Fujitsu Launches New Line of FMV Series PCs
Tokyo, Feb 01, 2013 (JCN Newswire via COMTEX) --
Fujitsu today announced that it has updated its FMV Series lineup of consumer-oriented personal computers. The new lineup features a total of 11 models in five product families, each equipped with Office Home and Business 2013 from Microsoft(R). There are a variety of enhanced features, such as touch operations, that provide the user with an enjoyable user experience that only Windows 8 can provide. The new models will be available in Japan from February 7, 2013.
From the LIFEBOOK AH family of 15.6-inch notebook PCs, Fujitsu is introducing two new models, the AH77/K and the AH56/K, that feature support for Windows 8 touch operations.
For the desktop PC ESPRIMO FH lineup, Fujitsu is introducing two new 21.5-inch models, the FH56/KD and the FH54/KD, which feature support for wireless touchpads. Models in the EH family of entry-level 20-inch desktops have also been updated with a lighter, more compact design.
In addition, with the My Cloud Start feature from Fujitsu's My Cloud consumer cloud service, user content such as photos, videos, and music stored on both the PC's internal hard drive and in online storage can be displayed at a glance(1), enabling a more user-friendly media experience. Going forward, the company plans to continue enhancing My Cloud and delivering new ways for users to enjoy their PCs, such as by offering services to support people as they start the new academic and fiscal year beginning in Japan in the spring.
Main Product Features
1. LIFEBOOK AH Family: 15.6-inch notebook PCs featuring support for Windows 8 touch-based operations
From the LIFEBOOK AH family of 15.6-inch widescreen LCD notebooks, Fujitsu is introducing the AH77/K and the AH56/K, which feature touchscreens through which users can directly operate the Windows 8 interface. By supporting touch functionality, the new models will enable customers to take advantage of Windows 8 with greater intuitiveness, simplicity and ease. With the touchscreen's special surface processing called Sara-Sara Coating Display(2), fingerprints and smudging don't stand out. As such, users can operate the touchscreen without having to worry about constantly cleaning it. In addition, the new models also include a large touchpad that can be operated with a finger with the same convenience as a touchscreen, allowing for a combination of both touchscreen and touchpad operations.
In particular, the AH77/K includes a high-capacity battery offering about 6.3 hours of runtime(3), HDD protection that safeguards important data from impact damage, Pioneer speakers boasting excellent audio performance, and a vibrant, high-color-purity LCD screen that employs full flat fine-panel technology. As a result, the notebook can be comfortably used anywhere in the home.
2. ESPRIMO FH Family: Featuring enhanced support for wireless touchpads
From the ESPRIMO FH family, Fujitsu is introducing two new 21.5-inch models, the FH56/KD and the FH54/KD(4), which come with a new wireless touchpad that enables the computer to be remotely operated with the same finger operations as its touchscreen, even from a distance. Using the wireless touchpad, users can perform a variety of tasks, such as swipe operations, displaying the Charm Bar or adjusting the computer's volume, all from a distance using intuitive operations that can only be found on Windows 8.
The FH54/KD also features Quick TV, which allows users to view television programs without having to boot the operating system, as well as a double recording function that enables two television shows to be simultaneously recorded. These features make the FH family the optimal choice for customers seeking to enjoy convenient TV capabilities.
3. ESPRIMO EH Family: Smaller and lighter 20-inch desktop PCs
The ESPRIMO EH line of affordable desktops PCs has been updated with a lighter, more compact design. Fujitsu has managed to lighten the PCs from almost 5.8kg to only 5.2kg, while achieving a depth reduction from about 18cm to 17.2cm. Even though the EH family represents Fujitsu's lower-cost model lineup, they still come equipped with TV viewing and recording functionality and also feature an LCD screen that can be freely adjusted between 10-30 degrees, making it easy to position for optimal viewing.
4. Equipped with the latest version of Office Home and Business 2013
All of the new models come equipped with the latest version of Office Home and Business 2013. In addition to supporting touch operations, Office Home and Business 2013 is loaded with new convenient features including Live Layout for Word 2013, which allows users to instantly rearrange photos and charts by simply dragging them to a new location, and Recommended Charts for Excel 2013, which displays suggested chart types with a single click.
For customers who previously purchased computers equipped with qualifying Office 2010 products(5), Microsoft is currently offering an upgrade program in which users can receive a full upgrade to Office 2013 free of charge(6).
5. My Cloud Start: View user content saved both locally and in the cloud
My Cloud is a hybrid cloud service for consumers in Japan that delivers a host of easy-to-use and convenient cloud services from Fujitsu along with high capacity online storage that can be employed in sync with users' home PCs. With the release of the new lineup, My Cloud Start will now allow users to easily view all of their content - such as photos, videos, and music - that has been stored to both the PC's internal hard drive and in online storage. Because My Cloud Start automatically adds and sorts new content within the library, users can enjoy content with much greater convenience.
6. Optional Version: ARROWS Tab Wi-Fi QH55/J without Office software
Starting March 2, 2013, Fujitsu will also offer an option without Office software for its ARROWS Tab Wi-Fi QH55/J, the world's slimmest(7) water- and dust-resistant Windows 8 tablet, announced on October 19 of last year. In combination with the existing model featuring Office Home & Business 2010, users will be able to select the model that best suits their needs and preferences, with or without Microsoft Office.
For pricing and availability, please see www.fujitsu.com/global/news/pr/archives/month/2013/20130201-01.html
(1) Displaying pictures, videos, and music content at a glance: An application download from the URL below is required to utilize this feature. (The application is expected to be available for download from Mid-February 2013)
For more information, please visit: http://azby.fmworld.net/mycloud/apps/ (Japanese)
To display lists of videos and music saved on the My Cloud library on My Cloud Start, signing up to the fee-based My Cloud Library Plus service is necessary.
(2) Sara-Sara Coating Display: The AH77/K is the only model from this new line of FMV series PCs to feature the Sara-Sara Coating Display.
(3) Approximately 6.3 hours of battery runtime: In the case of the AH77/K, as measured using Ver. 1.0 of JEITA's measurement method.
(4) The FH56/KD and the FH54/KD featuring a new wireless touchpad: Comes standard on the FH56/KD and as an optional upgrade (sold separately) for the FH54/KD.
(5) Qualifying Office 2010 products: For more information, please visit: www.office.com/offer
(6) Office upgrade program: A program in which customers who purchased a PC model equipped with Office 2010 and activated the license during the offer period are eligible to receive the latest version of Office as a free download. (Eligibility Period: October 19, 2012 to April 30, 2013)
For more information, please visit: www.office.com/offer
(7) World's slimmest water and dust-resistant Windows 8 tablet: As of February 1, 2013, according to Fujitsu research.
About Fujitsu Limited
Fujitsu is the leading Japanese information and communication technology (ICT) company offering a full range of technology products, solutions and services. Over 170,000 Fujitsu people support customers in more than 100 countries. We use our experience and the power of ICT to shape the future of society with our customers. Fujitsu Limited (TSE:6702) reported consolidated revenues of 4.5 trillion yen (US$54 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2012. For more information, please see www.fujitsu.com.
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