Move over Sony Bravia, Fujitsu seems to be breeding sub-$1,000 laptops like rabbits. Just one month after launching the $799 LifeBook V1010 and a few weeks after the $849 LifeBook A6110, the company has announced the LifeBook S7211, which has a starting price of just $899. The 14-inch wide-screen laptop, aimed at small and medium businesses, includes a built-in Webcam, spill-resistant keyboard, and modular bay for an optical drive or an extra battery to extend your computing time beyond the 4 hours promised by the standard battery. With an optical drive, the LifeBook S7211 weighs 5.2 pounds.
Like the LifeBook V1010, the S7211's baseline configuration relies on the Pentium Dual Core processor, which occupies the bottom rung of Intel's dual-core options, and just 1GB of RAM. That should be enough for basic word processing and e-mail, but if you need a little more oomph to power your business apps you might consider the Core 2 Duo-based version of the laptop, which costs $1,099.
On the subject of cheap laptops, we're currently reviewing a handful of systems that cost less than $1,000 (including the LifeBook A6110) and will be posting a roundup next week. Keep an eye on Crave for more details.