Fujitsu’s first entry into the US netbook market is a decent little laptop with horrible battery life and a high price tag. That’s basically what the folks at Laptop Magazine concluded after reviewing a Fujitsu M2010.

Like virtually every other netbook released during the first half of 2009, the M2010 has a 1.6GHz Intel Atom CPU, 1GB of RAM, a 160GB hard drive, and runs Windows XP Home. It has a 10.1 inch, 1024 x 576 pixel display, and a nice looking case. But laptop found the keyboard to be unnecessarily cramped, and the 2 hours of battery life you can squeeze out of the  3 cell battery to be laughable.

You can get a higher capacity 6 cell battery, but that will add $129 to the price. And the base unit with the lower capacity battery already costs $449, which is far higher than the price you’ll pay for most comparable netbooks.

If Fujitsu lowers the price for the M2010 and offers the netbook with the 6 cell battery standard, it could be a real player. But as things stand, there’s not much reason to pick this netbook over the dozens of other similar machines that are currently available for less money.

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4 replies on “Fujitsu M2010 reviewed, found overpriced”

  1. It’s interesting that the traditional ultraportable manufacturers are so terrible at making netbooks. You would think that companies with experience making small computers could find a way to not screw it up. Perhaps they just can’t think outside the box. Just a few years ago, the ultraportable market was dominated by Sony, Sharp, Fujitsu, and Panasonic, yet all but panasonic have brought a flawed netbook to market. I’m sure when Panasonic makes a netbook, they will screw it up as well.

    1. That’s so true. You’d think they’d have swept in and stolen the market from Asus and Acer. But they have not. Their products have been too little, too late. Not bad, mind you, but not superior in any important ways either. (And in this case the product is late to market and clearly inferior, which is just plain sad).

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