Instead of calling the Fujitsu LifeBook U810 an ultraportable or ultramobile portable PC, Fujitsu calls it a mini-notebook, which might be more of a marketing term than a specific product category.

Fujitsu has taken a Windows PC (users can decide whether to have Vista or XP preinstalled) and shrunk it as much as possible so it can be carried around much more easily than a standard or an ultralight notebook. The convertible design lets the Fujitsu LifeBook U810 be used as a notebook (with a keyboard) or - by swiveling the screen - a tablet. It's currently available in the US, and starts from only $1,000 (£500), which makes it well-priced indeed.

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The little Fujitsu LifeBook U810 may weigh just 0.7kg, but it's a heavyweight in terms of the features Fujitsu has packed into it, including Intel's A110 processor (800MHz, 512KB of Layer 2 cache and a 400MHz front-side bus); 1GB of system memory; a 5.6in touchscreen with WSVGA resolution (1,024 by 600 pixels); a 40GB hard drive; integrated digital camera and Webcam (VGA resolution), wireless LAN (802.11a/b/g) and Bluetooth connectivity. An included dongle supports Ethernet connections and a VGA connection for an external monitor.

The Fujitsu LifeBook U810 includes a Compact Flash card slot and Secure Digital card slot for additional memory storage (or for transferring files), and has one USB 2.0 port for additional peripherals. Security features include an integrated fingerprint scanner, BIOS lock and support for the Trusted Platform Module.

With full support for Windows applications, the Fujitsu LifeBook U810 is much smaller and lighter than a standard tablet PC, so it should be attractive to healthcare professionals and others who are away from their desk for long stretches and don't want to carry around a heavy notebook.

For many years, users who've wanted the ultimate in mobility have had to sacrifice performance or other features to get something lighter or smaller, and in the Fujitsu LifeBook U810 Fujitsu has done a good job at providing most, if not all of the key features that notebook users need.

In addition, Fujitsu claims a single battery will last as long as 5.5 hours, which if it is true is very impressive considering that no extra, heavy batteries are needed. Although a single battery charge won't last for a full work day, as some companies would prefer, it's long enough for road warriors to get some work done while travelling without having to worry about their Fujitsu LifeBook U810's battery dying.

We're not sure why Fujitsu didn't include a wireless WAN-connectivity option. This may limit organisations that have to be in locations where WLANs aren't ubiquitous. Some enterprises could be wary of the integrated digital camera webcam, but others may like this feature if their workers need to take photos on the road or have collaborative video-conferences. In addition, the unit we tested had Windows Vista preinstalled, and it seemed to run slower than we would have liked (fortunately, this unit can be ordered with Windows XP).

Verdict

Small of stature but specified like a behemoth, the Fujitsu LifeBook U810 is a fine ultraportable laptop with features that would shame the odd desktop system. Add in the versatility of tablet and notebook features, and we can see the Fujitsu LifeBook U810 being a winner.

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Fujitsu LifeBook U810

Fujitsu LifeBook U810

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

Platform technology: Intel Ultra Mobile 2007

Processor: Intel A110 A110/800MHz

Operating system reviewed: Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium

Operating systems available: Windows Vista, XP

Memory: 1x 1GB DDR II SDRAM/400MHz/PC2-3200

Chipset: Intel 910GU Express

Cache memory: 512KB L2 cache

Display: 5.6in TFT active matrix, 1,024x600 (WSVGA); ClearView

System type: convertible notebook and tablet PC

Built-in security features: TPM (Trusted Platform Module) security chip, fingerprint reader

Built-in hardware features: Keyboard, Camera, Digital camera, Bluetooth antenna, Display, Wireless LAN antenna

Dimensions: 170x152x33mm (WxDxH)

Weight: 0.7kg (1.6lbs)

Storage: 40GB, 4,200rpm hard drive; no optical storage drive

Networking: wireless LAN; Ethernet, IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, Bluetooth 2.0, Fast Ethernet, 802.11 Super AG

Expansion slots: 1 SD card - Type I/II, 1 CompactFlash Card

Ports: 1 x Hi-Speed USB - 4 pin USB Type A, 1 x Display / video - VGA - 15 pin HD D-Sub (HD-15), 1 x Audio - Line-in - Mini-phone 3.5 mm, 1 x Audio - Line-out - Mini-phone 3.5 mm

Supported flash memory cards: CompactFlash, SD Memory Card

Audio: sound card; Realtek ALC262; high definition audio output; microphone

Camera: built-in 0.3Mp notebookcamera; 640x480

Input devices: keyboard, touchscreen

Details: VGA cable; ethernet adapter; system password, power-on password, administrator password; external power adaptor: AC 120/230 V; 4-cell 5200 mAh Lithium-ion battery

Software: Softex OmniPass, Drivers & Utilities, Microsoft Works 8.5, Adobe Acrobat Reader, Fujitsu Menu Utility, ArcSoft WebCam Companion 2, Fujitsu Driver Update Utility, Microsoft Origami Experience Pack, Microsoft Office 2007 Home and Student Edition (Trial)

Warranty: 1-year warranty

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Fujitsu LifeBook U810: Specs

  • Intel Ultra Mobile 2007 convertible tablet PC
  • Trusted Platform Module (TPM) Security Chip, Fingerprint reader
  • 170x152x33mm
  • 0.7kg
  • Intel A110 A110 / 800 MHz
  • 400MHz
  • Intel 910GU Express
  • 512KB L2 cache
  • 1GB RAM, DDR II SDRAM - 400 MHz
  • PC2-3200
  • IDE
  • 40 GB - 4200 rpm hard drive
  • CompactFlash, SD Memory Card support
  • 5.6 in TFT active matrix, 1024 x 600 ( WSVGA)
  • Realtek ALC262
  • 0.3Mp camera
  • Ethernet, IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, Bluetooth 2.0, Fast Ethernet, 802.11 Super AG
  • Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium
  • Intel Ultra Mobile 2007 convertible tablet PC
  • Trusted Platform Module (TPM) Security Chip, Fingerprint reader
  • 170x152x33mm
  • 0.7kg
  • Intel A110 A110 / 800 MHz
  • 400MHz
  • Intel 910GU Express
  • 512KB L2 cache
  • 1GB RAM, DDR II SDRAM - 400 MHz
  • PC2-3200
  • IDE
  • 40 GB - 4200 rpm hard drive
  • CompactFlash, SD Memory Card support
  • 5.6 in TFT active matrix, 1024 x 600 ( WSVGA)
  • Realtek ALC262
  • 0.3Mp camera
  • Ethernet, IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, Bluetooth 2.0, Fast Ethernet, 802.11 Super AG
  • Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium

OUR VERDICT

Small of stature but specified like a behemoth, the Fujitsu LifeBook U810 is a fine ultraportable laptop with features that would shame the odd desktop system. Add in the versatility of tablet and notebook features, and we can see the Fujitsu LifeBook U810 being a winner.

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