I have long thought that the smartphones we were seeing crop up as future models and concepts that had a pico projector inside were very cool, but would have limited appeal. I think that cramming a projector inside a notebook is a much better idea. There are hoards of users out there that travel for business today and give lots of presentations with a projector to groups of people. Having to schlep a notebook and a projector through an airport and on and off a plane can’t be fun.
Fujitsu has a couple new notebook that mobile workers that have to carry a projector may wet themselves over. The new machines are the Lifebook S761/C and P711/C notebook computers and both of them give up an optical drive to get a pico projector inside the optical bay. The loss of the optical drive won’t be a big deal for many people considering that many ultraportable on the market today have no optical drive either.
The difference in the two machines is the screen size, the S761/C is a 13.3-inch notebook and the P711/C is a 12.1-inch notebook. The pico projector inside the machines is an option and it has a resolution of 800 x 600. The 761 can be fitted with a Core i3-2310M, Celeron B810, or a Core i5-2520M processor. The screen resolution is 1366 x 768 and it has 160GB of storage and 1GB of RAM. The smaller machine has the same processor options minus the Celeron. Pricing and availability are both unknown.