Fujitsu Lifebook N3530 Core Duo MCE laptop

Fujitsu has added a new box to its lineup of Core Duo-powered laptops, the media-centric N3530. The $1,449 computer has a 15.4-inch widescreen display, 1.66 GHz processor, 100 GB drive, dual-layer burner, and Windows XP Media Center Edition. Alas, as with many so-called media laptops, the TV tuner is optional. Sort of reminds us of those ultralight laptops that require an "optional" CD-ROM drive to do anything useful, like installing software. Listen, Fujitsu (and everyone else playing this game): just make the tuner standard, even if it bumps up the list price. Trust us, we'll pay for it.