GCN LAB REVIEW: NETBOOKS

Fujitsu netbook designed to shine

Fujitsu M2010's bright screen and impressively loud speakers make it a good choice for multimedia use

Netbooks in this review

Netbooks prove worthy of a second look
The Lab tests six netbook models and finds they have outgrown their low-grade reputation.

Dell Latitude on the go
The Dell Latitude 2100 offers extra portability options at a smart price for students.

Fujitsu designed to shine
Fujitsu M2010's bright screen and impressively loud speakers make it a good choice for multimedia use.

HP Mini but mighty
HP Mini 5101's enhanced communications features make it ideal for wireless or LAN networking.

IdeaPad ideal for budget conscious
Lenovo IdeaPad S10-2's low cost and light weight make it a good value for those watching their wallets.

Sony Vaio netbook a multimedia power
The Sony Vaio W-series is a bit pricey at $500, but it has a lot of extra features and would do well for a user who deals with multimedia on a variety of devices with different types of storage.

Toshiba's Mini is the class of the netbook field
The Toshiba Mini NB205 N210 delivered the best performance at the lowest price, and easily won the Reviewer’s Choice for this roundup.

Fujitsu’s M2010 mini-notebook is a nicely apportioned netbook designed for multimedia use. Its bright screen and impressively loud speakers definitely contribute to that.

The M2010 weighed in at 2 pounds, 14 ounces, which put it in the middle of our pack. Its 10.25-inch-by-7.5-inch-by-2.25 inch dimensions made it only slightly larger than average.

Fujitsu’s keyboard has fewer keys than a typical laptop configuration, giving up the right-hand Ctrl key and relegating Page Up and Page Down to Fn key functions. That might drastically affect some people who use those keys a lot. Combining that factor with one of the smallest touchpads in the review, the M2010 might offer an uncomfortable experience for some.

We were impressed by the M2010's bright screen, which we could see clearly from either side. Also, the speakers are loud, which is unusual for a laptop of this size. We were also pleased to see that the Fujitsu netbook came equipped with Bluetooth capability and a 160G hard drive.

In our performance tests, the M2010 surprised us with a score of 202.1, which was the slowest performer in this review by a significant margin. That seemed to be largely caused by its CPU and drive scores, but we could see no difference between the Fujitsu’s configuration and the others'. The M2010 even had an Intel Atom N280 processor, which has a higher clock speed than some others in the roundup. We ran the benchmark tests several times and tried tweaking some BIOS settings, but we were unable to produce a higher score.

In our battery life test, the M2010 managed to hang with the pack, although its time of 3 hours, 42 minutes put it near the bottom. However, it should last long enough for most uses.

Fujitsu’s price for the M2010 is $449, which is higher than we would have liked, but it is not unreasonable. It would do well for any operations that involve multimedia use.

Pros: Bright screen, small dimensions.
Cons: Small touchpad, low performance.
Performance: B-
Battery life: B-
Ergonomics: B
Portability: A-
Features: B+
Value: B
Price: $449

Fujitsu America, 800-831-3183, www.fujitsu.com

About the Author

Greg Crowe is a former GCN staff writer who covered mobile technology.

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