Review Price free/subscription
Fujitsu-Siemens also supplies a copy of Microsoft Works Suite 2004 which contains a full copy of Word 2002 alongside a host of other applications – definitely a worthwhile inclusion with any machine.
Looking at the benchmark numbers there is little to complain about with an overall SYSMark 2002 score of 249 and an overall PCMark 2005 score of 3089. That’s neck and neck with the Acer Ferrari 4000. Battery life is not great, but acceptable with 146 minutes in the standard test and 134 minutes in the DVD playback test.
Gaming performance is good, although it doesn’t beat the Dell Inspiron XPS Gen 2 by any means, but it’s really not bad for a laptop almost half its price. You shouldn’t have any problems playing most current games on this machine and even some of the next generation games, as long as you don’t enable too many image quality features.
However, you might want to pause one moment before you rush out and buy one of these as a replacement for your current LAN party rig, as it’s not as nimble as you might first think. At 4.1kg and measuring 408 x 289 x 38.1 mm (WxDxH) it’s still quite chunky and it’s no match for a real PC in terms of performance. That said, it is one of the most affordable alternatives to a full blown PC if you want to play games.
At £1239.99 for the model on review the AMILO M3438G is something of a bargain for anyone looking for a mobile gaming machine that can be used for more than just games. It’s also looks pretty good, while the Fujitsu-Siemens branding will give some nervous buyers peace of mind.
Compared to other 17in gaming notebooks, the Fujitsu-Siemens Amilo M3438G looks very tempting. It may not be as fast or look as cool as the Dell XPS Gen 2, but it is well built and the price makes it a bit of a bargain.
Trusted Reviews is part of the Time Inc. (UK) Ltd Technology Network