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Fujitsu LifeBook MH380 10.1-inch Netbook PC

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Fujitsu LifeBook MH380 10.1-inch Netbook PC

Fujitsu LifeBook MH380

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The Bottom Line

Feb 19 2010 - Fujitsu's LifeBook MH380 provides a few unique aspects to the netbook market including a standard 1366x768 resolution display panel and a new scroll wheel funtion. While these provide a different experience for users than the average netbook, performance and battery life are very average. The fact that it is larger and heavier doesn't help in the portability department either. The biggest problem though is the $450 price tag that is well above average.
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Pros

  • Excellent Higher Resolution Display
  • Unique Scroll Wheel

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Thicker And Heavier Than Most Netbooks
  • Small Trackpad

Description

  • Intel Atom N450 Mobile Processor
  • 1GB PC2-5300 DDR2 Memory
  • 250GB 5400rpm SATA Hard Drive
  • 10.1" WXGA (1366x768) LED Backlit Display With 1.3 Megapixel Webcam
  • Intel GMA 3150 Integrated Graphics
  • Fast Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n Wireless, Bluetooth
  • Three USB 2.0, VGA, SD Card Slot
  • 10.6" x 7.4" x 1.9" @ 3 lbs.
  • Windows 7 Starter

Guide Review - Fujitsu LifeBook MH380 10.1-inch Netbook PC

Feb 19 2010 - Fujitsu's new LifeBook MH380 is certainly not one of the thinnest or lightest of netbooks on the market. In fact, it has one of the thickest overall dimensions at just under two inches at the hinge from the battery and is on the heavy side with a nearly three pound weight. While it is certainly larger than most, it does offer a very unique design with a bright red exterior.

The LifeBook MH380 is one of many netbooks using the new Intel PineTrail platform that comes with the Intel Atom N450 processor and GMA 3150 integrated graphics. Performance gets a minor boost over previous N270/N280 based netbooks but it isn't something the average user will be able to notice. Much of the performance is still limited by the 1GB of memory restricted by the Windows 7 operating system licensing.

The most impressive feature about the LifeBook MH380 is the 10.1-inch display. Most companies use a 1024x600 resolution panel at this size. Fujitsu has decided to use a higher resolution 1366x768 display that provides a larger graphical workspace. The downside is that the pixels are smaller and can be difficult to read for some who have less than perfect eyesight. The bright LED backlit panel also has improved viewing angles compared to the competition. Too bad the GMA 3150 still lacks the performance to reliably stream a 720p HD video.

Another unique feature on the Fujitsu LifeBook MH380 is the scroll wheel. This is a small indentation to the right of the trackpad that allows users to easily scroll up and down pages in an application. It can also be used as a zoom feature in certain graphics applications. This is done by simply rotating the figure in a circle in the indentation. While the feature is unique, the downside is that it reduces the amount of space for the standard trackpad. The result is one of the smallest trackpads to be found in a 10-inch netbook that makes navigating the UI difficult at times.<>

Using my standard streaming video rundown test, the Fujitsu LifeBook MH380 was able to run for roughly six and a quarter hours. This isn't the longest of the new PineTrail netbooks but it should provide a very long running time for most users. Expect just under eight hours in more typical web usage.

The biggest issue facing the LifeBook MH380 is its price tag. At $450, this is one of the more expensive PineTrail netbooks on the market. While it does have a higher resolution display, it is possible to get a netbook with similar features but a lower resolution display for roughly $100 less.

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