Fujitsu Lifebook S7211 Value Laptop PC
At a Glance
Fujitsu LifeBook S7211
Thin and light portable with so-so speed could still please budget-minded road warriors.
The $899 (as of 2/7/08) Fujitsu LifeBook S7211 (model FPCM43471) would make a good travel laptop for workers on a shoestring budget. This svelte Windows Vista Business laptop suffers from only two significant drawbacks: Its speed is so-so, and it can't burn DVDs. But if getting basic work done on the go is all you need, this attractive little unit might be just your cheap ticket.
The LifeBook S7211 weighs 5.2 pounds with its built-in CD writer/DVD reader installed in its modular bay. Swap the optical drive out for a battery instead ($120 extra) and you can really cut the cord to a wall outlet. Our review unit lasted a solidly average 3.8 hours with a single battery. With the second battery in place (which we didn't test), Fujitsu estimates 6.5 hours of operation.
Unfortunately, the unit's speed could have been better. Using a 1.6-GHz Pentium Dual-Core T2330 processor and only 1GB of RAM, the