By TAN KIT HOONGbytz@thestar.com.my
WHILE Fujitsu notebooks are well known for their quality, they lacked a certain design consistency, according to Edmund Lim, product marketing manager for Fujitsu PC Asia Pacific.
That all changes with the 2012 range of notebooks where an engineering and design team got together and came up with the Takumi Philosophy for models introduced this year.
Under the design philosophy, notebooks will feature four elements common across the range, namely its Infinity Mark logo, an "F-Line" keyboard that has a slight curve in design near the arrow keys and a Zen-like rounded profile.
The fourth common design element is something called "User-centric shared details," which includes a keyboard with dichromatic keys, i.e. keys which are black on top, but with edges that are a different colour.
Starting with the LifeBook P772, a 12in magnesium alloy business notebook that comes configured with the latest Intel third Generation Core processor, offering a Core i5 processor as standard.
The P772 weighs just 1.48kg and has a claimed battery life of between eight to nine hours with the standard battery.
It also comes with a DVD burner which can be swapped out for a second battery to extend the usable life to about 14 to 15 hours.
Next up is the LifeBook LH772 which is a 14in laptop running on the latest third generation Core processor, and can be configured with either the Core i5 or i7 processor.
What's unusual about this notebook is that it features a dedicated number keypad in addition to the usual Qwerty keys, making it one of the first 14in notebooks to have a feature normally found on larger notebooks.
In terms of hardware, the LH772 is pretty powerful - apart from the Intel Core processors, it features an nVidia GeForce GT 620M discrete graphics chip with 2GB RAM, 4GB RAM, four USB 3.0 ports, a HD webcam with microphone, and Onkyo branded speakers with DTS UltraPC II software for better sound quality.
Another interesting new model is the LifeBook U772, a 14in model which is the company's first Ultrabook and supposedly the world's thinnest Ultrabook with an integrated hard disk drive (HDD).
The U772 runs on a choice of ultra-low voltage third generation Intel Core i5 or i7 processor, Intel HD Graphics 4000 GPU, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD with 32GB onboard iSSD and a HD webcam.
All models in the 2012 range are Windows 8 ready, with its drivers available for all the hardware if the user decides to upgrade to Microsoft's upcoming operating system.