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Fujitsu's lightweight LifeBook Q2010 takes advantage of Intel's new ULV Core Solo processor

For those of you out there who just have to have the latest and greatest in ultra-portable notebooks, look no further than Fujitsu's new 12.1" widescreen LifeBook Q2010. The ULV Intel Core Solo powered Q2010 weighs in a feathery 2.2 pounds due to its magnesium alloy frame and is only 0.75" thick.

But before you start breaking out the champagne in celebration, here comes the bad news. There's no optical drive, but that shouldn't come as a surprise to you at all. There's also no LAN port, modem, or VGA connector on the notebook -- these features can be accessed, however, with a dongle. The included 3-cell battery (1150mAh) provides a paltry 1.5 hours of run time although Fujitsu expects to make available a 6-cell battery (5200mAh) to provide up to 7 hours of run time. I would consider the 6-cell battery mandatory for anyone on the go.

On the other hand, a biometric fingerprint sensor, Intel 3945ABG wireless and Bluetooth v2.0 are included. Also included are integrated high bandwidth WWAN (UMTS), HSDPA, EDGE and GPRS support. A dual-layer DVD burner is available with the optional dock.

Although Fujitsu hasn't announced official pricing yet, Laptop Logic expects for the LifeBook Q2010 to hover around the $2,000 mark when it is introduced this summer.  Sony's 12" VAIO runs approximately $2,600.

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2.2lbs BUT...
By lchyi on 4/19/2006 3:02:38 PM , Rating: 3
Geez, it's light but it's like saying that you lost 5 lbs after taking off your shoes, your clothes, and shaving your head...

RE: 2.2lbs BUT...
By bohhad on 4/19/2006 3:14:46 PM , Rating: 2
i dont know, no optical drive for me would be a bit like cutting my hand off too

RE: 2.2lbs BUT...
By Orpheus333 on 4/19/2006 4:57:53 PM , Rating: 2
"LAN port, modem, or VGA connector on the notebook -- these features can be accessed, however, with a dongle."

I don't use my optical drive much on my laptop, other than watching DVDs that is.

"LAN port, modem, or VGA connector on the notebook -- these features can be accessed, however, with a dongle."

That is completely unacceptable, and just what I need, more crap hanging off my laptop.

RE: 2.2lbs BUT...
By Orpheus333 on 4/19/2006 5:00:39 PM , Rating: 2
Sorry, I meant to quote the post above me for the first comment.

In other news, compair this .75mm to the razrs .55- this thing is really effing thin

RE: 2.2lbs BUT...
By mxzrider2 on 4/19/2006 10:17:48 PM , Rating: 2
hmm i am hoping u mean inchs not millimeters, cuz that would be small

RE: 2.2lbs BUT...
By Orpheus333 on 4/20/2006 10:19:25 PM , Rating: 2
I'm lost without edit...

RE: 2.2lbs BUT...
By bhigh on 4/19/2006 10:52:53 PM , Rating: 2
The only time you'd need the extra ports is at a desk, which is fine. It has wireless for network connectivity, and bluetooth to access the net from your cell phone.

RE: 2.2lbs BUT...
By ET on 4/20/2006 6:46:52 AM , Rating: 2
It has a sim port, so it's even possible to use phone functionality directly.

RE: 2.2lbs BUT...
By MScrip on 4/20/2006 5:16:49 AM , Rating: 2
[Dongle] is completely unacceptable, and just what I need, more crap hanging off my laptop.

So... you don't want a dongle hanging off the back, but you don't mind an ethernet cable hanging off? Isn't it sorta the same thing?

When the dongle is connected to the cable, it becomes a part of the cable... I don't see a problem with that!

Long live thin laptops and wireless!

Nothing new
By littlebitstrouds on 4/19/2006 3:15:24 PM , Rating: 2
I have one of these already: It's called my Sharp UM12W. Have had it for 4 years now. I'm annoyed that a) this design hasn't been more mainstream and b) It won't come with that much of a faster cpu than mine, which is a pIII 1ghz. I don't see 4 years of progress at all.

If you want an ultra portable for taking notes you don't need a CD drive, or an external monitor hookup. The design is a good one but I wish more companies had a version to compete and improve the models.

RE: Nothing new
By KristopherKubicki on 4/19/2006 3:24:10 PM , Rating: 2
In asia these things are the norm. No one wants a DVD drive (why turn your $3k laptop into a $200 dvd player), no one wants display output (it *has* a screen), no one wants ethernet (wifi). Then again, a lot of these technologies are more mature over there.

Personally, i like the form factor. Give me something with a USB input that runs Word and Outlook and Im more than happy.

RE: Nothing new
By brownba on 4/19/2006 5:00:28 PM , Rating: 3
I love this form factor too
- a laptop, by definition IMO, should be super portable.

but, I consider display output a must
- if you give presentations with a projector.
(last night I defended my thesis)

RE: Nothing new
By sxr7171 on 4/20/2006 3:59:45 AM , Rating: 2
I definitely agree. If I need to watch movies on it (and that's a big "if"), I could rip the movie to the hard drive.

I haven't used an optical drive in years. The lack of an ethernet port and VGA is somewhat debatable. However my usage again doesn't have me needing either.

A problem with this machine IMHO is the widescreen display which means I'd have to scroll 3 screen heights to read a page in Word.

The main problem is the battery life. I'll bet you anything that the 6-cell 5200 mAH battery will bulk up this machine and make it at least 2.7 lbs. So we're right backup to X41 Thinkpad proportions.

It will take a lot to beat the overall usability and capabilities of those X41s.

RE: Nothing new
By sxr7171 on 4/20/2006 4:01:21 AM , Rating: 2
That was meant to be "back up" my spacebar is acting up.

By goku on 4/20/2006 12:01:55 AM , Rating: 2
Sony made a laptop in the same category back in 2004, I believe it was based off of the PIII mobile, low voltage models. The laptop was super thin with a carbon fibre it looked really sleek, similar in that it didn't have optical drives but what really confuses me is that the sony notebook I believe was thinner and all the connectivity you needed..

RE: Sony..
By goku on 4/20/2006 12:09:06 AM , Rating: 2
Meh, while the sony is much thinner and lighter, I'd say this fujitsu notebook is better off.
Sony laptop has got an ethernet dongle and the wifi ISN'T integrated, you need to use a PCcard.

RE: Sony..
By sxr7171 on 4/20/2006 4:06:25 AM , Rating: 2
I would have torn my hair out using that thing. There's no rest for your palms. And before all the expert typists cry out that you shouldn't rest your palms while typing, some of us do while using the trackpoint. Also do know how far out you'd have to position the thing on your lap to actually type? That is assuming you don't type with you hands 2" from your stomach.

RE: Sony..
By Mudvillager on 4/20/2006 11:35:56 AM , Rating: 1
I would definately accept that fact and buy it anyways - if it was possible. Too bad it's out of production :(

Listen up Sony you need to create a "new X505"!!!
800g *drool*

Wow, that thing sucks
By rrsurfer1 on 4/19/2006 4:04:05 PM , Rating: 1
Ultra Low Voltage core.... with a 1.5 hour batt life? Comon, what are they thinking. That's terrible and I'd never buy one. If they can get 7 hours out of a desent battery then now we're talking, if not this is basically worthless.

RE: Wow, that thing sucks
By Fnoob on 4/19/2006 7:16:13 PM , Rating: 2
Yep, I was trying to figure out how 3 cells gets you 1.5hrs while 6 cells gets you 7hrs....

RE: Wow, that thing sucks
By sxr7171 on 4/20/2006 4:02:10 AM , Rating: 2
Look at mAH

By Danthemanz007 on 4/19/2006 10:52:08 PM , Rating: 2
No LAN port, thats the stupidest thing ive ever seen, sure i use wireless alot, but not everywhere has wireless...

My X40 does very well, wouldnt mind an X60 though....:P

By brownba on 4/20/2006 12:16:05 AM , Rating: 2
There's also no LAN port, modem, or VGA connector on the notebook -- these features can be accessed, however, with a dongle.

it's there... kinda.

By Souka on 4/19/2006 5:13:45 PM , Rating: 3
Get an Lenovo (IBM) X60

Faster, 2.7lb, no dongle for wi-fi, bluetooth, or LAN....and likely a hecka-lot more durable. Not to mention the excellent HD protection Thinkpad has now.

By blwest on 4/19/2006 3:52:26 PM , Rating: 2
A modern, true portable. None of these 15pound aliencrapware boxes.

If it's not for you, it's not for you
By ET on 4/20/2006 6:57:54 AM , Rating: 2
I have a Fujitsu P1510D and love it. It's a great form factor. This new machine is more powerful and has a higher res screen at the same weight, but it loses for me because it doesn't have tablet mode and the standard battery is laughable.

For light notebooks I think that Panasonic still rules. It has good ones with optical drives, and a CD/DVD is sadly needed because of copy protection. Even though the limited hardware means limited gaming, the lack of a drive makes gaming a lot more limited.

Ultra Portable Laptops Rocks!
By Mudvillager on 4/20/2006 11:32:40 AM , Rating: 2
I don't really see much use for an internal optical drive any more, I barely even use my external DVDRW. Ok, so you want to watch some DVD movies, fine, just buy yourself an external drive and rip the DVD using DVD Decrypter.

My current laptop is a 1.1kg Dell Latitude X1 and I am incredibly happy with it. The only thing that I feel is missing is a DVI output (or HDMI), which really is superior to the VGA output when it comes to image quality and simplicity.

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