Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Fujitsu P8020 Notebook Review

The Fujitsu P8020 comes equipped with a an Intel SU9400 Core 2 Duo Ultra Low Voltage Processor running at 1.4 GHz and 4 GB of DDR3 high speed memory is installed in this machine. The only comparable notebook in terms of weight and functionality is the far more expensive Toshiba Portege R600. This notebook also includes an internal built-in DVD-Rewriter/CD-R optical drive. It also has a built-in webcam mounted in the LCD Frame.

This notebook can be ordered with the Fujitsu Internal Bluetooth 2.0 EDR+ Radio Card which provides full Bluetooth connectivity to Bluetooth keyboards, Headphoenes, Speakers and Mice. You can also connect Bluetooth equipped Cell Phones and a plethora of the industry standard Bluetooth peripherals without giving up any of the 3 USB 2.0 Ports.

Some background Information on Fujitsu's line of P Series Notebook computers. I have been using these notebooks ever since the P2120 came out several years ago. I upgraded to the P5010 and then to the P7010, P7230 and am now using the P8020. have had ZERO hardware failures with these notebooks in the field. Have also used Toshiba Porteges’ and Sony TX and TZ Vaio notebooks and the Fujitsus’ have always had the edge on overall design, engineered features, performance and durability.

In my humble opinion these are the most under-rated (read under-marketed) notebooks as Fujitsu has not maintained a high profile like Toshiba and Sony in the US.......But their build quality is legendary, These notebooks are more durable than the Sony TZ and TX series of subnotebooks and way more powerful with the Intel Core Duo 7100 LV processor if you are comparing it to the new Crop of Asus EEE, Acer, Lenovo, Dell HP Mini Intel Atom equipped notebooks,

This notebook weighs less than most of thoseNetbooks at 2.9 LBS yet it is fully equipped with a built-in DVD RW/CD-RW Optical Drive, a responsive large for its class keyboard AND a large 8700mAH 6-Cell Lithium Ion Battery that will easily power this notebook to 6-8 hours depending on Power Management Settings and LCD brightness settings.

I have personally squeezed out 9-10 hours of battery run-time with the LCD brightness control turned down to 1+2 and using the ECO button (this turns off power to the DVD optical drive, wireless radios and all power consuming USB and Firewire ports.

It also features a razor-sharp 12.1 Inch LED back-lit LCD screen that saves power but is much brighter than your average notebook screen. The native screen resolution is 1280 x 800 and DVD movies and digital photos look terrific when displayed on this screen.

It will also drive external monitors at resolutions topping out at 1600 x 1200.

A 12.1 Inch LED back-lit LCD Screen cuts the right balance for viewability and portability and is a big upgrade from the previous 1.6 Inch LCD used on the previous generation P7000 series of Lifebooks. LED backlight tecnology allow LCD screens to be thinner and have higher brightness levels (measured in Nits) and consume less electricity than fluorescent tube lighting systems. They last longer and LED back lights are usually found in the higher end models of most Notebook manufacturers. Compared to the 8.9 and 10.1 inch netbook screens this 12.1 inch Fujitsu Lifebook screen looks expansive when compared side by side. To cut
down on extraneous weight, the Fujitsu engineers crafted a magnesium alloy flex free frame for the main motherboard chassis and the LCD Screen. The result is a notebook that does not flex and can stand-up to the rigors of mobile computing. The bottom case is constructed of Magnesium Alloy for light weight and strength and the top part of the case and LCD screen is constructed of lightweight high impact plastic for durability and additional weight savings.

In terms of build quality, you are looking at getting one of the best made notebooks backed by a superb technical support organization. This notebook is manufactured and assembled in Japan.

In summary, this is what the Fujitsu Engineers were able
to build into this 2.9 LB Notebook P8020 Lifebook Notebook Computer:

* Intel Core 2 Duo Processor SL9400 LV (1.4GHz, 4MB L2 cache, 800MHz FSB)
* 4 Gigabytes of System RAM DDR3 667MHz SDRAM memory (Dual Channel; 2GB x 2)
* 640 GB 5400 SATA Hard Disk (Toshiba)
* Integrated Intel Graphics Media Accelerator X3100
* 12.1" Crystal View Wide XGA display (1280x800)
* 3 USB 2.0 Ports
* 1 Firewire IEEE1394 Port
* 1 32 Bit PCMCIA Cardbus Slot
* 1 SD Reader/Writer (Supports SDHC Memory Cards)
* D-SUB External Monitor Port
* Built In Intel WiFi A/B/G Draft N
* Multinational2 56K3 V.90 modem and Gigabit Ethernet LAN
* Optical Drive Dual Layer Multi Format DVD Writer
* Built In Camera for Messaging
* Windows XP Pro Operatng System with Full Driver Support

Dimensions: 11.2" x 8.26" x 1.37"
System Weight (With 6 Cell battery Attached) 2.9 LBS
AC Adapter Weight: 7 Ounces

It would be difficult if not impossible to match the specs on this notebook. You can get 6-8 hours of battery operation time, decent Core Duo performance, built-in optical drive, 4GB of System RAM, 3 qty USB Ports and the faster of the 2 mainstream operating systems; Windows XP pre-installed, and a decent sized
keyboard all contribute to a 2.9 LB package that provides a highly satisfying computing experience.

Add the 8 ounce lightweight AC Adapter brick and a wireless mouse and you are looking at a total traveling weight of 3.8 POUNDS. This makes a huge difference when comparing the Lifebook P8020 to other Notebooks that weigh in around 4-6 pounds or Netbooks equipped with 3 cell Batteries that weigh over 3 Pounds without any accessories.

Look at all of the money you'll be saving on Chiropractor bills!!!!!

The only other notebook that competes at this level is the ASUS U2 series and even then the battery life is inferior and is much more expensive for what you get. You are also limited to using 1.8" hard drives which are limited in capacity when compared to the 2.5" hard drives. You are also limited to getting Vista instead of XP on this machine as there is no driver support for XP and the keyboard is considerably smaller.....And there is no internal Optical Drive!! You'll need to go out and buy and external one to make the U2 work in the field with CD/DVD support.

Then there's the Toshiba Portege R600. Very pricey for what you get. The screen flexes and the viewing angles on their LCD screen are inferior. The screen is not as bright and It only supports a maximum of 4 GB of RAM.You will get 4-5 hours of battery life with the included 3 cell LiIon battery. In terms of features, value, performanceand stamina, the Fujitsu Lifebook P8020 is un-matched. It is also the priciest at $1895 - $2499 depending on configurations and it uses the same Intel SU9400 Core Suo processor to boot.

There are a ton of older Lifebook P series portables still working in the field which is a testament to the high quality design and durability of these notebooks. Every new P-Series Notebook model release gets incrementally better and the P8010 incorporates all of the latest notebook design innovations with an eye towards future storage upgradeability.

This is the perfect notebook for the Road Warrior that wants a fully featured 2.9 Pound Notebook that can do it all.


* Fujitsu P8020 System Unit
* Set of Fujitsu Factory System Windows XP Home Pro
Application Restore CD-ROMS
* Packing Materials

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