model 1 Hands on with Fujitsus new Sandy Bridge consumer notebooks

Yesterday we got to spend some time with three new second generation Core i processor notebooks from Fujitsu at a press event in Taipei, namely the Lifebook LH531, A531 and NH751. We did of course snap a few pictures of the new machines and a model or two just because. So let’s take a closer look at what Fujitsu have coming out in the next few weeks as far as its consumer notebooks are concerned.

Yesterday we got to spend some time with three new second generation Core i processor notebooks from Fujitsu at a press event in Taipei, namely the Lifebook LH531, A531 and NH751. We did of course snap a few pictures of the new machines and a model or two just because. So let’s take a closer look at what Fujitsu have coming out in the next few weeks as far as its consumer notebooks are concerned.

Let’s start with the smallest machine of the three, the 14-inch Lifebook LH531. It comes with an option of a Core i3-2310M or a Core i5-2410M processor, up to 8GB of DDR3 1333MHz RAM and a 320, 500 or 750GB 5,400rpm hard drive.

LH531 1 Hands on with Fujitsus new Sandy Bridge consumer notebooks

Graphics is either from Intel’s HD 3000 graphics, or via a discrete GeForce 410M which is a basic GPU from Nvidia with 48 shaders and a shader clock of 1150MHz which suggests a GPU clock of 575MHz. Fujitsu has added 1GB of discrete graphics memory, although the GPU only has a 64-bit memory interface, so don’t expect this to be a gaming grade solution. Nvidia’s Optimus graphics switching technology is at least supported which is a bonus.

LH531 2 Hands on with Fujitsus new Sandy Bridge consumer notebooks

Moving on, we have a 14-inch screen with 1366×768 resolution and although Fujitsu calls it an anti-glare display, you can see from the pictures that it’s actually quite reflective. An optical drive is also included and Fujitsu offers the LG531 with either a DVD writer or a Blu-ray combo drive. In terms of connectivity the LH531 features four USB 2.0 ports of which one allows for charging of USB devices even if the notebook is switched off, a D-sub port, an HDMI port, a Gigabit Ethernet port and a pair of audio jacks.

LH531 3 Hands on with Fujitsus new Sandy Bridge consumer notebooks

Other features include a memory card reader, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR and a built in 1.3 Megapixel webcam. The 6-cell battery is said to be good for up to about 6h of usage, although that would be using the Intel graphics. At 2.2kg the LH531 is a pretty typical 14-inch notebook in terms of weight, so nothing out of the ordinary here.

LH531 4 Hands on with Fujitsus new Sandy Bridge consumer notebooks

Fujitsu will offer the LH531 in at least black, red/black and pink/red where in the latter case the keyboard is the red part. Speaking of the keyboard, Fujitsu is sticking with its typical and very distinctive keyboard design which we’re not entirely sold on, but it’s far from the worst out there. The track pad on the other hand is a bit on the small side in our opinion, especially for a notebook this size. Starting price in Taiwan is NT$29,800 (S$1,274), although that price includes the Core i5-2410M, but as always price and configurations vary from market to market.