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.