This review is done thanks to member shboyles. Be sure and check out the tons of pics at the bottom which are thumbnailed from an 1100X res.
Laptop build is very solid/sturdy. Definitely high quality plastic. It’s kind of heavy/thick for a 15.4” notebook, but feels as sturdy as a rock.
It is mostly black in color with some silver outlining. Looks fairly sleek.
The keyboard has no Flex, and is not flimsy by any way….However, the keys have somewhat of a stiff feel to them. The Layout of the keyboard is normal. (FN Key placement, etc..)
Touchpad is kind of small, but works well. Fujitsu has an “autodisable” feature where once an external mouse is detected, it automatically can turn off the touchpad. Also comes with an Application/Multimedia panel on the right of the keyboard which comes in handy.
Speakers are quite loud for a 15.4” laptop. There is no subwoofer, just two speakers in the front under the palmrest. There is a volume control in the upper right side of the keyboard….Sound volume/quality is at a sweatspot with the volume turned at about 40%.
This is one of the strongest points in this notebook.
The 15.4” WXGA Screen with Crystal View is STUNNING. VERY Bright and crisp, great response time, no ghosting.
In fact I found my self turning the brightness down a little bit. In my opinion it is far better than any other 15.4” WXGA screen (including the Sony XBRITE)
The laptop comes with the ATI Radeon Mobility X300 with 64MB of memory. This is basically the PCI-Express equivalent of the Mobility Radeon 9600.
It comes clocked 297/222 (GPU/MEMORY).
I was able to easily overclock it to 391/283, without any problems or artifacts. VERY OVERCLOCKABLE.
I was able to watch a DVD for about 2.5 hours before the battery gave out at the brightest screen level and power management features enabled. If the screen brightness is lowered more battery life can be sustained.
The fan’s exaust to the back of the unit, and cannot be heard at all at idle temperatures. During gaming, fans run faster, but are still hard to notice. Overall the system runs very quiet.
No heat can be detected under either palmrest.
STOCK CLOCK RESULTS (297/222):
Aquamark 3: 20370
UT2004 1024x768: 84fps
DOOM3 1024x768: 13.7fps
HL2 BenchemallDemo 1024x768: 26fps
OVERCLOCKING RESULTS (391/283):
Aquamark 3: 26037
UT2004 1024x768: 106fps
DOOM3 1024x768: 16.4fps
HL2 BenchemallDemo 1024x768: 31fps
Some more thoughts, Pros/Cons:
By no means is this a hard core gamers notebook. I feel that for the casual gamer, and for home/business user, it works very well. If Fujitsu were to put an ATI Mobility X700 with 128MB of memory in the unit, then it would be almost the perfect 15.4” notebook. Even though the X300 is very overclockable, it just cannot compete with the performance of the ATI X700 or Nvidia Geforce GO 6600.
The screen is top notch, the sound is very good, and the build is overall sturdy. It does have the PCI Express Card Slot as well. Also which there was a Bluetooth and Gigabit Ethernet offered in the unit. There is version of this model that has an internal TV Tuner as well.