The Fujitsu Siemens Lifebook P7230 is a portable and robust laptop that travels well. But although good its performance isn't amazing, and it's far from inexpensive.

If portability is high on your list of priorities when it comes to choosing a laptop, the Fujitsu Siemens Lifebook P7230 could be a potential match.

Not only is the Fujitsu Siemens Lifebook P7230 small and light enough to carry with you in your bag wherever you go, but it also feels solid enough to put up with a punishing life on the road.

Whereas other models feel a little flimsy and not strong enough to endure long term travelling, the Fujitsu Siemens Lifebook P7230 is robust and sturdy.

Another signal of the Fujitsu Siemens Lifebook P7230's traveller credentials is the built-in HSDPA adaptor. You don't even need to be in range of a Wi-Fi hotspot to get online, just slip a compatible SIM card in the back and you can access the internet anywhere you've got mobile phone coverage.

Battery life is another key consideration for the constant traveller as you never know how long you're going to be away from mains power. The Fujitsu Siemens Lifebook P7230 managed to keep going for an astonishing 222 minutes running our intensive tests. This is one of the highest results we've ever seen.

The Fujitsu Siemens Lifebook P7230's 10.6in screen is a clear, bright glossy model producing crisp colours, but at the expense of increased reflectivity. Its resolution of 1,280x768 is slightly lower than the more common 1,280x800, but you're unlikely to miss the extra pixels.

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Unfortunately the trials of squeezing everything into such a small space mean the Fujitsu Siemens Lifebook P7230 has its down sides too. You can forgive the pitiful games performance from its integrated Intel 945 graphics chip - it only barely managed to run the grueling FEAR test, limping in with a result of 1 frame per second (fps).

Application performance from the Intel Core Duo U2500 chip was also on the low side and the Lifebook managed a WorldBench 6 real-world speed score of only 34. This poor result was no doubt because the Fujitsu Siemens Lifebook P7230 has only had 1GB of RAM to play with.

The hard drive is a little parsimonious at 80GB, but by way of compensation there is an internal DVD writer - not always the case on ultraportables. The keyboard, although small, is easy enough to use but the touchpad could do with being a bit bigger.

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Fujitsu Siemens Lifebook P7230: Specs

  • 1.2GHz Intel Core Duo U2500, Speedstep
  • 1GB DDR2 RAM
  • Windows Vista Business
  • 80GB hard drive
  • 10.6in, 1,280x768 screen
  • Intel 945, 250MB
  • SD/MMC/XD/MS/MS Pro
  • 8x8x8x4x4x5x (DVD-ROM/-R/+R/-RW/+RW/-RAM), 24x24x16x (CD-ROM/-R/-RW)
  • 802.11b/g/n, HSDPA
  • Bluetooth
  • Ethernet
  • Norton Internet Security, Nero Essentials
  • 273x201x30mm
  • 1.25Kg
  • 1.2GHz Intel Core Duo U2500, Speedstep
  • 1GB DDR2 RAM
  • Windows Vista Business
  • 80GB hard drive
  • 10.6in, 1,280x768 screen
  • Intel 945, 250MB
  • SD/MMC/XD/MS/MS Pro
  • 8x8x8x4x4x5x (DVD-ROM/-R/+R/-RW/+RW/-RAM), 24x24x16x (CD-ROM/-R/-RW)
  • 802.11b/g/n, HSDPA
  • Bluetooth
  • Ethernet
  • Norton Internet Security, Nero Essentials
  • 273x201x30mm
  • 1.25Kg

OUR VERDICT

The Fujitsu Siemens Lifebook P7230 is well equipped for the harsh life on the road and would make an ideal travel companion if that's your main focus. However, its performance and specifications are a little subpar. We also think it's very expensive, so this Lifebook won't be suitable for everyone.

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