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Fujitsu Expands Retail Offering

Fujitsu added a media-friendly notebook computer to its Lifebook line this month, expanding the company’s modest retail presence.

The N3500, $1,499 suggested retail price, is a desktop replacement notebook with a 15W-inch display that is being marketed at gamers and multimedia users. With its shipment Fujitsu now has five consumer SKUs on the market, mainly regional chains and online retailers, but the company is hoping its newest offering helps break it into a national retailer, according toPaul Moore, Fujitsu’s mobile product marketing director.

The N3500, which uses Windows XP, comes with a proprietary media software application giving the computer Media-Center-like functionality along with a Fujitsu-developed display filtering system to give the screen a CRT-like appearance. Moore said the company might drop its software in favor of Media Center in the future, but for now it is happy with its house brand.

Other features include a 100GB hard drive, TV tuner, double-layer dual-format DVD burner, 802.11g and up to 2GB of memory.