Fujitsu LifeBook E743 Review

Hardware-wide, the Fujitsu LifeBook E743 is a laptop that can’t keep up with recent models in the market. However, it comes with reasonably balanced configuration and average users may not notice performance difference between the E743 with the newer Haswell-powered models. Also the rigid chassis, low weight and reasonable battery runtime all stand for acceptable mobility values.

As befitting for a laptop aimed to business users, the E743 comes with a generous array of interface. There are the legacy VGA port, DisplayPort and three USB 3.0 ports, but the very usable HDMI port is omitted from the whole package.

The keyboard seems identical compared to that we saw on the LifeBook E733; but this time it lacks the backlight. The noise level is manageable even when users type on the laptop forcefully. The 15-inch display is acceptable although it is based on the TN technology. The matte panel limits the reflection when used under direct sunlight.

The Intel Core i5 3230M is based on the older Ivy Bridge and it’s paired with the 4GB of DDR3 RAM. It offers enough power for running any business-oriented software, but users won’t benefit from the reduced power consumption. It’s also quite unfortunate that the 500GB Hitachi TravelStar 5400rpm HDD negatively affect the boot-up and wake-up times.

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