Fujitsu PC released its new LifeBook E notebook series Thursday.Fujitsu Laptop Battery The notebooks are available in three configurations but can also be customized. They weigh about 6 pounds, come with 14.1-inch screens and feature an Intel mobile Pentium III processor at 650MHz, 750MHz or 850MHz. Prices range from $1,499 to $2,399.
The notebooks have a bay for CD-ROM, DVD or CD-RW drives or for a second battery, which can extend battery life to up to eight hours. The LifeBook E Series is available at retail and on the company's Web site.
On Tuesday morning, Fujitsu announced updates to two of its LifeBook lines, the UMPC-like U series and the tiny P-series tablet. Designed primarily for use in vertical markets (think health care and manufacturing), the systems are also sure to appeal to buyers who want something as portable as a Netbook but are willing to pay more for a more thorough feature set.
Fujitsu updates tiny LifeBook tablets
The U820 doubles as a Garmin GPS
The 5.6-inch LifeBook U820 updates the U810 we reviewed last year, adding a GPS receiver, plus integrated Garmin Mobile PC software for driving directions and points of interest.
The U820 is built on a Z-series Intel Atom processor and includes 1GB of RAM, Fujitsu FPCBP68 Battery, Fujitsu FPCBP63 Battery, Fujitsu FPCBP95 Battery plus your choice of a hard drive up to 120GB or a solid-state drive up to 64GB. There are plenty of features to appeal to mobile workers and their IT departments, including a 1.3-megapixel Webcam, fingerprint reader, and Kensington lock slot; WWAN will be offered as an option in 2009.
Fujitsu lets buyers choose between a two-cell battery, which reportedly lasts 3.5 hours, and a four-cell battery, which lasts 7.5 hours.Fujitsu FPCBP95 Battery The battery choice will also make a difference in weight: The laptop weighs 1.3 pounds with the smaller battery and 1.6 pounds with the larger one.
The LifeBook U820 is available immediately at prices starting at $1,049.
LifeBook P1630: A slightly larger tiny tablet
If that 5.6-inch screen seems too small, you could bump up to the 8.9-inch LifeBook P1630. This new 2.2-pound tablet updates the P1620 with Centrino 2 components, including an Intel Core 2 Duo SU9300 Ultra Low Voltage Processor and 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi connectivity. The new model also includes a 1.3-megapixel Webcam, an optional solid-state drive, and optional Bluetooth connectivity; WWAN will be offered as an option in 2009.
The company claims that the LifeBook P1630 can run up to 6.2 hours with the high-capacity battery. Starting at $2,179, the tablet is available immediately.
Fujitsu gets wacky with LifeBook A1110
In the past few years, as companies like Dell and Sony have been making a big deal about releasing laptops in a rainbow of colors, Fujitsu has seemed content to stick with the traditional black, white, or silver. That all changed on Wednesday, when the company released the LifeBook A1110,Fujitsu FPCBP63 Battery, a 15.4-inch laptop with a distinct, eye-catching patterned lid.
Even better, the lid incorporates a swappable exterior panel, so if you become bored with the default green pattern, $20 buys you pink butterflies, or an ornate blue pattern, and potentially other colors in the future. Fujitsu has engineered the lid so that it can easily snap on and snap off the LCD cover for countless wardrobe changes. Cool, no?
The LifeBook A1110 includes one other small innovation that's not as obvious as a snazzy changeable lid. A removable dust filter sits in front of the vents; it works like the lint trap on a clothes dryer, catching dust particles before they clog up the vents and computer interior. The removable part can easily be cleaned out every once in a while, which should help keep the laptop's temperature down.
Fujitsu lets you configure the LifeBook A1110 to order with either the Intel Core 2 Duo P7350 or T5800 processors on a Centrino 2 platform,Fujitsu FPCBP68 Battery, Fujitsu FPCBP63 Battery, Fujitsu FPCBP95 Battery up to 4GB of 800MHz RAM, 32-bit or 64-bit Windows Vista, and either 250GB or 320GB hard drives. The laptop weighs 6.3 pounds with the DVD burner and six-cell battery; the company projects a battery life of 2 hours, 30 minutes.
Pricing starts at $799; the LifeBook A1110 is available at Fujitsu's Web site and various retailers.Fujitsu FPCBP68 Battery, And depending on the popularity of this model, we could potentially see swappable lids move to other Fujitsu laptops in the future.