Fujitsu Siemens is a name generally associated with solid, reliable and somewhat unspectacular PCs. This release, we suspect, is going to do nothing to change the company's functional image.
It may not be thrilling, but the Amilo Xi1546 is a decent laptop. A mid-range T2400 mobile processor from Intel provides the power. Teamed up with 1GB of DDR RAM, it helped the Fujitsu-Siemens to a respectable score of 95 in our WorldBench 5 test suite.
There's an adequate amount of storage on the 100GB hard drive and the DVD writer allows users to burn data to just about every format of CD or DVD available.
Weighing 4kg and 40cm wide, the Amilo is clearly more of a desktop-replacement model. And while the design is easy on the eye, there are one or two problems. We can't complain about the numeric pad being included, but several keys have been squeezed to fit it in. The Amilo has a strong contender for the world's smallest right-shift.
The strongest feature of the Fujitsu Siemens is the screen. It's a 17in widescreen display with technology similar to Sony's X-black, so colours are deep and true without the surface being too reflective. The resolution of 1,440x900 isn't the highest a 17in panel can go, but this one doesn't need to go any further – the image is razor-sharp.
Behind every good screen there's a great graphics chip, and the 256MB ATI Mobility Radeon X1800 does a stunning job, topping 100fps (frames per second) in both Doom3 and Halo at a resolution of 1,024x768.
Some software is included to get you started and, although Microsoft Works 8.0 might seem a little limited, it's not to be sniffed at. The majority of vendors wouldn't dream of supplying it at this price. An internet security package is included.