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Fujitsu LifeBook U772

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What's hot: Very slim and elegant design. Strong corporate-facing features like a port replicator connector and biometrics.

What's not: Middling display, very shallow keyboard with no backlight.


Editor's Note: this is a video review with lightning written review.

Reviewed August 23, 2012 by , Editor in Chief (twitter: @lisagade)

Fujitsu’s latest business Ultrabook, the LifeBook U772 is anything but dull looking. This 14” machine is extremely slim at 0.61” (not counting the tiny rubber feet) and it has a two-tone finish with a magnesium alloy lid and bottom and black sides. The keyboard deck is black and it has an interested etched pattern. It has more style than Toshiba’s business oriented Ultrabooks, and you’ll never confuse it with a MacBook Air.

Fujitsu Lifebook U772

For those of you who shop in retail stores where consumer lines dominate, there’s the similar looking 13.3” Fujitsu LifeBook UH572, whose specs mostly match the base model U772, minus the beefed up security features. The LifeBook U772 starts at $1,149 and you’ll get the usual Intel Core i5-3317U 1.7GHz ULV CPU, 4 gigs of RAM and a fast 128 gig SSD. All U772 models have a biometric fingerprint scanner, Computrace BIOS Persistence module, Absolute Data Protect and Intel Anti-Theft technology. There’s a slightly faster Core i5 and a Core i7 2.0GHz option with Intel vPro CPUs for added security.

Fujitsu Lifebook U772

The 3.15 pound Ultrabook has a distinctly average glossy 1366 x 768 display driven by Intel HD 4000 graphics. This is a TN panel with the usual weak viewing angles and it’s distractingly glossy. Fujitsu offers a matte display option, and we’d go for it. The LifeBook U772 has dual band Intel Advanced-N 6205 WiFi with Intel management utilities and optional Bluetooth 4.0. It has a 1280 x 800 webcam and a 4 cell, 45 Wh Lithium Ion battery that’s sealed inside.

Fujitsu Lifebook U772

For an Ultrabook, ports are abundant with a gigabit Ethernet adapter that plugs into a proprietary port, three USB ports (2 are USB 3.0), a full size HDMI port, a 3.5mm combo headphone/mic jack, an SD card slot and a lock slot. The port replicator connector is on the bottom.

Fujitsu Lifebook U772

The bad news? The keyboard isn’t backlit and it has virtually no tactile feel or key travel. It’s one of the worst Ultrabook keyboards we’ve used. The Synaptics trackpad is decent once you disable the “momentum” feature that keeps the mouse rolling across the display even after you’ve lifted your finger from the pad. The trackpad’s color and texture are similar to the keyboard deck, so we often unwittingly wandered off.

Fujitsu Lifebook U772

Fujitsu Lifebook U772

Fujitsu Lifebook U772

Fujitsu Lifebook U772


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The Fujitsu LifeBook U772 is one of the more interesting and unique looking Ultrabooks on the market. It's also one of the thinnest and lightest without feeling a tad flimsy like the also light and skinny Toshiba Portege Z835 and Z935. The U772 will likely appeal to business users with its strong security features and port replicator, but consumers may find the design and excellent build quality appealing. Our only complaints? It's another mediocre standard resolution TN Ultrabook panel and the keyboard is both hard to type on and is not backlit.

Price: starting at $1,149

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Display: 14", 1366 x 768 LED backlit TN Crysal View display (anti-glare is optional). Intel HD 4000 integrated graphics. HDMI port (max external display resolution: 1920 x 1200).

Battery: 4, 45Wh cell Lithium Ion rechargeable, sealed inside.

Performance: Third generation Intel Ivy Bridge Core i5 and i7 ULV options, including vPro compatible CPUs. Core i5-3317U, i5-3427U (vPro) or core i7-3667U (vPro). Intel HM76 Express Chipset or QM77 Express Chipset. 4 gigs DDR3 1600MHz RAM, 320 or 500 gig 5400 RPM hard drive with 32 gig SSD drive.

Size: 12.87 x 8.85 x 0.61 inches. Weight: 3.15 pounds.

Camera: 1280 x 800 pixel webcam.

Audio: Built-in stereo speakers with DTS Boost, Realtek ALC269-VB6 HD audio. Has a mic and 3.5mm standard combo headphone jack.

Networking: Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6025 single band WiFi 802.11a/b/g/n, optional Bluetooth 4.0, optional WWAN (Sprint, AT&T and Verizon) and Realtek Gigabit Ethernet.

Software: Windows 7 Professional 32 or 64 bit. Microsoft Office 2010 Starter Edition, Norton Internet Security 2012 60 day trial, Windows Live Essentials, CyberLink YouCam, Roxio Creator and Absolute Data Protect 90 day trial.

Expansion and Ports: 1 SD card slot, two USB 3.0 ports (one charging), one USB 2.0 port, docking connector and mini-LAN port (comes with adapter to RJ45 Ethernet).

Security: TPM, BIOS enabled for Computrace, Intel Anti-theft support, BIOS and HDD passwording.



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