Fujitsu Lifebook A574 Core i5 4GB 320GB 15.6″ 4th Gen.
Fujitsu has been focusing on business for some years now and has countless devices for both professional users and home office workers in its “Client Computing Devices” section. The Fujitsu Lifebook A574 Core i5 4GB 320GB 15.6″ 4th Gen Laptop is a member of the Advanced division, which Fujitsu sees as the office mid-range.
Fujitsu has really tried to design a casing that wins both business customers and trend-following private users. The combination of matte, brushed aluminum finish (B-cover, display back) and red side strips looks impressive without excessive use of high-gloss. The underside is made of hard, matte plastic. The device’s low weight of 1.6 kilograms makes it pleasant to hold, but it has sharp edges. Fingerprints will soon accumulate on the lid.
The clear white labeling of the ports in the work area is striking. Though it facilitates connecting the plugs, it ruins the otherwise homogeneous, restrained looks. The number and type of ports do not go beyond the normal standard of consumers. Quite the opposite since there is no RJ45 Ethernet. Fujitsu recommends its own USB-to-Ethernet dongle for this.
Fujitsu installs the Intel Dual Band Wireless-N 7260 adapter that also adds Bluetooth 4.0. The reception was excellent. We still had 2 signal bars beyond our 40-meter point outdoors and could still open Notebookcheck.com with a reduced speed. Only one of ten review samples achieves this high range. Laptops with an aluminum lid usually have problems.
The a574 is easy to open. A 2.5-inch SATA slot with the SSD, the Wi-Fi module, an empty M.2 slot (4G modem), working memory (1x 8 GB inserted), and the TPM module are found underneath the aluminum plate. These components and the battery can be replaced, but not the processor. The fan can be accessed and cleaned with compressed air.
Only the 65-watt power supply and a recovery DVD for Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit are part of the included accessories by standard. Fujitsu has a rather general and not device specific accessory program with a Supreme Case, USB 3.0 Gigabit LAN adapter, screen protectors, wireless mice, the PRO8 USB 3.0 port replicator, and external multi-DVD drive.