Fujitsu Lifebook U938 First Take: A premium light-weight ultraportable Evaluation

Fujitsu Lifebook U938 First Take: A premium light-weight ultraportable Evaluation
May 26 00:00 2018 Print This Article

Fujitsu’s U-series Lifebook laptop computers are slim and light, and suitable for the mobile expert. The 8th-generation Intel Core processor in the 13.3- inch Lifebook U938 must equip it to deal with relatively requiring work too.

My evaluation sample was a startlingly brilliant red, although conservative types might choose the black choice. In any case, the U938’s size and mobility actually impress. It can be found in under the magic 1kg mark by some margin at simply 920 g, and is a compact 309.3 mm broad by 213.5 mm deep by 15.5 mm thick. It slots quickly into the tiniest of rucksacks or bags.

Fujitsu’s 13.3- inch Lifebook U938 works on 8th-generation Intel Core i5 or i7 processors with 16 GB or 20 GB of RAM and SSD storage as much as 1TB. This touch-screen ultraportable weighs simply 920 g (2.02 pounds) and is offered with LTE mobile broadband.

Images: Fujitsu.

It will require a protective sleeve though. Like other Fujutsu laptop computers I have actually analyzed just recently, such as the 15.6- inch Lifebook E558 and convertible 12.5- inch Lifebook P728, there’s a reasonable little flex in the cover. It will for that reason require some defense in transit– and in any case, if you pick the red design you’ll wish to keep it scratch-free.

Fujitsu has actually squeezed a 13.3- inch touch-screen into a compact chassis, so the side bezels are a slim 7mm. The leading bezel is bigger, to accommodate the web cam. The screen itself is an FHD (1,920 x 1,080) panel that’s rather reflective. The hinges turn far enough for the screen to lay flat on a desk or table.


Instead of a finger print reader, the Lifebook U938 utilizes Fujitsu’s PalmSecure biometric authentication.

Image: Sandra Vogel/ZDNet.

The Lifebook U938’s keyboard is extremely light under the fingers, and has rather a loud click. Unlike the cover, it shows nearly no flex. There’s a double-width, double-height Get in essential, and the arrow secrets are nearly complete size. It’s all extremely functional, and I handled full-speed typing with no problems. The touchpad is a little squished and the wrist rest rather shallow, however I ‘d rather compromise these to have a bigger keyboard, so I believe Fujitsu has actually made the best choice in this regard.

Fujitsu utilizes biometrics on a great deal of its laptop computers, and in this case finger print acknowledgment is shunned in favour of PalmSecure, which checks out palm vein patterns and requires blood to be streaming in order to work. There’s a PalmSecure reader in the bottom best corner of the wrist rest. This can be utilized as an element in multi-factor authentication, as there’s likewise a clever card slot on the laptop computer’s left edge.


The U938 has 2 USB 3.0 ports, 1 USB-C, HDMI and Ethernet (RJ-45), plus an SD card reader and a clever card slot.

Image: Fujitsu.

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Fujtisu has actually packed lots of connection alternatives into the U938’s compact chassis. On the left edge, in addition to the clever card slot, there’s a 3.5 mm audio jack, USB 3.0 and USB-C ports, and a full-size HDMI port, plus a round-pin power jack. The best edge has an SD card reader, a 2nd USB 3.0 port, and Ethernet port and a SIM card slot for the optional LTE mobile broadband.


The U938 is too slim to accommodate a basic RJ-45 Ethernet port, so Fujitsu has actually created an innovative pull-out system.

Images: Sandra Vogel/ZDNet.

The Ethernet port is notable: the base of this laptop computer is simply 10 mm thick, so there’s no space for a traditional full-size RJ-45 port. So rather it moves out and rotates into position. It’s rather lightweight, however extremely smart.

The Lifebook U938 runs Windows 10 Pro as requirement. My evaluation sample had an Intel Core i7-8650 U processor with 20 GB of RAM (one 16 GB and one 4GB module) and a 256 GB SSD. Storage alternatives increase to 1TB.

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Fujitsu states the U938’s battery must last as much as 13 hours, however I’m skeptical about that in real-world usage. In one three-hour session with the screen set to its default of 40 percent, which was completely sufficient for working inside, the battery diminished by 38 percent. I wasn’t pressing the system tough– simply composing, streaming some music and checking out a couple of websites.

This is a pricey laptop computer. There are 4 versions offered as I compose, with a beginning cost of ₤ 1,149(ex. BARREL) for a Core i5-8250 U design with 8GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage. My evaluation setup expenses ₤ 1,798(ex. BARREL).

If you pick the Lifebook U938, you’re not just spending for superior specs and develop quality, however likewise for outstanding mobility.


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