Fujitsu's M2010, an appealing netbook but the trackpad needs work

Fujitsu's M2010, an appealing netbook but the trackpad needs work
Rating
Overall:

Battery life lets down this otherwise solid netbook from a local manufacturer

Performance:
4
Features & Design:
5
Value for money:
5
Price
Price: $589
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Specs
Price 589
CPU model/brand Intel Atom N280
CPU speed 1.6Ghz
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Where the Pioneer attempts to look curvaceous, while the Gigabyte settles for plain, the Fujitsu commandeers its curves with swagger and confidence. The lush metallic cherry-red exterior on our review product sports swooping rounded logos, and the bevelled edges extend from the lid all the way to the wrist rest and keyboard surround.

Everything bar the hinge, screen bezel and keyboard is red - those three are a tasteful black. The build quality is solid, and it feels impressively robust in your hands. That overall appeal hasn't been done quite so well since the initial Aspire One, and if it starts a trend in netbooks we'll be only too pleased.

The gloss extends beyond the surface, and the screen is notable for its crystal clear brightness. Fujitsu tells us that this is the brightest netbook screen, and we're inclined to believe them. In comparison, the Pioneer looks washed out, and even the likes of the HP Mini 5101 can't compare.

It's almost a shame that the Fujitsu is a 10.1in notebook, leaving us a 1024 x 600 screen rather than a widescreen that would fully show off this fantastic LCD.

Other aspects don't stand out quite so well, but they're perfectly acceptable for a netbook in this price range The keyboard compares favourably to that of the gigabyte, with good travel and a lovely bouncy action that felt entirely comfortable while touch-typing. Gone are the issues of the older Fujitsu netbook keyboards.

The inclusion of the slightly higher powered Atom N280 aids the M2010 to its solid benchmark score of 0.41, but there's little else to remark on with regards to the specifications.

In fact, it matches the Pioneer almost entirely, except for that processor. Yet the Fujitsu feels like it's in almost a separate class to the Pioneer.  That impression is bolstered by the far more impressive battery life.

The M2010 managed an excellent 4hrs 15mins for our intensive use benchmark, making it only slightly surprising that it didn't quite manage an additional hour for the light use battery - it eventually halted at 5hrs 13mins.

It may not be the longest we've seen, but we're assured that all M2010 models in Australia will come with the 6-cell battery in our test model, making it a good choice at that price. It does mean that the screen can only tilt as far as a 90-degree angle, however.

The only real complaint we have is the trackpad, which was unresponsive and imprecise to work with. We assume a firmware update will fix it, and in the meantime, the Fujitsu makes an appealing mid-range netbook.

This Review appeared in the December, 2009 issue of PC & Tech Authority Magazine

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