Fujitsu LifeBook MH380
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Fujitsu launched several netbooks last year and one of them is the LifeBook MH380 which carried upon launch a $449 price tag, which was exactly the same as the model it replaced but it has a bigger hard drive, an Intel Atom N450 processor and a higher resolution screen. It has an outer glossy, red finish and metallic sheen which is complemented by the curved chrome edges. Its upper lid will open farther than most other netbooks, which is very useful when typing on such small systems.
At the heart of the Fujitsu LifeBook MH380 is an Intel Atom N450 processor clocked at 1.60 GHz that has 1GB of DDR2 of RAM running at 800 MHz. For storage you get a 250 GB hard drive spinning at 5,400 rpm while in the graphics area it has an integrated Intel GMA 3150. The netbook measures 11.1 x 8.2 x 1.2 inches and it has a curb weight of 3.3 pounds (0.7 pounds more with the AC adapter).
The keyboard is possibly the major drawback of this model since it is one of the few left tapered units in the netbook segment. Even though the keys have a good feel and travel, they are simply too small, especially if you look at the right side where there are the shift, period and comma keys. The manufacturer’s squeezed in the arrow keys on the board and then modified the relative location of all those keys. As for the palm rest space, it is decent but not something to write home about.
The touchpad isn’t that good either as it has a somewhat irritating momentum-scrolling option which is automatically activated and makes the pointer slide around the screen. The good thing is that you have the possibility to disable it in the touch pad control panel.
Moving on to something better, let’s talk about the 10.1-inch glossy screen of this netbook that has a native resolution of 1,366 x 768 pixels, which is above the regular 1,024 x 600-pixel resolution that most models in this segment do. Another good feature of the netbook would have to be its stereo speakers that are installed on the front bottom and are considerably louder than the speakers that came with the M2010.
The Fujitsu LifeBook MH380 comes with VGA out, headphone and microphone combo jack, three USB 2.0 ports, an SD card reader, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Ethernet.
Regarding the battery life of this netbook, with the standard 6-cell lithium-ion unit it will last for more than 5 hours during a video playback drain test which is a lot better than the Fujitsu Mini M2010 launched in 2009 that lasted for only two hours under identical conditions.