The potential of the Netbook market is turning even the skeptics into believers these days.
On Tuesday, Fujitsu is expected to announce its first Netbook-class laptop for the North American market. It's called the Fujitsu M2010, though the company prefers to describe it as a "mini-notebook" instead of a Netbook. Regardless, it's the first Fujitsu notebook with an Intel Atom processor inside for buyers on this continent.
The M2010 is your standard Netbook/mini-note, with Windows XP, a 160GB hard drive, 1GB of RAM, and three-cell battery for $449. It's nothing all that different from the rest of the crowd, unless you count that it's only available in Ruby Red.
Fujitsu has sold another Netbook, a 9-inch model sold only in Europe, which Fujitsu's senior product director Paul Moore said wasn't suitable for the U.S.
"We didn't bring it to North America because it was an 8.9-inch screen. At that time the feedback we were getting was 8.9 was too small," he said.
The M2010 has a 10-inch screen, which is quickly becoming the standard size for Netbooks--on Monday Dell canned its 9-inch Netbook in favor of two models of its 10-inch Netbooks. And Asus and Acer have also been increasing their focus on the 10-inch category. … Read more