In as much as Intel's Ultrabooks have their merits, we can't help but wonder why anyone would get over something like say, the new Fujitsu Lifebook SH76/E, as here we have an ultra-light 13.3-inch notebook with a full fat CPU and a 6-cell battery. It's not the only one of its kind either, as Toshiba has been offering a similar machine for quite some time now in the shape of its Portege R830 and older R730.

In as much as Intel's Ultrabooks have their merits, we can't help but wonder why anyone would get over something like say, the new Fujitsu Lifebook SH76/E, as here we have an ultra-light 13.3-inch notebook with a full fat CPU and a 6-cell battery. It's not the only one of its kind either, as Toshiba has been offering a similar machine for quite some time now in the shape of its Portege R830 and older R730.

The Lifebook SH76/E weighs in at a mere 1.34kg, that's about the same weight as Acer's new Ultrabook. What we didn't mention is that this is with the optical drive fitted, slide it out and replace it with a weigh saver and the Lifebook SH76/E is a mere 1.22kg, that's lighter than many netbooks. Adding a bit of extra weight is a secondary 27W battery pack that can also be fitted in lieu of the optical drive and combined with the standard 72Wh 6-cell battery pack, Fujitsu claims 18.2h battery life, although the standard battery is said to be good for up to 13.7h of usage without the optical drive installed.

This pretty much blows away the Ultrabooks in terms of battery life and we haven't even gotten to the feautres. For starters, the Lifebook SH76/E comes with a Core i5-2520M CPU which is clocked at 2.5GHz but which will turbo all the way up to 3.2GHz. There's space for a pair of SO-DIMMs and up to 8GB of RAM can be fitted, although it ships with 4GB as standard. Storage comes in the same of a 128GB mSATA SSD and this is partly what helps to keep the weight down, but then again, many Ultrabooks are expected to ship with mSATA SSD's.

Connectivity isn't bad either, as Fujitsu has managed to fit a pair of USB 2.0 ports, a single USB 3.0 port, a D-sub connector, an HDMI port, a Gigabit Ethernet port, an SD card slot, a single audio jack and even an ExpressCard/34 slot. Add to that  802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and optional WiMAX support and this is far more impressive than your average Ultrabook. We should also mention that the display has a typical notebook resolution of 1366×768.

So ok, the Lifebook SH76/E might not be quite as thin as the Ultrabooks at 16.6mm at its thinnest and 23.2mm at its thickest, but we're quite happy to live with that slightly thicker profile considering all the extra features. There's only one problem, the asking price, as the Lifebook SH76/E will hit retail in Japan later this month for 180,000 Yen (S$3,075/US$2,345) about twice the price of Acer's Ultrabook.

Source: Fujitsu Japan