Fujitsu M2010

With a thick chassis and features that don't rise above the pack, the Fujitsu M2010 will have a hard time breaking through the netbook clutter.


6.4
CNET Rating


Fujitsu is finally getting in on the growing netbook trend. With a glossy black chassis and a race car-red shell and finish, the M2010 exterior design seems more at home in an executive's weekend bag. Fujitsu was quick to remind us that no paint is used on the M2010 — the colour is embedded into the plastic, making a longer-lasting and more durable product. An off-white icon on the lid that looks almost like a figure-eight has no clear purpose, although it adds to the oddly street-racer-like profile.

Inside, an inset 10.1-inch glossy screen and keyboard are rimmed by a bezel instead of going edge-to-edge. This is to be expected with the screen, but for the keyboard it means a more cramped typing experience than current fuller-keyed netbooks, such as the HP Mini 1000 and the Samsung N120. It's a shame, really, because the raised keys and tactile response are otherwise excellent. A squished right-hand shift key only serves to remind how this keyboard is a bit of a last-gen model. Considering the M2010's size, a larger keyboard could easily have been incorporated without sacrificing much. The touch pad responded well, and the two buttons had good click to them.

The M2010 also comes across as somewhat thick (although there are worse offenders). It is, at about 2.54cm, chunkier than some competitors' models, which are generally making efforts to slim down. No doubt some of the thickness was intentional, to appeal to a more durable construction. According to Fujitsu, its screens and netbooks were subjected to a "backpack test" to ensure they could survive child-crushing. We didn't run such a test here, but the plastic lid did engage in some flexing when we pressed down on it on our desk.

The 10.1-inch LED-backlit screen has a 1024x576 native resolution, which is close to standard for a screen this size (most have 600 vertical pixels). While browser viewing can get cramped with too many toolbars open, the glossy screen was notably bright and crisp.

Stereo speakers are embedded somewhere behind the keyboard and screen (upon examination, we couldn't find where, exactly), and they do have a distinctly louder-than-normal volume for a netbook. A stereo-in microphone jack and internal digital mic have good sensitivity.

Three USB 2.0 ports instead of the standard two and the inclusion of Bluetooth 2.1 are the only truly notable port and connectivity features on the M2010. A standard VGA connector, multicard reader, and a regular Ethernet jack line the sides of the netbook. Included in the M2010 is 1GB of RAM, but it can be expanded to 2GB.

Since nothing under the hood of the M2010 is different than any other standard netbook, it comes as no surprise that the Atom N270 ran all of the benchmark tests about as well as any other netbook. For basic web-surfing, office document editing, and email, the Fujitsu M2010 runs just fine. We even tested video playback, and while lower-res streaming video such as YouTube and Hulu worked well (an episode of Lost on ABC.com looked OK in-browser, but stuttered in a stand-alone window), HD-video files suffered significant stuttering.

The included three-cell battery ran for two hours and one minute in our battery drain test, which is lower than average for a three-cell netbook, and certainly nothing to write home about. In our video playback battery drain test comparison chart against three- and six-cell netbooks we've recently reviewed, it measures dead last.

Multimedia multitasking test
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
HP Mini 1151NR
3298
Fujitsu M2010
4140

Jalbum photo conversion test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
HP Mini 1151NR
235
Fujitsu M2010
260

Apple iTunes encoding test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
HP Mini 1151NR
753
Fujitsu M2010
799

Video playback battery drain test (in minutes)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
HP Mini 1151NR
150
Fujitsu M2010
121

System configurations:

Fujitsu M2010
Windows XP Home Edition SP3; 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270; 1024MB DDR2 SDRAM 533MHz; 128MB Mobile Intel GMA 950; 160GB Fujitsu, 5400rpm

Lenovo IdeaPad S10 (six-cell battery)
Windows XP Home Edition SP3; 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270; 1024MB DDR2 SDRAM 533MHz; 64MB Mobile Intel GMA 950; 160GB Western Digital 5400rpm

HP Mini 1151NR
Windows XP Home Edition SP3; 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270; 1024MB DDR2 SDRAM 533MHz; 128MB Mobile Intel GMA 950; 80GB Toshiba 4200rpm

Samsung N120
Windows XP Home Edition SP3; 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270; 1024MB DDR2 SDRAM 533MHz; 128MB Mobile Intel GMA 950; 160GB Samsung 5400rpm

Asus Eee PC 1000HE
Windows XP Home Edition SP3; 1.66GHz Intel Atom N280; 1024MB DDR2 SDRAM 533MHz; 128MB Mobile Intel GMA 950; 160GB Seagate 5400rpm



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