Fujitsu Lifebook U772 is one of the few ultrabooks on the market that targets business consumers.
Unlike ultrabooks for regular consumers, business ultrabooks come with features demanded by business consumers, like Internet connectivity under any conditions, enhanced security and the possibility of connecting to docking stations.
Fujitsu Lifebook U772 is manufactured by Fujitsu in Japan, and it is trying to attract business clients with it’s excellent design and features not found on other ultrabooks, features such as 3G connectivity.
However, there is a price to pay for all these features. The question we’re trying to answer in this review is that these features are enough to make the Lifebook U772 a top choice for business consumers.
Lifebook U772 Technical Specifications
Display: 13.3″, 1366 x 768 px, matte
Processor: Intel Ivy Bridge Core i7-3317U @1.7 GHz
Video Card: Intel 4000 HD
RAM Memory: 4 GB DDR3
Hard Drive: 32 GB cache SSD + 500 GB HDD
Connectivity Options: Wireless N, WiDi Bluetooth, Sierra Wireless Gobi 3000 3G
Ports: 2xUSB 3.0, 1 x USB, HDMI, SD card-reader, mini-LAN
Battery: 45 Whr
Operating System: Windows 7 Professional / 64 bits
Dimensions: 327 x 225 x 15.6 mm
Weight: 1.4 KG
Design and Construction Review
We’re going to start by looking at the exterior design of the U772 ultrabook. With a weight of 14 KG, the ultrabook is very compact for ti’s class.
The body is only 15,6 mm thick and it combines black aluminum with red magnesium. Business consumers prefer a more serious look so the Lifebook U772 is a “cool” business ultrabook.
On the cover of the ultrabook you can see a small Fujitsu logo in the middle. The cover is pretty solid but it bends a bit when you apply some pressure.
At the bottom you find those red elements, a vent grid, two side speakers, docking connector for a thin battery or docking station with multiple ports. One thing you should know is that you don’t have access to the battery, memory or hard drive.
The ports are located on the sides of the laptop. On the left we find the charging port, vent grid, Kensington lock, USB port and standard 3.5 mm audio jack.
On the right we can find the SD card reader, two USB ports, HDMI and mini-LAN port.
On the back we find a SIM card slot, which is an important feature for business consumers, along with Wireless N and Bluetooth.
The Intel Centrino N6205 solution is available on the Lifebook U772, which uses two antennas and brings the My-Wifi feature ( transforms the ultrabook into a wireless access point ) and WiDI ( Wireless Display ).
If we lift the screen we find the black interior created out of aluminum.
The black surface is surely going to attract fingerprints but it looks awesome. The palm rest is pretty spacious, despite the fact that Fujitsu also integrated a card reader on the right.
Above the keyboard we can find the on / off button. Near it we see the ECO button and LED lights for Caps Lock, Num Lock and Scroll Lock.
Overall, the design of the Fujitsu Lifebook U772 is very attractive. The construction is also pretty solid thus it is a bit heaver but bear in mind that it has a display of 14 inch, not a 13.3 one.
The edge of the display is also built using back aluminum and right away you will notice that it is very narrow. We’re sure that you’re going to think that the Fujitsu U772 is a 13,3 inch ultrabook, however it has a 14 inch display crowded into a 13,3 inch case.
The U772 has a matte screen. It is a TN panel capable of displaying 1366 x 768 pixels, so the viewing angles are limited but the luminosity, colors and contrast are good.
Furthermore, the screen can be adjusted a lot as you have enough room to slide it to the back which is great when you’re on a plane.
Overall the display is pretty decent. It would have been nice if it came with a bigger resolution but oh well.
Keyboard And Touchpad Review
The keyboard is solid and it is a pleasure to type on it. The keys provide a very good feedback and they are resistant.
If you pay extra you can get the illuminated keyboard.
The trackpad has decent dimensions and it seems to be very well built. It is precise, it responds promptly to commands and it does a very good job with multi-touch gestures. However the buttons are pretty rigid.
Hardware and Performances
In the United States, consumers can modify the basic configuration of this laptop but on other markets it is only available with the standard hardware options.
Fujitsu U772 does a pretty good job with day to day tasks but there are moments when you can feel that the classic hard drive is not enough.
The integrated Intel video card is capable of playing multimedia content and you can also play a few games.
Fujitsu Lifebook U772 includes the Intel ULV platform ( low voltage for chipset and processor ) so don’t expect top performances from this laptop.
An Excellent Business Ultrabook
Let’s talk a bit about what makes the U772 a top choice for business consumers.
Firstly, the laptop comes with Windows 7 Professional operating system, it includes a fingerprint reader, 3G connectivity, docking connector and security features like Intel Anti-Theft and vPro, Citrix Receiver, TPM and Computrace Bios Persistence plus other features useful to corporate clients.
The Fujitsu U772 ships with a 45 Whr battery which manages to provide up to four hours of autonomy if you run regular applications.
Even if this seems low, you have to keep in mind the hard drive and 3G model, which can butch the autonomy of the laptop. It can provide up to 5 hours of autonomy if you use it to only write emails, for example.
The autonomy is alright for an ultrabook but it’s still below average.
We think the Fujitsu Lifebook U772 is a very well built ultrabook. It has an excellent design and features you’re not going to find on rival ultrabooks.
The keyboard, trackpad and display are alright but the autonomy of the battery could have been better. A better screen resolution would have also been welcomed and it would have put the Lifebook U772 right out there with the Asus Zenbook Prime U31A.