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A Video Edge in Fujitsu Notebooks

Fujitsu is juicing up the features in the latest update of its LifeBook notebook series.

The new LifeBook N6420 sports a Fujitsu's "Visual Optimizer," a special image processing subsystem that amplifies video from any source designed to provide optimum sharpness and color matches.

The N6420 also includes an HD DVD-ROM player, and a built-in stereo sound system with a subwoofer.

"We try and do things differently when possible if we can offer something of value the other guys don’t," said Paul Moore, direct of mobile product marketing at Fujitsu, in a product demonstration with internetnews.com.

A dual-mode button on the N6420 lets you toggle between what the resolution on a typical notebook would be and Fujitsu's enhanced video, which is markedly richer.

Powered by an Intel Core 2 Duo processor, the N6420 includes an ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 graphics card with 512 MB of HyperMemory, and storage capacity up to 400 GB in dual hard drives, which Fujitsu believes is the highest in the industry.

Weighing in at six pounds, the notebook includes Fujitsu's 17-inch "Color Enhanced Crystal View" display. Base configuration starts at $1,499.

Standard password security is enhanced by a fingerprint sensor similar to what other notebook vendors, led by Lenovo, offer. But Fujitsu adds a slick wrinkle; the fingerprint reader doubles as a scroll bar for navigating through videos to the spot you want to get to.

Fujitsu considers its LifeBook A Series for more budget-conscious consumers and offers a choice of models with Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD Turion 64 X2 processors.

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The new LifeBook A6010.
Source: Fujitsu

Each sports the same 15-inch, Crystal View display. The LifeBook A6010 (Intel processor) starts at $1,149 with a $50 rebate for a base configuration, while the A3110 (AMD processor) starts at $1,399, with a $100 mail-in rebate for a base configuration.

While Fujitsu is not one of the top players according to market share in the U.S. notebook market, which is dominated by Dell, HP, Lenovo (Thinkpad) and Toshiba, analyst Tim Bajarin of Creative Strategies said the company's quality is not an issue.

"Fujitsu makes very good products; they're just better known for their tablets and handheld computers sold to vertical markets. To make a bigger footprint in retail, they have to compete with so many other notebooks."

Moore said Fujitsu was focusing on full-featured notebooks and doesn't have plans to compete in the sub-$800 space where "no one is making money."