The Fujitsu Lifebook S761 is available in three different configurations, all with either an Intel Core i5-2410M or Intel Core i7-2620M CPU. We tested the current flagship model, which costs around $2100, although the cheapest model is only $1500.
The Lifebook S761 case features a black lid and bottom with a silver palm rest and a white keyboard. Corners are rounded off for a less angular look. The Lifebook S761 does not feel especially durable, although we were impressed by the removable dust filter located underneath the notebook.
The magnesium display lid helps keep the laptop light at just 1.67 kg. Measuring just 321 x 228 x 30mm, this 13-incher is very portable.
The 13.3 inch matte display of Fujitsu Lifebook S761 has 1366 x 768 resolution and delivers average brightness and well-defined picture. One positive is that during battery operation the display brightness is undiminished. However, colours were languid, and viewing angles only average.
Much-used keys such as ‘return’, ‘space’ and ‘tab’ are enlarged on the keyboard to give enhanced precision as are the arrow keys. The pressure point is well-defined and together with the low decibel click helps give a pleasant typing experience.
The touchpad gives good glide and accurate feedback and the separate scroll wheel proved very effective.
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Connectivity options for Fujitsu Lifebook S761 are plentiful. There are two USB-2 sockets, one USB-3, VGA and HDMI ports, two separate in-out audio ports, a three-in-one card reader, an ExpressCard slot, a fingerprint reader, and a docking port. eSATA is lacking, however. There is also WiFi-n and Bluetooth 3.0, and an HSPA Modul Gobi 3000 allowing multifaceted connectivity.
There is also no shortage of security features on the Fujitsu Lifebook S761 – fingerprint readers, BIOS passwords, Trusted Platform Module 1.2 and hard drive passwords.
The docking interfaces on the underside of the Lifebook S761 are capable of supplying options rarely found on notebooks, including parallel and serial interfaces, as well as eSata and DVI. There is also an alternative bay which can accept a removable battery instead of the standard optical Drive.
We’re pleased to see that back-up DVDs of the Windows 7 Professional OS are included in both 32- and 64-bit forms.
Our top of the range Fujitsu Lifebook S761 boasted a 2.7 GHz Intel Core i7-2620M processor, 4GB RAM and a 128GB SSD. Graphics processing relies on the Intel’s HD 3000 integrated solution.
Benchmark results for Fujitsu Lifebook S761 are excellent whether for multitasking, file transfer or video. The integrated Intel HD 3000 solution is suitable for all tasks other than demanding games or media editing software. Photo-editing, office suites and databases, browsing, video conferencing, and full HD videos all run impeccably. Current games must be played at the lower resolutions with severely reduced detail, although graphics performance can be improved by installing a second RAM module, since the memory controller supports two channel capability.
Under normal conditions the Lifebook S761 runs almost silently, but flat out the fan can be noisy. The notebook remains cool allowing for comfortable lap-top use for extended periods.
Audio is better than most notebooks in its class but still slightly tinny .
In power saving mode the Lifebook S761 gave nine hours 20 minutes, and in moderate usage tests the battery topped 6hrs 30 mins. A video-looping test gave six hours good service, but absolute flat-out the notebook gave a mere one hour 10 minutes. The 63 WH battery can be supplemented by a secondary 27 Wh battery in the expansion Bay for around €180.
In combination with a well-padded carry bag the Fujitsu Lifebook S761 is an excellent business machine with superb battery life.
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