Today we are going to review a Fujitsu-Siemens LifeBook S7010 BT notebook. The manufacturer positions this solution as a portable office computer for corporate needs. As is known, regular “office” notebooks feature 14”-15” LCD screen, average dimensions and weight, elegant and strict design and pretty sufficient performance for comfortable work in multimedia and office applications.
Fujitsu-Siemens LifeBook S7010 BT notebook also complies with these above listed typical characteristics of the office machine. It is equipped with an Intel Pentium M 745 CPU working at the actual 1.8GHz core clock frequency, features 14-inch screen supporting maximum resolution of 1024x768, and is pretty average in terms of dimensions and weight (306 x 247 x 26-33mm, 1.7kg). Although this solution seems to be pretty compact and slim, it at the same time boasts such useful wireless interfaces as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, which makes Fujitsu-Siemens LifeBook S7010 BT fully-mobile.
Design and Ergonomics
The case of Fujitsu-Siemens LifeBook S7010 BT laptop is designed from magnesium alloy of pleasant silver color, with coal-black control panel and frame around the screen. The quick-launch buttons, a couple of side covers and monitor retention mechanisms are also designed from the same silver-colored material, which makes the system look simple and elegant at the same time. All in all, this laptop looks like a stylish attribute of a contemporary businessman. With the cover closed this notebook looks more like a book, due to its strict and slim design.
At the top panel right next to the monitor retentions you can find a row of buttons, including: power button, programmable quick-launch buttons for the most frequently used applications, and Enter key. With the help of the latter and the four quick launch buttons of the Security Panel, you can set additional protection against unauthorized access, by setting up to 5 different numeric passwords, which you will then have to type in before BIOS POST test begins (well, this is a pretty nice solution for a portable “office” notebook, I should say). Also you can see two stereo speakers next to the same monitor retention clips.
The system status indicators are designed in a pretty original way: there is a small LCD panel at the side of the laptop displaying different pictograms corresponding to the power source, battery status, system activity and more. I think that the use of a display like that for this particular purpose is definitely more informative than the traditional LED indicators, we are all so much used to. But unfortunately, it is less functional this way. First of all, when the screen is closed, you can hardly see anything on this mini-screen, and there are no other indicators neither on the sides of the laptop, not on the top of it. Secondly, the pictograms are somewhat pale, and you will have hard time trying to figure out what is showing there if there is not enough light in the room for instance.