Review: Fujitsu LifeBooks

Fujitsu has done away with an optical disk drive in its latest LifeBook models and has replaced it with something that is much more impressive: a pico projector (or mini beamer).

Just imagine having the option to press a button on the side of your laptop and being able to project a movie, presentation or pictures onto the wall across from where you are sat. Exactly, we thought this was very cool, too.

The projectors have been integrated into two new models of the LifeBook series: the 13.3in S761/C and 12.1in P771/C. While the projector is a unique feature, the 13.3in model retails at a starting price of £1,625 while the smaller model starts at £1,890.

The 13.3in model also comes with Intel’s latest Core i5-2520M processor, 1GB of RAM, 160 GB of storage and a screen resolution of 1366 x 768. The smaller P771/C matches the specs of the larger model but offers a screen resolution of 1280 x 800.

Please watch the BTBD Fujitsu Bay Projector Demo below for more information.

 

Lifebook S761/C specs:

  • 13.3″ display (1366 x 768)
  • Celeron B810/Core i3-3210M/Core i5-2520M processor
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 160GB HDD
  • Optional SVGA (800 x 600) Video Projector

 

Lifebook S771/C specs:

  • 12.1″ display (1280 x 800)
  • Core i3-2310M/Core i5-2520M processor
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 160GB HDD
  • Optional WAM module

Does a laptop that comes with a built in projector sound like something you would want to invest in or do you think it’s just a flashy feature?

Battle of the business tablets – Apple vs Android

Here at BT Business Direct, we’re fans of any technology that can help a business become more efficient, cut costs and boost staff happiness. Which is why, in the great iPad vs Android tablet debate, we don’t believe there will ever be a clear winner. Depending on the needs of the business, either platform could be the most appropriate.

As a general gadget, tablets can provide employees with a wealth of benefits, with their portability, ease of use and battery life. However, when seriously considering whether an iPad or Android tablet will better meet your business needs, there are a few things to take into account:

Bring Your Own Device

Many businesses are embracing the ‘Bring Your Own Device’ model of computing, which involves allowing employees to use their own personal devices for work purposes. While there may be some security and compatibility concerns, employers should try and embrace this approach. If an employee wants to bring their iPad or Android tablet to work to carry out their job, this can take the strain off stretched IT resources, as well as boosting productivity and employee job satisfaction.

Accessories

The right accessory can turn a consumer device into a business powerhouse, as demonstrated in this article, or even a portable graphic design tool.  There are lots of accessories available for both Android tablets and the iPad. However, as there are only a few versions of the iPad, one accessory can be shared with a group of iPad users in a business, rather than having to buy a similar accessory for each type of Android tablet a user might bring into the office. However, keyboards are available for both the main Android tablets like the Samsung Galaxy Tab and Asus Eee Pad, as well as for the iPad. Keep in mind that having a single type of device makes it much easier to share accessories, including simple things like chargers.

Interoperability

One area in which the iPad falls down is its interoperability with other devices and programmes. iPad users face a limited choice of software that the iPad is compatible with, making it difficult to use other programmes, especially those on Windows operating systems. While this isn’t a problem for casual or non-technical users, those looking to do what they want with their tablet, especially using it with a range of operating systems and programmes, might be better off using an Android-based device.

Flexibility

Ultimately, tablet devices provide workers with the flexibility of a laptop and the portability of a mobile phone. As the technology becomes more mature, the things that can be done with a tablet will grow, and they’ll start to become a greater part of the working environment. Just take a look at how Ubuntu, the Linux-based OS, is planning to use Android-powered devices as a replacement for traditional desktop PCs. Cloud-based services and virtualisation will also make tablets an even more attractive proposition for businesses, allowing users to run whatever programmes they need directly on the tablet, no matter what type of tablet is being used.

If you’re using tablets in your business, why not let us know how you’re using them, and what platform you’re using? Get in touch in the comments below, or drop us a line on Twitter (@BTBizDirect).

Why buy a Chromebook?

You may have read our recent post about the popularity of ultrabooks, so-called because they combine performance with long battery life and reduced size and weight.

But if you’re a cloud advocate and want a simple and efficient laptop, you might want to consider the Chromebook.

The first wave of Chromebooks was released last year by Acer and Samsung. Interest is being piqued again as Sony is promising to release, and potentially revolutionise, the Chromebook in the coming months (keep an eye out for new developments in our Sony store).

You’ll have seen the simple adverts demonstrating the Chromebook’s fast boot time, security and ease of use, but what exactly is a Chromebook?

http://youtu.be/TVqe8ieqz10

Put simply, a Chromebook is the internet in laptop form, hence the fast boot-up time. It’s the perfect machine for anyone already operating extensively in the cloud, as all documents, projects and media come directly from and are saved directly to the web, with a huge selection of apps in Google’s App Store allowing you to optimise your Chromebook for work and play. And since the machine itself runs no programmes other than the browser, it is able to load far faster than its laptop counterparts. Even though the device is built on the principle of having non-stop web access, apps such as Chrome’s email service and Google Docs can still be accessed offline, and changes will automatically update when connection is restored.  Not that connectivity should be a problem in the majority of locations, as Chromebooks come with Wi-Fi and are 3G enabled.

Speaking of automatic updates, Chromebooks keep up to date with the most recent version of their OS automatically and conveniently, eliminating the usual update download and install routine we’re used to. And Chrome’s OS has also eliminated the need for anti-virus software, with multiple layers of protection and all data stored safely in the cloud.

Take a closer look at the Sony Chromebook in our shop, and let us know what you think of the Chromebook in the comments!