Despite being rather quiet in the past couple of years, Fujitsu still remains one of the oldest laptop manufacturers that still make new notebooks. Today, we have a business-centric machine, which offers quite a lot of features for the corporate user – the LifeBook U7410. By the way, Fujitsu was kind enough to send us a LifeBook E5410 sample, which we are also going to briefly cover in this review.
So, why would one want to buy a notebook from Fujitsu? Well, at first glance, the IR face recognition, the fingerprint reader, and docking support may sound enough to convince you. Additionally, the laptop comes with the latest Comet Lake CPUs from Intel, including a couple of vPro variants to the mix.
Not in the last place, there is a 1080p IPS panel and some interesting solutions, regarding the upgradability.
You can check the prices and configurations in our Specs System: https://laptopmedia.com/series/fujitsu-lifebook-u7410/
Fujitsu LifeBook U7410 – Specs
332.6 x 234 x 19 mm (13.09″ x 9.21″ x 0.75″)
Aluminum, Magnesium alloy
Ports and connectivity
What’s in the box?
Inside the package, we saw the laptop itself, as well as a 65W power brick and some paper manuals.
Design and construction
In terms of the overall construction, the LifeBook U7410 is a relatively sturdy device that looks like it can handle a lot of beating. After all, its main purpose after offering on-point security is to be reliable. Yes, its chassis bends ever so slightly, but it is nothing out of the ordinary. Moreover, the materials of the build here are aluminum and magnesium, which lead to a total weight of 1.46 kg and a profile of 19mm.
Sadly, the lid cannot be opened with a single hand, and despite its relatively high resistance to flex, as soon as you bend it from the back, a noticeable ghosting effect appears on the screen. Other than that, it has reasonably thin (not the thinnest by any means) side bezels, and pretty bulky top and bottom bezels. Additionally, the top one houses the IR face recognition sensors, as well as the HD camera, which is protected by e hardware shutter.
Definitely, one of the significant features of this notebook is its industrial look. Like the ThinkPad series of Lenovo, it just wants you to know, that it is intended for business purposes. And interestingly, the LifeBook E5410 shares a lot of the features of the U7410. You can think of it as a more budget alternative to the latter, with the main difference lying in the build materials. Ultimately, the LifeBook E5410 is made out of plastic and offers less structural integrity, bigger weight, and thicker chassis.
Now, let’s focus on the base of the LifeBook U7410, where you will find the keyboard. All in all, it is a decent unit, with good key travel and clicky feedback, which is also relatively quiet. And while it has an optional backlight, we found it to bee a little too dim for comfort. Additionally, its Arrow keys are drawn slightly downwards, and they would have been perfectly comfortable, shouldn’t Fujitsu make the wrong decision of putting the “Page Up” and “Page Down” buttons above the Left and the Right Arrow key, respectively. However, we can quickly forget about that, thanks to the extremely long Right Shift key and the big fat Enter button. By the way, this notebook’s speakers are placed above the keyboard.
Further down below, there is the touchpad, which is pretty accurate, but its size is just too small in 2020. It also has dedicated keys with very little feedback. To its right, you can see the fingerprint reader. Sadly, it is slow and doesn’t register your fingerprints all the time, which is a pity.
Lastly, there is the bottom panel, where you can see a lot of stuff going on – docking connectors, service panels, and sadly – only one teeny tiny ventilation grill.
On the left side of the notebook, you’ll see the charging plug, a VGA port (yes, for real), a Thunderbolt 3 connector, as well as a USB Type-A 3.1 (Gen. 1) port, and a Smart Card reader. Then, on the right, you’ll find an RJ-45 connector, an HDMI connector, a USB Type-A 3.1 (Gen. 1) port, and an audio jack. Additionally, there is a docking connector on the bottom of the machine, and after you remove the battery, you would see the optional SIM card tray. By the way, we almost forgot that the device features an SD card reader on its front – quite an unusual location these days.
Disassembly, upgrade options and maintenance
Here, we can notice something very rare these days. This device has service panels, meaning you don’t need to remove the entire bottom panel, to upgrade your internals. First, you would want to remove the 50Wh battery, which is as easy as unlocking it using the switches and just popping it out. Then, there are the two aforementioned service panels, which hold the M.2 NVMe drive and the two RAM SODIMM slots. By the way, this notebook supports up to 64GB of DDR4 memory.
This is pretty much it. However, if you’d like to reach the Wi-Fi card, or change your thermal paste, you would need to remove around 17 Phillips-head screws. Once you do it, taking off the
bottom panel should be as easy, as poking it with a plastic pry tool and making your way around the device.
Inside, you’ll see that the cooling solution is extremely small – the fan, the heat sink, and the heat pipe are miniaturized, compared to other machines in this class.
Fujitsu LifeBook U7410 has a Full HD touchscreen display, model number LG LP140WF6-SPF1 (LGD046D). Its diagonal is 14″ (35.56 cm), and the resolution – 1920 х 1080. Additionally, the screen ratio is 16:9, the pixel density – 157 ppi, their pitch – 0.161 x 0.161 mm. The screen can be considered Retina when viewed from at least 56 cm (from this distance, the average human eye can’t see the individual pixels).
Its viewing angles are excellent. We have provided images at 45 degrees to evaluate quality.
The maximum measured brightness is 342 nits (cd/m2) in the middle of the screen and 322 nits (cd/m2) average across the surface with a maximum deviation of 10%. The Correlated Color Temperature on a white screen and at maximum brightness is 8000K (average) – colder than the 6500K optimum for sRGB.
In the illustration below you can see how the display performs from a uniformity perspective.
Values of dE2000 over 4.0 should not occur, and this parameter is one of the first you should check if you intend to use the laptop for color-sensitive work (a maximum tolerance of 2.0 ). The contrast ratio is decent – 890:1 (790:1 after profiling).
To make sure we are on the same page, we would like to give you a little introduction to the sRGB color gamut and the Adobe RGB. To start, there’s the CIE 1976 Uniform Chromaticity Diagram that represents the visible specter of colors by the human eye, giving you a better perception of the color gamut coverage and the color accuracy.
Inside the black triangle, you will see the standard color gamut (sRGB) that is being used by millions of people in HDTV and on the web. As for the Adobe RGB, this is used in professional cameras, monitors, etc for printing. Colors inside the black triangle are used by everyone and this is an essential part of the color quality and color accuracy of a mainstream notebook.
Still, we’ve included other color spaces like the famous DCI-P3 standard used by movie studios, as well as the digital UHD Rec.2020 standard. Rec.2020, however, is still a thing of the future and it’s difficult for today’s displays to cover that well. We’ve also included the so-called Michael Pointer gamut, or Pointer’s gamut, which represents the colors that naturally occur around us every day.
The yellow dotted line shows Fujitsu LifeBook U7410’s color gamut coverage.
Its display covers 96% of the sRGB/ITU-R BT.709 (web/HDTV standard) in CIE1976.
Our “Design and Gaming” profile delivers optimal color temperature (6500K) at 140 cd/m2 luminance and sRGB gamma mode.
We tested the accuracy of the display with 24 commonly used colors like light and dark human skin, blue sky, green grass, orange, etc. You can check out the results at factory condition and also, with the “Design and Gaming” profile.
Below you can compare the scores of Fujitsu LifeBook U7410 with the default settings (left), and with the “Gaming and Web design” profile (right).
The next figure shows how well the display can reproduce dark parts of an image, which is essential when watching movies or playing games in low ambient light.
The left side of the image represents the display with stock settings, while the right one is with the “Gaming and Web Design” profile activated. On the horizontal axis, you will find the grayscale and on the vertical axis – the luminance of the display. On the two graphs below you can easily check for yourself how your display handles the darkest nuances but keep in mind that this also depends on the settings of your current display, the calibration, the viewing angle, and the surrounding light conditions.
Response time (Gaming capabilities)
We test the reaction time of the pixels with the usual “black-to-white” and “white-to-black” method from 10% to 90% and vice versa.
We recorded Fall Time + Rise Time = 19 ms
Health impact – PWM / Blue Light
PWM (Screen flickering)
Pulse-width modulation (PWM) is an easy way to control monitor brightness. When you lower the brightness, the light intensity of the backlight is not lowered, but instead turned off and on by the electronics with a frequency indistinguishable to the human eye. In these light impulses, the light/no-light time ratio varies, while brightness remains unchanged, which is harmful to your eyes. You can read more about that in our dedicated article on PWM.
Thankfully, Fujitsu LifeBook U7410’s display is free from flickerings. This means you will be able to work all day on your laptop, without experience any eyestrain, at least in this aspect.
Blue light emissions
Installing our Health-Guard profile not only eliminates PWM but also reduces the harmful Blue Light emissions while keeping the colors of the screen perceptually accurate. If you’re not familiar with the Blue light, the TL;DR version is – emissions that negatively affect your eyes, skin, and your whole body. You can find more information about that in our dedicated article on Blue Light.
Fujitsu LifeBook U7410’s display has an IPS panel with a Full HD resolution, decent contrast ratio, and comfortable viewing angles. Moreover, its backlight doesn’t flicker at any brightness level, and it covers 96% of the sRGB gamut. And while the color accuracy of the panel with the default settings is not really good for color-sensitive work, our Gaming and Web design profile seems to help by bringing the Average dE well below the value of 2.0.
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Office Work should be used mostly by users who spend most of the time looking at pieces of text, tables or just surfing. This profile aims to deliver better distinctness and clarity by keeping a flat gamma curve (2.20), native color temperature and perceptually accurate colors.
Design and Gaming
This profile is aimed at designers who work with colors professionally, and for games and movies as well. Design and Gaming takes display panels to their limits, making them as accurate as possible in the sRGB IEC61966-2-1 standard for Web and HDTV, at white point D65.
THealth-Guard eliminates the harmful Pulse-Width Modulation (PWM) and reduces the negative Blue Light which affects our eyes and body. Since it’s custom tailored for every panel, it manages to keep the colors perceptually accurate. Health-Guard simulates paper so the pressure on the eyes is greatly reduced.
Although Fujitsu LifeBook U7410’s speakers produce a rather quiet sound, its quality is decent. However, there are some deviations in the entire frequency range.
All of the drivers and utilities for this notebook can be found here: https://support.ts.fujitsu.com/IndexDownload.asp?lng=en
Now, we conduct the battery tests with Windows Better performance setting turned on, screen brightness adjusted to 120 nits, and all other programs turned off except for the one we are testing the notebook with. This unit’s 50Wh battery was able to go through 12 hours and 5 minutes of Web browsing and 8 hours and 6 minutes of video playback.
The LifeBook U7410 comes with the Core i3-10110U, Core i5-10210U, and the Core i7-10510U, as well as the latter two’s vPro variants.
Despite the wild choice in the processor department, you can only get the notebook with the integrated Intel UHD Graphics.
Temperatures and comfort
Max CPU load
In this test we use 100% on the CPU cores, monitoring their frequencies and chip temperature. The first column shows a computer’s reaction to a short load (2-10 seconds), the second column simulates a serious task (between 15 and 30 seconds), and the third column is a good indicator of how good the laptop is for long loads such as video rendering.
Average core frequency (base frequency + X); CPU temp.
|Intel Core i7-10510U (15W TDP)||0:02 – 0:10 sec||0:15 – 0:30 sec||10:00 – 15:00 min|
|Fujitsu LifeBook U7410||3.05 GHz (B+69%) @ 86°C||2.65 GHz (B+47%) @ 96°C||1.94 GHz (B+8%) @ 79°C|
|ASUS ZenBook Flip 15 UX563||3.59 GHz (B+99%) @ 83°C||3.26 GHz (B+81%) @ 86°C||2.89 GHz (B+61%) @ 85°C|
|ASUS ZenBook Flip 14 UX463||3.50 GHz (B+94%) @ 92°C||2.97 GHz (B+65%) @ 95°C||2.31 GHz (B+28%) @ 73°C|
|Dell Inspiron 14 5490||3.62 GHz (B+101%) @ 80°C||2.39 GHz (B+37%) @ 74°C||1.92 GHz (B+7%) @ 65°C|
|Dell Inspiron 13 7391 2-in-1||3.50 GHz (B+94%) @ 98°C||2.27 GHz (B+26%) @ 82°C||2.09 GHz (B+16%) @ 79°C|
|Dell XPS 13 7390||3.62 GHz (B+101%) @ 89°C||3.16 GHz (B+76%) @ 99°C||2.70 GHz (B+50%) @ 85°C|
|Dell Vostro 5490||3.57 GHz (B+98%) @ 90°C||2.51 GHz (B+39%) @ 87°C||2.10 GHz (B+17%) @ 66°C|
Obviously, the tiny ventilation grill is not giving enough breathing space, for the small fan. This makes the laptop suffocate and heat up quite drastically, before dropping its frequency below 2.00 GHz just to keep the temperature down.
Comfort during full load
On the outside, we monitored warm 46-degrees under extreme workload, which is a bit high for comfort. Additionally, the fan was clearly audible, if not loud.
You know, most of the time, business notebooks are a bit different from the rest. They are less pleasing to the eyes, and in the majority of the cases, the compromises made with the visuals, come as a result of a better versatility or usability. Ultimately, we can say that the LifeBook U7410 is not a pretty device but we don’t want to discredit Fujitsu by any means.
Its build quality is good, and the aluminum/magnesium chassis is on point. Additionally, you have the option to connect it to a dock, and there is a Thunderbolt 3 connector, as well as an SD card reader and a Smart card reader on board. Some models can also be configured with an LTE connectivity if you travel frequently.
Fujitsu LifeBook U7410’s display has an IPS panel (LG LP140WF6-SPF1) with a Full HD resolution, decent contrast ratio, and comfortable viewing angles. Moreover, its backlight doesn’t flicker at any brightness level, and it covers 96% of the sRGB gamut. And while the color accuracy of the panel with the default settings is not really good for color-sensitive work, our Gaming and Web design profile seems to help by bringing the Average dE well below the value of 2.0.
Sadly, though, there are some let downs. The biggest one is the fingerprint reader. While it promises another layer of security, it is just too slow to be convenient. Moreover, it is rarely accurate enough to even register your fingerprint properly – Fujitsu would definitely want to work on that.
Next, there is cooling. Not only the performance of the notebook is somewhat undermined, but we found that the fan was working rapidly every time we installed a program or even just transferred a file. Other than that, we think that the touchpad is a bit too small, and the keyboard backlight is a bit too dim, but this is generally nitpicking at this point.
On the bright side, the LifeBook U7410 offers great upgradability, thanks to its two service lids – one for the M.2 drive, and one for the dual-channel memory (supports up to 64GB of DDR4 RAM). In addition to that, the battery life seems to be decent, with Web browsing times of around 12 hours and 6 minutes more than 8 hours of video playback.
At the end of the day, this is not a perfect laptop, but it is a rather convenient one. You can also check the LifeBook E5410, should you be interested in a more affordable option. And if you don’t really need the great display, you can check the Dell Latitude 5400, which is one of the best business-grade machines up to this date.
- I/O features everything you need + optional LTE connectivity
- Build from aluminum and magnesium
- Doesn’t use PWM to adjust screen brightness (LG LP140WF6-SPF1)
- Optional IR face recognition
- 96% sRGB coverage and accurate color representation, thanks to our Gaming and Web design profile) (LG LP140WF6-SPF1)
- Decent battery and Thunderbolt connectivity
- Easy for upgrades + 64GB dual-channel memory support
- Relatively premium-priced
- The fingerprint reader is slow and inaccurate
- Inadequate cooling
You can check the prices and configurations in our Specs System: https://laptopmedia.com/series/fujitsu-lifebook-u7410/