Fujitsu Lifebook Business Laptops Offer Intel Ivy Bridge Chips

By Michelle Maisto  |  Posted 2012-06-20 Print this article Print

Fujitsu has introduced three new Lifebook notebooks that run Intel Ivy Bridge processors and offer business users a variety of options, from Smart Card slots to fingerprint readers and a hard-drive Shock Sensor.

Fujitsu is following up its Lifebook Ultrabook introduction with a trio of commercial notebooks, also running third-generation Intel Core i5 or i7 processors. Ranging from full-size to subcompact, these laptops are meant for a variety of business users, from those behind reception desks to mobile workers in offices and those who frequently jetset. All three notebooks offer pricing that starts below $1,000, and all are available immediately.

As with the Ultrabook, Fujitsu is putting an emphasis on the €œbuilt to order€ nature of these machines, which allow businesses to €œdesign systems that meet their exact requirements for maximum productivity,€ Paul Moore, Fujitsu vice president of PC product marketing and management, said in a June 19 statement.

Users can, for example, choose a solid-state drive cache or SSDs with Intel Rapid Start Technology. All three also offer the ability to have the optical drive removed, to lighten a user€™s bag while travelling, or to install a second battery, bringing use time up to 15.5 hours.

Working down in size, the new Lifebooks include the 15.6-inch E752, a desktop replacement that Fujitsu imagines in libraries or schools or other high-use scenarios, and so offers it with an anti-microbial keyboard. Options also include a full HD display with a resolution of 1920 by 1080 and a separate 10-key keypad.

Pricing begins at $879.

A 14-inch Lifebook S762 weighs 5.4 pounds and can be fitted with an Intel Core vPro processor, WWAN support, a second battery and an LED backlit HD display. Like the E752, it can support up to three active displays.

Pricing here begins at $899.

Finally, weighing in at 3.7 pounds is the 13.3-inch S762. This travelers€™ delight features a magnesium-alloy cover, a hard-drive shock sensor, WWAN support, a high-definition WXGA LED backlit display, and if you so choose, an Nvidia GeForce GT 640M LE with Nvidia Optimus technology for extending battery life. Pricing begins at $999.

All three new Lifebooks feature a Webcam LED indicator, to make clear when the camera is on. The E752 and S752 have the option of a dedicated Smart Card slot, while the E752 and S752 have the option of a Trusted Platform Module; on the S762, the TPM comes standard.

With all of the above, users can opt for a biometric fingerprint sensor€”hard-disk drive (HDD) and BIOS password protection come standard€”Security Panel and Computrace support, a spill-resistant keyboard, Fujitsu€™s Shock Sensor hard-drive protection, and modular bay and port replicator support.

In a highly competitive market, Fujitsu€™s business case is an emphasis on quality, reliability and an understanding of how vertical products are used, says Moore.

€œWhen you have a government contractor, for example [that has very specific needs], there are all kinds of things the typical manufacturer [isn€™t familiar with] but that we face every day,€ Moore told eWEEK before the Ultrabook launch. Other manufacturers, he added, aren€™t equipped to do the €œhand-holding€ that Fujitsu does, customizing devices to its customers€™ needs.

Along with the 13.3- and 14-inch Ultrabooks Fujitsu introduced June 5, it also refreshed another desktop replacement.

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Michelle Maisto has been covering the enterprise mobility space for a decade, beginning with Knowledge Management, Field Force Automation and eCRM, and most recently as the editor-in-chief of Mobile Enterprise magazine. She earned an MFA in nonfiction writing from Columbia University, and in her spare time obsesses about food. Her first book, The Gastronomy of Marriage, if forthcoming from Random House in September 2009.

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