- Display: 14 inch frameless touch screen
- OS: Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit
- Resolution: 3200 x 1800
- RAM: Maximum 10GB available
- Optional 3G/4G
- Battery life: up to 10 hours
- Available processors: Intel® Core™ vPro™, Intel® Core™ i5-4300U , or Intel® Core™ i7-4600U
- Warranty: 2 years (depending on country)
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Fujitsu has launched three business-ready laptops in their mid-high range E Line.
The 13, 14 and 16-inch notebooks are from first impressions feel streamlined, and include a Fujitsu red accent to its brushed steel-effect shell which adds a nice touch to a corporate device.
The products come out of the box with a Windows 7 license as well as a Windows 8 license ready to be installed when your company is.
This is because Fujitsu are seeing a major move from XP toe Windows 7 in the business world, as businesses prepare to see the end of XP support in Spring 2014. But in the tablet space, Fujitsu are seeing the larger leap from XP to Windows 8.
The clever bit about these notebooks is their modular bays, which allows corporations to buy added extras that can be attached to the device. Items like a second battery which extends life from 13 hours to 19, or a bay projector, second hard drive or a DVD drive. Businesses wouldn't need to buy one of these per device, but a sample number of the accessories could be bought and they could be loan out to employees as and when, saving costs.
Weighing under 2kg (the 13 and 14-inch 1.7kg) the E Line is built for the typical mobile workforce.
The devices begin at £860 + VAT for the entry level 13-inch. But the notebooks are built to order and can make their way up to £1,294 + VAT for the core i7 16-inch edition.
One docking station fits all of the E Line range, and during August the company is offering one free of charge with all notebooks through its resellers (£80 RRP).
The iX500 is Fujitsu's new offering for a desktop scanner, with hardware updates, including the option of wireless scanning to iOS and Android devices.
Where the company's very portable ScanSnap S1100 is an extremely thin and portable device, you would have to manually scan one-by-one, single sided, with a maximum speed of eight sheets per minute, the desktop iX500 scans both sides of a document at 25 pages per minute.
The scanner automatically scans both sides of a document, recognises a blank page and deletes it. It also recognises the orientation, and if the page has been skewed during the feeding process, correcting it as you go along.
The accompanying software offers a Quick Menu when you scan your documents, with options such as scan to folder, iPhoto or Photo Gallery, print, email or cloud applications such as Evernote and Dropbox. You can organise the various options into 'favourite' to make the Quick Menu even easier to navigate.
What I found particularly clever about the software was the option to import any internal business applications you may need to use. If your business application recognises PDFs, you will be able to import your scanned item straight into it.
Additionally, you can use the settings to make the device as independent as possible. For instance, when using Gmail, if you select to attach a document and then open the software and scan an item, it will attach automatically and can also be selected to delete from your computer locally, avoiding a build-up of unnecessary files.
The iX500 is fitted with a GI chip to enable wireless scanning. Download the software through an app from the App Store or Google Play, connect the scanner and away you go. You can even remotely press the scan button 'on' from your tablet and a few seconds later the item appears on your screen with the option to view in various applications such as DropBox, iBooks or email. It is expected that future scanners from Fujitsu will also come with wireless capabilities.
Business card heaven
While I was using the scanner and becoming more and more smitten, it was when I realised I could pop up to 20 business cards in the feeder and have them scanned in seconds, which is what the video below demonstrates.
The Fujitsu software, Card Minder, recognises the business cards and extracts the scanned data into relevant fields, this data is then editable and exportable - like creating and alphabetising your own virtual rollerdex. For an organised soul, this is a dream!
However, when I tested it out on my array of different business cards I have stacked on my desk, it wasn't as easy as scanning a stack of identical cards. It was still astonished at how quickly they scanned through and how the software (most of the time) managed to recognise the different types of information and pop them into different fields. However, if a business card was double sided or more "creative" than the traditional white card with lines of text, about 2 out of 10 times is wouldn't recognise my cards. This was slightly frustrating, but it was still easy enough to edit the fields manually if you were determined to use this system. However, I do blame working in media and the array of whacky business cards for this problem.
A desktop's new best friend
I've previously reviewed the Fujitsu ScanSnap S1300i scanner and I was really pleased with the speed and features, however due to not really being portable, I didn't really see the point, when there are ultra portable scanners, like the S1100, which you can pop into your laptop bag without a thought.
The iX500 should be a staple piece of equipment for the office desk, perfect for the individual who does the most scanning, such as a secretary, and due to the wireless features, anybody in the office with a tablet can also easily access the joys of ScanSnap.
The iX500 was available from January 7 for a RRP of £395.00 ex VAT.
While the Fujitsu ScanSnap S1300i scanner is not portable enough to pop in your laptop bag, it is indeed a rather compact (although heavy for its size) device which can neatly sit on your desk, ready to scan two sides of a sheet of paper in a matter of seconds.
First things first, I opened the box to be welcomed by what seemed like a lot of components and even an instruction manual, I said a silent prayer to the Gadget Lords that this wouldn't be fiddly to set up.
Another shocker, after I'd got over all the wires and cabling, was that I saw a CD-ROM lurking in the bottom of the box. Surely there would be a download option? Nope! Well, I spent a good couple of minutes searching for my disc drive before popping in the disc and following the tedious instructions to install the software. Now, I feel bad saying that it took a long time to download... errr... I mean INSTALL, it's just that I'm so used to clicking the big 'D' word, that installing a disc seems very 2002, not 2012.
After probably about eight minutes, the software was installed on my computer. I had the scanner plugged into the mains and also attached to my PC through a USB connection - NOTE: the scanner can also be powered through a second USB connection, so it's all about weighing up how many plugs versus USB ports you have nearby.
The ScanSnap claims to be able to scan 12 pages per minute and once I did have it all set up, I was astonished by how speedily it ate my piece of paper and spat it out the other side. The scan popped up on the software that I had painstakingly installed earlier, and even both sides of the sheet of paper was staring back at me in the form of a PDF on my computer screen in seconds.
The quality of scans was great from all my tests, perfectly good enough for general office use - an ideal for scanning in receipts for expenses as the different sizes of paper didn't faze the gadget at all.
I tried to scan sheets at squiffy angles and it either works and straightens it out, or the software tells you that there is a problem. You can pop up to ten sheets of paper on the tray of the scanner and they feed through one at a time. Once you have scanned your sheets of paper, the ScanSnap software pops up and offers you a few options, such as 'scan to folder' 'scan to email' or 'scan to print'. You can also scan sheets to a mobile device, by downloading and app and entering a password.
I would never want to lug this gadget around and therefore I can't deem it "portable" in my mind, and it does seem a little pricey compared to the much more portable scanners on the market at the moment but it is a fantastic little desktop gadget. You can pick it up for around the £220 mark from retailers such as Amazon.
Fujitsu launched its new X-Line hardware products at the Fujitsu Forum in Munich this week and I had a hands on experience with the Windows 8 PC that claims to have a stand which swivels and twists the display to any angle, while also boasting facial recognition technology.
Now it's always a little awkward doing live demos, but after three failed attempts to show me how the facial recognition feature worked, I began to feel a little offended. I was starting to think that perhaps I did look a little bit like the middle-aged German man who was demonstrating the product and who's face the computer was supposed to recognise (not mine!)
After a few very awkward minutes, I was told that the product was actually set to another woman's face with the gentleman's details saved in preferences. Confused? Me too! Well, even if the computer wasn't recognising my face for a man's - unless the woman in question was my long-lost twin - I'm not rating the facial recognition technology.
The Fujitsu representative told me that there could be a "glitch in the system" and that the Esprimo is not designed to be used for "high security" but for "ease of use".
While it was very quick to recgonise faces and log-in, it would be nice if it recognised the correct face to provide access. So no installing the Esprimo into bank security systems anytime soon then?
While I'm leading this post with my experience with the facial recognition technology, this product's main selling point is the large touchscreen display and its moveable stand.
"These mechanics make it usable for Windows 8 touchscreen because it is not natural to touch a desktop," said Joseph Reger CTO of Fujitsu, at the Forum.
Well Dr Reger, I'm not sure I agree with you...
I found it very stiff to manoeuvre and just plain awkward. It could tilt back from the regular desktop position to flat as use as a giant tablet, but you would have to stand up from your seat to actually use it comfortably anyway, as the photograph below shows.
Diary of an outcast: Apple's Special iPad 2 Event
I will start with my favourite post, the infamous Apple event. I had been invited to Apple events before but somehow started getting missed off the list. I hate Apple so it was no surprise that they didn't want me there. Safe to say that after this post not only was I missed off the list but Computer Weekly never received an invite from Apple ever again.
iPhone Vs N97
This was the first big video project that me and David (video editor) put together. At the time I was so happy that I'd got the N97 I decided to make a video pitting it against the iPhone while mocking Apple's advertising campaign. Little did I know that the N97 would prove to be the worst purchase I've ever made in my life.
HTC Desire HD Review
David (who stars in this video) and I wanted to do something different and create a cool video review. This is what we came up with.
Sadly once we started recording David (and the department he worked for) were made redundant. It didn't effect the video but it wasn't a happy time for us. Having cleared out his desk he set up at home the next day to finish it. This was our last hurrah and the last video I made. Very proud of it.
What is the best mobile OS around?
At this point, no one wanted to be in any of my videos. The company was starting to cut back on them and so I tried to play four roles with four outfits and a moustache before I got told that what I was doing wasn't a productive use of my time. Honestly, how could they say that?
This video used to have a voting element that has since been removed because we couldn't afford to pay for the server the flash sat on.
The most ambitious video we ever tried.
Video: The future of business cards, I'm not taking the Poken
There was a girl I was desperate to go out with at my work. I needed to do a video to have a reason to talk to her but the only thing I'd been sent was a Poken. No phones or cool gadgets. Somehow I persuaded her to help me make this video. We're still together :)
Video review of the wiimote like Gyration Air Mouse
This video is pretty much when I realised that I can be funny. What people don't realise is that filming didn't take long but discussions between David and I on what was funny took forever.
He would stand there saying "That's not funny" every time I cracked a joke or did something stupid. Or one of my favourite lines of his was "You might think that's funny, but it isn't".
Video: Palm Pre vs the iPhone - The big debate
I had 2 weeks before Christmas to do a video armed with my wit and a white wig that was left over from a very bad 'Back to the future' spoof I'd made where I played the Doc. That video was so bad that the company we producd it for sent us a letter saying that if the video ever saw the light of day, they'd sue my a** off.
David went on holiday with a week left of editing/filming to do so I didn't have anyone to tell me that what I was saying wasn't funny and some of the editing is a bit off. It's still a good video but we felt it was rushed.
Video: I heart iPad - Dating website matches man to iPad
What do you do when you get your hands on an iPad before the UK release? Write a review. Then what? Make a video about having a special relationship with it. Yep, not sure why.
The HTC and Google story: A love affair and a tragedy
Lord knows what compelled me to write this. Had I taken more time to craft it, I think it could've been great but when I read it now I feel it's rushed. Still good, where the idea came from I'll never know.
Video: Flip Mino HD review
This video took 84 takes. For no reason at all I couldn't stop laughing during recording. We got in trouble because it was meant to take a couple of hours but took almost two weeks.
Video: Zeemote review - Is this the future of mobile gaming?
I did this video because Zeemote said that they'd give me a free phone if I reviewed it. So...
GeeklyWeekly Sexy Halloween Special
Wow, how bad is this video? It doesn't even have anything to do with gadgets!!