Recently, I have reviewed the Lifebook U747 which considered as very good 14 inch business system. It promises of durability and portability design, powerful performance, and a really affordable price point. We are not seeing of so many Japanese laptops available right now, but you still manage to see few companies still provide one of the best products you could afford right now. Today, we are going to take a look into its older sibling, the Lifebook U757. We basically have the similar system like its little brother and what makes big difference is the screen size which now upgraded to 15 inch.
You probably 15 inch business machine is not something really popular around the market as users prefer of 13 inch model since it offers a better portability. With this small market, the manufacture hopes to get as much as consumers here providing something different here. The true competitor for Fujitsu here is basically Dell that coming with their Latitude series. I think its worth for us to take a look inside further and see how it goes for satisfying our needs. That is what we are going to talk about on this article.
Design and Connectivity
The black design has become the trademark for a business system and for this case you should get similar thing here. In comparable with the U747 chassis, I am not seeing any different here and both of chassis have similar approach with black finishing chassis and bevel front design. In term of build quality, they put of magnesium for the base and lid and some kind of aluminum for the wrist rest area. When these materials combined, it shows a truly good quality as I never see any crackling and even twisting the lid won’t make it twisted at all. The hinge system operates pretty smoothly, but keep in mind we cannot open it easily with single hand as the base will rise up as soon as you do it.
Next let’s move into its connectivity. Here, I find any ports which necessary included of standard USB port and USB type-C connection. There are two USB type-A ports and a single USB type-C that fully supports of charging and display port. Unfortunately, the Thunderbolt 3 port is completely missing, but we never something similar at this price range. For adding better security, the manufacture adds of fingerprint reader and TPM lock. The laptop provides of Smart card reader in some models, but the model I have right now does not support it. The overall impression for the design is impressive and pretty much expected for a premium product.back to menu ↑
Display and Input
When comparing it with its competitors, Fujitsu puts so much better quality screen. The 15 inch 1920 x 1080p panel manage to cover of 85 % SRGB color and producing of 294 nits of brightness distribution support. In term of quality, both of color accuracy and brightness are great and as comparison, we have of Lenovo Thinkpad T580 and the system only able to cover of 65 % SRGB color. Lenovo also provides a better screen, but the price goes really high up to nearly 2000 dollars. If you expect for a laptop with quality panel, then you can really depend everything on here.
As for the input, the full size keyboard is featured and coming with numpad keys. The keyboard in my opinion is amazing especially considering the keys are well spaced and fully backlit. Sadly, the same impression different shown on its touchpad. It has a very good size, but it feels incredibly stiff and not accurate. I really hope they put a softer and more comfortable surface and sadly the same case found in its smaller size model. I expect for an improvement, but we are not seeing until later here.
|Fujitsu Lifebook U757 15 Inch||Main Specs|
|CPU||Intel ULV Core I5-7300U 2.6 GHz|
|Graphics||Intel HD Integrated 620|
|Display Size||15.6 FHD IPS|
|OS||Windows 10 Pro|
|Memory||8GB DDR4 Memory|
|Storage||256GB M.2 SSD|
Performance and Battery
There are few different hardware configuration provided by Fujitsu included the different of memory, storage, and the processor. For this review, I got the mid-tier unit equipped with Core I5 7300U processor, 8GB RAM, and 256GB SSD. The specification is quite standard, but will cover any of work you want without giving any tough or bad experience. The I5 7300U is a good dual core processor from 7th generation line up. It features higher clock rate than the 7200U at 2.6 GHz. The additional of 100 MHz clock will offer 15 to 20 % more performance. The different is not huge, but it feels smoother in real life. The 8GB and 256GB SSD is big enough, but keep in mind both of them are upgradable and mean users can just upgrade whenever they want.
The U757 overall promises of good battery life here, but I really hope the manufacture put a bigger battery here since they add the similar capacity like its 14 inch model. I guess with thicker and bigger chassis, the thing is really possible if they want. Inside, you should find of 50 Wh battery and will last for 7 to 8 hours in fully intensive usage. The result is not surprising, but feels long enough to care everything in a single day. Just make sure to always bring it charger or carrying the USB type-C cable for charging it through the battery pack.back to menu ↑
Fujitsu consistently provides of high quality business device and promising of many things like its competitors capable to do. Some components like display and keyboard even feels so much better here. I have tried few Lenovo mid-laptops and none of them have great display. Unfortunately, the system is never meant to be perfect at all as Fujitsu does not really use its bigger chassis and basically put the same things at bigger shell. The choice is yours, so feel free to take any consideration about it. Make sure to check our latest article and mind leaving any comments for further assistance regarding the article.