Fujitsu Lifebook S6510
- 3.5G (HSDPA) module, battery life, modular optical drive
- No express card, just a PC card slot
This is a solid, feature-filled notebook. Thanks to its 3.5G module and battery life the Fujitsu Lifebook S6510 is a great option if you're out on the road a lot.
Price$ 3,199.00 (AUD)
Fujitsu boasts that its sleek, black Lifebook S6510 offers three predominant features; it's thin, it's light and it's wide. We agree it's a very slim notebook; at 34mm thickness it's almost as slim as Fujitsu's own LifeBook Q2010 (3G). We also agree that it's quite light, weighing just 1.7kg, and can see that this notebook's display extends a little wider than normal, thanks to a thinner chassis around the screen. However, Fujitsu has forgotten to highlight its coolest feature, an embedded 3.5G (HSDPA) module for Internet on the go.
Fujitsu notebooks have always been a prime choice for business users but the inclusion of a 3.5G module is a real bonus. 3.5G or HSDPA allow speeds up to 14.4Mbps, although current Australian networks only allow a maximum of 7.2Mbps. This is an improvement over standard 3G which can handle speeds of only 2Mbps at best. Fujitsu has also managed to hide the antennae for the 3.5G module inside the unit, so there are no protruding aerials ruining the aesthetic.
The Fujitsu Lifebook S6510 is an Intel Centrino notebook through and through. It uses an Intel Core 2 Duo T7700 2.4GHz CPU with an 800MHz front side bus and a 4MB L2 cache. It also includes Intel's Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/draft-n and uses the on-board Intel X3100 graphics processor. A total of 2GB of DDR2 667MHz RAM has been included, but up to 4GB can be installed. There is 160GB worth of hard drive space and there is a 1.3-megapixel camera built into the top of the screen.
The 14.1in screen offers a resolution of 1280x800 and has a bright image. Contrast levels aren't anything special and the viewing angle is fairly average, but that's not uncommon with notebooks. Overall it's quite comfortable to look at for extended periods, as long as you keep the screen tilted at the perfect angle for you.
Security features are abundant. There are BIOS and hard disk locks, Smartcard support and a biometric fingerprint scanner. Fujitsu also has installed its own start up and recovery application, which you can access during boot-up to recover your system after any problems that may occur. Business users and those frequently on the go may also enjoy the modular drive bay, which can be used to save weight (by removing the optical drive altogether) or can be used with a second battery for extra life.
Above the keyboard are four shortcuts, which double as media controls for play/pause, stop/eject and skip track forward and back. The shortcuts are programmable, but the first three are labelled for Internet, e-mail and support (linking to Fujitsu's support and diagnostics application). The support application provides access to the user manual but also includes an automated diagnostics tool, which reboots your computer and runs diagnostics on your hardware.
In our benchmarks we saw some very nice results. In WorldBench 6 it scored a total of 82, which gives it plenty of power for your average set of tasks, including e-mail, Internet, word processing, photo editing and so on. In our MP3 encoding test it took the Fujitsu Lifebook 81sec to encode 53 minutes worth of WAV files to 192Kbps MP3 files using iTunes. It then took it 117sec using Cdex, which only uses one core of the dual-core CPU. In the battery test it also did very well, lasting 131 minutes while playing a DVD. This test is considered a worst-case scenario and the system should last longer under normal circumstances.
Join the newsletter!
WD My Passport™ SSD
LiTMUS LAB Dakota Side Table
Amazon Echo Dot with Clock (4th Gen)
Bang and Olufsen Beosound Stage - Dolby Atmos Soundbar
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 5G
Apple Watch Series 6
Toys for Boys
ASUS ROG, ACRONYM partner for Special Edition Zephyrus G14
Sony Playstation 5
Bose SoundLink Revolve Bluetooth Speaker
WD_BLACK™ SN850 NVMe™ SSD
Sony WF-1000XM3 Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones
Nakamichi Delta 100 3-Way Hi Fi Speaker System
Theragun PRO Percussive Therapy Device
Fujiflim Instax Square SQ1
Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit for Nintendo Switch
Lego Mindstorms Robot Inventor
Fender Fullerton Ukele
MSI Modern 14
Philips Sonicare Diamond Clean 9000 Toothbrush
Garmin vívofit® jr. 2
SunnyBunny Snowflakes 20 LED Solar Powered Fairy String
Kindle Paperwhite eReader (10th Gen)
Teac 7 inch Swivel Screen Portable DVD Player
Dickie Toy Remote Control Mega Crane Set
MSI GE66 Dragonshield Limited Edition
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Google Pixel 5 Review: Soft Reboot
- 2 Sonos Arc review: The Main Event
- 3 Samsung Galaxy Z Flip review: Killer form-factor, lethal price-tag
- 4 Oppo A5Xs review: Cutting corners
- 5 Garmin Fenix 5 fitness tracker smartwatch review
Latest News Articles
- Something for everybody in Acer’s new models
- Huawei launches its all-rounder, the MateBook 14
- Dell updates XPS 13 2-in-1 and XPS 13
- Asus’s new ZenBook laptop range pack in new 11th-gen Intel Tiger Lake processors
- MSI launches its first business laptop range with Tiger Lake processors
PCW Evaluation Team
Ultimately this laptop has achieved everything I would hope for in a laptop for work, while fitting that into a form factor and weight that is remarkable.
This smart laptop was enjoyable to use and great to work on – creating content was super simple.
It really doesn’t get more “gaming laptop” than this.
As the Maserati or BMW of laptops, it would fit perfectly in the hands of a professional needing firepower under the hood, sophistication and class on the surface, and gaming prowess (sports mode if you will) in between.
The MSI PS63 is an amazing laptop and I would definitely consider buying one in the future.
This small mobile printer is exactly what I need for invoicing and other jobs such as sending fellow tradesman details or step-by-step instructions that I can easily print off from my phone or the Web.
- Sonos Arc review: The Main Event
- Google Pixel 5 Review: Soft Reboot
- How the Xbox Series X (and xCloud) saved me from buying a gaming PC
- Which flagship TV is best? Sony 4K HDR Bravia 2016 versus LG 4K HDR OLED 2016
- 10 Blu-ray movies / Best looking Blu-ray movies