Razor-thin, lightweight ultrabooks are all the rage in corporate circles these days. As enterprises warm to the emergence of an increasingly mobile workforce, computer vendors are working overtime to introduce these new devices with business-friendly features. Japan’s Fujitsu has debuted its new LifeBook U772 ultrabook that combines a sleek design with business-class features and performance. It is designed to appeal to employees who are now able to choose their own computer because of bring-your-own-device (BYOD) initiatives in the corporate workplace. But can something so mobile be so secure? Let us find out.
At the outset, the 14-inch LifeBook U772 continues Fujitsu’s long heritage of ultra-portables for individual professionals, which began with the sub-1 kg Q Series in 2006. The new Fujitsu machine comes with a red or silver shell and frameless display. Recently, we got an opportunity to review the red model. My initial impressions of the test-unit were good: it does what it says on the cardboard. The display is bright, and the processor seems fast enough. It is perfect for professionals on business trips and in the office.
The fully-featured Fujitsu notebook uniquely combines an outstanding small form factor with a stylish frameless display. The 14-inch glossy screen is nearly edge to edge, which means there’s a very thick bezel. The machine is ultra-slim at only 15.6 mm with a weight of only 1.4 kg. Its extended battery runtime, high responsiveness plus advanced security features offer you the mobility you need. And you’ll find it’s a real eye-catcher.
At a physical level, the Fujitsu U772 features a fairly large black matte island-style keyboard. The flat keys are large and nicely spaced. The ClickPad delivers responsive and accurate movement. The right side of the notebook houses two USB 3.0 ports, HDMI, an SD card reader and a mini-Gigabit Ethernet port. A USB 2.0 port, headphone jack, secure lock slot and AC adapter jack sit on the left. A SIM card slot is on the back edge, and a docking connector and a tiny reset pinhole are on the bottom of the notebook.
In my test-run, the Fujitsu machine delivered solid performance. Colours looked bright when watching movies from the internet. Thanks to its 1.7-GHz Intel Core i5-3317U CPU with 4GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD, the U772 ably streamed video from YouTube with a full system scan running in the background. Its high definition Web camera captures stills and video at 1280