Inspecting gadgets

ACN rounds up the latest and greatest executive gadgets, from MacBook Air challengers to Palm's latest smartphone offering.

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By  Imthishan Giado Published  April 25, 2008

Fujitsu-Siemens LifeBook P1620

Here's the second contender for the lightweight crown - Fujitsu-Siemens's snappily-named LifeBook P1620.

The 'new' challenger has a couple of key advantages on its side - the model range has been around a lot longer than the MacBook Air, and it's a Tablet PC, so the 8.9 inch touch-screen is able to rotate 180 degrees in either direction once opened.

The touch-screen's got another surprise-and-delight feature - it's very nearly the same resolution as the Air at 1280x768, which makes it remarkably sharp for such a small screen.

Nearly twice as thick as the Air, the P1620 won't be fitting into any envelopes, but it is lighter at 1.1kg and smaller in overall dimensions.

The specs aren't too shabby either with a 1.2GHz ULV Core 2 Duo CPU, 512Mbytes to 2Gbytes of RAM and 100Gbyte hard drive or 32Gbyte SSD available.

All the usual wireless and Ethernet connections are present and accounted for along with two USB ports and PCMCIA and SD card slots - though the miniscule size means that like the Air, the P1620 lacks a built-in DVD drive.

The battery is, as one would expect for a traditional ultra-portable not aimed at manila envelope carriers, removable.

Like the X300, the P1620 is aimed at the kinds of business people who really use their laptops while on the go, not fashionistas and gadget mavens.

Not flashy, but worth a look for those who don't need to watch films while travelling but need to punch out that vital report for the next morning.

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