Fujitsu LifeBook T580 Convertible And The Jolicloud Jolibook

2 December 2010


With the advents of multiple new categories in the mobile computing, labelling everything is becoming an increasingly difficult task. Much as the reporter in me feels uncomfortable with that, the truth is that this is actually a good thing for consumers. They now have the opportunity of getting machines as powerful as they would like for their tasks and still have options to choose from when it comes to size.

One really great example of this would be the new convertible ultraportable laptop from Toshiba called the LifeBook T580. I call it ultraportable not based on the chips or lightness but the fact that it is actually 10 inch portable that has nothing much to do with netbooks.

This is a convertible tablet computer whose screen twists and folds down for horizontal use. It might sound like a convertible netbook but when you are told that it retails for about £1K — you know that it has cleared the netbook price threshold a long, long time back. So why is it this expensive?

Well, it has the performance specifications that you would expect from a full-fledged, traditional form factor. It is powered by Intel Core i5-560UM processor and has 4GB of RAM, a 7200rpm 500GB Hard Drive along with a native resolution of 1366×768. It is running on Windows 7 Professional, 64-bitThe LifeBook T580 has WiFi, Bluetooth, a 3G modem — all of it powered by a 6-cell 5800mAh battery. That means battery life should be fairly decent.

Moving on to something that is actually a netbook — let me introduce you to the netbook created by Jolicloud. For those of you who are not familiar with Jolicloud — it is a netbook focussed, Linux-based OS that was built from the ground up to be perfect for using on a device with a small screen and also with very little resources to spare.

They have now brought out their very own netbook but have failed to make much of an impact. It has flat keys, a simple design, 3-USB ports, Ethernet port, VGA port, 10-inch form factor and a single button touchpad. To have extended battery life, there’s a 6-cell battery that extends itself out of the back of the netbook to make space for itself.

The only strikingly different about the netbook’s appearance is a custom made artwork on the lid but no one’s quite sure whether it is supposed to ship that way.

However, the most important difference between this and any other netbook is the fact that it is running Jolicloud. As is apparent from the name, this OS attempts to save resources and speed things up by using the power of web apps. The OS in fact blends web-apps and locally running apps very effectively. It is one of the main strong points of the OS. This allows you to install services like “Facebook”, “Gmail” just like you would install may be a game or a media player app like Winamp.

Since it is all cloud-based — if you save your settings under an account, logging in to that account from another computer will give you instant access to your desktop. Also, it will help you move between two machines just by logging in from the new machine.

Its specifications are — 1.5GHz Intel Atom N550, 720HD video playback capability, 250GB HDD and Jolicloud. No word on pricing or the other missing information.

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