CaseThe case of the LIFEBOOK S761 has many optical similarities with other devices of the same superior class. Black display lid and bottom, silver palm rest and a white keyboard remind one of the dominant dual-color design of the 1990s. All surfaces are matte and lightly rounded. The palm rest is larger and offers a positive surface. Though the optics are, as always, a question of taste, the case properties leave less room for discussion.
The interface configuration of the test device leaves hardly any wish to be fulfilled. 2x USB 2.0, 1x USB 3.0, VGA, HDMI, gigabit-LAN, card reader (SD, SDHC, SDXC), two separate audio ports (in/out), fingerprint reader, docking port and an ExpressCard/54 slot ensure numerous connection possibilities. Unfortunately, Firewire and eSATA could still be desired by some users. Even then, the variety is impressive; even the positioning of the interfaces is well thought out. The front side card reader is reachable, the USB connections are well spread out and along the back are LAN, AC power and VGA connections. Bothersome could be the HDMI connections (especially with a cable connected) and USB ports that, when using wide devices such as DVB-T and memory sticks, block each other.
Wireless interfaces on our test model, like the other currently available models, are optimally implemented. Bluetooth 3.0, W-LAN 802.11 a/b/g/n and an HSPA Modul Gobi 3000 enable multifaceted connectivity at home or underway.
Security features come in many forms on the Fujitsu LIFEBOOK. Fingerprint readers, BIOS passwords, Trusted Platform Module 1.2 and hard drive passwords round out the usual repertoire, ensuring that data is secured from unwarranted access.