Fujitsu is offering up a pretty
expensive option on its Lifebook Q and Lifebook B ultra-portable notebooks.
The two notebooks can be now be equipped (at least in Japan) with Samsung's
16GB or 32GB Flash SSDs. We've already seen these drives show up in Sony's VAIO UX90
and Samsung’s own Q1
SSD UMPC and Q30
The Fujitsu FMV-Q8230 features an ULV Core Solo U1400
(1.2GHz) processor, 512MB of memory (1GB maximum), Intel 945GMZ Express
chipset, 12.1" WXGA screen, GbE, two USB 2.0 ports, one Firewire port, a
PCMCIA slot and a fingerprint reader with TPM. The laptop measures 11.7" x
8.6" x 0.78" and weighs 2.17 pounds. Run time is listed at 2 hours on
the standard lithium-ion battery.
The Fujitsu FMV-B8230 instead goes with a Celeron M 423
(1.06GHz) processor and uses the Intel 940GML Express chipset. The notebook
uses a 12.1" XGA display and otherwise is similarly equipped to the
FMV-Q8230. The notebook has dimensions of 10.6" x 9.0" x 1.23"
and weighs 2.75 pounds. Battery life is estimated at 4.7 hours.
By adding the 16GB or 32GB Samsung SSD to the notebooks,
prices jump by $700 USD and $1,400 USD respectively. For a real-world test of
the SSD in action, take a look at this video
of two FMV-B8230 booting Windows XP Professional -- one with a standard 5400
RPM hard drive and one with a Flash SSD drive.