Fujitsu Siemens LifeBook S-6120: Test and Review

Not particularly revolutionary, the S-6120 is an interesting machine in many ways. The case finds the blue tones of silver and Fujitsu Siemens. The long plastic strip which covers the upper part of the lid brings a little more, even if the fingers are more easily leave impressions on the metal portion itself. The locking is effective while allowing easy opening using one hand.

With a wheelbase of 29,3×23,6 cm and a screen of 34 cm (13.4 inches), the S-6120 belongs to the category of smaller laptops. Its thickness 3.5 cm, however, is slightly greater than the average. The empty modular bay, the S-6120 weighs only 1.7 kg. When it contains the burner drive CD-RW / DVD-ROM (which was the case of our test machine), it reaches 2 kg weight that is very acceptable.

The S-6120 contains no floppy drive, which is not surprising for a notebook of its class. Its modular bay can accommodate a second battery, PC Card Adapter Type II / Type III or second hard drive. Our test machine had a 40 GB disk.

remarkable Screen

S-6120 is suitably equipped with input-output connections. It has two USB 2.0 ports, a FireWire port, a modem and a 10/100 Ethernet adapter, VGA output and headphone connectors, microphone and line-in. Not to mention a slot for a Type II PC card (which can be used for archiving) or different flash media provided you have the appropriate adapters.

Connecting units that are not the USB standard involves the presence of a port replicator. It provides VGA, serial, parallel and PS / 2, two USB 2.0 ports and an Ethernet port, the latter replacing the one of the housing that is hidden when the Replicator is in place.

The screen is remarkable. Although small as you would expect on a laptop in its class, it seems larger than its 34 cm (13.4 inches) diagonal leave foreseen. Resolution (1024×768) is well suited to daily tasks and the graphics controller may if necessary, provide a 1600×1200 resolution on an external monitor. Graphics are managed by the chipset 855GM Intel video memory required being taken as needed, on the main memory.

Battery lagging

Have both Wi-Fi (802.11b) and Bluetooth may at first seem excessive, but these two standards are essentially complementary. The first occurs in wireless networks while Bluetooth is used to exchange data with a mobile phone or a PDA and can also be used as part of some networks and for file sharing during meetings. Bluetooth connection management is supported by Plugfree, a software house. It abounds in images and sound but allows, through its icons, to easily identify the types of connected devices (PDA, headset, access to mail or web, etc.). It facilitates the transition from one unit to another and also includes a chat client.

With a Pentium M processor at 1.6 GHz and 256 MB of SDRAM (expandable to 1GB), performance when running applications need to be good. This is indeed the case. The 52.3 score of the Business Winstone 2001 (running applications) is indeed a very good result.

Unfortunately we did not take the test Content Creation Winstone 2002 (high end applications) to the end. But this laptop should perform tasks without problems inducing a charge “reasonable”. The only question mark concerns the 3D game performance 855GM integrated graphics components: the 3DMark 1818 score of 2,001 is indeed very much below that obtained with other laptops.

If a laptop user can accommodate average 3D performance when buying a lightweight portable, it does not hold true for autonomy. Unfortunately from that point of view, the S-6120 proves disappointing and especially for a Centrino system. In desktop mode, the lithium-ion battery 4000 mAh gave a time of 2 hours and 47 minutes – which is significantly lower than the results obtained with the best mobile Centrino tested. By tweaking the power management settings, autonomy can reach a little over three hours.

Overall, the S-6120 is lightweight, well designed and well equipped. His only weaknesses are its autonomy and its price.