Product watch: Latest notebooks

Vendors pack cool features into the latest models without adding bulk.

For the busy mobile warrior who is always on the move, portability, connectivity and reliability are the three criteria to consider when shopping for a notebook. Vendors, who understand this well, pack cool features into the latest models without adding bulk.

Fujitsu LifeBook S7020
Notebooks are always prone to wear and tear, being constant companions of mobile warriors. It is a relief to know, then, that the 1.75kg Fujitsu Lifebook S7020 is bundled with a three-year warranty comprising a one-year international carry-in (parts and labor) warranty.

In addition, the S7020 comes packed with connectivity options, such as Bluetooth, 802.11 a/b/g wireless LAN, Gigabit Ethernet, infrared and 56K modem. The top-end version of the S7020 features an Intel Pentium M 1.86GHz processor, 100GB hard disk and a multiformat DVD burner, and is available at S$5,888 (US$3,590).

Samsung X50 
For the fashion-conscious, the Samsung X50 is a perfect accessory-cum-machine. At 2.45kg, the X50 is powered by the Intel Pentium M processor running on the Centrino platform. It also features the latest Intel Pro/Wireless 2915ABG wireless network adapter and has Bluetooth built-in as well. The X50 has a 15.4 inch WXGA screen that displays high performance graphics with much clarity, thanks to the Digital Natural Image Engine (DNie). It is available in stores now for S$3,799 (US$2,273).

Working on confidential documents while on the move? No worries, with LG LM60's hard disk security system. It comes with a built-in mechanism that prevents data from being read even when the hard disk is separated from the notebook. Encased in a sleek silver, grey and black exterior, the LM60 weighs in at 2.1kg and measures 23.4mm. It features an Intel Pentium M 1.6GHz Processor, 60GB or 80GB hard disk, and a 14.1 inch XGA screen. Pricing details were not available at press time.