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The Lifebook E8010 is a fairly large machine, but this is not necessarily a negative point. Fujitsu-Siemens has used the greater dimensions to ensure that the keyboard is well laid out and comfortable to type on – although it was somewhat bouncy on our review model. That said, Fujitsu-Siemens has assured us that this will be fixed on final production models. The touchpad is accompanied by a trackpoint, but strangely the trackpoint doesn’t have its own set of buttons, so you have to use both hands when using it. This pretty much negates the main advantage of a trackpoint, which is that you don’t have to move your hands away from the keyboard. The trackpoint was also set quite low down between the keys, and could have done with being a few millimetres higher like those seen on IBM ThinkPads.


Above the keyboard is a small LCD display that shows the battery charge status and other useful information. There is a set of five programmable quick launch buttons – an easy to use application that lets you change the functionality of each button to your own needs comes as standard. The speakers can be found on each side of the display, but the sound is fairly tinny and lacks bass. Though, to be fair, this is a criticism aimed at most notebook speakers.


In terms of software, a copy of Norton Ghost is supplied so you can create image backups of your valuable data. You also get a security application that enables you to password protect the Lifebook E8010 and prevent access to it at pre-BIOS level. You enter the code through the quick launch buttons after powering the laptop on, after which the boot sequence will continue as normal. Copies of WinDVD 5 and Nero 6 are also supplied in the box.


Fujitsu-Siemens has bundled a set of modem plugs for some of the larger European countries such as the UK, Germany and France to name a few, this will be particularly useful for anyone who travels a lot on business. There is also a European power cable supplied in the box, which means that you won’t have to carry a plug adapter with you when you travel.


The Lifebook E8010’s battery life is very good – with an impressive four hours and 15 minutes in MobileMark 2002, you should be able to use it away from a power socket for at least half a day. Even more impressive is the performance, with a score of 229 in SYSmark 2002 and a MobileMark 2002 score of 199. This means that you can use the Lifebook E8010 for much more than just office work. It should also be able to cope with a fair few games, although some of the latest titles might struggle a little at higher resolutions.


As I mentioned earlier, the unit on review is an early pre-production model, but all of the features will remain the same on production units. However, the build quality should be improved upon by the time the E8010 hits the shelves. Overall the Lifebook E8010 is a very impressive machine, but it does have one drawback, a fairly high estimated price of £1,999.99 inc VAT, placing it firmly in the corporate laptop category. The price does however include a three-year international collect and return warranty, which will be important to a frequent business traveller.


The Fujitsu-Siemens Lifebook E8010 isn’t available to buy just yet, but stock should start to ship around the middle of June the UK.


”’Verdict”’


If you want a great value Dothan based Centrino notebook, the Systemax TourBook 5127 is still hard to beat. However, if you need a powerful business laptop with a wide range of connectivity options, great features, good battery life and solid warranty; the Lifebook E8010 should definitely be on your shortlist.