At first glance, the Fujitsu LifeBook T580 looks like a typical netbook. It has a 10 inch display and a thin and light case. At second glance, it looks like a convertible tablet-style netbook, or netvertible, since you can twist the display, fold it down over the keyboard and use the machine in tablet mode. But there are at least two things that really make the LifeBook T580 stand out from any netbook on the market: price and performance.
By definition, netbooks are cheap. The T580 isn’t. I’m not a stickler for saying that netbooks also offer lower performance than more expensive notebooks. If someone were willing to shove a Core i7 chip in a 10 inch netbook and sell it for $400 I wouldn’t complain. But the folks at Netbook News.de report that the Fujitsu LifeBook T580 will sell for up to 1599 Euros, or about $2200 US. So as much as it looks like one, it’s not a netbook. Still, it looks like one heck of a notebook.
While there will be several configuration options available, the product listing describes a machine with a 10.1 inch, 1366 x 768 pixel multitouch capacitive display and an active digitizer for pen input. It has an Intel Core i5-560UM processor, 4GB of RAM, a 500GB, 7200RPM hard drive, and runs Windows 7 Professional, 64-bit.
The laptop supports WiFi, Bluetooth, and 3G wireless connections, and has a 6 cell, 5800mAh battery.
There’s no word on if or when the T580 will be available in the US.