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Fujitsu says ditch your desktop

A trio of new desktop replacement laptops from Fujitsu.

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A white laptop? Must be a MacBook, right? No, it's the Fujitsu A3110, one of three new laptops just announced. The pearl-white A3110 is an AMD-based system with a Turion 64 X2 dual-core processor and a 15.4-inch wide-screen display.

Naturally, there's an Intel version. It's called the A6010, and while it ditches the all-over pearl-white finish for black, it comes with either a Core Duo T5500 or Core 2 Duo T2050 CPU. Both 15.4-inch systems have what Fujitsu calls a Crystal View display, a special glossy screen coating for high-contrast images.

These two both weigh in at around 6 pounds, but that's nothing compared to the 10.5-pound N6420, the third new Fujitsu laptop. With a 17-inch wide-screen display, dual hard drives, Core 2 Duo CPU, and an optional HD-DVD drive, this is a massive desktop replacement/multimedia system.

Setting it apart from the competition is something the company calls the Visual Optimizer. More than just a glossy screen coating, Fujitsu says this is, "a special image processing subsystem within the Fujitsu LifeBook N6420 that enhances images from any source so that they are optimized for the LCD display."

In more practical terms, it's a button on the display that, when pressed, kicks in a series of adjustments to the brightness and contrast of the display, along with edge enhancement and expanded luminance range. If you like it, leave it on all the time, if not, hit the button again to turn it off.

The N6420 starts at $1,499, but adding bells and whistles, such as the HD-DVD drive, pushes the price up to around $2,500. The AMD-based A3110 starts at $1,399, and the Intel-based A6010 is $1,149 with a Core Duo processor, and $1,469 for the Core 2 Duo version. All three are available immediately.

(Photo: Fujitsu)