The E8210 turned in some very impressive performance numbers, which came as no surprise considering the spec. That said, impressive as the SYSmark score of 341 and PCMark score of 4077 are, they’re still not enough to beat the Acer TravelMate 8204WLMi. This comes as something of a surprise considering that the Acer was equipped with the slightly slower T2500 Core Duo chip, running at 2GHz.
MobileMark turned in a very high performance rating of 243 coupled with a battery life of 168 minutes, while the E8210 managed 170 minutes of DVD playback when on battery power. It’s also worth noting that the DVD writer can be replaced with a second battery if you’re desperate for as much “on the move” time as possible.
The secondary battery will set you back £110 plus VAT, which is probably a worthwhile investment for a machine like this. You can also purchase a port replicator for £100 plus VAT, which offers four more USB 2.0 ports, a PS/2 port, parallel port, serial port D-SUB, Ethernet port, DVI port and audio connectors. A nice touch is that the port replicator ships with a power supply and cable, so you won't have to buy a separate one or use your existing PSU. But for me the best aspect of the port replicator is that the DVI port is HDCP compliant.
The LifeBook E8210 isn’t the slimmest or lightest notebook around by any stretch of the imagination. Measuring 360 x 260 x 35mm (WxDxH) and weighing in at around 2.7kg, you’ll know that this baby is in your bag, but it’s not so big and heavy that you wouldn’t want to carry it with you.
The warranty reflects the corporate aspirations of the LifeBook E8210, with Fujitsu-Siemens offering three years worth of coverage, including a courier collect and return service.
Because this is a very early sample, it was impossible to find a retail street price. However, Fujitsu-Siemens gave me an estimated retail price of £1,999. This is by no means cheap, but you are getting a hell of a lot of notebook for that money. Add to this the fact that there's no other notebook around with integrated 3G, and the LifeBook E8210 looks like a very tempting prospect.
Fujitsu-Siemens should be congratulated for producing the first notebook with an integrated 3G module. OK, so there are a lot of other manufacturers promising similar products, but there’s a lot to be said for actually having working, reviewable hardware rather than just a press release. But it’s not just the 3G functionality that makes the LifeBook E8210 a great notebook, it’s also got one of the best feature sets I’ve ever encountered, great build quality, excellent ergonomics and solid performance.
There's no denying that this is a very expensive notebook, but it's easy to see where that money is going. If you’re looking for a notebook with the ultimate in connectivity options coupled with cutting edge components and first rate construction, you’ll have a tough time finding a machine better than this one.