Fujitsu's new LifeBook MH330 is under three quarters of an inch thick at its thinnest point, Atom-powered and benefits from 802.11n wireless networking capabilities. The notebook does not include an internal optical drive but instead features the facility to wirelessly share the one that's already sitting in a PC.

Some industry commentators have hailed the official launch of Apple's iPad as the death knell for ten inch notebooks, yet they're still being churned out. Fujitsu has chosen an Asia Pacific market launch for its new LifeBook MH330 mini notebook which is only 0.73in thick at its front end. The rear is only a little chunkier at 0.96in and the unit weighs only 1.1kg, including a 3-cell battery.

The 10.1 inch 1024 x 600 LED backlit widescreen display benefits from a 400:1 contrast ratio, and the inclusion of stereo speakers in the unit offer a hint that this mobile solution is expected to enjoy home entertainment as well as business use. The unit is powered by a 1.66GHz Intel Atom N450 processor, packs in a 250GB HDD and sports a webcam. There's a 5-in-1 card reader, a spill-resistant keyboard and connectivity is served up in Bluetooth 2.1 and 802.11b/g/n WiFi.

Rather than bulking out its frame with an optical drive, the MH330 features a DVD Share application which allows users to wirelessly connect to a PC and share its drive - or users could opt to attach an external optical drive via USB.

The Fujitsu LifeBook MH330 is retailing at SGD699 (about US$500 at time of publication) in Singapore from April onwards.