A selection of customisable shortcut buttons is to be found just above the keyboard, as are some of the worst speakers we've heard in a long time. Admittedly, few would buy the LifeBook P8020 with the intention of using it as a jukebox, but when audio starts to distort at anything more than 50 per cent volume there's something seriously wrong.
The usual suspects
The underside provides access to the two Dimm slots – one houses a 2GB DDR 3 module, the other lies empty awaiting an upgrade. The six-cell battery keeps neatly within the confines of the chassis – remove it, and a Sierra Wireless MC8790 3G module is revealed which offers speeds up to 7.2Mb/s downstream and 2Mb/s downstream.
Of course, what’s achievable will depend on the network choice, location and how many other people are trying to use the service. In our tests with a Vodafone SIM near Gatwick Airport, we achieved around 1Mb/s downstream and a rather pacey 1.8Mb/s upstream. 802.11n WiFi at both 2.4GHz and 5GHz is offered courtesy of an Intel WiFi Link 5300 card, while shorter-range connections can be made using the built-in Bluetooth module.
Finger trouble: compact keys make for awkward typing
As is the trend these days, Fujitsu has gone for an LED backlit display, which gives battery life a boost. The 12.1in screen manages to kick out impressively bright images – so dazzling, in fact, we had to dim it on occasion just to save our eyes. However, stray from the square-on sweet spot and the display soon loses its vibrancy – vertical viewing angles are particularly poor. Fujitsu has opted to furnish the display with a glossy coating, which, as usual, means both colours and reflections get enhanced.
The blanked out-port is where the 56Kb/s modem would have been
At 9mm, the display isn't as wafer thin as that of the 4mm screen on the Sony TT or the 5mm Toshiba Portégé R600. However, its slightly bulkier form means that, although it's reasonably bendy, it doesn't exhibit such a worrying amount of flex as the Tosh or Sony. If videoconferencing is your thang, then there's a 1.3Mp webcam just above the display.
Anbd if it's anything like any other Fujitsu....
....it'll fall apart after three months daily use.
Also, that looks truly dreadful. Alll the innate style of a house brick.
Some kind of joke?
So low powered chips (CPU and GPU), poor res screen, chunky build and tacky plastic now equal premium price?
Nearly 1800 and no BluRay?
Wow... What a wasted opportunity for them.
I have a Philips freevents X67, which is really a twinhead f11y.
Core duo u2400 @ 1.06ghz
2gb ddr 667mhz
11.1" glossy TFT 1366*768
Did have Vista Home Pre now got legal Xp Home
120gb sata HD
Cost new £850
looks loads better than this fuji netbook come decent laptop
But no bluetooth or finger print reader.
I only paid £240+£25 to re'cell the battery.
only 1.6kg plus 400g for mains cable. but still over a grand cheaper
Ye frickin' gods ...
... my first thoughts were "Jesus Christ, that's fugly", even before I looked at the price tag. It actually looks like the old ThinkPad that was my first laptop many, many moons ago. Except that the ThinkPad was probably a bit more svelte than this brick.
Good call with the 'glossy' finish too - I've recently acquired a Dell Studio desktop with a similar glossy black finish and, sure as eggs is eggs, it's a magnet for dust, fingermarks etc.
At this price point, it'd be MacBook Pro FTW (SWMBO has an aluminium MBP and, apart from the horrible Spectrum-esque keyboard, it is a very *very* nice machine)