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Fujitsu Lifebook P7230

£1,575 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Fujitsu

Our Rating: We rate this 4 out of 5

Although the 1kg Asus U1F has the edge in performance, our review of the Fujitsu Lifebook P7230 shows it has a better keyboard, costs less and can get the job done without your having to pack an extra piece of equipment.

The LifeBook P7230 is the lightest laptop we've reviewed that includes an integrated optical drive. It weighs 1.2kg, with a dual-layer DVD burner in place. Although the 1kg Asus U1F has the edge in performance, the Fujitsu has a better keyboard, costs less, and can get the job done without your having to pack an extra piece of equipment.

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The P7230's footprint is about the same as the U1F's, at 27cm wide by 20cm deep by 3cm tall. Both units have super-bright LED-backlit screens. The LifeBook's 10.6in WXGA screen is marginally smaller than the Asus's 11.1in display, but Fujitsu's LED implementation is 10 percent brighter, and its keyboard is terrific (aside from requiring you to use two hands to page up or down).

Our £1,400 test unit came with the Windows Vista Business operating system and a 60GB hard drive. Microsoft Works 8.5, a full set of backup and recovery discs, and a nice Acrobat manual on the hard drive come standard. Considering how much case space an internal bay occupies, the tiny unit accommodates lots of ports and slots.

You get two USB ports, a VGA port, a PC Card slot, a FireWire port, and basic audio ports. Network and modem jacks flank the battery on the back. A shared slot for Memory Stick, SD, and xD flash memory cards sits on the front. Wi-Fi comes standard; Bluetooth costs a little extra, as does a basic webcam.

Fujitsu Lifebook P7230 Expert Verdict »

1.2GHz Intel Core Solo ULV Processor U1400
Windows Vista Business
1GB RAM
integrated ConfCamera
UMTS/HSDPA
Intel PRO Wireless 3945a/b/g
80GB hard disk
DVD super multi writer
modular bay
  • Build Quality: We give this item 8 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 8 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 LifeBook P7230 is a remarkable feat of laptop engineering: extremely light despite including an optical drive, and equipped with a nice little screen and a good keyboard. It's slow, but if email, light work and online researching on the go are all you need - along with the convenience of a built-in DVD burner - look no further. The P7230 comes as close to perfect as any laptop under 1.5kg you can find.

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