Fujitsu-Siemens has always been big on security features and the Lifebook P7120 is no exception. Between the touchpad buttons hides a small finger print reader. This is of the swipe type and seems to be the preferred finger print reader on the latest generation of notebooks – as seen on Lenovo ThinkPads also.
The display has kept size to a minimum but resolution is still high enough to be useful – there screen measures 10.6in and has a widescreen resolution of 1,280 x 768. The screen features a high contrast glossy coating and uses an LED backlight. The LED backlight has advantage and disadvantages, with the advantage being lower power drain which equals better battery life. The downside is that there is some light bleed and the bottom corners of the screen were quite dark on the review model.
The display is powered by the integrated graphics in the Intel 915GMS chipset, which shares around 8MB of system memory. Not the most powerful graphics chipset, but then again, you wouldn’t get the Lifebook P7120 if you wanted to play games. The advantage of having integrated graphics is that there is less power draw – today’s discrete mobile graphics solutions can often be the most power hungry part of a notebook.
They keyboard is generally very good to type on, but due to the size of the Lifebook P7120 this is of course smaller than a normal keyboard. It is still very usable, although the Function keys are tiny. The layout is otherwise good and most keys are were you would expect them to be. The touchpad is again small, but very accurate and responsive. For those that use the built in microphone on a notebook the P7120 offers stereo recording as it has a microphone on each side of the screen.