I’ve had the opportunity to get my fingers on the new Fujitsu Lifebook E744.
As an update to the E743, the E744 is much like the E743 in design but the hardware has been updated to 4th generation Core i-series(Intel Haswell)
This series of 13,14 and 15″ models, share almost anything but screen size and the ports that have been put on the outside of the chassis.
You can use the same port replicators, modular bays(2nd battery or harddrive and a few other accessory options) and AC adaptor.
I’ve had this for just a few hours and I have already got an opionion on what I think about the design – for starters, the model I am using is an i7
model (i7-4600M) and this I am aware is part of the reason that I think it is too noisy when I am working on battery. It has a distinct noise coming from
the CPU fan, which I don’t think I would be OK with for a permanent solution. I would hope that using an i5 CPU instead, would make this noise
go away. Even just having notepad and Windows Update running, can make it go from “idle”-noisy mode to spinning up significantly, which just increases
the noise and makes it not OK. I found that running absolutely no applications, will turn the fan off and then the noise is gone – but that’s hopefully not how people are using this laptop…
Here is an example
The keyboard I am enjoying quite a lot, coming from an old Lifebook S762 model, this new style with spaces between the keys is working great, which
is probably why so many vendors adopted to this design over the last few years. Although as can be seen on the picture of my keyboard, after only an hour or so active typing, it already has
moisture stains from my fingers, this could and will probably result in the letters disappearing from the keys over the 3-4 year use period, such a laptop like this should get. This I am looking
forward to seeing if it happens in “real life” usage. Fujitsu has managed to not let any letters out on the keyboard layout and did not put any keys in weird places like some vendors do.
As I’ve only worked on the screen for a few hours, I can’t go into details about the quality, other than I think it’s the same make as the previous E7x3 model, and again coming
from the S762 13″ 1368×768 this is a great improvement for me personally. The viewing angle and colors seem fine to me.
The speakers are on top of the keyboard, and as an office laptop this is probably not the most important part to many, but it has fair sound.
Here is an example:
Regarding battery time I think it will get around 3-4 hours working actively, but I am not sure about this as it went a lot up and down in just the first couple of hours I was working on it.
As always, if you have any questions, please leave a comment and I’ll try to get back to you.