Unveiled at the end of last year, the Fujitsu U904 is positioned in the high-end ultrabook sector. It benefits from a particularly impressive technical sheet and a set of practical, useful features targeting both the individual and the professional on the move. The builder was extremely kind to provide me with a copy of his new machine and now is the time to give you my first impressions of it.
Usually, my tests are split into two sections: a quick start and a more in-depth test. I might give a more complete update on the U904 in the weeks and months to come, but I'm thinking of waiting for the release of the first major Windows 8.1 update anyway to make a new video. So it's not for now.
As usual, we will start by recalling the technical characteristics of the Fujitsu U904 or, rather, of the model that was sent to me by the manufacturer since the latter offers for sale several different configurations:
- 14 inch IGZO WQHD + touchscreen.
- Resolution in 3200 × 1800.
- 2.6 GHz Intel Core i5-4200U processor with 3MB cache.
- Intel HD 4400 GPU.
- 6 GB of RAM in DDR3L 1600 MHz.
- 128 GB SATA III SSD.
- WiFi 802.11 a / b / g / n, Bluetooth 4.0.
- Sierra Wireless EM8805 UMTS module.
- Webcam, speakers.
- Dimensions: 329.9 x 229.9 x 15.5 mm.
- Weight: 1.39 Kg.
- Windows 8.1 Pro.
Not bad is not it ? On paper, the only flaw in this configuration, ultimately, is the lack of a dedicated graphics card. If the Intel HD 4400 chip will be enough to play Minecraft, for example, it may quickly show its limits for more greedy titles.
The machine's connectivity is also very complete, with an HDMI output , two USB 3.0 ports , an SD card port , a headphone jack and a Kensington lock as a bonus. We are also entitled to housing capable of accommodating a SIM card.
The autonomy of the machine is estimated at 10 hours. In practice and for normal use, it will rarely rise above 7 hours. In any case, that's what I noticed at home.
Design & Ergonomics
The Fujitsu U904 surprises with its design. For a very long time, ultrabooks were content to take the lines and materials of the MacBook Air. Fujitsu took it a step further by opting for a darker magnesium case, with a mix of black and brown. The result is really worth the detour.
The ports of the machine are distributed on each side. On the left, we will find the power outlet, the Kensington lock, a USB 3.0 port and the headphone jack, accompanied by a ventilation grid. On the other side, we will have a hatch concealing the port for SIM cards, an extractable Ethernet connector, an HDMI output, a second USB 3.0 port and a port for SD cards. Several LEDs are integrated into the front of the ultrabook. At any time, we will be able to know the status of its battery or its WiFi connection, for example.
The top cover plays the card of minimalism and there is nothing apart from the brand's logo. Below, we will have a special connector designed for the dock sold as an option.
The screen of the U904 seems huge and this is probably due to the fact that its protective glass covers the entire hood. A window very sensitive to reflections from elsewhere. The keyboard (backlit) seems rather comfortable, it reminds me a lot of that of my MacBook Air. The typing comfort is equivalent, even if some keys are a little “harder” than the others. This is particularly the case with the space bar but this feeling will undoubtedly fade with use.
The touchpad is most impressive. It is gigantic and this is frankly a good thing since Windows 8 also supports certain multitouch gestures. The little extra thing is the fingerprint reader located on the right. Thanks to it, we will be able to open our session with a simple swipe of a finger.
I mentioned it a little earlier, but the Fujitsu U904 is aimed above all at professionals and it thus integrates a number of functions particularly appreciated by companies.
It is thus entitled to the vPro technology developed by Intel. If the latter is able to protect the machine from threats (rootkits, viruses, malware), it can also verify the identity of its user and ensure that the right people access the right resources thanks to IPT , OTP and the PKI . If necessary, we can also encrypt our entire hard drive and set up a fingerprint identification system.
Interestingly, thanks to this technology, the DSi and its technicians will be able to take control of our machine remotely to deploy security patches and modify its configuration on the fly. If you want to know more about vPro, your best bet is to visit this page .
There is also the Workplace Protect suite which really impressed me. I will not go into details for the moment since the latter will be the subject of a dedicated article.
The Fujitsu U904 is a beautiful product, it's a fact. However, it is not content to be beautiful to look at, it also has the good idea to set the bar very high thanks to a particularly impressive technical sheet, and a complete connection.
I do not yet have enough perspective to judge his skills, but the few hours spent in his company were most interesting and I even admit that I fell under his spell. The rascal has also managed to distract me from my MacBook Air, and even a little from my iMac. It remains to be seen if this crush will turn into a beautiful love story, or if it was only a torrid and ephemeral affair.
So of course, this ultrabook is not perfect either and it ultimately suffers from two quite annoying flaws in my eyes: the absence of a dedicated graphics circuit and a glass very sensitive to reflections .
We end with the usual unboxing video.