PC Mark 05 tests threw up some surprising results. Despite sharing the same CPU as the Samsung Q40 and having less memory, the Lifebook P7230 managed higher scores in the CPU and Memory tests. Despite this the overall scores were similar, probably because the P7230 lags severely behind in the hard drive tests. As Riyad often points out, performance on an ultra-portable is something of a bonus rather than a necessity and the P7230 does enough for its target market.
Rather like the Samsung Q40, the P7230 uses some slightly dated components but fulfils the role of an ultra-portable well. HSDPA is obviously the key feature in this, but other features such as the fingerprint reader, camera, TPM security and hard drive shock proofing make it a good option for the corporate user. But with the Q40 being £100 less expensive, with a better screen, a generally more attractive chassis and two batteries in the box, it just seems like the better option.
A very capable corporate ultra-portable, the Lifebook P7230’s lack of panache, poor screen and dated hardware count against the more attractive competition. Still, if you’re after an ultra-portable with HSDPA and an integrated optical drive, it does fit the bill nicely.