- Editor's Rating
- Beautiful design
- Excellent performance
- Business-friendly features
- Terrible keyboard
- Poor screen
- Weak speaker (yes, there's just one)
Quick TakeThe Fujitsu Lifebook U772 is an absolutely beautiful Ultrabook that is ruined by a sub-par keyboard.
The Fujitsu Lifebook U772 sports one of the classiest designs seen on an Ultrabook. However, in stark contrast to its flawless design many of the basic features are beyond sub-par especially when considering the notebooks price range.
Part of business is looking the part and the Lifebook U772 certainly helps in that department, providing an understated look with smooth clean lines. The impressively 0.7-inch chassis has a solid feel thanks to its metal construction. Truly the U772 provides the best of everything when it comes design offering a 14-inch thin solid frame that only weighs 3.15 pounds. The U772 is more than just eye candy sporting an impressive Intel Core i7-3667U, which is currently the fastest dual-core processor available in an Ultrabook. The device also houses a number of welcomed business features including Windows 7 Professional, a fingerprint reader, and Intel vPro remote management.
The most notable problem with this notebook is its keyboard. The short travel (only a few millimeters) provides almost no tactile feedback; making it extremely difficult to tell when a key has been pressed down. The F and J keys are even devoid of raised bumps making it easy to lose track of your positioning on the keyboard. The spacebar is also unresponsive to the point where it does not register half the time. The glossy screen also shows too many reflections in well-lit environments. On top of that the screen supports a less than satisfactory 1366 x 768 resolution, which is well below the expected visuals for a business-oriented machine such as this. The sound is also sub-par, as the U772 has one tiny oddly placed speaker located under the left side of the palm rest that is curiously aimed to left. The result is that the device sounds awful even with voice-only applications such as Skype.
While the Fujitsu U772 does have its upsides with its integral outward appearance and strong performance, the machine is simply not worth the asking price given the terrible keyboard and display. The truth is unless the price is dropped significantly, or these problems are addressed you should look for other options.