Summary

Our Score

8/10

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Of course, this Esprimo is especially accomplished when it comes to wireless credentials. Joining the HSDPA mobile broadband we have Draft-N Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1. All combined there's absolutely nothing this machine lacks in terms of mobility.

Equally worthy of praise is the U9210's excellent 12.1in 1,280 x 800 screen. Text was incredibly sharp and, while there was some backlight bleed along the bottom of the screen, colour fidelity and gradation was excellent. Indeed, when viewed from the correct angle, it managed to show even the subtlest differentiations between tones and there were no signs of banding.

Its only real weakness are some relatively mediocre viewing angles. However, poor viewing angles are not necessarily as much of a disadvantage on a business notebook as with a consumer model, since they do aid privacy. Surprisingly, the speakers aren't quite as throwaway as one might expect either, producing decent volume without much distortion. This makes them sufficient for presentations with basic audio in them, though their utter lack of bass means you're still better off using headphones if listening to music.

Finally, a one year collect and return warranty can be upgraded to three years and the U9210 also comes under the unique Fujitsu-Siemens Esprimo Promise. This means that if the notebook develops a fault within the warranty period the company will not only repair or replace your unit, but actually refund the original price! This is only a promotion, the deadline being 31st March 2009, but this does add a sense of peace of mind in your purchase.

Verdict

Despite a few niggles and the surprising omission of an integrated ExpressCard slot, Fujitsu-Siemens' Esprimo Mobile U9210 is an excellent 3G-enabled business notebook. It offers rugged build quality, handy business-oriented features and, at this price, very good value for money, too.

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