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Fujitsu LifeBook B6210

Pen-enabled ultra-portable LifeBook
(by Conrad H. Blickenstorfer)

With the LifeBook B6210, Fujitsu is trying something that makes great sense and should be the standard of the future: a ultra-portable 3.3 pound notebook with a touchscreen so you can use it with a stylus or your finger and thus take advantage of this additional navigation device as well as the ever more useful digital ink. Note that the B6210 is not a Tablet PC convertible; it does not have the pivot screen hinge that would allow you to rotate the screen around and convert the computer into a tablet. It also does not have an active digitizer. This computer simply gives you the option of using a stylus and ink in addition to the touchpad and mouse.

What does it all amount to? A small computer with a footprint of just 10.6 x 9.0 inches that's just 1.3 inches thick and weighs 3.2 pounds. It has a 12.1-inch XGA screen -- just large enough for serious work. It has a power-efficient Ultra Low Voltage Intel Core Solo processor running at 1.2 GHz and a big 56 watt-hour battery, so it is clearly designed for long battery life as opposed to top speed. And, in fact, Fujitsu rates battery life at up to eight hours. There is no internal optical drive, the keyboard is a bit cramped, and you pay the usual ultra-portable price premium, though the starting price of US$1,599 isn't too bad.

Specifications Fujitsu LifeBook B6210
Added/changed Added 02/2007
Form-factor Pen-enabled Notebook
OS Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005, Vista capable
Processor Intel Core Solo U1400
CPU Speed 1.20 GHz, 533 MHz FSB
Chipset Intel 945GM
Standard/Max RAM 512MB/2048MB DDR2 533 in two DIMM slots
Disk/drive 40/60/80 GB 4200rpm
Card slots 1 PC Card Type II with Smart Card reader, 1 CF Card
Display type Transmissive TFT
Display size/res 12.1-inch/1024x768
Digitizer/pens Wacom/1
Keyboard/scale 82-key integrated, 18mm pitch
Ruggedness Standard
Housing Unknown
Size (WxHxD) 10.6 x 9.0 x 1.3
Weight 3.2 lbs.
Power 6-cell 56.2 WHr Li-Ion ("up to 8.0 hrs")
Interface 2 USB 2.0, RJ11, RJ45 (Gigabit), dock, fingerprint reader (opt.)
Interface Bluetooth (opt.), audio, Atheros 802.11a/b/g, video
List price from US$1,599
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