Review: Fujitsu Lifebook S6510

Fujitsu’s S6510 snorts at the MacBook Air. It may be thicker, but by stuffing a 14-inch display, beefy specs, and an optical drive into a form factor usually reserved for 13.3-inch models, it’s all about bringing power, not fashion, to the portable pot. Just don’t let it near your groin when it’s been running for a while, okay?

It can kick up some dust, thanks to a T7700 Core 2 Duo CPU, up to 4GB of RAM, a DVD burner, Intel X3100 video chipset and every flavor of Wi-Fi. Most striking of all is the WXGA LED-backlit display, which has almost no bezel either side (see our S6510 gallery), and less than an inch of frame at the top and bottom: if the rest of it weren’t so businesslike, it would be quite the looker.

With a lightweight feel and a full-sized keyboard, stereo speakers, legacy ports, PC card slot and other mainstream garnishings, the S650 asks and answers one question: how small can you really go without losing “power” users? It won’t appeal to subnotebook aficionados due to its dimensions (though, at just over 3 pounds, it’s not much heavier than Apple’s little wonder), but in other respects, it makes well-measured decisions about what to drop. Lost, for example, are gaming-class graphics and extravagant storage options.

The S650 is the kind of practical traveler that actually gets bought after toying around with feeble subnotebooks in the store. Apart from that bezel-slaughtering LED panel, however, those who aren’t obsessed with balancing power and heft will find themselves wanting just a little bit more – or a little bit less.

  • RAM Size: 4 GB
  • Clock Rate: 2.2 GHz
  • Hard Drive Size: 120 GB
  • Screen Size: 14.1 inches
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