Review Bullman AERO 5cen

The Bullman Aero 5cen 14 inch is the first notebook from the manufacturer Bullman tested by us. This office laptop is to score particularly by high performance with small weight - at a favourable price. Learn on Notebookcheck.com whether this mobile computer really suits.

Case

Seizing and rising the relatively small, flat notebook at the right side clear tortioning noises become perceptible. Also other handling again and again leads to crunching noise.

Apart from eventual crunching the laptop is quite properly processed. The Bullman Aero 5cen is completely made of plastic, but nevertheless does not seam cheap.

The display does not offer any bolting device and remains in closed condition by a feather/spring mechanism. The disadvantage of this solution is that objects can slip easily between keyboard and display. This could damage the display. Therefore caution in the case of transport is recommended.

The fan exit is on the left side of the laptop and air is sucked in at the bottom. This often disqualifies the Bullman Aero 5cen for a use on a smooth surface.

The connections are arranged around the chassis. Practically - headphone exit and microphone entrance are separated arranged in front on the right side. The modem socket could be disturbing for frequent modem users, because it is placed right in front. The remaining connection types are all arranged favorable useful (monitor, TV, LAN and AC adapter connection within the rear range).

Negative: A stability foot is attached on the battery, thus the laptop does not stand properly with disconnected battery.
The covers of the cardreaders and the Express Card 54 slots are not very elegant protected with rubber stoppers, which can not be removed easily especially from the cardreader.

Remarkable with our test equipment was, that it had integrated Bluetooth (even v1.2), but the WLAN adapter was missing. Thus we could not accomplish any WLAN test.
The inserted camera in the display cover supplied quite good pictures (easily rushed), but it needs some of the system performance (without recording!).

Input Devices

The keyboard offers normally large keys compared with other notebooks and their layout pleases at first view (liquid writing was immediately possible without typing errors). It is inserted firm in the chassis and can't be bent easily, except in the right frontal corner, where rattling noises are created.

The keys react with a clear clicking noise and offer a well noticeable pressure point. Additionally the Bullman AERO 5cen offers still 3 quick keys beneath the starting button, which can be configurated individually.

The widescreen format touchpad of Elantech works precisely, but responds badly in the boundary areas. Also the touchpad keys made of metal functioned with our test sample perfectly and furthermore looked attractive. Unfortunately there is no combination of keys for fast deactivation of the touchpad.

Keyboard
Touchpad

Display

The reflecting widescreen display subjectively offers a very good brightness. The point of view stability nevertheless is not good, but sufficient if you sit alone in front of the notebook and work.

The 14 inch display with a resolution of 1280x768 pixel resulted with the measurement of the brightness in maximally 181.9 cd/m². This is a really good value. The illuminating amounted to 72.3% - below average.

157,6 cd/m² 169,5 cd/m² 158,8 cd/m²
162,2 cd/m² 181,9 cd/m² 166,5 cd/m²
135,2 cd/m² 131,6 cd/m² 141,4 cd/m²
Illumination of the screen

With the test respective the creation of streaks by means of the Pixperan readability test an average result was reached with level 6.

colour diagram of the 14" display

The diagram of the color representation shows slight deviations of all color curves, which means a slightly falsified color reproduction.

The stability of viewing angles on the one hand is altogether limited by a strong darkening and/or clarification within the vertical range and by strong reflections due to the mirroring display.

Stability with viewing angles

Performance

Already the failure of the Intel GMA 950 video solution in the tests 3DMark05 and 3DMark06 shows, that integrated graphics are not really apt for playing. Even with newest drivers of the Intel homepage the Bullman AERO 5cen failed with the message "IDirec3DDevic9::CreateCubeTexture failed: Out of video memory" with the 3DMark05 and once completely without words with the 3DMark06.

In contrast to that: the Core Duo T2500 processor with 2.0 Ghz offers perfect performance.

Benchmark Comparison 3DMark03
Benchmarkvergleich
Benchmark Comparison PCMark05
3D Mark
3DMark 2001SE5528 points
3DMark 03989 points
3DMark 050 points
3DMark 06
 
0 points
Help
3DMark 06 in comparison
Sony Vaio VGN-FS485B (min)
 740, Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 900
54
   ...
   ...
Clevo Clevo P157SM (max)
 4930MX, GeForce GTX 880M
29955
PC Mark
PCMark 044992 points
PCMark 052859 points
Help
PCMark 05 in comparison
Acer Aspire One 751 (min)
 Z520, Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 500
692
   ...
Apple MacBook Air
 SP7500, Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) X3100
2752
Lenovo IdeaPad U160
 520UM, Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) HD Graphics
2848
Bullman Aero 5cen
 T2500, Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950
2859
IBM Thinkpad T60
 T2400, Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950
2890
Benq S61
 T2300, Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950
2892
   ...
Fujitsu Celsius H710 WXP11DE (max)
 2820QM, Quadro 1000M
13842
60 GB - 5400 rpm
Transfer Rate Minimum: 13.9 MB/s
Transfer Rate Maximum: 31 MB/s
Transfer Rate Average: 25.5 MB/s
Access Time: 18.2 ms
Burst Rate: 69.2 MB/s
CPU Usage: 1.8 %

Emissions

Warmth

The entire case warms up quite rapidly to about 30°C. Also under full load this value does not increase unusually, which however affects a loudly running fan.

Temperatures at the top
Temperatures at the bottom

Volume

Also without load the fan starts repeatedly
, and is running in the lowest level with inescapably audible 41.1 dB. With full load the fan increases the volume continuously and finally gets on your nerves with a rather high frequency noise level with maximally 54.3 dB.

Also in the DVD playback mode you must accept a clearly audible DVD drive assembly.

Diagramm of Noice Ambience

Measured Volumes

Environment: 29,5 dB
Idle, fan off: 31,0 dB
Idle, fan off, +Hdd: 31,4 dB
Idle, fan level 1: 41,1 dB
Fan level 2: 42,0 dB
Fan max.: 54,3 dB
DVD max.: 43,3 dB

Loudspeaker

The sound of the loudspeakers, which are attached at the lower edge of the display, is acceptable, but not good, especially due to missing basses and a moderate maximum volume.

Battery Runtime

Our test sample was equipped with a 4000 mAh seizing Li-Ion battery. His withdrawal and the reinsertion was quite difficult.

Battery Eater Readers test - corresponds for instance to the maximum runtime
(min. brightness)
reached battery runtime: 2h 52min

Battery Eater Classic test - corresponds for instance to the minimum runtime
(all max.)
reached battery runtime: 1h 44min

DVD playback
(max. brightness)
reached battery runtime: 2h 5min

Current Consumption

Minimum (all off at minimum): 21,2 Watts
Idle (max. brightness): 23,8 Watts
Maximum (full load inkl. WLAN): 44,6 Watts

Verdict

Bullman AERO 5cen

The Bullman Aero 5cen is a quite a favorable mobile companion, that is characterised by compact dimensions and a relatively small weight for a 14"laptop.

Weaknesses of the Aero 5cen is, apart from some not elegantly solved details, especially the bad fan management. Over 40 dB in operation without or with small load are quite loud for an office notebook.

The input devices of this notebook are overall ok. Also the display is quite acceptable, except a moderate point of view stability and a mediocre illuminating.

A positive aspect is the battery runtime, which results generously. As already mentioned, unfortunately we could not test the runtime in the WLAN operation, since no wireless adapter is inserted. This should be implemented as a standard in every notebook according our opinion.
The WLAN module is optionally available for the AERO 5cen.

Tested: The Bullman AERO 5cen

Specifications

Specifications

Bullman Aero 5cen

:: Processor
Intel Core Duo T2500 2 GHz (Intel Core Duo)
:: Memory
1024 MB, DDR2, PC2 5300, max. 2048MB, 1x1024MB
:: Graphics adapter
:: Display
14.0 inch , 1280x768 pixel, WXGA A-Graded Glare-Type TFT Display, glossy: yes
:: Harddisk
60 GB - 5400 rpm, 60 GB 5400 rpm Samsung HM060II: 60GB, 5400rpm
:: Connections
VGA, 3x USB 2.0, 1x Express Card 54, 1x Mini FireWire IEEE 1394, Integriertes Mikrofon, Mic-In, Line-out, SPDIF, Line-in
:: Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 24 x 330 x 243
:: Weight
2.35 kg
:: Battery
, 4000mAh Lithium-Ionen
:: Price
1193 Euro
:: Additional features
Intel 945GME, HDD: 60GB, 5400rpm, Samsung HM060II, Azalia High Definition Audio, DVD-Multibrenner 8x +/- R/RW DL Pioneer DVR-K15RA,

 

[+] compare
The Bullman AERO 5cen...
Inside a Core Duo T2500 works hard
The display is bright, but not very stable with changing angles.
Not very innovative: rubber plugs close the Express Card Slot and Cardreader
...and offers free configurable additional keys.
...of an integrated webcam...
Further the laptop consists...
...and an acceptable workmanship.
...is characterized by slim design...
Good: battery runtime of the AERO 5cen

Rating

Bullman Aero 5cen
08/31/2007
Josef Simon Leitner

Chassis
82%
Keyboard
85%
Pointing Device
75%
Connectivity
75%
Weight
85%
Battery
75%
Display
78%
Games Performance
56%
Application Performance
86%
Temperature
90%
Noise
55%
Add Points
80%
Average
77%
78%
Office *
Weighted Average

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Author: Josef Simon Leitner, 2006-08- 2 (Update: 2013-01-15)