Fujitsu LifeBook T580 Convertible review

Posted by Stefan on December 29th, 2010 in Hardware | No Comments

Key Points that differentiates Lifebook T580

– LIFEBOOK T580 lets you alternate between a keyboard, a pen, or your fingers as per your conviniene,
– Features rotatable 10.1-inch display which can either act as normal notebook or flip acting like an iPad.
– Perfect for persons working on the move.
– Integrated GPS further enhances mobility.


Fujitsu Lifebook T580 is a Product with varied shades keeping in mind the optimum workflow for a user. This is coming up with cutting edge technology along with a possibility for maximum utilization through its convertibles.

Today notebooks market is intended to spoil every customer through the easy optimum workflow features. Now, the latest Fujitsu Lifebook T580 coming up with more advanced features into the business device category. It is true that it still needs an upper hand over its successful contemporaries such as Dell’s Latitude XT2 and HP’s Elitebook 2740P. Keeping this prevailing competition in mind, Fujitsu focused much over the high mobility factor than pure computing performance in the Lifebook T580.

The current Fujitsu Advanced Series is mainly focused over the mobile office use. This would be an ideal choice for the people that are expecting efficient and comfortable working from their business laptop. Here, the some of the features of the Fujitsu Lifebook T580 can assure the expectations of the buyers through its 10” display diagonal with WXGA resolution, Ultra Low Voltage CPUs, 1.4Kg weight, UMTS modem and battery run time of up to 8 hours. In fact, mentioned features are quite impressive for a buyer that is expecting more out of a notebook.


LifeBook T580 Case Design:

The case of the Fujitsu Lifebook T580 comes under the Wallflowers category. Perhaps it is not elegant, but successful at gaining attention. The dimension of the case is 270x189x40mm. The unit weighs at 1.48kg, which includes the weight of the high capacity 63Wh battery too. In fact, Fujitsu Lifebook T580 can gain upper hand over the above mentioned successful contemporaries through this less weight though the screen size is 2-inches less.

The case stability of the Fujitsu Lifebook T580 can be categorized as above average successfully. Its material thickness is successful at offering display bezel benefits. There are several openings on the bottom and it has feasibility for easy unscrewing and screwing for the user.

The pivot hinge stability of the device is not satisfactory. It is affecting badly the display angle. The display angle problem generally happens through unused test device or through a hinge problem. This pivot hinge stability generally will have influence over the device’s elbowroom too.

Fujitsu LifeBook T580 Connectivity Issues:

This business device category Fujitsu Lifebook T580 is equipped with few special features such as, Smartcard slot, fingerprint reader, Trusted Platform module 1.2, brightness sensor, and UMTS module, which includes GPS too. Surprisingly, this Lifebook T580 got only two USB 2.0 ports, which is not sufficient. Here, it is quite imperative to appreciate this device for having HDMI monitor out which is suitable to accommodate analog VGA port.

LifeBook T580 Communication:

The convertible is always famous for coming along with few standard interface features, such as Gigabit LAN, Bluetooth, WLAN 802.11n, and audio in/out. 1.3-MP webcam is arranged into the display bezel and the digital pen can be inserted into the case’s side.

Interface Positioning:

The port distribution in this device is perfectly solved. So, there will be no accepting restrictions through the peripherals that are connected with the device. Through this, card reader, audio sockets and some more hardware can be accessed quite easily.

Deliverable Included:

A cover and Windows 7 professional 32bit and 64bit recovery DVD are parts of the deliverables. The supply assortment is rather clear and is basically limited to a USB replicator that can also be used with other model ranges.

Warranty:

There is a 24 month warranty and this warranty can be extended up to 5 year bring-in or onsite service with so-called service packs. This warranty extension prices start at 40 euros, but can reach up to 355 euros basing on the requirement.

Keyboard:

The keyboard for the Fujitsu Lifebook T580 is equipped firm and audible clattering would be hard to be heard. The yielding can be successfully evoked on the left edge. The keys are made in 17.5 mm grid along with standard grid layout. There is no keyboard illumination. A standard number of hot keys arranged properly and can be accessed successfully through FN combination. Some of the hot keys that are relevant for tablet mode are integrated into the bulge.

Touchpad:

Touchpad is responding well though it is small in size. The touchpad got haptics due to its ribbed surface. There is a feasibility to disable it too.

Display as Input Interface:

The display of the Fujitsu Lifebook T580 provides the option of inputting via Digitizer or Capacitive (via 4 finger multi-touch). Touch Pack for Windows 7, an Auto Rotation Utility, a pen calibration tool and a utility tool for the tablet buttons is included as tablet specific software. The active pen is battery operated device. Pen Input would be suggested using for precision tasks. It might demand little exposure to better usage. Here, Windows 7 signature recognition is adaptive and works well with Open Office and MS office.

Finger inputs: Big finger tips might find it difficult with the device’s small buttons, menus and control panels. Keeping this problem in mind, Fujitsu Lifebook T580 is equipped well with adapted (larger) icons. Here, it should be appreciated for providing size customization possibility for documents and symbols which helps for effective working.

Multi-Touch Gestures:

This facility can be utilized analog with the touchpad and allows the standard use of zoom, rotate, scroll direct on the screen.

Display Input Verdict:

The pen will be more useful in the preparation of quick sketches and comments. Presentations can be made more effective with fingers. Rotate the pictures within a wink of an eye successfully. One or several work steps can be saved in many fields and even come close to begin fun.

Display:

The Fujitsu Lifebook T580 comes with 10.1-inch display along with a resolution of 1366×768 pixels in a 16:9 aspect ratio. This is an unusual combination when compared with the current successful contemporaries including iPad. This combination is a successful quality enhancement for the notebook.

The outdoor suitability is very much limited by the reflective display surface and due to low brightness. Shady places are always ideal to work with this notebook. Here, it is appreciating that the full display brightness is available in this notebook in battery mode too.

The color spectrum of the device is within the standard notebook display range and successful at covering 57% of the sRGB color space. The contrast ratio is also a positive factor with the device over its competitors.

Performance:

This Fujitsu Lifebook T580 comes with Intel ULV CPU. The Core i5-560UM processor works with base clock rate of 1.33GHz. The processor frequency gets boosted to 2.13 GHz in single thread applications with Turbo Boost. Other features of the notebook includes 3 MB cache, hyper threading (4 threads simultaneously, maximum), and the economic TDP of 18 watts including the me4mory controller and Intel HD Graphics. The Latter can adapt its rate of 166 MHz to 500 MHz dynamically. The notebook equipped with a 4 GB DDR3 RAM module and it has capacity to accommodate to a maximum of 8 GB RAM.

This notebook is a best ideal one for gaming or graphically heavy 3D tasks. Many experts tested the device offered satisfactory remarks about the notebook.

Applications:

The system performed well when opened multiple image files simultaneously. The images will load faster and very quick at saving and editing too.

Hard Disk:

The notebook equipped with 320 GB Hitachi hard disk, which rotates with 5400rpm. The average transfer rate of just below 65 MB/s is available with the drive and it compiles successfully with the present standard performance.

System Noise:

Fujitsu Lifebook T580 works quiet. The notebook’s noise increases to a still moderate 34.4 dB(A) under medium load and this can reach up to 38.4 dB(A) as maximum.

Speakers:

The mono speakers are equipped for the Fujitsu Lifebook T580. The equipped speakers are pretty enough for system sounds and back ground music. External boxes and headphones would be ideal if needed more.

Battery:

Longer battery life is always an assortment for every notebook. For this, energy saving components, a small display, and high capacity battery of 63Wh are essential. The device is capable enough to offer 6h 37 minutes back up in idle condition, 4h 11 minutes battery back up while surfing with WLAN and offers 2 hours back up while the notebook is subjected under load.

Conclusion:

Fujitsu Lifebook T580 is definitely an interesting device keeping in mind the current market trends. The system performance is perfect and the RAM configuration with a possibility to upgrade is hard to ignore. It’s inputting features such as pen or fingers are quite interesting and will make it a better option.

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