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FMV-Q8230

FMV-B8230
Samsung's Flash SSD hard drives are adopted by Fujitsu for increased battery life and improved notebook performance

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 notebook.

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.





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