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Fujitsu LifeBook UH900 review

Around £999 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Fujitsu

Our Rating: We rate this 3 out of 5

The Fujitsu LifeBook UH900 is an ultra-mobile PC (UMPC) that weighs around 500 grams and measures only 200x105x25mm.

The Fujitsu LifeBook UH900 is an ultra-mobile PC (UMPC) that weighs around 500 grams and measures only 200x105x25mm.

The Fujitsu LifeBook UH900 is about as fast as a typical netbook, although it does feel a little more sluggish during web browsing. Nevertheless, in our Blender 3D rendering test, the Fujitsu LifeBook UH900's CPU rendered our test file in 7min 37sec. This is actually a decent, middle-of-the-road time for an Atom-based computer. You can listen to music, watch videos and view photos on the UH900.

Even though the chassis is petite, there is an SD card reader, so you can just dump photos from your digital camera to edit them and inflict them on your online friends. While watching videos in full-screen mode, we noticed a flashing green line at the bottom of the screen; we got used to it after a while, but it was annoying.

You won't be able to watch videos for too long while you're out and about. In our battery rundown test - in which we loop an Xvid-encoded video while the screen brightness is maximised, the wireless radio is enabled and power management is disabled - the UH900 lasted only 1hr 24min (24min less than the Sony P Series). With the default power saving scheme we were able to browse the Web for just on two hours before it conked out.

The Fujitsu LifeBook UH900 has a slim lithium-ion battery on its base. Understandably, due to its small size it only has an 1800 milliamp-hour (mAh) rating.

After a while, the Fujitsu LifeBook UH900 notebook gets a little warm. It has a small cooling fan that kicks in when the CPU is under stress, and it makes a very audible whirr.

When you remove the battery, you can see this fan, as well as the SIM card reader. Conveniently, the Fujitsu LifeBook UH900 has a built-in 3G modem (Sierra Wireless Gobi 2000 HS-USB) and you can just insert a SIM card from the provider of your choice to access the internet while you're on the road. It also ships with Fujitsu's 'One Click Internet' utility, which allows you to connect to your 3G network.

Other software on the Fujitsu LifeBook UH900 includes the 'ODD Sharing' client, which we first saw in Fujitsu's LifeBook P3110 netbook; ThinkFree Mobile, which allows you to synchronise office documents; Fujitsu diagnostic tools and file recovery software; and CyberLink YouCam, for recording videos and taking snapshots.

Because the webcam is located just to the right of the screen, instead of at the top, it can be hard to centre yourself in front of it. Furthermore, if you want to use the UH900 for Skype calls, you'll be better off plugging in a USB or Bluetooth headset. There is a built-in microphone, but even in a quiet room you'll have to speak with the Fujitsu LifeBook UH900 a few centimetres away from your mouth to make it work properly. With integrated 802.11n wireless networking, you can sit around your lounge or even lie in bed as you Skype.

With an asking price of around £999, the Fujitsu LifeBook UH900 isn't cheap. Where it fits in the current tech gadget hierarchy is a little hazy; its battery life is such that it won't replace your smartphone and its usability is definitely not on the same level as a netbook. The touchscreen is useful for approximately zero tasks - it's too small and sits up straight, so it's not useful as an eBook reader, and its resolution is too fine to navigate around Windows using your fingers.

It's a very limited-use product and it will only appeal to users who want a fully functional computer that can fit into a trouser pocket or a handbag. It can be used for answering short emails, web browsing and previewing presentations, but it's not a great tool for on-the-go content creation.

If we had to choose between the Fujitsu LifeBook UH900 and the Sony P Series, we'd go for the latter because of its larger screen, TrackPoint-style pointing device and slightly better battery life.

NEXT: our expert verdict >>

Fujitsu LifeBook UH900 Expert Verdict »

1.6GHz Intel Atom Z530
Windows 7
5.6in, 1024x600 TFT touchscreen
integrated 3.5G modem, Wireless 802.11n, Bluetooth, Wireless 802.11b, Wireless 802.11g, 2x USB, SD card reader
62GB solid state drive
Rechargeable Li-Ion battery
Slot For Cable Lock
qwerty keyboard
built-in camera, mic
  • Overall: We give this item 6 of 10 overall

The Fujitsu LifeBook UH900 is a little marvel when it comes to PC miniaturisation, but it's too small and cramped to use effectively. It's a device for consuming media rather than creating - it's very difficult to type on its little keyboard or use its undersized touchscreen. However, we do like the fact that it has an integrated 3.5G modem that can be used with the carrier of your choice.

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