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Fujitsu’s latest laptop offers crystal-clear audio with superb graphics, writes Ana Korg
INTEGRATING tradition with modern design has produced good results, and that is what Fujitsu is doing with the new LH772 Lifebook.
Using the Takumi philosophy, Fujitsu pays attention to details, be it form or functionality. With the latest specifications, this notebook proves to be a worthy personal workstation despite competition from the iPads and other tablets.
The glossy pink review unit which I received suggests that this model targets trend-conscious consumers and promises loads of entertaining activities to boot.
I’d like to think the choice of the colour pink was inspired by the cherry blossoms, fusing the company’s Japanese heritage in the design. The model also comes in black and white finishing, to suit users who plan to blend with the corporate culture.
The screen panel can almost tilt 180 degrees so you can enjoy the screen at a wider angle. The LH772 is no light weight, as it comes with a built-in optical drive, lots of ports and slots for connectivity convenience as well as unique built-in accessories like speakers, fingerprint reader and more.
The slanting keyboard panel is a gem, rising gradually from bottom towards the upper part, making it very comfortable to type while both hands rest on the palm rest space on the notebook.
The ergonomical design continues with the keyboard slanting slightly lower at the centre, so your fingers won’t tire easily. The patterned surface of the lower panel reduces slipping and does not retain any fingerprints.
Fujitsu has come out with a signature design with the lower keyboard which curves out at the right hand side. It’s called the F-line, as it resembles the letter F.
One of the most interesting features on this Lifebook model is the control wheel, a small crater at the lower right hand side of the LH772 that responds to touch. Just trace your finger around the jagged path around the wheel to turn the volume up or down. It feels like a real audio-visual machinery.
The Omni-pass serves as a master password that can be used to encrypt files, secure the Lifebook and perform other secure options on various information from unwanted snoops.
This unique addition is convenient and safe and you won’t have to worry about anyone getting to your personal files even if you lose the Lifebook.
Another interesting feature is Face Sense Utility. Working with a sensor, it recognises the user’s face and halts tasks when it detects that the user is not in front of the screen for more than three seconds. This means you can go ahead for a break while watching a movie and the Lifebook will pause automatically. Or if you are working, your documents will not fall prey to snooping if you step out of your cubicle. It will resume the task automatically and swiftly as soon as it detects your face is back in front of the screen.
You can choose to play your DVDs or CDs on either the Windows Media Player or the Cyberlink Power DVD 10, with both giving you satisfying results. The Onkyo Box Speakers provide crystal-clear audio, a perfect accompaniment to the beautiful graphics that this Lifebook offers.
For aspiring YouTube artists, the Lifebook has a You Cam feature that comes with lots of fun tools to toy with.
One effect I love is the “raining confetti option” that senses my head movement. You can directly upload the video recorded on the You Cam to YouTube or Facebook and just wait for your five minutes of fame.
Though I did not get to test any graphics-intensive games on the Lifebook, I can imagine the joy of playing one on it with sounds effects blaring from the speakers and the LCD screen giving the best graphics experience.
The LH722 also has Anytime USB Charger mode, giving users the option to charge other devices only if the Lifebook is connected to an AC adaptor or charging using the Lifebook’s battery. The mode also works when the LH772 is not turned on. The charging will stop automatically if the battery level is too low and goes into hibernation.
You can set your Lifebook to ECO Quick Mode that doesn’t start up quickly but saves battery life, as opposed to Quick Mode that powers the Lifebook immediately but sucks more juice.
The entertainment-driven specifications, combined with the exhaustive security features, makes the LH722 Lifebook quite a catch. Fujitsu has managed to balance both design and performance.
Fujitsu Lifebook LH772
Inquiries: Tel - (603) 7728 9003, Website: my.fujitsu.com/pc
Dimensions: 345 x 242 x 35.5mm
Display: 14-inch HD Superfine LCD
Battery: 6-cell 5800Ah, up to 6 hours of usage
Processor: Intel Core i7-3612QM Quad-core
Operating System: Genuine Windows 7 Professional
Memory: 2GB/4GB/8GB DDR3 1333Mhz
Other Features: Onkyo Box speakers, Anytime USB Charger, Face Sense Utility
Our verdict: HHHH
Physical design: HHHH
Value for money: HHHH