The LifeBook P8010 is the latest model in long line of terrific ultraportables from Fujitsu. Its predecessor, the P7230, was very popular and the P8010 looks to continue that success by way of some cutting-edge technology. The first major improvement is the screen, which has grown to 12.1" (1280x800) and is now backlit with LEDs (which reduce power consumption, cut weight, extend display life).
The second major change is the inclusion of Intel's newest mobile processor, the SL7100 Core 2 Duo, running at 1.2GHz. That might not sound too impressive, but given the 800MHz front-side bus, 4MB of Level 2 cache, and GS965 chipset with integrated X3100 graphics (using up to 384MB of system RAM for video), this should benchmark very well against older C2D systems with higher clock speeds.
My first impressions with this machine (it was shipped from Japan on Friday) are that it is quite swift for normal tasks and even processor-intensive activities, like video encoding, are quite acceptable for an ultraportable. The 18mm-pitch keyboard is reasonable, although users with largish hands may notice the loss of that extra 1mm from full-sized keyboards. Body flex is pretty minimal. Not quite as rigid as the Panasonic Toughbook I used to have, but perfectly fine.
I don't have a sense of battery life yet, but after about 3 hours of modest use, power shows around 50%; definitely a good sign. I'll update this post more as I use the machine.
Overall, the P8010 seems fairly pricey (they start at $1700 and can go up fairly dramatically once you start adding more RAM, bigger HDDs, and so on), but anyone who has complained that the MacBook Air is too hamstrung by a dearth of ports, fixed battery, etc. need only look to the Fujitsu LifeBook P8010 for a very attractive alternative. And it already comes in black!
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