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Fujitsu LifeBook C2310

At a Glance
  • Fujitsu LifeBook C2310

Fujitsu LifeBook C2310
Artwork: Rick Rizner, John Goddard

If you crave a new notebook with all the latest bells and whistles but can't quite bring yourself to part with your floppy disks, you have two choices: Either buy a $99 USB floppy drive to go with your new purchase or find a notebook that has a floppy drive built in. Along with hot new notebook features, the $1849 Fujitsu LifeBook C2310 provides the modern-day Luddite's favorite has-been, the integrated floppy drive. The floppy sits on the right, and the C2310's multiformat DVD writer sits on the left.

The C2310 is well designed, if a bit chunky at 2 inches tall and 7.8 pounds without the power adapter. It has most of the latest notebook connections, including four USB 2.0 ports, FireWire, Wi-Fi, and a TV-out port. A combination Memory Stick/SD Card slot offers an easy way for those with Sony and SD Card devices to exchange data.

The bottom of the three-tone case juts about a half-inch beyond the closed lid, a design that helps protect the screen from damage. The C2310 is easy to type on and offers two bonuses: a brightness toggle and a set of dual-purpose shortcuts that serve as audio controls or application launchers. A dedicated mode button and helpful LEDs that say "application" and "player" make switching between the two modes a snap. However, it's a shame that the audio functions don't include volume and that the stereo speakers grate a tad--hardly the "theater quality" sound Fujitsu touts.

Upgradability is mixed. Although the 80GB hard drive is not user accessible, a negative for owners who want to keep their future upgrade options open, the battery is among the easiest to remove we have ever seen, thanks to simple tab releases. You can even reach the C2310's memory socket without using a screwdriver, an exceptionally rare convenience for a notebook. Just slide off a protective panel above the keyboard with your fingers, tip back the keyboard, and lift a plastic cover beneath it.

The 1.6-GHz/600-MHz Pentium M-equipped C2310 logged a below-average WorldBench 5 score of 70, about 7 percent slower than the average figure for notebooks with that type of CPU. It also lasted just 1.8 hours on one battery charge, a rather limited time for this class of notebook.

The Fujitsu LifeBook C2310 will keep legacy fans happy with a built-in floppy drive, while not neglecting cutting-edge notebook features such as a multiformat DVD burner. However, the C2310 is overly bulky and suffers from short battery life compared with other Pentium M-equipped notebooks.

Fujitsu LifeBook C2310

WorldBench 5 score of 70, 1.6-GHz/600-MHz Pentium M, 512MB of DDR266 SDRAM, Windows XP Home, 15-inch active screen, 80GB hard drive, rewritable DVD drive, three-in-one media card slot, built-in V.90 modem and 10/100 ethernet, 802.11g wireless, touchpad pointing device, 8.6 pounds (including AC adapter and phone cord). One-year parts and labor warranty; free unlimited 24-hour toll-free tech support.

Carla Thornton

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At a Glance
  • Fujitsu LifeBook C2310

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