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Fujitsu Lifebook P701 review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £746
inc VAT

It's light, lasts for six hours away from the mains and has some unique features, but the spongy keyboard, pedestrian design and dull screen make it less than appealing


12.1 in 1,280×800 display, 1.6kg, 2.1GHz Intel Core i3-2310M, 2.00GB RAM, 320GB disk, Windows 7 Professional 64-bit

The keyboard uses flat-topped keys that have a gap between them, but we found it cramped, mainly thanks to the wide, double-height Enter key and wide right Shift key. While each key’s action is light, with a bite at the top of the stroke, the keyboard flexes as a whole, dulling each strike and losing feedback that’s essential for touch-typists.

Fujitsu Lifebook P701 keyboard

The touchpad is responsive but too small, and has two separate buttons with a light action. Next to the touchpad is a circular area that’s billed as a scrolling aid, despite the fact that the touchpad itself has a vertical scrolling area that is easier to use.

Overall build quality was great, apart from the soggy keyboard, and the design is more practical than stylish, as befits a business laptop. It’s rather thick, but surprisingly light at 1.6kg, and its battery lasted for over six hours in our light usage test, making it suitable for long commutes or short air journeys. It’s nowhere near as long-last as Acer’s TimelineX 1830T or Asus’s U31JG, however, which lasted for nine and ten hours respectively.

Fujitsu Lifebook P701 left

Performance from the new Sandy Bridge 2.1GHz Intel Core i3-2310M was good, and despite the laptop only having 2GB of RAM it performed the same as other laptops with the same chip with an overall score of 41. Still, having more RAM means you could load larger files and more applications, and with memory so cheap these days it seems churlish not to include 4GB as standard. You can buy an official 2GB module for an extortionate £92; a similar module from Crucial will cost £17. With its business credentials, we would have expected a longer warranty, although it’s a collect-and-return deal so preferable to the return-to-base warranties offered elsewhere.

With its pedestrian looks and uninspiring features, the P701 won’t set any hearts racing, but if you prefer its anti-glare screen or need Windows 7 Pro’s features, it’s a good choice. If you’re not too worried about mobility, the Lenovo ThinkPad L520 is less expensive, has a far superior keyboard and a more colourful screen.

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Basic Specifications

Rating ***
Processor Intel Core i3-2310M
Processor clock speed 2.1GHz
Memory 2.00GB
Memory slots 2
Memory slots free 1
Maximum memory 8GB
Size 33x282x220mm
Weight 1.6kg
Sound Realtek HD Audio
Pointing device touchpad


Viewable size 12.1 in
Native resolution 1,280×800
Graphics Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000
Graphics/video ports VGA, DisplayPort
Graphics Memory 64MB


Total storage capacity 320GB
Optical drive type none

Ports and Expansion

USB ports 3
Bluetooth yes
Wired network ports 1x 10/100/1000
Wireless networking support 802.11a/b/g/n
PC Card slots 1x ExpressCard/34
Supported memory cards SDXC, Memory Stick Pro
Other ports minijack audio output, minijack microphone input


Carrying case No
Operating system Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
Operating system restore option restore partition
Software included Microsoft Office 2010 Starter
Optional extras £95

Buying Information

Warranty one year collect and return
Price £746