Above the keyboard is a large speaker section, meaning that hopefully the speakers at least will be a strength of the Amilo Mini. And I must admit they’re slightly better than average for a netbook, though that’s not saying much. As long as you keep them at a reasonable volume though, they’ll do a good enough job for even the occasional film; since you’re already watching it on an 8.9in screen, they’ll provide an audio experience to match.
Speaking of the screen, it’s fairly good. Though text isn’t the sharpest and greyscale performance is only just above average for a netbook, there’s no sign of backlight bleed and despite some marked contrast shift viewing angles are really very impressive for this category. It’s also easy to view in sunlight.
Getting into the internals of the machine, as mentioned before we have the usual Intel Atom N270 processor running at 1.6GHz on a 533MHz FSB. This power-frugal unit does a good job of everyday tasks like word processing and standard definition video, though encoding, gaming and high-quality HD video are best left to more capable CPUs.
This is, as usual, backed up by 1GB of DDR2 RAM, which again is plenty for a netbook’s target tasks. Unlike some models which either use or offer the option of flash-based storage, the Amilo Mini comes with a 60GB hard drive. While on the small side compared to the competition (the Acer Aspire One, for example, comes with 120GB), the amount of permanent storage usually isn’t as important on a netbook and Fujitsu-Siemens has indicated 120GB models will be available before year’s end. Unlike the Aspire One, Fujitsu-Siemens’ netbook does have Bluetooth on hand and of course WiFi is also present, though it’s not of the Draft-N variety.
A last noteworthy feature of the Amilo Mini is its Silent Mode. Activated through a keyboard shortcut, this clocks down the CPU and GPU to make for a quieter machine during light workloads, a feature that’s especially welcome on a small low-power machine like this.
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