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Fujitsu Lifebook P701 review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £746
inc VAT

It's light, lasts for six hours away from the mains and has some unique features, but the spongy keyboard, pedestrian design and dull screen make it less than appealing


12.1 in 1,280×800 display, 1.6kg, 2.1GHz Intel Core i3-2310M, 2.00GB RAM, 320GB disk, Windows 7 Professional 64-bit

Fujitsu’s Lifebook P701 is an ultra-portable designed for business use, and comes with features for corporations, including a TPM module for secure encryption, and a SmartCard reader and fingerprint reader for secure login. However, some of the other business-oriented features also offer benefits to the average user, such as the ExpressCard slot, the non-reflective 12.1in screen and the copy of Windows 7 Professional.

Fujitsu Lifebook P701

The latter gives you more features than Home Premium, with support for older Windows XP applications and Remote Desktop, amongst other things. The ExpressCard slot, which supports the smaller 34mm cards, lets you add peripherals such as TV tuners or extra ports. The screen is intended for office environments, where bright strip-lighting will create annoying reflections on glossy screens.

Fujitsu Lifebook P701 right

The downside is that it also dulls colours, and has a fine grain that can spoil areas of uniform, light colour. It has a 16:10 aspect ratio rather than the more popular 16:9 aspect ratio of consumer laptop screens, with a resolution of 1,280×800. In practice there’s very little difference between the two aspect ratio and no clear advantage to either. We found colours to be natural, but dull, and contrast wasn’t great, although the backlight was bright and even.

In keeping with the business tone, the internal speakers were tinny and harsh, but loud and clear enough to convey spoken word, so they’re ideal for Skype or dictations, but not great for music or films.

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Basic Specifications

Rating ***
Processor Intel Core i3-2310M
Processor clock speed 2.1GHz
Memory 2.00GB
Memory slots 2
Memory slots free 1
Maximum memory 8GB
Size 33x282x220mm
Weight 1.6kg
Sound Realtek HD Audio
Pointing device touchpad


Viewable size 12.1 in
Native resolution 1,280×800
Graphics Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000
Graphics/video ports VGA, DisplayPort
Graphics Memory 64MB


Total storage capacity 320GB
Optical drive type none

Ports and Expansion

USB ports 3
Bluetooth yes
Wired network ports 1x 10/100/1000
Wireless networking support 802.11a/b/g/n
PC Card slots 1x ExpressCard/34
Supported memory cards SDXC, Memory Stick Pro
Other ports minijack audio output, minijack microphone input


Carrying case No
Operating system Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
Operating system restore option restore partition
Software included Microsoft Office 2010 Starter
Optional extras £95

Buying Information

Warranty one year collect and return
Price £746