Bring on the Tablets: Fujitsu Unveils Six Centrino 2 Systems

We have seen our fair share of Centrino 2 multimedia notebooks, but Fujitsu is spiking the Centrino 2 punch with two lightweight LifeBook T Series convertibles, two ultraportables, and two desktop replacements. The LifeBook T5010 convertible, which will replace the LifeBook T4220, is equipped with a 13.3-inch display and weighs just 4.4 pounds. Making sacrifices for its weight and size, the notebook offers a modular bay, which allows for swapping in an optical drive or a second battery. Priced at $1,769 for the base configuration, the system offers strong business security with Intel Centrino 2 vPro technology, which provides security and remote manageability on the chip itself. The black convertible features a bi-directional display hinge that turns the screen in both directions. An active digitizer–enabled backlit display and a stylus should provide a smooth digital writing experience. Starting at $1,299, the LifeBook T1010 is the T5010’s more budget-friendly brother. Instead it sports a silver glossy cover, offers a fixed dual-layer, multi-format DVD drive and lacks the additional high-end security features. Both tablets are equipped with plenty of slots, jacks, and ports, including an SD/Memory Stick slot, three USB 2.0 ports, FireWire, and a PC Card (Type II) slot. They come preinstalled with 2GB of RAM and Windows Vista Business but can be downgraded to Windows XP. Make sure to catch our hands-on with the T1010 here. Fujitsu is dipping its toes in the water only with the T Series convertibles; there is plenty more Centrino 2 goodness in the LifeBook A6210, E8420, S6520, and S7220. See below for a breakdown of the key specs. The LifeBook A6210, which starts at $1,149, features a high-gloss black lid, 15.4-inch display, wireless USB, an eSATA port, and a multi-touch touchpad. The 15.4-inch widescreen display is available with a Color Enhanced Crystal View display or the standard power-saving Crystal View LP display. Both options feature an integrated HDMI port. You can select a 320GB or 250GB hard drive. The LifeBook E8420 also sports a 15.4-inch screen but is a more corporate-looking notebook. It boasts Fujitsu’s security features, including Intel Centrino 2 with vPro technology and a fingerprint reader. The LifeBook E8420’s base configuration costs $1,359. Rounding out the Centrino 2–powered notebooks are the ultra-mobile 4-pound LifeBook S6520 and the thin-and-light LifeBook S7220. Both notebooks sport dual-layer multi-format optical drives and 14.1-inch displays; the LifeBook S6520 starts at $1,529, and the S7220, $1,229.

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