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Fujitsu Lifebook E554 Notebook Review

Sascha Mölck, Stefanie Voigt (translated by Liala Stieglitz), 12/20/2014

Not without faults. The Lifebook E554 is primarily aimed at corporate customers. The price level ranging from 600 to 1000 Euros (~$716 to ~$1194) also might make it interesting for private users. We have the current top model of the line at hand. It wants to entice potential customers with plenty of computing power, an IPS screen, a solid state drive, a 3G modem, and a very good battery life.

For the original German review, see here.

Fujitsu's Lifebook E554 is a classic, 15-6-inch sized business laptop. All components expected in such a device are installed: a docking port, TPM, modular design, fingerprint reader. Our review sample additionally sports a 3G modem. The laptop will seem very familiar to regular readers of our page because it strongly resembles the Lifebook E754, which, however, plays in a higher price league. While the Lifebook E754 is a member of the premium business range, the Lifebook E554 is a model of the business mid-range.

The prices for the currently available E554 models range from 600 to 1000 Euros (~$716 to ~$1194). Thus, laptops like HP's ProBook 650 or ProBook 655Lenovo's ThinkPad L540, and Dell's Latitude E5550 are rivals of the Lifebook E554.

Case

The design of the Lifebook E554's casing is largely identical with that of the Lifebook E754. However, the casing of the E554 is a bit thicker. The reason for the different price ranges of both laptops is found in the casing's material. While some parts of the E754 are comprised of a magnesium alloy, the E554 is completely made of matte, black plastic. Consequently, the E554 is approximately 300 grams heavier than the E754. The wrist rest of the E554 features a grooved structure, and the surfaces of the display's back and bezel are roughened.

Two small maintenance flaps are on the E554's underside: The first conceals the working memory, and the hard drive is behind the second one. Fujitsu also uses a modular design for its E554, i.e. components such as the battery and optical drive are compatible with other Lifebook E models.

The laptop's build is absolutely acceptable and does not give reason for complaint. The base unit is largely resistant against pressure. The casing only yields slightly on the keyboard's right and below the touchpad. This is common for most laptops. However, the base unit can be warped a bit too strongly for our taste. We would have expected a higher stiffness here. The same applies to the lid. A very evident difference to the magnesium-reinforced lid of the Lifebook E754 is definitely noticed. The hinges keep the lid firmly in position and only rock marginally. Opening the lid with one hand is only possible with jiggling and some finger acrobatics.

Lifebook E554
Lifebook E554
The casing is plastic
The casing is plastic
Accessing the hard drive and working memory is possible
Accessing the hard drive and working memory is possible

Connectivity

The Lifebook basically features all interfaces that a modern laptop should have. Positive: all three USB ports operate in the USB 3.0 standard. Users who need additional USB ports should look at HP's ProBook 650. HP installs a total of five USB ports. Our review sample cannot offer a SmartCard reader, but it is optionally available. Like HP's ProBook 650 or ProBook 655, a serial port is found on the E554's rear. It is still of importance in the business sector, e.g. for maintaining cash systems.

Left: power-in, Ethernet port, VGA-out, display port, USB 3.0, memory-card reader
Left: power-in, Ethernet port, VGA-out, display port, USB 3.0, memory-card reader
Right: headphone-out, microphone-in, 2x USB 3.0, DVD burner, Kensington lock slot
Right: headphone-out, microphone-in, 2x USB 3.0, DVD burner, Kensington lock slot
Rear: serial port
Rear: serial port

Communication

The user will find several options for connecting to the world. One is the Wi-Fi module. Our review sample sports Intel's Dual Band Wireless-AC 7260, which supports the 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi standards. Thus, both the 2.4 and 5 GHz frequency bands can be used. We did not experience problems with the Wi-Fi connection. The connection between the Lifebook and router proved stable within a radius of 15 meters. A Gigabit Ethernet chip is available for wired connections. It is the well-known model from Realtek's RTL8168/8111 family. This chip is installed in most of the laptops that we have tested.

Our review sample also allows connecting to the Internet via a mobile network using the installed 3G modem. An LTE modem is optionally available. Not all Lifebook models are equipped with a 3G/LTE modem. The Lifebook also sports a Bluetooth 4.0 chip, which is part of Intel's Wi-Fi module. This, for example, enables a wireless connection between the laptop and a smartphone. Finally, a word about the webcam: Fujitsu installs a model that can record videos with resolutions of up to 1280x720 pixels. Though it will not create any artistic masterpieces, its quality is absolutely sufficient for videoconferencing.

Security

Of course, the laptop must have corresponding security features since corporate customers are Fujitsu's primary target group. Thus, the laptop is shipped with a Trusted Platform 1.2 module. A fingerprint reader is also integrated. Furthermore, the device's BIOS supports Computrace, which, for example, allows remote deleting of data.

Accessories

Besides a quick-start poster and the usual warranty information, the Lifebook comes with several DVDs. 3 Windows recovery DVDs (Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit, Window 7 Pro 64-bit, Windows 7 Pro 32-bit), and two DVDs with drivers and additional software. Fujitsu also offers multiple optional accessories, such as a port replicator (S26391-F1387-L100) for about 120 Euros (~$143).

Operating System

Windows 7 Professional (64-bit) is preloaded on our review sample. Recovery DVDs for Windows 7 Professional (32/64-bit) and Windows 8.1 Professional (64-bit) are included.

Maintenance

The Lifebook does not offer any exceptional maintenance options. Only two small covers that enable accessing the working memory and hard drive are available. There is also a small slot closed with a flap that makes it possible to access the space between the heat sink's fan and cooling ribs. The dust that accumulates here after a while can be removed easily this way.

Warranty

Only a 12-month warranty is included on Fujitsu's Lifebook E554. We see this annoying custom in many business laptops, for example HP's ProBook 650 or ProBook 655Dell's Latitude E5550 and Lenovo's ThinkPad L540. The Lifebook's warranty period and services can be upgraded. A five-year collect & return warranty, for example, costs approximately 160 Euros (~$190).

Input Devices

Keyboard

The Lifebook features a chiclet keyboard. However, Fujitsu does not treat the keyboard to a backlight. This does not look different in contenders like the ProBook 650 or ProBook 655, ThinkPad L540 and Latitude E5550. That is too bad because a backlight will be in great demand in the target group. The keys of the Lifebook's keyboard have a lightly roughened surface and a short drop. The pressure point is basically clear, but Fujitsu has blundered with the keyboard. The keyboard's middle yields very evidently while typing on it. It seems as if a strut has been forgotten, and it worsens the typing feel. Better things can be expected from a business laptop in this regard. The keyboard in Lenovo's ThinkPad L540 shows how it should be.

Touchpad

Unlike the Lifebook E754, the Lifebook E554 does not feature a ClickPad but a conventional touchpad including dedicated mouse buttons. The pad has a surface area of approx. 9.5 x 5.8 cm. Fujitsu uses a roughened surface for the pad, which does not have an adverse effect on use. The fingers glide easily over the pad. The Pad supports multi-touch and thus enables using gesture control. The mouse buttons have a short drop and a clearly audible and palpable pressure point.

Fujitsu does not treat the keyboard to a backlight
Fujitsu does not treat the keyboard to a backlight
The touchpad is not submerged into the casing
The touchpad is not submerged into the casing

Display

Fujitsu has installed a matte, 15.6-inch screen in our review sample with a native resolution of 1920x1080 pixels. The brightness of 230.7 cd/m² is rather low. In view of the Lifebook's purchase price, the screen should be brighter. We deem a rate of 250 cd/m² as the minimum. Dell's Latitude E5550 (319.9 cd/m²/Full HD) and Lenovo's ThinkPad L540 (289.7 cd/m²/ Full HD) stand out in this regard.

206
cd/m²
252
cd/m²
252
cd/m²
220
cd/m²
253
cd/m²
238
cd/m²
198
cd/m²
227
cd/m²
230
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 253 cd/m² Average: 230.7 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 78 %
Center on Battery: 251 cd/m²
Contrast: 816:1 (Black: 0.31 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 8.31 | 0.4-29.43 Ø6.3
ΔE Greyscale 7.88 | 0.64-98 Ø6.5
35.7% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.26
Fujitsu LifeBook E554
HD Graphics 4600, 4210M, Samsung SSD PM851 128 GB MZ7TE128HMGR
Dell Latitude E5550
HD Graphics 4400, 4310U, Lite-On LCS-128L9S
Lenovo ThinkPad L540 20AV002YGE
HD Graphics 4600, 4200M, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
Fujitsu Lifebook E754
HD Graphics 4600, 4702MQ, Samsung SSD 840 250GB MZ7TD256HAFV
Toshiba Satellite Pro R50-B-112
HD Graphics 4400, 4210U, TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075
HP ProBook 650-H5G81ET
HD Graphics 4600, 4200M, Liteonit LCS-128M6S
HP ProBook 650 G1 H5G74E
HD Graphics 4600, 4000M, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
HP ProBook 655
Radeon HD 8450G, A6-5350M, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
Acer TravelMate P455-M-54204G50Makk
HD Graphics 4400, 4200U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
HP EliteBook 755 G2
Radeon R6 (Kaveri), A10 Pro-7350B, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
Screen
35%
-23%
19%
-71%
-50%
-33%
-28%
-26%
-11%
Brightness middle
253
343
36%
303
20%
257
2%
199
-21%
269
6%
197
-22%
209
-17%
195
-23%
335
32%
Brightness
231
320
39%
290
26%
269
16%
182
-21%
264
14%
186
-19%
200
-13%
201
-13%
312
35%
Brightness Distribution
78
88
13%
85
9%
78
0%
76
-3%
78
0%
82
5%
81
4%
87
12%
85
9%
Black Level *
0.31
0.36
-16%
0.7
-126%
0.25
19%
1.47
-374%
0.9
-190%
0.63
-103%
0.64
-106%
0.54
-74%
0.61
-97%
Contrast
816
953
17%
433
-47%
1028
26%
135
-83%
299
-63%
313
-62%
327
-60%
361
-56%
549
-33%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
8.31
3.15
62%
11.58
-39%
5.69
32%
9.74
-17%
12.12
-46%
10.48
-26%
9.33
-12%
11.16
-34%
10.51
-26%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
7.88
3.65
54%
13.65
-73%
6.08
23%
11.26
-43%
13.75
-74%
10.68
-36%
9.36
-19%
12.02
-53%
12.39
-57%
Gamma
2.26 97%
2.62 84%
2.59 85%
2.43 91%
2.62 84%
2.59 85%
2.31 95%
2.27 97%
3.05 72%
2.48 89%
CCT
6371 102%
7101 92%
13248 49%
5840 111%
12294 53%
13228 49%
12387 52%
10124 64%
14187 46%
16146 40%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
35.7
63.3
77%
51.12
43%
49
37%
33
-8%
35.2
-1%
34.7
-3%
47.9
34%
53
48%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
97.4

* ... smaller is better

Lifebook E554 vs. sRGB
Lifebook E554 vs. sRGB
Lifebook E554 vs. AdobeRGB
Lifebook E554 vs. AdobeRGB

Both the contrast of 816:1 and black level of 0.31 cd/m² of the Lifebook's screen are good. That is also true for the screen in the Latitude E5550 (953:1; 0.36 cd/m²). The rates of the ThinkPad L540 (433:1; 0.7 cd/m²) can at most be called acceptable. The Lifebook's screen cannot reproduce either the AdobeRGB or sRGB color spaces; the coverage rates are 35.7% (AdobeRGB) and 50.9% (sRGB) here.

The screen's average DeltaE 2000 color shift in state of delivery is 8.31. A rate less than 3 would be desirable. The screen does not exhibit a bluish cast. However, the grayscale reproduction could be better. We achieved an obvious improvement via calibration, which reduced the DeltaE 2000 shift in the grayscale from 7.88 to 1.97. The color shift also dropped to 4.8 and then only missed the target range marginally.

CalMAN - ColorChecker
CalMAN - ColorChecker
CalMAN - Grayscale
CalMAN - Grayscale
CalMAN - Saturation Sweeps
CalMAN - Saturation Sweeps
CalMAN - ColorChecker (calibrated)
CalMAN - ColorChecker (calibrated)
CalMAN - Grayscale (calibrated)
CalMAN - Grayscale (calibrated)
CalMAN - Saturation Sweeps (calibrated)
CalMAN - Saturation Sweeps (calibrated)

Fujitsu does not explicitly state what kind of screen is installed in the Lifebook. However, the stable viewing angles point to an IPS model. Thus, the screen can be read from every position. The laptop can be used outdoors owing to the matte surface and good contrast. The screen's low brightness might cause problems in very bright surroundings, though.

Viewing angles: Lifebook
Viewing angles: Lifebook
The Lifebook outdoors (in completely overcast skies)
The Lifebook outdoors (in completely overcast skies)

Performance

Fujitsu's Lifebook E554 represents a 15.6-inch business laptop from the mid-range price segment. The processor installed in our review sample provides more than enough power for business routine. The model that we were provided with is available for around 950 Euros (~$1133). Multiple other configurations are also available. The currently lowest-priced model of the E554 line costs approximately 650 Euros (~$775). The buyer then gets a Core i3-4000M processor, matte HD screen (1366x768 pixels), 4 GB of working memory, and a 320 GB hard drive.

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CPU-Z
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CPU-Z
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System information: Fujitsu Lifebook E554

Processor

The Lifebook E554 is powered by an Intel Core i5-4210M dual-core processor (Haswell). It is a standard mobile processor with a TDP of 37 watts. The Dell Latitude E5550 contender, for example, sports a ULV processor (TDP: 15 watts). The Lifebook's processor operates with a base clock of 2.6 GHz that can be boosted up to 3.1 GHz (both cores) and 3.2 GHz (one core) via Turbo. The Turbo is also used. The processor always performed the CPU tests of the Cinebench benchmarks with its full speed (3.1 GHz). That was the case in both AC and battery modes.

Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
10389
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
7165
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
4582
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
3.3 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
1.41 Points
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
23.74 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
98 %
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
27.91 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
307 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
123 Points
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Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
Fujitsu LifeBook E554
HD Graphics 4600, 4210M, Samsung SSD PM851 128 GB MZ7TE128HMGR
123 Points ∼58%
Dell Latitude E5550
HD Graphics 4400, 4310U, Lite-On LCS-128L9S
113 Points ∼53% -8%
Fujitsu Lifebook E754
HD Graphics 4600, 4702MQ, Samsung SSD 840 250GB MZ7TD256HAFV
124 Points ∼58% +1%
Toshiba Satellite Pro R50-B-112
HD Graphics 4400, 4210U, TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075
100 Points ∼47% -19%
HP ProBook 650-H5G81ET
HD Graphics 4600, 4200M, Liteonit LCS-128M6S
116 Points ∼54% -6%
HP ProBook 650 G1 H5G74E
HD Graphics 4600, 4000M, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
95 Points ∼45% -23%
HP ProBook 655
Radeon HD 8450G, A6-5350M, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
54 Points ∼25% -56%
Lenovo ThinkPad L540 20AV002YGE
HD Graphics 4600, 4200M, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
115 Points ∼54% -7%
Acer TravelMate P455-M-54204G50Makk
HD Graphics 4400, 4200U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
97 Points ∼46% -21%
HP EliteBook 755 G2
Radeon R6 (Kaveri), A10 Pro-7350B, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
62 Points ∼29% -50%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Fujitsu LifeBook E554
HD Graphics 4600, 4210M, Samsung SSD PM851 128 GB MZ7TE128HMGR
307 Points ∼10%
Dell Latitude E5550
HD Graphics 4400, 4310U, Lite-On LCS-128L9S
265 Points ∼9% -14%
Fujitsu Lifebook E754
HD Graphics 4600, 4702MQ, Samsung SSD 840 250GB MZ7TD256HAFV
521 Points ∼17% +70%
Toshiba Satellite Pro R50-B-112
HD Graphics 4400, 4210U, TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075
236 Points ∼8% -23%
HP ProBook 650-H5G81ET
HD Graphics 4600, 4200M, Liteonit LCS-128M6S
295 Points ∼9% -4%
HP ProBook 650 G1 H5G74E
HD Graphics 4600, 4000M, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
240 Points ∼8% -22%
HP ProBook 655
Radeon HD 8450G, A6-5350M, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
117 Points ∼4% -62%
Lenovo ThinkPad L540 20AV002YGE
HD Graphics 4600, 4200M, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
294 Points ∼9% -4%
Acer TravelMate P455-M-54204G50Makk
HD Graphics 4400, 4200U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
230 Points ∼7% -25%
HP EliteBook 755 G2
Radeon R6 (Kaveri), A10 Pro-7350B, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
167 Points ∼5% -46%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
Fujitsu LifeBook E554
HD Graphics 4600, 4210M, Samsung SSD PM851 128 GB MZ7TE128HMGR
1.41 Points ∼58%
Dell Latitude E5550
HD Graphics 4400, 4310U, Lite-On LCS-128L9S
1.3 Points ∼53% -8%
Fujitsu Lifebook E754
HD Graphics 4600, 4702MQ, Samsung SSD 840 250GB MZ7TD256HAFV
1.4 Points ∼57% -1%
Toshiba Satellite Pro R50-B-112
HD Graphics 4400, 4210U, TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075
1.12 Points ∼46% -21%
HP ProBook 650-H5G81ET
HD Graphics 4600, 4200M, Liteonit LCS-128M6S
1.34 Points ∼55% -5%
HP ProBook 650 G1 H5G74E
HD Graphics 4600, 4000M, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
1.05 Points ∼43% -26%
HP ProBook 655
Radeon HD 8450G, A6-5350M, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
0.64 Points ∼26% -55%
Lenovo ThinkPad L540 20AV002YGE
HD Graphics 4600, 4200M, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
1.36 Points ∼56% -4%
Acer TravelMate P455-M-54204G50Makk
HD Graphics 4400, 4200U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
1.11 Points ∼45% -21%
HP EliteBook 755 G2
Radeon R6 (Kaveri), A10 Pro-7350B, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
0.7 Points ∼29% -50%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Fujitsu LifeBook E554
HD Graphics 4600, 4210M, Samsung SSD PM851 128 GB MZ7TE128HMGR
3.3 Points ∼12%
Dell Latitude E5550
HD Graphics 4400, 4310U, Lite-On LCS-128L9S
2.9 Points ∼11% -12%
Fujitsu Lifebook E754
HD Graphics 4600, 4702MQ, Samsung SSD 840 250GB MZ7TD256HAFV
5.6 Points ∼21% +70%
Toshiba Satellite Pro R50-B-112
HD Graphics 4400, 4210U, TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075
2.54 Points ∼9% -23%
HP ProBook 650-H5G81ET
HD Graphics 4600, 4200M, Liteonit LCS-128M6S
3.23 Points ∼12% -2%
HP ProBook 650 G1 H5G74E
HD Graphics 4600, 4000M, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
2.6 Points ∼10% -21%
HP ProBook 655
Radeon HD 8450G, A6-5350M, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
1.32 Points ∼5% -60%
Lenovo ThinkPad L540 20AV002YGE
HD Graphics 4600, 4200M, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
3.25 Points ∼12% -2%
Acer TravelMate P455-M-54204G50Makk
HD Graphics 4400, 4200U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
2.46 Points ∼9% -25%
HP EliteBook 755 G2
Radeon R6 (Kaveri), A10 Pro-7350B, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
1.91 Points ∼7% -42%
Cinebench R10
Rendering Single 32Bit (sort by value)
Fujitsu LifeBook E554
HD Graphics 4600, 4210M, Samsung SSD PM851 128 GB MZ7TE128HMGR
4582 Points ∼42%
Fujitsu Lifebook E754
HD Graphics 4600, 4702MQ, Samsung SSD 840 250GB MZ7TD256HAFV
4529 Points ∼42% -1%
HP ProBook 650 G1 H5G74E
HD Graphics 4600, 4000M, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
3542 Points ∼33% -23%
HP ProBook 655
Radeon HD 8450G, A6-5350M, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
2610 Points ∼24% -43%
Acer TravelMate P455-M-54204G50Makk
HD Graphics 4400, 4200U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
3568 Points ∼33% -22%
HP EliteBook 755 G2
Radeon R6 (Kaveri), A10 Pro-7350B, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
2100 Points ∼19% -54%
Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit (sort by value)
Fujitsu LifeBook E554
HD Graphics 4600, 4210M, Samsung SSD PM851 128 GB MZ7TE128HMGR
10389 Points ∼21%
Fujitsu Lifebook E754
HD Graphics 4600, 4702MQ, Samsung SSD 840 250GB MZ7TD256HAFV
15461 Points ∼31% +49%
HP ProBook 650 G1 H5G74E
HD Graphics 4600, 4000M, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
7994 Points ∼16% -23%
HP ProBook 655
Radeon HD 8450G, A6-5350M, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
4009 Points ∼8% -61%
Acer TravelMate P455-M-54204G50Makk
HD Graphics 4400, 4200U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
7722 Points ∼16% -26%
HP EliteBook 755 G2
Radeon R6 (Kaveri), A10 Pro-7350B, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
5600 Points ∼11% -46%
Geekbench 3
32 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
Fujitsu LifeBook E554
HD Graphics 4600, 4210M, Samsung SSD PM851 128 GB MZ7TE128HMGR
6185 Points ∼20%
Fujitsu Lifebook E754
HD Graphics 4600, 4702MQ, Samsung SSD 840 250GB MZ7TD256HAFV
9180 Points ∼29% +48%
HP ProBook 650 G1 H5G74E
HD Graphics 4600, 4000M, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
4298 Points ∼14% -31%
Lenovo ThinkPad L540 20AV002YGE
HD Graphics 4600, 4200M, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
5641 Points ∼18% -9%
Acer TravelMate P455-M-54204G50Makk
HD Graphics 4400, 4200U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
4430 Points ∼14% -28%
HP EliteBook 755 G2
Radeon R6 (Kaveri), A10 Pro-7350B, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
4004 Points ∼13% -35%
32 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
Fujitsu LifeBook E554
HD Graphics 4600, 4210M, Samsung SSD PM851 128 GB MZ7TE128HMGR
2945 Points ∼63%
Fujitsu Lifebook E754
HD Graphics 4600, 4702MQ, Samsung SSD 840 250GB MZ7TD256HAFV
2753 Points ∼59% -7%
HP ProBook 650 G1 H5G74E
HD Graphics 4600, 4000M, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
2024 Points ∼43% -31%
Lenovo ThinkPad L540 20AV002YGE
HD Graphics 4600, 4200M, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
2688 Points ∼57% -9%
Acer TravelMate P455-M-54204G50Makk
HD Graphics 4400, 4200U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
2291 Points ∼49% -22%
HP EliteBook 755 G2
Radeon R6 (Kaveri), A10 Pro-7350B, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
1508 Points ∼32% -49%
Sunspider - 1.0 Total Score (sort by value)
Fujitsu LifeBook E554
HD Graphics 4600, 4210M, Samsung SSD PM851 128 GB MZ7TE128HMGR
188.4 ms * ∼5%
Fujitsu LifeBook E554
HD Graphics 4600, 4210M, Samsung SSD PM851 128 GB MZ7TE128HMGR
161.4 ms * ∼4% +14%
Fujitsu LifeBook E554
HD Graphics 4600, 4210M, Samsung SSD PM851 128 GB MZ7TE128HMGR
96.5 ms * ∼2% +49%
Dell Latitude E5550
HD Graphics 4400, 4310U, Lite-On LCS-128L9S
109 ms * ∼3% +42%
Octane V2 - Total Score (sort by value)
Fujitsu LifeBook E554
HD Graphics 4600, 4210M, Samsung SSD PM851 128 GB MZ7TE128HMGR
27518 Points ∼56%
Fujitsu LifeBook E554
HD Graphics 4600, 4210M, Samsung SSD PM851 128 GB MZ7TE128HMGR
24097 Points ∼49% -12%
Fujitsu LifeBook E554
HD Graphics 4600, 4210M, Samsung SSD PM851 128 GB MZ7TE128HMGR
14952 Points ∼30% -46%
Dell Latitude E5550
HD Graphics 4400, 4310U, Lite-On LCS-128L9S
14010 Points ∼28% -49%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score (sort by value)
Fujitsu LifeBook E554
HD Graphics 4600, 4210M, Samsung SSD PM851 128 GB MZ7TE128HMGR
2240.4 ms * ∼4%
Fujitsu LifeBook E554
HD Graphics 4600, 4210M, Samsung SSD PM851 128 GB MZ7TE128HMGR
1304.1 ms * ∼2% +42%
Fujitsu LifeBook E554
HD Graphics 4600, 4210M, Samsung SSD PM851 128 GB MZ7TE128HMGR
1272 ms * ∼2% +43%
Dell Latitude E5550
HD Graphics 4400, 4310U, Lite-On LCS-128L9S
2586 ms * ∼4% -15%
Peacekeeper - --- (sort by value)
Fujitsu LifeBook E554
HD Graphics 4600, 4210M, Samsung SSD PM851 128 GB MZ7TE128HMGR
5154 Points ∼83%
Fujitsu LifeBook E554
HD Graphics 4600, 4210M, Samsung SSD PM851 128 GB MZ7TE128HMGR
4690 Points ∼76% -9%
Fujitsu LifeBook E554
HD Graphics 4600, 4210M, Samsung SSD PM851 128 GB MZ7TE128HMGR
2781 Points ∼45% -46%
Browsermark - 2.1 (sort by value)
Fujitsu LifeBook E554
HD Graphics 4600, 4210M, Samsung SSD PM851 128 GB MZ7TE128HMGR
5768 points ∼19%
Fujitsu LifeBook E554
HD Graphics 4600, 4210M, Samsung SSD PM851 128 GB MZ7TE128HMGR
4289 points ∼14% -26%
Fujitsu LifeBook E554
HD Graphics 4600, 4210M, Samsung SSD PM851 128 GB MZ7TE128HMGR
3243 points ∼11% -44%
WebXPRT 2013 - Overall Score (sort by value)
Fujitsu LifeBook E554
HD Graphics 4600, 4210M, Samsung SSD PM851 128 GB MZ7TE128HMGR
1755 Points ∼77%
Fujitsu LifeBook E554
HD Graphics 4600, 4210M, Samsung SSD PM851 128 GB MZ7TE128HMGR
1712 Points ∼75% -2%
Fujitsu LifeBook E554
HD Graphics 4600, 4210M, Samsung SSD PM851 128 GB MZ7TE128HMGR
1234 Points ∼54% -30%

* ... smaller is better

System Performance

A smoothly and swiftly running system is expected from a laptop based on a Core i5 processor and solid state drive. The Lifebook does not disappoint in this regard. The PCMark benchmark scores are also very good. Dell's Latitude E5550 clearly lags behind the Lifebook and other contenders such as Lenovo's ThinkPad L540. The reason is Dell's laptop sports a ULV processor that operates considerably slower than the standard mobile processors in the Lifebook and ThinkPad.

PCMark 7 Score
4451 points
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
2723 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
2651 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
3838 points
Help
PCMark 8 - Work Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
Fujitsu LifeBook E554
HD Graphics 4600, 4210M, Samsung SSD PM851 128 GB MZ7TE128HMGR
3838 Points ∼59%
HP ProBook 650-H5G81ET
HD Graphics 4600, 4200M, Liteonit LCS-128M6S
2230 Points ∼34% -42%
Dell Latitude E5550
HD Graphics 4400, 4310U, Lite-On LCS-128L9S
2324 Points ∼36% -39%
Acer TravelMate P455-M-54204G50Makk
HD Graphics 4400, 4200U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
2973 Points ∼46% -23%
HP ProBook 655
Radeon HD 8450G, A6-5350M, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
3090 Points ∼47% -19%
Toshiba Satellite Pro R50-B-112
HD Graphics 4400, 4210U, TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075
3136 Points ∼48% -18%
Fujitsu Lifebook E754
HD Graphics 4600, 4702MQ, Samsung SSD 840 250GB MZ7TD256HAFV
3869 Points ∼59% +1%
Lenovo ThinkPad L540 20AV002YGE
HD Graphics 4600, 4200M, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
4077 Points ∼63% +6%

Storage Devices

The Lifebook can be furnished with a second hard drive.
The Lifebook can be furnished with a second hard drive.

Data is stored on a solid state drive from Samsung in Fujitsu's laptop. It is a standard-sized 2.5-inch model. The SSD has a capacity of 120 GB. Approximately 95 GB of that can be used. When the capacity needed for the Windows installation is subtracted from that, the laptop's owner has roughly 65 GB available. The drive does not inevitably have to be replaced should this capacity get tight. The modular bay in the Lifebook can be furnished with a second hard drive. The corresponding module costs about 36 Euros (~$42) - naturally without a hard drive.

The read rates of the installed SSD are good. However, the write rates are far from ideal. This is likely due to the SSD's relatively low capacity. Not all channels of the controller can be addressed. Higher capacity versions of the PM851 SSD should provide faster times. However, the SSD is not a top model then, either. Nowadays, considerably faster models are available, such as Samsung's SSD 840 Evo.

Samsung SSD PM851 128 GB MZ7TE128HMGR
Sequential Read: 525.7 MB/s
Sequential Write: 141.6 MB/s
512K Read: 452.5 MB/s
512K Write: 142.1 MB/s
4K Read: 36.66 MB/s
4K Write: 119.6 MB/s
4K QD32 Read: 356.4 MB/s
4K QD32 Write: 140.8 MB/s
Fujitsu LifeBook E554
HD Graphics 4600, 4210M, Samsung SSD PM851 128 GB MZ7TE128HMGR
HP ProBook 650-H5G81ET
HD Graphics 4600, 4200M, Liteonit LCS-128M6S
Dell Latitude E5550
HD Graphics 4400, 4310U, Lite-On LCS-128L9S
Fujitsu Lifebook E754
HD Graphics 4600, 4702MQ, Samsung SSD 840 250GB MZ7TD256HAFV
Bullman C-Klasse S i7 15FHD Dirtbook
HD Graphics 4600, 4810MQ, Samsung SSD 840 EVO 250GB
AS SSD
2%
15%
21%
65%
Access Time Write *
0.04
0.074
-85%
0.09
-125%
0.04
-0%
0.029
27%
Access Time Read *
0.145
0.12
17%
0.1
31%
0.08
45%
0.06
59%
4K-64 Write
107.76
195.48
81%
277
157%
187.43
74%
231.33
115%
4K-64 Read
347.35
237.54
-32%
365
5%
360.54
4%
335.21
-3%
4K Write
94.87
46.9
-51%
44
-54%
69.44
-27%
120.03
27%
4K Read
33.14
19.7
-41%
24
-28%
27.2
-18%
39.16
18%
Seq Write
135.83
300.07
121%
315
132%
248.27
83%
496.61
266%
Seq Read
468.02
494.86
6%
474
1%
514.92
10%
505.86
8%

* ... smaller is better

Graphics Card

Fujitsu does not offer a dedicated GPU for its Lifebook. Instead, Intel's HD Graphics 4600 core is used. It supports DirectX 11.1 and clocks with speeds ranging from 400 to 1150 MHz. The 3DMark benchmark results do not reveal any surprises and are on the common level for this graphics core. The Lifebook E554 reaps in a better score than the Lifebook E544 based on the same CPU-GPU combination because the working memory in the E554 operates in dual-channel mode. Thus, the graphics core can be utilized better and achieves higher results. If a second working memory module was installed in the Lifebook E544, it would achieve equal scores.

3DMark 06 Standard
6355 points
3DMark 11 Performance
1040 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
47406 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
5192 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
653 points
Help
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance (sort by value)
Fujitsu LifeBook E554
HD Graphics 4600, 4210M, Samsung SSD PM851 128 GB MZ7TE128HMGR
1040 Points ∼3%
Dell Latitude E5550
HD Graphics 4400, 4310U, Lite-On LCS-128L9S
957 Points ∼3% -8%
Fujitsu Lifebook E754
HD Graphics 4600, 4702MQ, Samsung SSD 840 250GB MZ7TD256HAFV
1030 Points ∼3% -1%
HP ProBook 650-H5G81ET
HD Graphics 4600, 4200M, Liteonit LCS-128M6S
1079 Points ∼3% +4%
HP ProBook 650 G1 H5G74E
HD Graphics 4600, 4000M, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
877 Points ∼3% -16%
HP ProBook 655
Radeon HD 8450G, A6-5350M, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
787 Points ∼3% -24%
Lenovo ThinkPad L540 20AV002YGE
HD Graphics 4600, 4200M, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
849 Points ∼3% -18%
Acer TravelMate P455-M-54204G50Makk
HD Graphics 4400, 4200U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
777 Points ∼2% -25%
HP EliteBook 755 G2
Radeon R6 (Kaveri), A10 Pro-7350B, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
1306 Points ∼4% +26%
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Score (sort by value)
Fujitsu LifeBook E554
HD Graphics 4600, 4210M, Samsung SSD PM851 128 GB MZ7TE128HMGR
653 Points ∼2%
Dell Latitude E5550
HD Graphics 4400, 4310U, Lite-On LCS-128L9S
542 Points ∼2% -17%
Fujitsu Lifebook E754
HD Graphics 4600, 4702MQ, Samsung SSD 840 250GB MZ7TD256HAFV
571 Points ∼2% -13%
Toshiba Satellite Pro R50-B-112
HD Graphics 4400, 4210U, TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075
480 Points ∼2% -26%
HP ProBook 650-H5G81ET
HD Graphics 4600, 4200M, Liteonit LCS-128M6S
682 Points ∼3% +4%
HP ProBook 650 G1 H5G74E
HD Graphics 4600, 4000M, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
563 Points ∼2% -14%
HP ProBook 655
Radeon HD 8450G, A6-5350M, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
402 Points ∼2% -38%
Lenovo ThinkPad L540 20AV002YGE
HD Graphics 4600, 4200M, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
524 Points ∼2% -20%
Acer TravelMate P455-M-54204G50Makk
HD Graphics 4400, 4200U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
494 Points ∼2% -24%
HP EliteBook 755 G2
Radeon R6 (Kaveri), A10 Pro-7350B, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
837 Points ∼3% +28%
1280x720 Sky Diver Score (sort by value)
Fujitsu LifeBook E554
HD Graphics 4600, 4210M, Samsung SSD PM851 128 GB MZ7TE128HMGR
2888 Points ∼5%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Score (sort by value)
Fujitsu LifeBook E554
HD Graphics 4600, 4210M, Samsung SSD PM851 128 GB MZ7TE128HMGR
5192 Points ∼9%
Dell Latitude E5550
HD Graphics 4400, 4310U, Lite-On LCS-128L9S
4276 Points ∼7% -18%
Fujitsu Lifebook E754
HD Graphics 4600, 4702MQ, Samsung SSD 840 250GB MZ7TD256HAFV
5412 Points ∼9% +4%
Toshiba Satellite Pro R50-B-112
HD Graphics 4400, 4210U, TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075
3865 Points ∼7% -26%
HP ProBook 650-H5G81ET
HD Graphics 4600, 4200M, Liteonit LCS-128M6S
5394 Points ∼9% +4%
HP ProBook 650 G1 H5G74E
HD Graphics 4600, 4000M, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
4360 Points ∼7% -16%
HP ProBook 655
Radeon HD 8450G, A6-5350M, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
2354 Points ∼4% -55%
Lenovo ThinkPad L540 20AV002YGE
HD Graphics 4600, 4200M, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
4421 Points ∼8% -15%
Acer TravelMate P455-M-54204G50Makk
HD Graphics 4400, 4200U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
3744 Points ∼6% -28%
HP EliteBook 755 G2
Radeon R6 (Kaveri), A10 Pro-7350B, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
3787 Points ∼7% -27%
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Score (sort by value)
Fujitsu LifeBook E554
HD Graphics 4600, 4210M, Samsung SSD PM851 128 GB MZ7TE128HMGR
47406 Points ∼4%
Dell Latitude E5550
HD Graphics 4400, 4310U, Lite-On LCS-128L9S
36471 Points ∼3% -23%
Fujitsu Lifebook E754
HD Graphics 4600, 4702MQ, Samsung SSD 840 250GB MZ7TD256HAFV
41672 Points ∼4% -12%
Toshiba Satellite Pro R50-B-112
HD Graphics 4400, 4210U, TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075
33711 Points ∼3% -29%
HP ProBook 650-H5G81ET
HD Graphics 4600, 4200M, Liteonit LCS-128M6S
53520 Points ∼5% +13%
HP ProBook 650 G1 H5G74E
HD Graphics 4600, 4000M, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
39808 Points ∼4% -16%
HP ProBook 655
Radeon HD 8450G, A6-5350M, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
29166 Points ∼3% -38%
Lenovo ThinkPad L540 20AV002YGE
HD Graphics 4600, 4200M, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
36385 Points ∼3% -23%
Acer TravelMate P455-M-54204G50Makk
HD Graphics 4400, 4200U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
33077 Points ∼3% -30%
HP EliteBook 755 G2
Radeon R6 (Kaveri), A10 Pro-7350B, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
32732 Points ∼3% -31%
3DMark 06 - 1280x1024 Standard AA:0x AF:0x (sort by value)
Fujitsu LifeBook E554
HD Graphics 4600, 4210M, Samsung SSD PM851 128 GB MZ7TE128HMGR
6355 Points ∼14%
HP ProBook 650 G1 H5G74E
HD Graphics 4600, 4000M, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
4795 Points ∼10% -25%
Lenovo ThinkPad L540 20AV002YGE
HD Graphics 4600, 4200M, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
4489 Points ∼10% -29%
Acer TravelMate P455-M-54204G50Makk
HD Graphics 4400, 4200U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
4131 Points ∼9% -35%
HP EliteBook 755 G2
Radeon R6 (Kaveri), A10 Pro-7350B, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
5989 Points ∼13% -6%
Cinebench R15 - OpenGL 64Bit (sort by value)
Fujitsu LifeBook E554
HD Graphics 4600, 4210M, Samsung SSD PM851 128 GB MZ7TE128HMGR
27.91 fps ∼13%
Dell Latitude E5550
HD Graphics 4400, 4310U, Lite-On LCS-128L9S
21.5 fps ∼10% -23%
Fujitsu Lifebook E754
HD Graphics 4600, 4702MQ, Samsung SSD 840 250GB MZ7TD256HAFV
17.79 fps ∼8% -36%
HP ProBook 650-H5G81ET
HD Graphics 4600, 4200M, Liteonit LCS-128M6S
22.16 fps ∼10% -21%
HP ProBook 650 G1 H5G74E
HD Graphics 4600, 4000M, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
17.72 fps ∼8% -37%
HP ProBook 655
Radeon HD 8450G, A6-5350M, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
17.95 fps ∼8% -36%
Lenovo ThinkPad L540 20AV002YGE
HD Graphics 4600, 4200M, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
17.19 fps ∼8% -38%
Acer TravelMate P455-M-54204G50Makk
HD Graphics 4400, 4200U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
16.1 fps ∼8% -42%
HP EliteBook 755 G2
Radeon R6 (Kaveri), A10 Pro-7350B, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
25.87 fps ∼12% -7%
Cinebench R11.5 - OpenGL 64Bit (sort by value)
Fujitsu LifeBook E554
HD Graphics 4600, 4210M, Samsung SSD PM851 128 GB MZ7TE128HMGR
23.74 fps ∼18%
Dell Latitude E5550
HD Graphics 4400, 4310U, Lite-On LCS-128L9S
16 fps ∼12% -33%
Fujitsu Lifebook E754
HD Graphics 4600, 4702MQ, Samsung SSD 840 250GB MZ7TD256HAFV
20.66 fps ∼15% -13%
Toshiba Satellite Pro R50-B-112
HD Graphics 4400, 4210U, TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075
13.88 fps ∼10% -42%
HP ProBook 650-H5G81ET
HD Graphics 4600, 4200M, Liteonit LCS-128M6S
21.93 fps ∼16% -8%
HP ProBook 650 G1 H5G74E
HD Graphics 4600, 4000M, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
14.13 fps ∼11% -40%
HP ProBook 655
Radeon HD 8450G, A6-5350M, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
16.48 fps ∼12% -31%
Lenovo ThinkPad L540 20AV002YGE
HD Graphics 4600, 4200M, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
13.9 fps ∼10% -41%
Acer TravelMate P455-M-54204G50Makk
HD Graphics 4400, 4200U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
13.13 fps ∼10% -45%
HP EliteBook 755 G2
Radeon R6 (Kaveri), A10 Pro-7350B, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
23.53 fps ∼18% -1%
Cinebench R10 - Shading 32Bit (sort by value)
Fujitsu LifeBook E554
HD Graphics 4600, 4210M, Samsung SSD PM851 128 GB MZ7TE128HMGR
7165 Points ∼36%
Fujitsu Lifebook E754
HD Graphics 4600, 4702MQ, Samsung SSD 840 250GB MZ7TD256HAFV
6906 Points ∼35% -4%
HP ProBook 650 G1 H5G74E
HD Graphics 4600, 4000M, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
6274 Points ∼31% -12%
HP ProBook 655
Radeon HD 8450G, A6-5350M, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
4494 Points ∼23% -37%
Acer TravelMate P455-M-54204G50Makk
HD Graphics 4400, 4200U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
6091 Points ∼31% -15%
HP EliteBook 755 G2
Radeon R6 (Kaveri), A10 Pro-7350B, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
4185 Points ∼21% -42%

Gaming Performance

Computer games are not the intended field of use for the Lifebook. Nevertheless, its owner can risk playing various games. The hardware in Fujitsu's laptop manages to smoothly render many games using a low to medium resolution and low quality settings. More should be possible when the game does not have high hardware requirements. That would, for example, be the case in Counter Strike: Global Offensive.

low med. high ultra
Tomb Raider (2013) 57.626.815.28.5fps
BioShock Infinite (2013) 40.719.616.15.3fps
GRID: Autosport (2014) 98.436.617.212.5fps

Emissions

System Noise

There is nothing worse than a fan that produces distracting noises while working on a PC/laptop. Unfortunately, this kind of fan is installed in the Lifebook. It emits a subtle hum that gets very annoying. Fortunately, the fan is not permanently active. It is usually disabled in idle mode, and the laptop is silent. The fan naturally speeds up considerably during load. We measured a noise level of 38.2 dB in medium load (via 3DMark06) and 42.8 dB in full load (stress test via Furmark and Prime95). These rates would be acceptable if it were not for the humming noise. Lenovo's ThinkPad L540 produces less noise during load, just like Dell's Latitude E5550. It benefits from its energy-efficient processor.

Noise Level

Idle
29.3 / 29.3 / 29.3 dB(A)
DVD
36.5 / dB(A)
Load
38.2 / 42.8 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

The Lifebook in the stress test
The Lifebook in the stress test

A positive consequence of the fan's high speed compared with the contenders is the casing's low temperature development in our stress test (Prime95 and Furmark run for at least one hour). We ascertained a maximum temperature of 37.6 °C directly under the heat sink. The Lifebook will not cause any heat-related problems. Neither Lenovo's ThinkPad L540 nor Dell's Latitude E5550 exhibit exceedingly high temperatures, either. The Lifebook performed the stress test in both AC and battery modes in the same manner. The processor clocked with 2.6 GHz, and the graphics core operated with 850 to 900 MHz.

Max. Load
 30.1 °C
86 F
27 °C
81 F
22.6 °C
73 F
 
 29.5 °C
85 F
28 °C
82 F
22.7 °C
73 F
 
 24.3 °C
76 F
25.8 °C
78 F
22.4 °C
72 F
 
Maximum: 30.1 °C = 86 F
Average: 25.8 °C = 78 F
22.8 °C
73 F
28 °C
82 F
29.5 °C
85 F
22.5 °C
73 F
24.8 °C
77 F
37.6 °C
100 F
22.1 °C
72 F
26.8 °C
80 F
24.1 °C
75 F
Maximum: 37.6 °C = 100 F
Average: 26.5 °C = 80 F
Power Supply (max.)  48.1 °C = 119 F | Room Temperature 18.9 °C = 66 F | Fluke 62 Max

Speakers

Fujitsu installs the stereo speakers above the laptop's keyboard. They have a very thin yet clear sound. There is absolutely no bass. The clear sound predestines the speakers for videoconferencing. Users who want to listen to music or watch a video should use headphones or external speakers.

Energy Management

Power Consumption

The idle power consumption of the Lifebook is clearly below 10 watts. We usually see these kinds of rates in laptops based on Haswell ULV processors. The power requirement climbs to normal rates for the hardware platform during load. Dell's Latitude E5550 equipped with a ULV processor is considerably more power-guzzling than the Lifebook especially when idling. However, it consumes less power during load because it can then make use of its energy-efficient processor.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0 / 0.1 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 3.5 / 7.1 / 8 Watt
Load midlight 40.1 / 57 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Extech Power Analyzer 380803

Battery Runtime

The Lifebook's battery lasted for 16:28 hours in idle mode. Rivals like Dell's Latitude E5550 (8:43 h) and Lenovo's ThinkPad L540 (6:31 h) are drained sooner. Idle mode is simulated using Battery Eater's Reader's test; the screen operates in minimum brightness, the energy-saving profile is enabled, and the radio modules are off. The Lifebook shuts down after 1:37 hours of load. Dell's Latitude (1:18 h) and the ThinkPad (1:33 h) lag behind that. The load runtime is ascertained with Battery Eater's Classic test using maximum screen brightness, the high-performance mode, and enabled wireless modules.

A charged battery kept our Wi-Fi test running for 6:22 hours. The Latitude (6:05 h) comes short by only a few minutes while the ThinkPad (4:58 h) cannot compete with its rivals. Websites are opened automatically every 40 seconds using the energy-saving profile, and a screen brightness of approximately 150 cd/m² in this test. We check the video playback time by running the short movie Big Buck Bunny (H. 265 encoding, 1920x1080 pixels) in a loop. The wireless modules are disabled, and the screen's brightness is set to approximately 150 cd/m². The Lifebook lasted 5:43 hours. The Latitude (6:22 h) tops that by a few minutes.

In total, the Lifebook can offer very good runtimes. Replacing the DVD drive installed in the modular bay with a second battery would even increase them a bit.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
16h 28min
WiFi Surfing
6h 22min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
5h 43min
Load (maximum brightness)
1h 37min
Fujitsu LifeBook E554
HD Graphics 4600, 4210M, Samsung SSD PM851 128 GB MZ7TE128HMGR
Dell Latitude E5550
HD Graphics 4400, 4310U, Lite-On LCS-128L9S
Lenovo ThinkPad L540 20AV002YGE
HD Graphics 4600, 4200M, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
Fujitsu Lifebook E754
HD Graphics 4600, 4702MQ, Samsung SSD 840 250GB MZ7TD256HAFV
HP ProBook 650-H5G81ET
HD Graphics 4600, 4200M, Liteonit LCS-128M6S
HP ProBook 650 G1 H5G74E
HD Graphics 4600, 4000M, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
HP ProBook 655
Radeon HD 8450G, A6-5350M, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
Acer TravelMate P455-M-54204G50Makk
HD Graphics 4400, 4200U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
HP EliteBook 755 G2
Radeon R6 (Kaveri), A10 Pro-7350B, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
Toshiba Satellite Pro R50-B-112
HD Graphics 4400, 4210U, TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075
Battery Runtime
-15%
-29%
-3%
-32%
-22%
-27%
-37%
-36%
-16%
Reader / Idle
988
523
-47%
391
-60%
898
-9%
461
-53%
559
-43%
493
-50%
416
-58%
550
-44%
H.264
343
382
11%
189
-45%
WiFi
382
365
-4%
298
-22%
362
-5%
258
-32%
316
-17%
288
-25%
270
-29%
234
-39%
315
-18%
Load
97
78
-20%
93
-4%
103
6%
100
3%
84
-13%
65
-33%
94
-3%
112
15%

Verdict

Fujitsu Lifebook E554
Fujitsu Lifebook E554

Fujitsu's Lifebook E554 serves its owner with a decent amount of computing power that is more than sufficient for everyday use. A swift solid state drive ensures a swift-running system. A high-contrast IPS screen is also installed. It could be a bit brighter, though. Furthermore, the laptop barely heats up and provides very good battery runtimes. Unfortunately, Fujitsu has blundered unnecessarily in two points, which lessen the laptop's overall impression. We would first mention the humming fan in our review sample. Fortunately, the fan normally remains inactive during routine use. The second fault is found in the keyboard. Fujitsu has basically installed a decent keyboard, but it yields obviously in the middle. That will very quickly annoy prolific typists.

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In review: Fujitsu Lifebook E554. Test model courtesy of Fujitsu.
In review: Fujitsu Lifebook E554. Test model courtesy of Fujitsu.

Specifications

Fujitsu LifeBook E554 (Lifebook E Series)
Graphics adapter
Intel HD Graphics 4600, Core: 400-1150 MHz, 10.18.10.3412
Memory
8192 MB 
, DDR3L, PC3-12800, dual-channel, two memory banks (both filled), max. 16 GB
Display
15.6 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel, LG Philips LP156WF4-SPL1, IPS, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel HM86 (Lynx Point)
Storage
Samsung SSD PM851 128 GB MZ7TE128HMGR, 128 GB 
, 65 GB free
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 Serial Port, 1 Docking Station Port, Audio Connections: headphone-out, microphone-in, Card Reader: SD, 1 Fingerprint Reader, TPM 1.2
Networking
Realtek RTL8168/8111 Gigabit-LAN (10/100/1000MBit), Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7260 (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.0, Sierra EM8805 (HSPA+)
Optical drive
TSSTcorp CDDVDW SU-208CB
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 31.4 x 374 x 250 ( = 1.24 x 14.72 x 9.84 in)
Battery
72 Wh Lithium-Ion, 10.8 V, 6700 mAh
Operating System
Windows 8.1 Professional (64 Bit) + Windows 7 Professional (64 Bit)
Camera
Webcam: HD webcam
Additional features
Speakers: stereo, Keyboard: chiclet, Keyboard Light: no, Cyberlink YouCam 5, McAfee Multi Access Internet Security, MS Office (trial), Corel Draw Essentials x6 (download), 12 Months Warranty
Weight
2.3 kg ( = 81.13 oz / 5.07 pounds), Power Supply: 322 g ( = 11.36 oz / 0.71 pounds)
Price
949 Euro

 

The Lifebook E554's input devices.
The Lifebook E554's input devices.
The modular bay of our review sample...
The modular bay of our review sample...
...was furnished with a DVD burner.
...was furnished with a DVD burner.
Alternatively, the bay can be equipped with a second hard drive... (Picture: Fujitsu)
Alternatively, the bay can be equipped with a second hard drive... (Picture: Fujitsu)
...or a second battery. (Picture: Fujitsu)
...or a second battery. (Picture: Fujitsu)
The hinges keep the lid firmly in position.
The hinges keep the lid firmly in position.
A fingerprint reader is installed.
A fingerprint reader is installed.
The speakers only offer a thin sound.
The speakers only offer a thin sound.
The SIM-card slot is in the battery compartment.
The SIM-card slot is in the battery compartment.
The Lifebook E554's docking port.
The Lifebook E554's docking port.
Two maintenance flaps are on the underside.
Two maintenance flaps are on the underside.
The working memory is behind one flap. Two working memory banks are available.
The working memory is behind one flap. Two working memory banks are available.
The second flap enables accessing the hard drive.
The second flap enables accessing the hard drive.
When this flap is removed,...
When this flap is removed,...
...the user can clean the dust from the cooling ribs.
...the user can clean the dust from the cooling ribs.
The battery...
The battery...
...has a capacity of 72 Wh.
...has a capacity of 72 Wh.
The power supply has an output of 65 watts.
The power supply has an output of 65 watts.

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Pros

+Decent application performance
+High-contrast IPS screen w/ matte surface
+Solid state drive
+Very good battery life
+Low temperature development
+Recovery DVDs
 

Cons

-Humming fan
-Wobbly keyboard
-12-month warranty

Shortcut

What we like

The casing's low temperatures and the long battery life.

What we'd like to see

A fan that does not hum and a stabler keyboard.

What surprises us

16 hours of battery life in idle mode is awe-inspiring for a laptop based on a standard mobile processor.

The competition

Dell Latitude E5550, Toshiba Satellite Pro R50-B-112, HP ProBook 650, HP ProBook 655 G1, Lenovo ThinkPad L540, Acer TravelMate P455-M.

Rating

Fujitsu LifeBook E554 - 12/12/2014 v4(old)
Sascha Mölck

Chassis
75 / 98 → 77%
Keyboard
73%
Pointing Device
81%
Connectivity
82 / 80 → 100%
Weight
61 / 20-67 → 87%
Battery
87%
Display
83%
Games Performance
70 / 68 → 100%
Application Performance
86 / 92 → 93%
Temperature
94%
Noise
88%
Audio
40%
Camera
40 / 85 → 47%
Average
74%
81%
Office - Weighted Average
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Sascha Mölck, 2014-12-20 (Update: 2018-05-15)