Sound wise it’s good news too as the built-in speakers are reasonably loud, with no real unpleasant distortion. If you do want to hook up to a surround sound system then you’ll appreciate that the headphone out doubles up as an S/PDIF output.
Returning to the CPU, the model of Celeron M is a 370, which means that it runs at 1.5GHz. Don’t worry that this doesn’t match up to Pentium 4 clocks, the M designation means that this is an efficient mobile processor and you’ll find it fast and responsive for everyday tasks.
The memory complement might be more of an issue as there’s only 512MB supplied. This has been supplied on two DIMMs, in order to keep the system running in dual-channel mode, but the result is that there are no free slots for upgrading. However, can buy with 1GB of memory and a bigger hard disk, but that’s £137 more, making it not quite as good value as this one. If you’ve going to limit yourself to light tasks then the 512MB will be fine, but if you want to be more adventurous, say video editing or working on multiple images. it might become a limiting factor.
If you’re looking to play games on the notebook then to be honest this isn’t the machine for you. The 3DMark 03 score of just over 800 is all the indicator that you need that the integrated graphics on the Radeon Xpress 200 chipset isn’t up to the task. Video playback is very good however, and you get both VGA and S-Video outputs.
One problem that budget notebooks often have is that they really look it. However, the AMILO looks more expensive than it actually is. When closed the silver finish looks smart and is really set off my the thick stripe that sits in the middle of the lid with the Fujitsu Siemens logo on it. Open it up and the rounded edges soften the look. Perhaps the four shortcut keys in the silver bar at the top would have looked a bit cooler with a blue backlight, but you can’t have everything. The line of lights on the bottom right of the open machine do look neat though.
The machine doesn’t feel quite as solid as more expensive models with some flex and give, but there was nothing loose or rattling. The DVD drive did pop open when brushed rather easily, so care needs to be taken.
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