Fujitsu LifeBook S2020

The LifeBook S2020 offers decent performance, light weight, and good wireless throughput at a reasonable price. It should appeal to students on the go or any small-office/home-office buyer on a budget.

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The Fujitsu LifeBook S2020 has kept the thin-and-light profile of the companys S2000 family, while upping the horsepower with AMDs new low-voltage processor, the 1.6-GHz Mobile Athlon XP-M 2100+. But the real story lies in its wireless performance: It delivered some of the best results weve seen.

The 4.3-pound S2020 incorporates a bright 13.3-inch screen with a maximum resolution of 1,600-by-1,200. The keyboard is full size, except for the Period and Question Mark keys (75 percent of full size), which can be a bit bothersome for typists. The notebook measures 1.25 by 11.5 by 9.3 (HWD), which is very compact for a mainstream notebook, but still gives you just enough palm-rest space for comfortable typing.

The unit we tested wasnt feature-rich, but it had the necessities. Connectivity ports are located in the back, including two USB ports, one FireWire port, 100MB Ethernet, and a modem. The DVD/CD-RW combo drive is sufficient for burning CDs and playing DVDs. And since this system has a modular bay, you can opt to swap out the optical drive for an additional battery ($129). The ATI Mobility Radeon 9200 borrows its 16MB video memory from the units system memory, so dont expect exceptional graphics performance.

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