Fujitsu Lifebook T580


A weird tablet / netbook concept

We live times where old-fashioned convertible tablets are hard to get by. Ever since Apple and many other important companies get out of their way to produce the most alluring devices with heaps of features and other premium options, customers who prefer simplicity over simply-too-much have found it hard to find a tablet to suit their personality. But we think that even they will probably shy away from the Fujitsu Lifebook T580, simply because the price is too big and the battery has a much too small life. Either way, here’s what we made of this tablet.

10 inch display diagonal

Fujitsu fortunately thinks that such people shouldn’t be forgotten and so it keeps creating convertible tablets which also come with a digitized pen. Adding to that the mention that the Lifebook T580 is almost the size of a netbook makes the device even more attractive to those we mentioned above.
The design of the new Fujitsu Lifebook T580 is reminiscent of a netbook. We say that because all the while that we tested the product we had the urge to rest it on our forearm. The 10.5″ x 7.3″ x 1.3″ make the tablet thicker than its contenders, not to say less appealing in terms of design: this tablet / netbook appears as an old piece of technology. However, the weight it possesses, 2.9pounds, turned it into a very easy to carry tablet once on the road. The display is 10″ and it is packed with the highest resolution of all the resolutions we ever saw on any other gadget like this one: 1366 x 768 pixels. Fujitsu-Lifebook-T580

Touch-screen display

Laying flat against the keyboard is an easy fet due to a swivel hinge. Since we forgot to mention, the display offers digitized and touch-sensitive options; the digitized one came with the benefit of handwriting recognition which, though plenty useful, sometimes gave errors, such as: hitting small icons and so on. On the bright side, should that ever drive you nuts, you can always use the touchscreen or keyboard option. Speaking of the latter, we had trouble typing on it, because it was kind of hard to get used to it, cramped and at times we couldn’t find the keys even with a magnifying glass.
In the features area, the Fujitsu Lifebook T580 has plenty of them preinstalled; we’ll mention here 2 USB ports, 802.11n Wi-Fi, 3G, Smart Card slot, 1 HDMI port, a webcam and many more which are to be found when you scroll to the end of our review.

Weak battery life

We expected the hard drive to be be bigger, but instead it was only 160GB; the same can be said about the 2GB of memory onstead of the usual 4GB.
Going further, the Lifebook T580 has a 1.33GHz Intel Core i5-560um processor. Its low-voltage might discourage some, but we have to say that it performed very well in our test. Our video transcoding test especially proved that this convertible tablet was a star when comparing its performance to other devices.
The biggest disappointment in the case of the Fujitsu Lifebook T580 is, as stated before we began our review, the battery. It managed to resist only 2 hours and almost a half.

Review conclusion

All things considered, the Fujitsu Lifebook T580 manages to be a good tool for lovers of old-school tablets. To the others we recommend another device.

Technical specifications

Operating SystemGenuine Windows® 7 Professional 64-bit
Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium 64-bit
ProcessorType : Intel® Core i3-380UM Ultra Low Voltage processor
Cache : 3MB L3
FSB : 800 MHz
Speed : 1.33 GHz
ScreenMax Definition: HD (1366 x 768), 16:9
Diagonal Dimensions: 10.1″
Techlogy : TFT-LCD LED backlight touch screen
Graphics CardDirectX® 10.1 support
Intel® HD Graphics
Intel® HM55 Chipset
Hard Disk Drive2.5″
ShockLight sensor for HDD shock protection
320GB 5400rpm SATA, S.M.A.R.T.
320GB 5400rpm FDE, S.M.A.R.T.
500GB 7200rpm SATA, S.M.A.R.T.
160GB 5400rpm SATA, S.M.A.R.T.
Solid State Drive
Min : 2GB
Max : 8GB
Type : SO DIMM (DDR3, 800 MHz)
Total slots : 2
Memory Modules :
2GB DDR3 800 MHz, PC3-6400, SO DIMM
4GB DDR3 800 MHz, PC3-6400, SO DIMM
Interface1 x SIM Memory card slot
2 x USB 2.0
1 x Ethernet (RJ-45)
1 x DC-in
1 x line-in / microphone
1 x line-out / headphone
1 x VGA
1 x HDMI
InputSpill-resistant keyboard
82 keys keyboard
17.5 mm key pitch
2.0 mm key stroke
CommunicationLAN : Gigabit Ethernet (10/100/1000 Mbit/s) Realtek RTL 8111E
SlotsCard Reader : SD-Memory card slot
SmartCard Reader
Camera specificationsBuilt-in 1.3MP webcam (optional)
Battery :3-cell Li-Ion 2900 mAh 31 Wh
6-cell Li-Ion 5800 mAh 63 Wh
External dimensionsHeight : 39.7 mm
Width : 270 mm
Depth : 189 mm
Total weight1.4 kg