Rounding off the trio is the budget orientated Amilo Pro V8010.
What is immediately surprising about the V8010 given its starting price of just £549 (excluding VAT) is that it supports all the latest technology such as DDR2, PCI Express and SATA. FS doesn't say whether this is an officially branded Sonoma machine but, if it has all the features, who cares? The screen resolution is limited to 1024x768, but it has a 15.1in display.
It’s budget roots show a little more with the graphics, which are of the integrated variety, while wireless and Bluetooth are optional extras. Still, you do get a fair range of goodies including a 3-in-1 card memory card reader, Firewire, 4x USB2.0, modem and Ethernet, TV Out, Headphone socket and built in microphone.
FS promises that this machine will be quiet in operation, while value added software includes DeskView, (a client management software for remote administration), and Symantec’s AntiVirus security and Ghost back up programmes.
In my opinion, the V8010 is also by far the nicest looking budget machine I have seen to date and at just 2.6Kg, one of the lightest. Excited? Store shelves should be getting eagerly dusted off for its arrivial about now.
So has Fujitsu Siemens just pulled off a fantastic three card trick? On paper it certainly looks that way. We'll be keen to get them in our labs to see if they deliver on some tantalising potential.