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Fujitsu Lifebook SH771 review

Fujitsu Lifebook SH771 - Strictly Business

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Overall rating 8.5/10
Quality Build, Slim and Light
Swappable Optical Drive
Small Trackpad

Performance and Benchmarking

Performance and Benchmarking

The Fujitsu Lifebook SH771 is a full-featured notebook built to be as thin and light as possible. However the SH771 isn’t an Ultrabook. It weighs as much and has a similar screen-size, but is equipped with a full powered mobile processor along with business-friendly features. So while it comes close to being termed as an Ultrabook, it's still a class above it, staying within the thin and light category.

Our test notebook's configuration is an Intel Core i5 2.5GHz processor and to showcase its performance, we decided to compare it against some of the better business notebooks available right now, the Lenovo Thinkpad X1 and the Toshiba Portege R830. The latter would be a tough adversary whose battery life is the best among the portable Windows business notebooks we have tested this year. Here's how the stack up in specs:-

Test Notebooks Compared
Specifications / Notebook Fujitsu Lifebook SH771 Toshiba Portege R830 Lenovo ThinkPad X1
Processor  Intel Core i5-2520M (2.5GHz) Intel Core i7-2620M (2.7GHz)  Intel Core i5-2520M (2.5GHz)
Chipset Intel HM65  Intel HM65 Intel HM65
Memory 4GB DDR3 4GB DDR3 4GB DDR3
HDD 640GB (7200RPM) 500GB (7200RPM)  160GB SATA SSD
Video Intel HD 3000 Intel HD 3000 Intel HD 3000


PCMark Vantage

Scores from the PC Mark Vantage benchmark program takes a look at the machine’s performance from all angles, from processing to gaming and more. The Thinkpad’s exceptional score is boosted however, by the major advantage its SSD gave it. The Fujitsu Lifebook SH771’s scores are also slightly lower than that of the Toshiba Portege R830’s because of the faster Core i7 processor that the Toshiba sports.

With this in mind, we’d have to say the Fujitsu performed up to our expectations. With its processing power, it is adequate for most corporate uses, and you’d be hard-pressed to spot the speed differences while working on a spreadsheet. If however a Core i5 and a regular hard disk is too slow for you, the Fujitsu Lifebook SH771 does come with Core i7 and SSD options, so that you can configure your ideal number-crunching beast.



Our current benchmark program used to determine polygon processing power is Futuremark’s 3DMark06. While the program might be outdated, it’s still used thanks to the fact that most notebooks today do not support the higher resolutions required by the latest 3D benchmark program. However the scores here will help determine if the machine is able to crunch 3D graphics effectively.

All three machines utilise Intel’s HD 3000 integrated graphics, but processor speed and hard disk type do play a part in the final scores. This would explain the Thinkpad and Portege’s better scores even though they were using the same integrated graphics. Scores like these however show that the Fujitsu is able to keep up with the other two machines, and for simple photo and video editing, its Core i5 processor is more than adequate.



Far Cry 2

Far Cry 2 is the default gaming benchmark that we use here at HardwareZone to determine a machine's gaming cred. The higher the frame rates, the better the notebook, naturally. On the whole, the results here mirror those found in our 3DMark 06 benchmarks as expected.

Its frame rate range is consistent with the specs it sports, so we won’t be too worried about the low scores.