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School started last week in the New York area. That means lots of people, students and teachers alike, are in the market for new notebook computers. Fujitsu’s product lineup is so comprehensive, there’s a model that suits everyone’s needs. I’m going to go over some of Fujitsu’s lineup and, in the spirit of how kids are lined up in school—at least when I went—I’ll cover these portable computers in size order.
We’ll examine four tablets and four notebooks. The tablets are all convertible models, meaning that they start out looking like notebooks, but a swiveling hinge allows the screen to twist 180 degrees and then fold down over the keyboard, making it look like a pure tablet. Convertible tablets are great because you don’t have to sacrifice having a keyboard just to be able to use your fingers or a stylus on the screen. If you have no interest in tablet functionality, the regular notebooks have screens ranging in size from 12.1 inches to 15.6 inches, so there’s something for everyone.
Many of these units share common features, so before we focus on specific models let’s go over some features that all of these units share. To begin with, all but one have 5400 rpm SATA hard drives, and all but one have built-in SuperMulti DVD burners. All but one have gigabit Ethernet, and all have 802.11n WiFi. Most have Bluetooth 2.1+EDR and a couple of them feature good old fashioned modems—you know, the kind that works on a telephone line.
All of these units include extensive security features such as hard-disk and power-on password protection, hard disk shock sensor systems, TPM support, fingerprint readers and Kensington lock slots. They all include integrated cameras and microphones, stereo speakers, headphone outputs and microphone inputs. Regardless of screen size, all units feature integrated Intel GMA HD graphics. Let’s take a closer look now at these Fujitsu tablets and notebooks.
Fujitsu LifeBook TH700 Tablet
The Fujitsu LifeBook TH700 is a 12.1-inch convertible tablet computer. It’s powered by a 2.26GHz Intel Core i3-350M dual-core processor and 4GB of memory with a 320GB hard drive. The LED backlit touch-screen display features a dual digitizer, so it accepts both pen and multi-touch input. This way you can use the included stylus or your fingers to manipulate objects on screen.
The LifeBook TH700 features a capacitive multi-touch screen so it responds to the lightest touch as well as two finger onscreen gestures. While in tablet mode you can use the inking capabilities to take notes or annotate files or photos, and your handwritten notes can easily be converted to text. The screen has a 1280 x 800 native resolution and 16:10 aspect ratio. But it has an external resolution up to 1920 x 1200. That means the tablet can drive external displays in their own native resolutions (up to 1920 x 1280) through the tablet’s VGA and HDMI outputs.
The TH700 does not come with an optical drive, but its modular bay will accept an optional DVD burner or an optional second battery. Other features include three USB 2.0 ports, one FireWire-400 port, an ExpressCard/54 expansion slot and a flash media slot compatible with SD and Memory Stick media. A 6-cell lithium-ion battery provides up to five hours of run time.
The TH700 measures 11.69 inches wide by 1.54 inches high by 9.17 deep and weighs 4.2 pounds. Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit is the installed operating system. The Fujitsu LifeBook TH700 costs $1,129.00.
Fujitsu LifeBook T730 Tablet
If you prefer a touch of silver over an all black tablet, the Fujitsu LifeBook T730 will be more to your liking. Like the TH700, the LifeBook T730 is a 12.1-inch multi-touch convertible tablet computer with a dual digitizer. The screen has a 1280 x 800 native resolution and 16:10 aspect ratio.
The Fujitsu LifeBook T730 is powered by a 2.26GHz Intel Core i3-350M dual-core processor and 2GB of RAM. A SuperMulti DVD burner is installed in a modular bay that will accept an optional second battery in place of the burner. Other features include a 160GB hard drive, an ExpressCard/54 expansion slot, a flash media slot compatible with SD and Memory Stick media, one FireWire-400 port, three USB 2.0 ports, one VGA port and one HDMI port. A 6-cell lithium-ion battery provides up to 5.4 hours of runtime. The T730 measures 11.69 inches wide by 1.51 inches high by 9.17 inches deep and it weighs 4.4 pounds. Windows 7 Professional 32-bit is the installed operating system. In this configuration the Fujitsu LifeBook T730 costs $1,299.00.
If you’re the type of person who prefers a V8 engine over a six or a four cylinder, then you’ll prefer the upgraded LifeBook T730 over the base model. Loaded with a 2.4GHz Intel Core i5-450M dual-core processor, 4GB of RAM and a 160GB, 7200 rpm hard drive, this more powerful LifeBook T730 costs $1,699.95.
Fujitsu LifeBook P770 Notebook
If you have no interest in tablet functionality, but still want a highly portable and powerful notebook computer with none of the performance sacrifices associated with netbooks, the Fujitsu LifeBook P770 was made with you in mind. The LifeBook P770 is a 12.1-inch notebook computer powered by a 1.2GHz Intel Core i7-640UM dual-core processor and 2GB of memory. The processor can be overclocked to 2.26GHz using Intel’s Turbo Boost technology. The notebook also includes a 160GB hard drive.
The Fujitsu LifeBook P770 is perfect for use in corporate environments, loaded with every conceivable security feature. Even the computer's keyboard is resistant to spills, which are a common occurrence when coffee-driven business professionals are on the go.
The LifeBook P770’s 12.1-inch display features an LED backlight, anti-glare finish and native resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels. It will support external displays with resolutions up to 1920 x 1200 through its VGA and HDMI outputs. Other features include three USB 2.0 ports, an SD card slot and an ExpressCard/54 expansion slot. Loaded with Windows 7 Professional 32-bit, the system can operate for about 6.5 hours on a single battery charge. Sleek and lightweight, the LifeBook P770 measures 11.10 inches wide by 1.18 inches high by 8.47 inches deep and weighs only three pounds. It costs $1,539.95.
Fujitsu LifeBook T900 Tablet
The Fujitsu LifeBook T900 tablet computer takes a step up with a 13.3-inch touch-screen display and dual digitizer so it can accept both pen and multi-touch input. The LED-backlit display has a 16:10 aspect ratio and a native resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels. An ambient light sensor optimizes screen brightness, depending on lighting conditions.
The LifeBook T900 tablet is powered by a dual-core 2.4GHz Intel Core i5-520M processor that can be overclocked to 2.93GHz using Intel’s Turbo Boost technology for times when extra horsepower is needed. The system also includes 2GB of RAM, a 160GB hard drive and a tray-load SuperMulti DVD burner installed in a modular bay that can accommodate an optional second battery for extended run time. The standard battery will provide up to five hours of run time.
Other LifeBook T900 features include a Smart Card slot for authentication purposes, an ExpressCard/54 slot for expansion purposes, an SD/Memory Stick card slot, one FireWire-400 port and three USB 2.0 ports.
Rare among new computers is the T900’s 56k modem. While modems are seldom used today, there are times and places where broadband Internet is not available. In such situations a modem is the only way to obtain a desperately needed driver or send or receive an important e-mail. Loaded with Windows 7 Professional 32-bit, the T900 measures 12.56 inches wide by 1.52 inches high by 9.61 inches deep and it weighs five pounds. It costs $1,729.95.
Fujitsu LifeBook S710 Notebook
Stepping up in size to a 14-inch screen we have the Fujitsu LifeBook S710 notebook computer. Perfect for use in corporate environments, the LifeBook S710 is loaded with Windows 7 Professional 32-bit, but it comes with downgrade media for Windows XP, which most businesses still use.
The LifeBook S710 is powered by a 2.4GHz Intel Core i5-520M dual-core processor, which can be overclocked to 2.93GHz. It also includes 2GB of RAM, a 320GB hard drive and a modular bay that lets you to swap out the SuperMulti DVD burner for an optional second battery. The standard battery provides up to 5.5 hours of runtime.
The S710’s 14-inch display features an anti-glare finish for easy reading in brightly lit environments. The display has a 16:9 aspect ratio and native resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels. The S710 also features an ExpressCard/54 expansion slot, an SD/MMC memory card reader, three USB 2.0 ports, one eSATA port, one FireWire-400 port and a 56k modem. The S710 does not feature Bluetooth. The Fujitsu LifeBook S710 measures 13.39 inches wide by 1.36 inches deep by 9.5 inches deep and weighs 5.1 pounds. It costs $1,099.00.
Fujitsu LifeBook LH530 Notebook
The LifeBook LH530 notebook computer is also good for business use. It’s loaded with Windows 7 Professional 64-bit, and optimized for use with Microsoft Office 2010. The Starter Edition of Office 2010 is included, and the full version can be unlocked by purchasing an activation key.
The LifeBook LH530 features a 14.1-inch CCFL-backlit widescreen display with a native resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels. It’s powered by a 2.26GHz Intel Core i3-350M dual-core CPU with 4GB of RAM and a 500GB hard drive. The system features a built-in card reader that supports Memory Stick and SD memory cards, three USB 2.0 ports and one VGA port. The system battery will power the notebook for about four hours.
The Fujitsu LifeBook LH530 measures 13.4 inches wide by 1.5 inches high by 9.6 inches deep and weighs 5.1 pounds. It costs $799.00.
Fujitsu LifeBook E780 Notebook
If you want a notebook computer with a big screen, but one that doesn’t weigh too much to travel with, check out the Fujitsu LifeBook E780. The LifeBook E780 features a 15.6-inch widescreen CCFL-backlit display with a 16:9 aspect ratio and native resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels. It runs Windows 7 Professional 32-bit.
The LifeBook E780 is loaded with Windows 7 Professional 32-bit and it features a spill-resistant keyboard, magnesium-alloy LCD cover and dedicated Smart Card reader. It’s powered by a 2.4GHz Intel Core i5-520M dual-core CPU, which can be overclocked to 2.93GHz, and 2GB of RAM. Other features include an ExpressCard/54 slot, an SD/Memory Stick card reader, a Smart Card slot, a 320GB hard drive, four USB 2.0 ports, one eSATA port, one FireWire-400 port and one VGA port.
Old-school features of this notebook include one PCMCIA slot, a 56k modem and a DB-9 serial port. Serial ports are still important at times for IT professionals that need to communicate with servers, RAID arrays and other high-end gear, especially stuff that’s more than a few years old. The E780 will run for roughly 4.3 hours on a single battery charge. The unit measures 14.65 inches wide by 1.46 inches high by 10.1 inches deep and weighs 6.1 pounds. It costs $1,199.95.
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