Shoppers looking for a full-size touchscreen laptop now have one more option. Fujitsu has made available the LifeBook AH562, a multi-touch 15.6-incher running Windows 8 with help of Intel’s 3rd Generation Core-series processors.
Other than the touchscreen input support as the crowning feature, Fujitsu’s AH562 doesn’t bring much in terms of innovation and non-standard laptop features, except its spill-resistant keyboard and Intel Wireless Display technology for streaming videos from the laptop to an HDTV wirelessly. Unfortunately, there’s no sign of any 4th Generation “Haswell” CPU options at this writing. Customers are offered with the Intel Core i3-3120M and i5-3230M and in both cases there’s no a dedicated video card option. You can have only the Intel HD 4000 for managing the 1366-by-768-pixel panel. The first of the two available configurations delivers 6GB of RAM and a 500GB hard drive, while the second includes beefier 8GB of RAM and 1TB of HDD space. They’re priced at $649 and $799, respectively.
Other notable features are a DVD burner, stereo speakers enhanced by DTS Boost technology, a 720p webcam, four USB ports (3 x USB 3.0 and 1 x USB 2.0), HDMI and VGA video connectors, an SD/SDHC/SDXC card reader, and Bluetooth 4.0. The ExpressCard slots belong to the past pretty much, in the consumer laptop category at least, and we haven’t seen it on a new laptop model for a long time. But, the AH562 has one. For Internet, the laptop uses 802.11n Wi-Fi and Gigabit LAN.
Fujitsu says the 6-cell 48WHr battery delivers a run time of up to 5.5 hours on the i3-based model and up to 5 hours on the i5 configuration.
Regarding design, immediately apparent are black glossy surfaces on both lid and palmrest, as well as a chiclet style keyboard without backlight but with a separate numeric pad and spill-resistance, as we already said. A nice design touch are the notebook’s fairly thin LCD bezels on the sides.
The LifeBook AH562 can be ordered now via the Fujitsu online store.