The AMILO M3438G isn’t perfect though as there are a couple of corners that have been cut to keep the price down. First of all the display is limited to 1,440 x 900 which is quite low for a widescreen 17in panel, although a 1,920 x 1,200 model should crop up later this year. Both screens are of the new reflective but high contrast type, which makes the AMILO M3438G great for watching video content and playing games on, but less ideal for working outdoors on.
The memory is also slightly disappointing, as Fujitsu-Siemens has fitted 400MHz modules rather than 533MHz modules – something that has been done to keep the cost down. With the processor running on a 533MHz bus I would have expected to find 533MHz modules. How much of a performance gain you would get is hard to tell, but since this is a gaming laptop it’s a bit of a shame. There are two SO-DIMM slots and both are populated for dual-channel operation.
The keyboard is quite comfortable to type on with almost full-size keys all around. I only have one minor complaint here and that is that the Fn key is located where you expect to find the Ctrl key, something that a lot of gamers won’t like – the Ctrl key tends to be used in most first person shooter games. The touchpad is responsive and has a scrolling section to one side – it can also be disabled by pressing a small button above it.
Just below the screen are four quick access buttons. From left to right we have the InstantOn button – for the built in pre-Windows media player – Internet browser, email and finally a button that lowers the fan noise – something that shouldn’t be used while playing games as the 6800 graphics card gets quite hot.