05. 22. 2007
World's smallest notebook computer?
I am obsessed with everything miniature, especially if it's a working miniature, don't have much use for it if it's just some decorative thing. So I love that the electronics world seems equally obsessed with making things as small as possible and my ears perk up whenever I hear the words "world's smallest...". This time, it's Fujitsu Japan claiming their new Lifebook U laptop is the world's tiniest. This 1.2 lb working miniature has an 800 Mhz processor, a 5.6" LCD, and it runs Windows Vista. Like the Flybook, the Lifebook has a swiveling touch screen. There's also a fingerprint sensor and wifi.
The Lifebook is definitely tiny, and it gets points for actually really looking like a shrunken down version of a regular notebook, but it's definitely not the smallest. The OQO2 weighs under a pound, can also run Vista, and has built-in broadband WWAN (via Sprint's or Verizon's EVDO services), Bluetooth, and a faster 1.5 Ghz processor. The screen is marginally smaller, at 5". It's a lot more computing power in an even smaller package.
There are few more entries in the ultra-ultra portable category.
The FlipStart, is slightly heavier than the Fujitsu, at a pound and a half, but it has a 1.1 Ghz pentium M CPU, runs Vista, and has wifi, Bluetooth, and integrated EVDO. There's a built-in camera for v-conferencing, and a little trackpad, just like on a full-size notebook. There's a jog dial and touch stick as well. It has the highest rated battery time, at 6 hours (realistically this means about 3 or 3.5 hours). Most importantly, I think this one wins the adorability contest. I want to wear the FlipStart around my neck like a pendant.
Is this just me? Does anyone think these ultramobiles are potentially useful or is it an unnecessary step in between the smartphone and the notebook computer? The way I think of it, it potentially eliminates the need for both a bulky pda/phone and a heavy laptop. I currently carry about 80 lbs. of various electronics whenever I travel anywhere. I could, however, just be making excuses so that I can have a tiny computer that I can put in a dollhouse.
The Fujitsu Lifebook will be out this summer and initially (and probably forever) only in Japan. From New Launches.
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Playing the Wii on the world's tiniest tv.