Fujitsu’s specialty these days is making ultrasecure business notebooks. They embed technologies like PalmSecure, which is widely used in many different levels of corporate authorization units, and it is only natural to embed the technology inside a notebook, provided that the sensor is small enough.
Additionally, they offer some of their laptops with Intel’s vPro processors, and one of them is the LifeBook U9310X. It is a convertible with stupidly low weight, that is actually compliant with the MIL-STD-810G standard. Also, it has a camera both above the display and above the keyboard, so you can take a picture at practically any time.
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Fujitsu LifeBook U9310X - Specs
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What’s in the box?
Inside the package, we see a 65W barrel plug adapter, which looks a little bit like a prick. Additionally, there are the mandatory user guides and manuals, as well as the laptop, itself.
Design and construction
Honestly, this laptop is not a whole lot (or any) different from its predecessor – the LifeBook U939X. It is made out of magnesium and weighs 1050 grams. And inside the hand, it feels almost nonexistent. That’s how light it is. And while its profile is not the thinnest out there, 16.9mm is still something remarkable on a convertible. On top of that, it’s base is very prone to twists, but if you give it too much pressure cracking noises start to appear.
On the other side, the lid is as flexy as a mouse pad, and it can’t be opened with a single hand. Hiding behind the huge top bezel, you’ll find a Full HD camera and a duo of IR sensors, meant for the face recognition system. Additionally, once opened, the lid lifts the backside of the base, to ensure more airflow to the fan.
Next, at the base, we have a 5MP camera, as well as a dedicated notes shortcut button. Below, there is a controversial keyboard. Overal its layout is good, but the problem is the inconsistency between the keys. Some of them have clicky feedback, while others, seem too mushy and the overall experience is uncomfortable for typing. Too bad. Also, the touchpad is a bit too small for a Windows machine, and its dedicated keys have travel, which is a bot too short.
And to the right of the touchpad, you will see the PalmSecure reader, which works by reading the pattern of the veins inside your palm. Fujitsu says that they are using infrared light to do this, but we are pretty convinced that this is black magic.
Lastly, on the bottom panel, you can see a teeny tiny ventilation grill, while the speakers are placed to the side, and the hot air escapes the chassis, towards the display.
This notebook is reasonably rich in I/O. On the left, you’ll see the power plug, as well as two USB Type-C Thunderbolt 3 connectors, an HDMI connector, a USB Type-A 3.1 (Gen. 1) port, an audio jack, and a Smart card reader. Then, on the right, there is the freaky looking transformer RJ-45 connector, another USB Type-A 3.1 (Gen. 1) port, an SD card reader, and an optional SIM card tray. This is also where the Power button resides, and there is a slot for the dedicated pen.
Disassembly, upgrade options and maintenance
Despite being such a lightweight device, Fujitsu is using 16 Phillips-head screws to hold the bottom panel to the chassis. The good thing is that the company was aware that you’re going to be tired after you undo all of the screws, so they practically didn’t put any clips on. You just need to lift the panel away, and boy it looks as thin as a sheet of paper.
This model doesn’t boast a particularly impressive cooling solution. It consists of a tiny heat pipe and a small fan. Another thing that is a pity, is the lack of upgradable memory. All of it is soldered to the motherboard, and it comes in configurations of 8GB and 16GB of LPDDR3 RAM, which runs at 2133 MHz. At least on the bright side, you can put a larger or a faster M.2 PCIe SSD inside.
Powering the laptop, when it’s away from the plug, is a 50Wh battery pack.
Fujitsu LifeBook U9310X is equipped with a Full HD IPS touchscreen panel, Sharp LQ133M1JW48 (SHP14F5). Its diagonal is 13.3-inch (33.78 cm), and the resolution – 1920 х 1080p. Additionally, the screen ratio is 16:9, the pixel density – 166 ppi, their pitch – 0.153 х 0.153 mm. The screen can be considered Retina when viewed from at least 53 cm (from this distance, the average human eye can’t see the individual pixels).
Viewing angles are comfortable. We offer images at different angles to evaluate the quality.
The maximum measured brightness is 357 nits (cd/m2) in the middle of the screen and 341 nits (cd/m2) average across the surface with a maximum deviation of 7%. The Correlated Color Temperature on a white screen and at maximum brightness is 6350K – slightly warmer than the 6500K temperature for sRGB.
In the illustration below you can see how the display performs from uniformity perspective. The illustration below shows how matters are for operational brightness levels (approximately 140 nits) – in this particular case at 50% Brightness (White level = 140 cd/m2, Black level = 0.13 cd/m2).
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 good – 1040:1.
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. Basically, colors inside the black triangle are used by everyone and this is the 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 U9310X’s color gamut coverage.
Its display covers 97% of the sRGB/ITU-R BT.709 (web/HDTV standard) in CIE1976, providing a punchy and vibrant image.
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 U9310X with the default settings (left), and with the “Gaming and Web design” profile (right).
The next figure shows how well the display is able to reproduce really 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 = 29 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.
Fujitsu LifeBook U9310X’s display uses PWM up until 92 nits. Sadly, the flickering has a frequency of 210Hz, which is rather low and harmful. However, above the 33% threshold, the display is completely safe to use 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 U9310X’s touchscreen display with an IPS panel, Full HD resolution, decent maximum brightness, comfortable viewing angles, and good contrast ratio. Additionally, it covers the sRGB color gamut almost fully (97%), and with the help of our Gaming and Web design profile, the color accuracy is right within the standard. However, there is some profound unevenness of the color representation across the entire area of the device, with the most noticeable difference being between the top left corner and the middle. And also on the downside, the laptop uses aggressive PWM for brightness adjustment below 92 nits. Indeed, there is no problem above that value, but if you are often doing night shifts, you would use the laptop with a significantly lower brightness level. Thankfully, our Health-Guard profile fixes the issue entirely.
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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.
Fujitsu LifeBook U9310X’s speakers are really quiet. Additionally, the low, mid, and high tones all have some deviations in clarity.
All of the drivers and utilities for this notebook can be found here: https://support.ts.fujitsu.com/Index.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 notebook’s 50Wh battery can deliver 11 hours and 20 minutes of Web browsing and just 7 minutes shy of 12 hours of video playback.
In order to simulate real-life conditions, we used our own script for automatic web browsing through over 70 websites.
For every test like this, we use the same video in HD.
We use F1 2017’s built-in benchmark on loop in order to simulate real-life gaming.
This laptop can be purchased with the Core i5-10210U, as well as two vPro CPU models – the Core i5-10310U and the Core i7-10610U.
Results are from the Cinebench 15 CPU test (the higher the score, the better)
Results are from the Fritz chess benchmark (the higher the score, the better)
Results are from our Photoshop benchmark test (the lower the score, the better)
However, the graphics is only limited to the integrated Intel UHD Graphics.
Results are from the 3DMark: Fire Strike (Graphics) benchmark (higher the score, the better)
Results are from the Unigine Heaven 3.0 benchmark (higher the score, the better)
Results are from the Unigine Heaven 4.0 benchmark (higher the score, the better)
Results are from the Unigine Superposition benchmark (higher the score, the better)
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 i7-10610U (15W TDP)||0:02 – 0:10 sec||0:15 – 0:30 sec||10:00 – 15:00 min|
|Fujitsu LifeBook U9310X||2.94 GHz (B+63%) @ 86°C||2.62 GHz (B+46%) @ 95°C||2.04 GHz (B+13%) @ 81°C|
Yup, one of the things you have to expect during extreme load is high temperatures. Additionally, the frequencies at the end are not that impressive but keep in mind that this is not a powerhouse, but a business notebook.
Okay, first, we have to get some things out of the way, starting with the performance. This notebook is clearly not meant for 3D rendering, animation, or any CPU or GPU-intensive workload. Of course, this doesn’t mean that you can’t edit photos, and actually, thanks to the touchscreen and the included stylus, it can be quite the experience.
Despite the lack of pure power, the LifeBook U9310X is extremely snappy in all of the OS and Web browser tasks you throw at it. And its 1050 grams chassis is extremely solid. And addressing the issues invented by Apple, the 16.9mm profile is no problem to include a couple of USB Type-A ports, an HDMI connector, and even a freaky RJ-45 transformer port. Not to mention the two Thunderbolt 3 connectors!
Surely, the soldered memory might be a problem for some people, but as long as you go for the highest offering (16GB), you should be good to go for the next couple of years.
Now, as a convertible, one of the most important features of the Fujitsu LifeBook U9310X is its touchscreen display. It has an IPS panel, Full HD resolution, decent maximum brightness, comfortable viewing angles, and good contrast ratio. Additionally, it covers the sRGB color gamut almost fully (97%), and with the help of our Gaming and Web design profile, the color accuracy is right within the standard. However, there is some profound unevenness of the color representation across the entire area of the device, with the most noticeable difference being between the top left corner and the middle. And also on the downside, the laptop uses aggressive PWM for brightness adjustment below 92 nits. Indeed, there is no problem above that value, but if you are often doing night shifts, you would use the laptop with a significantly lower brightness level. Thankfully, our Health-Guard profile fixes the issue entirely.
While the battery life is good at around 11 hours and 20 minutes of Web browsing and almost 12 hours of video playback, we have some notes for Fujitsu. The biggest one here would be the uncomfortable keyboard. It is not really uniform in terms of feedback, as some keys are mushy, while others are the complete opposite. Secondly, there is the touchpad with its super small area. Honestly, the latest Fujitsu laptops form their U-series feature very small touchpads, reminiscent of the Windows laptop from 10 years ago.
On the bright side, there are a lot of security and privacy features on this laptop, including an optional IR face recognition system, a physical camera shutter, and the PalmSecure system. Instead of providing its users with the orthodox fingerprint reader experience, Fujitsu is offering their in-house technology of scanning your palm’s vein pattern, unique for each and every person. It is astonishing to see that they have implemented it in a laptop (for some years now), considering it is mainly found in building entrances.
Nevertheless, at the end of the day, this is a notebook for professionals, who need to take quick notes on the go, and potentially work with color-sensitive content. However, Lenovo and their ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 3 is a bit better in the latter, thanks to its higher resolution, and lack of PWM.
- Ultralight magnesium chassis
- Covers 97% of sRGB colors (LG LP140QH2-SPA1)
- Very high color accuracy when Gaming and Web design profile is installed (LG LP140QH2-SPA1)
- Good battery life
- A dedicated pen that hides inside the laptop
- PalmSecure and optional IR face recognition systems
- Rich I/O with two Thunderbolt 3 ports, an SD card reader and an optional LTE support
- CPU performance is not brilliant
- Speakers are really quiet
- Memory is soldered to the motherboard
You can check the prices and configurations in our Specs System: https://laptopmedia.com/series/fujitsu-lifebook-u9310x/