Fujitsu recently announced that it would be bringing its M2010 netbook to the United States. Laptop Magazine reports that this attractive looking netbook is one of the worst around when it comes to battery performance. With a 3 cell battery, the netbook runs for less than 2 hours on a charge. And while you’d think that battery performance, energy conservation, and green credentials would go hand in hand, it turns out that this is the first netbook to win PC Magazine’s GreenTech approval.

That’s based on the Fujitsu M201’s low battery consumption, plus Energy Star, EPEAT Gold, and RoHS certification. So while the netbook uses about just about 10 watts of power, that’s not the only thing that PC Magazine makes it green. In order to qualify for EPEAT, for instance companies need to meet a list of requirements, including having a recycling program.

PC Magazine also found the battery disappointing, coming in at just over 2 hours in their tests. And the Fujitsu M2010 has a starting price of $449, which is about $100 more than you’ll pay for most similar laptops. So the question is, are you willing to pay that much more for a netbook with subpar battery performance just because it has a handful of eco-friendly certifications?

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4 replies on “Fujitsu M2010 gets horrible battery life, but still earns green certifications”

  1. Yes, I am willing to pay $100 extra for eco-friendly certifications.

    In fact, I’d be willing to pay $500 more…

    Anyway, I think the reviews have been a bit harsh on Fujitsu’s new netbook. The reviewers are forgetting that Fujitsu’s products are exclusively made in Japan. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that everything (including a 6 cell battery upgrade) will be more expensive. if customers are willing to settle for mediocrity in the form of a Dell, HP, or Samsung…then by all means…let them save their $100 or $200.

    But for the rest of us, we’ll stick to our Fujitsu because quality control and high standards of production are our #1 priority when it comes to purchasing a laptop.

  2. And the answer is not just no, but hell no.

    So what if the manufacturer has a recycling program, if a user cares enough to recycle, they will find a program of their own.

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