Fujitsu debuts the new E4 and E5 with a focus on legacy business features
At the Fujitsu Forum in Munich, Germany, Fujitsu unveiled the refresh of their business class Lifebook E4 and Lifebook E5 notebooks. Both models share features such as the fingerprint scanner, USB-C, and legacy connections. Those connections are great for business users where the risk of a forgotten adaptor messing up a presentation isn’t one that they’re willing to take.
The Lifebook E4 is new to the product line-up and provides a value for money offering in both 14-inch and 15.6-inch configurations. The screen options include HD or FullHD anti-glare displays, with the former likely to offer slightly better battery run-time, while the latter gives a more usable workspace. When popped open, the RAM, storage, LTE and WiFi modules are all accessible and user replaceable. In a nod to the business heritage of the Lifebook line, the battery is also external and removable with a slider, allowing the use of secondary batteries when on the go. Unfortunately, Fujitsu has decided to use a 7th generation Intel Core CPU. However, this will still provide enough power for business use and is likely part of the cost-cutting in this model.
The Lifebook E5 is the more premium of the two devices and has had a quarter of the body cut off to slim down to 24 mm (0.94 inches) thick. The E5 is still chunky in comparison to some of the svelte consumer models on the market, but this thickness is put to good use with the inclusion of VGA (boardroom projectors) and ethernet port (off-site offices). The 14-inch and 15.6-inch anti-glare displays only come in FullHD in the E5, but there aren’t many reasons to stick with an HD screen in business notebooks these days. A 4G LTE modem is embedded, along with an 8th generation Intel Core processor, and an optional backlit keyboard.
Ruediger Landto, Head of Category Management for Client Computing Devices at Fujitsu EMEIA, says: “The new business-class LIFEBOOK E series includes components like fingerprint sensors, smartcard readers and a full range of current and legacy ports, so there’s no need for users to carry around a bag of adaptors to connect to projectors, displays, networks and peripherals.”
Fujitsu had revenue of US$40 billion in their last financial year, but of relevance to this article was the recent news of Fujitsu selling a controlling stake (51 percent) of their Notebook and PC business to Lenovo.
The Lifebook E4 and E5 are expected to ship from January 2018. The Lifebook E4 is currently only confirmed for Europe, Middle East, India, and Africa with pricing starting at EU€599 plus tax. The Lifebook E5 will be sold globally with the MSRP beginning at EU€699 plus tax.