Fujitsu released first MeeGo netbook

Feb 15, 2011 by Katie Gatto weblog
Fujitsu released first MeeGo netbook
The LifeBook MH330

Fujitsu has released a new netbook, called the LifeBook MH330 netbook, which is based on the MeeGo platform.

While the company is adding one more device to an already crowded market, with Windows, Linux, and Jolicloud already in the consumer fray, the LifeBook MH330 hopes to have a fighting chance because of its target demographic, the machine has a focus on streaming video content and social networking site use, thanks to its Myzone panel.

Other apps, beside the basics that come with the setup, are available as downloadables which are free of charge for the time being. The machine also boasts a fast boot time, but for the average professional the system specs might be a turn off.

The official specs for the LifeBook MH330 read as such:

* Intel Atom N455 @ 1.66GHz
* 1GB RAM
* 10.1-inch LED-backlit display (1024×600)
* 250GB HDD
* graphics solution

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MeeGo 1.0 was the first version that came from merging Intel's Moblin and Nokia's Maemo.

Not exactly impressive hardware, but most of the netbooks on the market do not support large memories or high-level processors. The unit is priced at $488, which is on the higher end of prices. This number is surprisingly high when you consider that there is no real operating system to speak of, only the platform, in this device.

The system is run by the series of downloadable apps available to users. Each of these apps creates its own panel on the system. On the bright side, this system ensures that everything downloaded will run smoothly. On the down side, it does limit the ways that you can use the LifeBook MH330 netbook. On the whole this is a device made with a very specific market in mind, and it is definitely not for the professional set.

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Eikka
not rated yet Feb 15, 2011
Get rid of the dumbo size horizontal bars. They're just reducing the already painfully tight vertical space on a widescreen monitor with just 600px of resolution. It's making a bad idea even worse.

Browsing the web on such a device is already painful without all sorts of extra "toolbars" that you don't have to see all the time. I know, I have one.
kaasinees
1 / 5 (1) Feb 15, 2011
Way to expensive, the technology is 2 years old!
jimbo92107
not rated yet Feb 15, 2011
I think I just heard a big clunking noise.

For comparison, I'm typing this on an HP i3 laptop, 15.6-inch screen, fantastic 2MP webcam, Bluetooth, fingerprint reader, 4GB ram and 500 gig hd. Bought a $455 display unit from Office Max, but they have in-box units for $506. Man, this i3 chip is sweet. Faster than Core Duo, yet it runs over 4 hours off the juice. Netbooks are overrated and under-powered. Get a real notebook, or look for a used iPad. They'll be dirt cheap after the iPad 2 comes out this April. Oh, I forgot: the HP also has an HDMI port, stereo mic, SD port, eSata port, DVD with Lightscribe, wifi N, and 3 usb 2 ports.
Eikka
not rated yet Feb 15, 2011
Netbooks are overrated and under-powered.


I disagree. They're physically much smaller and lighter, much more comfortable to take along, have typically twice the battery life of a "real laptop", and usually cost a third less. They do what they're supposed to do perfectly fine. The only niggle is the poor display resolution which doesn't let you fit a lot on the screen.

And why would anybody get an iPad instead of a laptop? They're toys. You can't do anything with them. Try installing AVR-Studio on an iPad and developing software while sitting on a train.

Eikka
not rated yet Feb 15, 2011
Though of course, installing Meego on a netbook makes it even less useful than an iPad, unless you can root it and turn it into a proper Linux machine.
kaasinees
1 / 5 (1) Feb 15, 2011
I agree with you Eikka but jimbo has a point.
The core i3/i5 chips are way more efficient than these atoms. Especially the ULV chips are a treat(but expensive), and even more especially with the new Sandy Bridge.

The design is stolen from Asus, which is 2 year old technology if not more. The hardware is slightly newer than 2 years ago but nothing special.. Its way to expensive and would probably be sold cheaper in the stores.
Eikka
not rated yet Feb 15, 2011

The core i3/i5 chips are way more efficient than these atoms.


More efficient in what terms?
kaasinees
1 / 5 (1) Feb 15, 2011
Atoms are produced to be cheap, not efficient.
An ULV i3 has more power/watt than an Atom. When matching the watt to the atom there will more power than the atom, when matching the power to the Atom it will use less watt.
Royale
not rated yet Feb 16, 2011
Keep in mind an iPad is not a netbook, in fact, it's underpowered even for a tablet.
I just wanted to mention that since I got the netbook (free from my company) I'm using to type this post, I no longer use any other computers. Mind you, this one is a bit better. It's an ASUS 1201n, 4GB RAM, 250GB HDD, Dual Core Atom, nVidia Ion platform, 12.1" widescreen, Running Windows 7 with Aero on, AND an almost full size keyboard. It's just like a laptop but is a whole lot lighter and more mobile. The whole thing in the case is like 3 pounds. As per this story, this MeeGo is overpriced and has underwhelming hardware. My Dual Core Atom is fine, in fact virus scans are slow more from the HDD than the processor.
dirk_bruere
not rated yet Feb 16, 2011
Get a Honeycomb Tablet
Eikka
not rated yet Feb 16, 2011
Atoms are produced to be cheap, not efficient.
An ULV i3 has more power/watt than an Atom. When matching the watt to the atom there will more power than the atom, when matching the power to the Atom it will use less watt.


But an atom still uses less watts in absolute terms, both at full power and at rest.

It does less with the power, but most of the time it isn't actually doing much anything, which leads to lower energy consumption due to the lower power requirements when the CPU is idle. That's the point of it.

And even in the case of heavy tasks such as watching a HD video, the actual processing is offloaded to a GPU, which yields longer run times for the Atom than the i3.

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