Our necks are still sore from the double-take we did when we saw Fujitsu announcing "external graphics" for its latest laptop, the Lifebook AH530 GFX. Could it be true that our enthusiast voices had finally been heard by a vendor with the balls to release a notebook with a presumably upgradeable external videocard?
Sorry Johnny, this isn't the innovative notebook you were looking for. What Fujitsu calls "external graphics," the rest of the world better recognizes as discrete graphics. In this case, it's an onboard Mobility Radeon HD550v graphics chip with a dedicated 1GB frame buffer. According to Notebookcheck.com , this mobile part comes clocked at 450MHz (core) and 600MHz (memory) with a serviceable (though not spectacular) 128-bit memory bus. Noteook Check says it's basically the same chip as the Mobility Radeon HD 4650, only a slower version.
Other specs include a 15.6-inch glossy LCD screen, optional Core i3, i5, or i7 processor, up to 8GB of RAM, up to 500GB of hard drive space, optional Blu-ray (comes standard with a DVD writer), 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, HDMI, three USB 2.0 ports, and VGA output.
No word yet on price, though Fujitsu says units will start shipping soon.