With Intel launching a new range of power saving and better performing Intel Core processors, it's no surprise then that manufacturers will be launching new machines for consumers. Fujitsu's launch of its new LifeBook range definitely packs a hardware refresh, but it's not just the hardware refresh that piqued our interest. The addition of new features is what really makes their new notebooks stand out.
First up we have their premium grade notebooks, the 13.3-inch Fujitsu LifeBook SH760 and SH560. Both machines use the new Intel Core processors, with the SH760 packing the Intel Core i7-620M and the SH560 packing either an Intel Core i3-330M or an Intel Core i5-520M. Obviously the LifeBook SH760 is the better specced notebook and to top it off, it's possibly the world's first notebook with USB 3.0 connectivity. Fortunately it also sports a better design with lighter materials, as it weighs just 1.5kg. However the LifeBook SH560 checks in at a heavier 1.8kg. Both units pack discrete graphics in the form of the NVIDIA GeForce 310M (which is hardly any different from the existing entry-level discrete GeForce G 210M mobile graphics engine).
Besides the hardware specs, the units feature a textured palm rest for typing, while the screen brightness checks out at 300nits for the LED-backlit display of the LifeBook SH760 and 200nits for the SH560. The best feature however, has to be what Fujitsu dubs the Scroll Wheel, which is basically an additional circular trackpad next to the usual trackpad for scrolling and is pretty easy and intuitive to use.
Besides the premium models, Fujitsu also has notebooks for the consumer with the Fujitsu LifeBook T900, a tablet notebook with multi-touch capabilities. Also, there's the stylish yet functional Fujitsu LH700 for the Gen-Y market that exudes style and comes loaded with discrete graphics for online gaming.
Mobile users will also be glad to hear of the 12.1-inch Fujitsu LifeBook P770, which uses an Intel Core i7-640UM Ultra Low Voltage processor, and weighs in at 1.4kg. The unit features a magnesium cover for protection. If you're looking for something even smaller, then there's the 10.1-inch Fujitsu LifeBook MH380 netbook, or Mini Notebook, that sports a HD ready LED-backlit screen (1366x768 pixels) and is powered by the Intel Atom N450 (the new Pineview processor using the updated Pine Trail platform).