Tablets and laptops powered by 5th generation Intel Core processors
Earlier this week, Fujitsu joined many other PC vendors around the world in announcing new mobile PC models built around 5th generation Intel Core processors. The Broadwell-powered models announced by the Japanese company include both tablets and notebooks, and they all mean business.
A pair of purpose-built laptops with interchangeable parts
Fujitsu is hoping to win over IT admins and business users with a couple of new enterprise-class E Series Lifebooks. They include the 14-inch Lifebook E544 and 15.6-inch Lifebook E554, each of which sport "numerous" interchangeable components intended to help IT admins manage large-scale roll outs by simplifying maintenance and management when things go wrong (or upgrades are needed).
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.
Fujitsu this week launched the LifeBook MH330, only the second netbook (or mini notebook, as Fujitsu likes to call them) in the company's mobile line up. This is also Fujitsu's second Pinetrail-based netbook, so why release another?
"The LifeBook MH330 Mini-Notebook is specially created to meet those users who are constantly on the move," Fujitsu explains. "By making this exceptionally slim and light, this Mini-Notebook makes it very easy to have a constant traveling companion. At its current size, thinness, and weight, you won't even know that it's in your bag."
The Cliff Notes version is that the MH330 is lighter at just 1.1kg and a little more portable measuring just 18.5mm at the front and 24.5mm at the back.
Hardware remains mostly unchanged, including an Intel Atom N450 processor (1.66GHz, 512K L2 cache, 667MHz), 250GB hard drive, 10.1-inch backlit LED display, 5-in-1 card reader, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth. A couple of standout features include a spill-resistant keyboard and DVD Sharing application that allows uses to wirelessly share an optical drive from another PC.
Call it fear of commitment or old fashioned skepticism, but we have no idea how Fujitsu plans to pull off its latest marketing promotion. In what the company is rightfully calling a "unique proposition," Fujitsu's looking to create a life-long partnership with Lifebook owners as part of its new Lifebook'4'Life replacement program.
The way it works is you purchase a new qualifying Lifebook and opt for the extended 3-year warranty, and Fujitsu will then replace your notebook with a brand new one every three years for the rest of your life. Not only that, but Fujitsu will kick in an extra 10 percent of the original purchase price to offset inflation. So what's the catch?
None that we can find, though there are a few niggling caveats. First, the offer is only valid to UK residents (bummer!). Second, while you can choose to keep your laptop after 3 years, doing so boots you off of the program. You also must hold onto your original purchase invoice so you can send in a copy every 3 years. And finally, your laptop has to be "in good working original order." Other terms and conditions apply, but nothing that strikes us as obvious deal killers, which then raises the question, how can Fujitsu afford to do this? For that, we don't have an answer.
Would you pounce on this if it were offered in the U.S.? Hit the jump and tell us what you think of Fujitsu's new promotion.