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Fujitsu LifeBook A6030 laptop PC

£860 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Fujitsu Siemens Computers

Our Rating: We rate this 4 out of 5

You can use the Fujitsu LifeBook A6030's touchpad as a pointer and as a small writing pad. It won't replace a full-size tablet screen, but it's great for occasionally storing quick handwritten notes or drawings.

You can use the Fujitsu LifeBook A6030's touchpad as a pointer and as a small writing pad. It won't replace a full-size tablet screen, but it's great for occasionally storing quick handwritten notes or drawings.

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Although the dark-silver Fujitsu LifeBook A6030's battery life is disappointingly short, the unit is generously equipped for the price.

The optional dual-purpose touchpad, which Fujitsu calls the Point and Write Pad, is the Fujitsu LifeBook A6030's most interesting feature. It lets you write handwritten notes within an area of the touchpad, using the bundled stylus and pen-input software. What you write appears on an input line on the notebook's screen. (Unlike a tablet PC, the Fujitsu LifeBook A6030 doesn't have a screen that you can write on.)

We found that taking notes was laborious at first; you need good hand-to-eye coordination to write on the touchpad in a way that makes the strokes appear on its input line on screen. On the other hand, using the Fujitsu LifeBook A6030's touchpad to make precise strokes in paint and draw programs was a snap from the get-go.

The Fujitsu LifeBook A6030, with its integrated graphics system, isn't fast enough to support sophisticated games, which wouldn't sound good anyway over the notebook's undistinguished speakers. Still, this Windows Vista Home Premium unit earned a WorldBench 6 Beta 2 score of 77. The Fujitsu LifeBook A6030 ran for just 2.3 hours in our battery life tests, so leaving this 2.9kg unit's power adaptor behind is probably unwise. (Fujitsu does sell an extended-life battery, which we did not test).

We liked the Fujitsu LifeBook A6030's spill-resistant keyboard. According to Fujitsu, it has a special coating and a collection tray to protect internal components. We also liked the comfortably bright 15.4in screen option (you can get an even brighter 450-nit option) and the handsome array of ports, including five USB ones. But primarily what makes the Fujitsu LifeBook A6030 worth a look is the touchpad you can write on.

Fujitsu LifeBook A6030 Expert Verdict »

Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T7300 11, 965GM Express Chipset
Intel PRO/Wireless 4965AGN/3945BG network connection
Windows Vista Home Premium
15.4in SuperFine WXGA TFT, 1280 x 800 pixels (300nits Brightness, 350:1 Contrast Ratio, 45% Colour Gamut) screen
dual layer super multi writer 5 / DVD/ CD-RW combo drive
1GB DDR2 667MHz
120GB SATA 5400rpm hard disk
up to 3hrs (6-cell Li-ion 4000mAh) battery life
  • Build Quality: We give this item 6 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 9 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 9 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 8 of 10 overall

The Fujitsu LifeBook A6030's touchpad-based stylus input and spill-resistant keyboard are nice touches on an otherwise solid laptop. But we weren't impressed with the battery life or the speakers.

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