Anyone Have The S760? And Other First Time Fujitsu User Questions...

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  1. i330

    i330 Notebook Enthusiast

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    I've been looking for an 13" portable i7 notebook but have always been a lifelong Dell user.
    Dell has got nothing in that category right now, so I'm thinking of buying a customized S760 with the following specs from shopfujitsu:

    -Intel Core i7-620M Processor 2.66 (add $130)
    -Windows 7 Pro
    -NVIDIA N11M-GE1 512 MB dedicated graphics DDR3 memory (add $100)
    -13.3" WXGA HD display with webcam
    -4 GB DDR3 1066 MHz SDRAM memory (add $160)
    -500 GB (7200 rpm) hard drive (add $240)
    -Modular Dual-Layer Multi-Format DVD Writer
    -Atheros XSPAN (802.11 b/g/n) and Bluetooth wireless
    -Integrated Security Panel and embedded TPM
    -ExpressCard® Slot
    -Free Edge 250GB HD
    $2,052-15%=$1,744

    Do people like their Fujitsu's? How do they compare to Dells? Does anyone have the S760?
    Do my specs look OK? Am I right to go with the Atheros over the Centrino?
    Is it worth getting the extended warranty/screen damage protection?
    Is there are way to stack a student discount on top of the 15% coupon code I received?

    Thanks!
     
  2. chris-m

    chris-m Notebook Evangelist

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    Fujitsu's upgrades are still overpriced, I see. :)

    Don't get me wrong - I like mine. But those prices remind me why I ordered mine with the minimum RAM and HDD. Upgrading wasn't difficult at all. I'm more of an Intel person - I got the 5300 on my notebook - but I don't have any expert advice on Atheros v Intel wifi.

    When I ordered, I couldn't stack discounts.

    As for build, there's a bit more plastic than I expected on a machine with that pricetag. I wouldn't want to drop it. Still, the chassis is sturdy enough to prevent internal components from being bent or stressed. And you can't argue with the weight of the 760 (or 6520).

    In short - I'd spring for the S760 in a heartbeat. Really nice upgrade from my model. But I had to buy a machine last summer; I couldn't afford to wait for the arrandale refreshes...
     
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    i330 Notebook Enthusiast

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    Well I got my S760 and I'm somewhat underwhelmed.
    The touchpad does not some close to my old Dell. The curser just seems to drift off after I let go of the touchpad.

    In general it feels very "plasticy" for the price. And the white keyboard...what were they thinking?
     
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    Well I like the white keyboard...makes it a little easier to see the keys in reduced light...I saw the synaptics touchpad drift effect on an nh570 at Fry's running win7...but I run XP right now on my s760, and it doesn't do the liftoff drift, so there must be a setting to disable it in win7. I got the 620m also, and the usb 3.0 port with the nvidia graphics is a real bonus....

    A little more plasticy (I suppose) than the q2010 that it replaces for me...but as long as it's durable enough (like the q2010) then all will be fine with me...there aren't many other loaded 13.3s that weigh in at less than 4 lbs. Right now I'm runnung a small Intel SSD...but I'm going to get a larger one soon and set up to boot win7 32 and win7 64 also....

    I hope they release a new BIOS that controls the fan duty cycle a little better...the q2010 had the same issue on the original BIOS release....
     
  5. Aikimox

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    White keys get dirty fast. Why not to opt for a backlit keyboard systems?
    You don't have to stick to this model just because of this.
    Also be careful with the i7s in 13" ultra-thin systems - there's a risk of overheating. It can ruin the whole experience. i7s are known to run hot.
     
  6. DrJ

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    Well if it's easier to see the dirt on the keys, then I'll know when to clean them right....

    The i7 620m has the same tdp as the i5 520m, 35w...the i7 720qm has a tdp of 45w though...anyway, the fujitsu s760 has a nice big copper heatsink and a removeable filter that allows you to clean it...no problems at all with heat so far for me....
     
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    What are your temps (idle&load)?
     
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    A quick test shows CPU core temps are a little less than 45c idle and almost 75c for 100% load with the fan set to "Silent" mode in the BIOS...I haven't tried the "Normal" fan mode setting yet...the s760 has a pretty nice medium sized 5v blower fan (bigger than I've seen on many small notebooks) and a lot of copper fins to blow across...not bad for a sub 4 lb notebook I'd say....
     
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    Your system still has some reserves. Nice!
     
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    touchpad drift should be easy to turn off in the control panel. I like it, but I can see how it might be unnerving.

    Along the same lines, I can see how the plastic-y look and feel might be disappointing. I'm much more concerned with cooling, and in my experience the Lifebook S notebooks excel in that area. I push my notebooks hard, and I've never had a problem with heat with the Lifebook S. Not so with the metal-framed MBP, which gets unacceptably hot both beneath the surface and on it.
     
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