How often do you use the optical drive on your laptop these days. With the advent of streaming and higher broadband speeds the need for physical media on your computer is disappearing fast.
And it seems as if Fujitsu has copped on to this fact by doing away with an optical disk drive in its latest LifeBook models and replacing it with something entirely more practical – a pico projector. Ok, so maybe a projector in your laptop is not the most practical thing ever, but it is very cool. Imagine being able to press a button on the side of your laptop and project a movie, presentation or pictures onto pretty much any available space. The projectors have been integrated into two new models of the LifeBook series – the 13.3in S761/C and 12.1in P771/C. However the inclusion of the projector does come at a price with the 13.3in starting at 219,450yen (£1,625) while the smaller 12.1in model requires even more of your hard-earned cash, starting out at 255,150yen (£1,890).
Looking at the specs of the laptops the 13.3in S761/C comes with Intel’s latest Core i5-2520M processor, 1GB of RAM, 160GB of storage and a screen resolution of 1366 x 768. The smaller P771/C matches the specs of its bigger brother but offers a screen resolution of 1280 x 800. We imagine all the specs will be upgradable once the laptops go on sale in Japan in mid-May. There is no word yet on the quality of the output from the projectors that have taken residence in the ODD slot. The price for the laptops seems to be pretty high even if they do include the projectors, considering you can get a decent laptop for around £600 and a pico projector for around £250. However the ingenuity of getting a projector into a laptop was probably not as easy as simply swapping it with an ODD.
We wait to see if Fujitsu decides to release these laptops elsewhere in the world or if we see other manufacturers follow suit and include projectors in their laptop line-ups.