Fujitsu has finally come up with the answer to HP's Sojourn and Mitsubishi's Pedion in the petite form of the LifeBook B110, or Biblo as it has been nicknamed by the company.
Kicking off a complete redesign of the LifeBook line, the company also launched the LifeBook L series last week.
According to a Fujitsu spokesman, the Biblo tag has been used by Fujitsu for its notebook PCs in Japan for some time but, for trademark reasons, the company has been unable to use the name on a worldwide basis - hence the nickname status.
The B110 weighs 1.1kg and measures 230 x 170 x 29mm. Within this specification is packed a 233MHz Pentium MMX processor, 32Mb SDRAM (expandable to 160Mb), and a 3.2Gb hard disk. The display is an 8.4in TFT screen with a resolution of 800 x 600 and 64,000 colours.
As a LifeBook series member, the Biblo takes its place alongside the more conventional notebook format of the new L440 with its 266MHz Pentium II processor. This is what Fujitsu calls a "sliceable" notebook, which simply means that the unit can be supplied with a docking station that carries a floppy drive, CD-ROM drive, a network connection and connectors for peripherals.
The LifeBook L440 has a 13.3in screen giving a resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels with 256K colours. The hard disk is 4Gb and the onboard RAM starts at 32Mb but can be increased to 96Mb.
The LifeBook B110 "Biblo" costs #1,020 and the L440 is #1,999.
Fujitsu 01344 475555.
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