg ( = 72.81 oz / 4.55 pounds), Power Supply: 320 g ( = 11.29 oz / 0.71 pounds)
Price
700 Euro

 

Fujitsu's laptop...
Fujitsu's laptop...
...looks plain yet elegant...
...looks plain yet elegant...
...despite its plastic casing.
...despite its plastic casing.
The battery is replaced in a few steps.
The battery is replaced in a few steps.
Left-sided air outlet
Left-sided air outlet
Two outside hinges hold the screen.
Two outside hinges hold the screen.
The slim stick-type battery does not last a workday.
The slim stick-type battery does not last a workday.
A fingerprint reader is one of the security features.
A fingerprint reader is one of the security features.
Dust filter for cleaning
Dust filter for cleaning
A wide opening angle allows almost every conceivable use.
A wide opening angle allows almost every conceivable use.
SIM card slot under the battery
SIM card slot under the battery

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Pros

+Temperature development
+System performance
+Build
+Docking port
 

Cons

-One-year warranty only
-Keys' size
-Fan sensitivity
-Viewing angle stablility

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What we like

Fujitsu's laptop masters all categories in accordance to its price range.

What we'd like to see

Better input devices and a longer warranty period.

What surprises us

A better fan management for dealing with the heat development.

The competition

Lenovo's Thinkpads L440 and HP's Probook 645 G1 are in the same price range. The differences of a higher investment can be seen based on Dell's Latitude E5450.

Rating

Fujitsu Lifebook E544 - 12/14/2014 v4(old)
Nino Ricchizzi

Chassis
75 / 98 → 77%
Keyboard
80%
Pointing Device
80%
Connectivity
83 / 80 → 100%
Weight
63 / 20-67 → 91%
Battery
84%
Display
75%
Games Performance
65 / 68 → 96%
Application Performance
75 / 92 → 82%
Temperature
94%
Noise
88%
Audio
20%
Camera
42 / 85 → 49%
Average
71%
80%
Office - Weighted Average
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Nino Ricchizzi, 2014-12-21 (Update: 2018-05-15)