Fujistu advertises the Fujitsu Lifebook U772 Ultrabook as the perfect choice for discerning business travelers. But what is so special about the Fujitsu LifeBook U772 Ultrabook? Is it more than just a fancy looker?
The Fujitsu LifeBook U772 Ultrabook comes in a very large box which contains two smaller boxes. Unpacking is quite an annoying process, but Fujitsu uses the space to pack in the accessories like the optional port replicator as well as the battery pack, 4 CD’s, a quick start guide, and of course, the Fujitsu LifeBook U772 Ultrabook.
The LIFEBOOK makes a very solid impression. It is pleasantly flat and weighs only 1.4 kg. Its well-made red magnesium housing looks very attractive with the silver Fujitsu logo on the front. On the back there’s a fan, a port for the port replicator / docking station, stereo speakers, and SIM card slot for 3G and 4G/LTE SIM card.
On the left side is the headphone jack, USB 2.0 port, a Kensington lock, fan and the connection for the power supply. On the right side we find the Ethernet port, an HDMI output, two USB 3.0 ports and an SD card reader.
The Ultrabook has a 14-inch matte display. Above the keyboard is the power button and an ECO Mode button. I still need to take some time to check out that EcoMode. The ultrabook also has a touchpad, fingerprint sensor, two microphones and a 1.3 megapixel webcam.
Inside this sexy package is an Intel Core i5 from the Ivy Bridge generation running at 1.7 GHz. In addition, the Intel HD Graphics 4000 GPU amps up the graphics. The Ultrabook has 4 GB of RAM, a 500GB HDD and a 32GB SSD.
(Here’s the german Unboxing video in case you’re hungry for more visuals)
Look & Feel
The Fujitsu LifeBook U772, thanks to its bright red color and the contrasting silver Fujitsu symbol, is definitely eye-catching. The U772 not only looks cool, but thanks to the magnesium body, it feels really good. As always, fingerprints mar what is otherwise a great surface, but what are cleaning cloths for?
Fujitsu has taken a lot of care with the design, but they clear;y don’t want anybody messing around in the backend of the computer. The screws are hidden and access to the RAM and other components is discouraged.
In a comparison with a current 13-inch MacBook Air, you can see that both Ultrabooks are of equal width. The MacBook Air has less ports than the Fujitsu LifeBook U772, but the MacBook Air is thinner at the back by an inch, and in the front, by a good 5mm.
Once you open up the display of the MacBook Air and the Fujitsu LIFEBOOK, the Fujitsu LifeBook U772′s 14-inch matte display totally trumps the glossy display of the MacBook Air. The 13.3-inch screen of the MacBook Air is like a hateful mirror.
The U772 has a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels. For the size of the U772 and the mobile application, for me, it’s sufficient.
In the office I connected an additional monitor through the HDMI output. In one test, my Samsung SyncMaster recognized the ultrabook immediately and after a few seconds I had a second monitor with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. With this combination, it can be wonderful to work in the office.
Depending on the angle of the viewer, the colors fade on the screen, but even if the U772 is at a 40 ° angel you can still see something from the side. The colors fade progressively the further back you get, so for a presentation you’d want a projector.
The 14-inch matte display of the U772 has good viewing angels. At an opening angle of 155 ° you can still see sort of something on the screen. The matte display should also make it easy to work in the blazing sun.
Keyboard & Trackpad
Probably the most important feature of an Ultrabook is a good keyboard. Here, the U772 does not shine. Ultrabooks will never have as much space for a keyboard as anyone would like. The built-in keyboard on this model is not that great. I felt as though the keyboard was more responsive in the middle than on the outer sides. Compared to my MacBook Air I find the Fujitsu’s keyboard lacking. Typing long texts on this machine would be a daunting task.
The touchpad is advertised as “multi-gesture touchpad with integrated mouse button functions”, but after the first launch it soon became clear that something is wrong here. If you open a web page, the user should be able to scroll with two fingers, but you can’t. Also pinch to zoom did not work.
I was baffled. The solution was almost too easy. The multi-touch features have to be enabled in the control panel first. Then they work perfectly well.
The two buttons below the touchpad do not respond when you press a finger into the far left or far right corner. If you press in the exact center of the touchpad, you get a left mouse click, but barely an inch away from the center it doesn’t work. Therefore the user can by lightly typing a finger trigger on the touchpad a left mouse click. You can right click with two fingers just like on most Macs.
The U772 offers a lot of connections. I could use all the ports on the right side without any difficulty. As aforementioned there is an SD card slot, USB 3.0, USB 2.0 and headphone jack.
My WiFi was immediately recognized and the reception was even further away from the router. Bluetooth I have tried in vain to activate. In Control Panel, I had under “Hardware and Sound” actually expected to see Bluetooth, but the option did not exist. Bluetooth is optional. I couldn’t test the SIM card slot.
The speakers won’t be winning any awards, but can that be said of any ultrabook?
The built-in 3150 mAh Li-ion battery according to the manufacturer should last 10 hours, which of course is a calculated value. After I charged the battery to 100%, I put it to the test. I put the display to full brightness, turned off the screen saver and “balanced” energy consumption too. Then I was surfing the Internet over WiFi for some time, played around with the system settings, copied some files from my USB 3.0 flash drive, watched some videos on YouTube and hooked up my Google Nexus 7 for a few minutes. The battery lasted 2 hours and 45 minutes, but I was abusing it.
At 12% I panicked, because at one time, without warning, the screen was black and the hard drive rattled. After 3 minutes of panic, I forced the ultrabook to shut down. Then I put the power supply to the U772 and after two hours on the power of the battery was fully charged. Relieved, I realized that I could start the U772 again.
The duration of the battery can still be optimized by pressing the ECO button. In ECO mode, the audio volume is set to zero, WLan off, dim the display, change the frame rate (refresh rate) of the display and the processor slowed down. With these settings, I was able to work 4 hours and 25 minutes on the U772 until the battery was at 15%. And I looked at YouTube videos without sound, copied several files from the USB 3.0 stick back and forth, my HTC One X on the USB 2.0 port was charged for an hour and installed OpenOffice.
In another test, I deactivated the ECO mode again and set the display brightness to 50%. I surfed the web a little and used OpenOffice. The U772 lasted 5 hours and 40 minutes, until the battery was at 15%. In my eyes, in those circumstances is 5 hours and 40 minutes is fine, but the 10 hours Fujitsu was promising was just not there
The Intel Core i5 1.7 GHz, the Intel HD Graphics 4000 graphics processor and 4GB of RAM ought to get the job done. Applications are launched quickly and you can even have a little fun.
The ECO button is in my opinion a good idea. You will quickly and easily save power. ECO mode is significant because applications run slower. For office applications, the ECO mode is high enough all times.
U772 for Windows 7 has a calculated performance index of 5.0. The scale of the Windows 7 Experience Index is 1.0 to 7.9, with 7.9 being the highest. A rating of 5.0 is a good rating for the U772.
I tested this with the free basic version of the benchmark PCMark 7, and with the current Cinebench R11.5. Here I left the power settings of U772 on “Balanced” and repeated the tests four times.
After the fourth test, the results looked like this:
PCMark 7 to 4161 points
Cinebench R11.5 – OpenGL = 12:37 fps / CPU = Points 2:4
I tested with the latest games Mass Effect 3 (demo) and FIFA 13 (demo). The player has to live with mild to severe stuttering in both games. The third game I tested was Star Wars – Jedi Knight II (Demo). The game was already quite old, but had the best graphics performance, even if only with a resolution of 800 x 600 pixels.
This ultrabook is definitely for business use, not gaming.
The combination of HDD and SSD
This combination is a good idea to keep the cost low. Personally, I would recommend investing in a bigger SSD. The HDD and SSD combo brings in normal operation already a good speed advantage. So needed the U772 for a cold start and only 26 seconds to wake up from sleep even just 6 seconds. The MacBook Air needs for a brief 13 seconds and cold start for waking up less than a second.
18 GB of 500 GB HDD serve the U772 for the worst-case scenario as a recovery partition.
The fan is not too intrusive, but when you use it heavily, it does get going and the the device heats up. It would have been nice if Microsoft office was pre-installed, but it’s not. The webcam is perfectly adequate and can do the promised HD.
The Fujitsu LIFEBOOK U772 is a well made Ultrabook for business use. The combination of HDD and SSD give you more speed at work and the ECO button is a great idea. Unfortunately, the keyboard is not the best. In addition to the colors red and black is silver.
You can find it on Amazon here.