Cameras, camcorders and smartphones have had it, now laptops are getting the in-built projector treatment. Fujitsu is about to release two LIFEBOOK notebooks in Japan which feature a mobile projector where you might expect to find an optical drive – giving those who regularly provide on-site training or pitch business proposals an always-at-hand option for displaying presentations.
Unfortunately, there have been far too many occasions when I've turned up to a training room, office, college or school armed with a kick-ass presentation stored on my laptop, only to find that the on-site projector either won't work or is not compatible with my hardware. Carrying around a pico-projector is one back-up plan, Fujitsu's new LIFEBOOK S761/C and P771/C models would provide another.
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Developed for enterprise customers, the LIFEBOOK S761/C and P771/C notebooks both carry a 40 lumen, 800 x 600 mobile projector, which may not be able to compete with bigger, brighter stand-alone projectors, but compares well with pico-projectors like Microvision's SHOWWX+ (848 x 480 pixel resolution and brightness of 15 lumens).
The LIFEBOOK S761/C features a 13.3-inch, 1366 x 768 resolution LCD display, 1GB DDR3 memory, 160GB hard drive and Gigabit LAN. There's a choice of Celeron (at 1.60GHz), Core i3 (at 2.10GHz) or Core i5 (at 2.50GHz) processors on an Intel HM65 mobile chipset and prices start at JPY 176,000 (US$2,154).
The LIFEBOOK P771/C has a 12.1-inch WXGA (1280 x 800) LCD display, 1GB of DDR3 memory, 160GB HDD and Gigabit LAN. Pricing for this model starts at JPY 238,000 (US$2,912) for an Intel Core i3-2310M processor running at 2.10GHz, with Core i5 also being available and Wireless-N connectivity.
The devices both run on Windows 7 Professional and include an optional zero-watt AC adapter which controls the power supply when the PC is turned off or in waiting mode, and the ability to set schedules so that the devices automatically draw power from the battery even when connected to the AC adapter.
Both notebooks will be available in Japan from mid-May, there's no word at the time of writing on availability elsewhere.