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11-inch Portable Computing Goodness: Fujitsu Lifebook MH380

Choosing a netbook has been reduced to nothing more than selecting a brand name which carries the best price for one’s wallet, simply because of the near-identical hardware specs found in every competitor’s offerings. In this review, we look at Fujitsu’s new netbook, the Lifebook MH380, to see what it has to offer for the masses.

It is quite hard to walk around the streets of sunny Singapore and not hear a short snippet of a stranger’s conversation about how tablets and slate devices are “netbook killers” and poised to become the next big thing in mobile computing.

And yet, in spite of all the publicity of how they will be killed off by the introduction of such devices, the humble netbook has doggedly resisted calls for its demise. Instead, it has stubbornly held its own against the more stylish tablets, and manufacturers are showing little to no signs of slowing down in the netbook development, with current models continuously being updated and refreshed as quickly as Intel and AMD can produce new platforms for them.
Ironically, that is also the very same factor which is contributing to the netbook’s stagnancy, as virtually all netbooks in the market feature the same hardware specs, save for certain additional tweaks and aesthetics between various manufacturers. And in a world dominated by choice, the idea of having to choose between near-identical netbooks bearing different brand names and price tags may very well translate to the paradox known as the fallacy of choice.
Enter Fujitsu’s latest offering to the netbook market, the Lifebook MH380, which the company claims is targeted towards young professionals. Does it have what it takes to distinguish itself from the variety of netbooks flooding the market today? We shall soon find out.
But first up, some specs of the MH380.
Hardware specifications
Platform Intel® Atom™ Processor N450 (1.66GHz, 512 L2 Cache, 667MHz, Hyperthreading Technology supported10) – Intel® NM10 Express Chipset
Operating System Genuine Windows® 7 Starter
Display 10.1-inch Widescreen HD back-light LED Glare, Max. 1366×768 pixels (200 nits Brightness, 300: 1 Contrast Ratio)
Memory 1 GB DDR2 667MHz 1 SoDIMM Slot, Max. Memory Supported – 2GB
Hard disk 250GB 5400rpm SATA Drive
Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR (Enhanced Data Rate), support A2DP
Battery Up to 7.7 hrs 1(6-cell Li-Ion 10.8V 5800mAh)/Up to 3.8 hrs1(3-cell Li-Ion 10.8V 2900mAh)
Weight Approx. 1.27kg/1.16kg (6-cell/3-cell)

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