Palm-scanning and 4G LTE: Fujitsu Lifebook U904 Ultrabook is an Apple MacBook Pro rival

Think that a trade show like CeBIT only highlights new enterprise IT solutions? You're wrong. This year in Hannover, we just got our hands on a really sexy new bit of hardware, the Fujitsu Lifebook U904 Ultrabook.

The U904 is the world's thinnest 14in business-grade Ultrabook, measuring a mere 15.5mm in girth, as well as having a width of 329.9mm and a height of 229.9mm.

Perhaps more importantly, the U904 a relatively featherlight 1.39Kg, meaning you won't think twice about slinging it into your rucksack before heading off to your next conference.

To put these figures into perspective, this means that the U904 is a fair bit more svelte than a comparative professional laptop like the 13in MacBook Pro, which is 18mm thick and weighs 15.7Kg

Review: Apple MacBook Pro 13in (2013)

But most intriguingly, the U904 has upped the ante in the security sweepstakes, swapping the more traditional fingerprint scanner for Fujitsu's PalmSecure technology.

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Elsewhere, the U904 features a 3,200 x 1,400 pixel LED screen, which was nice and bright in the flesh with well defined colours. Unfortunately, the test model on display at CeBIT wasn't one of the touchscreen variants, but this is an option for buyers looking to make the most of Windows 8.1.

If you do opt against shelling out for a touchscreen version, that's not the end of the world, because the U904 features a great glass coated trackpad and fairly comfortable keyboard. It's not the best I've typed on (the keys give a little bit too much for my liking) but spacing is even and it's very responsive.

Under the hood, Fujitsu's U904 Ultrabook can be shipped with a variety of configurations based around either Intel Core i5 or Core i7 architecture. There's also the neat option of getting the laptop shipped 3G/4G-ready for those times when you're away from Wi-Fi.

As you'd expect on a professionally-slanted notebook, the U904 offers a bevy of connectivity options, including an SD card slot, two USB 3.0 ports, an Ethernet output, and an HDMI socket.

The only real letdown, then, is that the Fujitsu U904 Ultrabook doesn't exactly come cheap. Like most of Fujitsu's kit, the craftsmanship and feature set are superb, but you're going to have to pay for the privilege of owning it. Even for a lower-end configuration, you're still looking at well over £1,000, and some of the beefier setups (Intel Core i7 with 4G, for example) go for as much as £1,750.

Still, if money is no object and you want a world-beating Windows 8 laptop with some unique functionality, the Fujitsu Lifebook U904 Ultrabook could well be the right option for you.