Review FSC Amilo M1437G

Almost already as a classic one could designate the Fujitsu Siemens Amilo M1437G, because this notebook already is almost a year on the
market. Whether Pentium M and ATI X700 today still make sense apart from multi-core processors and high performance video cards you can
read in our review.

Case

Once anticipated: The Fujitsu-Siemens Amilo M1437G does not seem like a one year old notebook, at least concerning design and features.

The shaping works with its gentle curves and rounded corners timeless and pleasing and the notebook is clearly recognizable as a FSC product.

The black plastic base unit is covered by a silver colored surface. Also the display cover is coloured in silver.

The workmanship of the case could quite convince: neither any crunching nor a considerable flexing susceptibility of the chassis could be observed. In front of the keyboard the case can be flexed a bit, but it is no cause for worries. Also gaps between the parts of the chassis are inconspicuous, which means cleanly finished.

Very pleasing is the DVI connection, which the notebook offers - and that already almost for one year. Up to now a digital screen exit is not standard. A reason for criticism is the positioning of the connections, since they distribute themselves almost around the whole laptop.

The display closing mechanism seems to function perfectly, but sometimes announces itself with a silent squeaking. The closing system closes the display cleanly and precisely and holds the display cover reliably and without a wobbling close to the case.

In addition the FSC Amilo case still offers a switch for the activation of the antenna (WLAN), a turnable volume regulator and also a separate key for the deactivation of the touchpad.

connections front
connections
connections right side
connections left side
connections back

Input Devices

A layout, which - for my taste - needs some habituation, characterises the keyboard of the Amilo M1437G. Not only, that the insert and remove keys are right beside the space bar, the space bar too short at the left side.

All other keys got a normal size and obtain a good tapping feeling with a light resistance. A few keys wobble laterally.

The keyboard unit is inserted absolutely firm in the base unit, a flexing is in a few areas possible, but negligible.

A widescreen format was selected for the touchpad, which is characterised by a perfect responsing mode and a good surface. The touchpad keys can only be pressed with much effort, since they resist substantially.
In addition three auxiliary keys with mail, web and media functions and a silent mode button are offered. The last one is marked by a fan logo.

touchpad
keyboard

Display

colour diagram of the FSC Amilo M1437G

Except the mirroring, there are not many reasons for reproaches against the very bright display with a resolution of 1280x800 pixels. Colors and contrast seem ok, and also the maximally measured brightness of very good 233.8 cd/m² with an illuminating of 80.0% hardly leave a reason for criticism.

Even the test of the inclination to the creation of streaks resulted without objections with a reached level 6 in the Pixperan readability test.

204.6
cd/m²
213.1
cd/m²
204.0
cd/m²
201.7
cd/m²
233.8
cd/m²
208.7
cd/m²
196.2
cd/m²
199.2
cd/m²
187.1
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
Information
Maximum: 233.8 cd/m²
Average: 205.4 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 80 %

In the horizontal view the stability of viewing angles is very good, apart from possible reflections and mirroring. However within the vertical range clarifications or darkening of the image is possible during a change of the point of view.

stability of viewing angles

Performance

As already mentioned: can a Pentium M, in this case a 740 with 1.73 Ghz keep up with new multi-core processors? The answer is clear: no, not at all. Already the small multi-core processor T2300 with 1.66 Ghz achieves in the PCMark application benchmark test about 50% more points than the Pentium M processor.
Also the ATI Radeon X700 video card performs clearly far behind current X xx00 solutions of ATI and/or Geforce Go 7xxx video cards. Apart from the rather bad benchmark results current games could be played, however in reduced resolution.

benchmark comparison 3DMark
benchmark comparison
benchmark comparison PCMark
3D Mark
3DMark 2001SE14851 points
3DMark 034795 points
3DMark 052262 points
3DMark 06
 
570 points
Help
3DMark 06 in comparison
Sony Vaio VGN-FS485B (min)
 740, Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 900
54
   ...
Lenovo IdeaPad U350
 SU2700, Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500MHD
561
Toshiba Portégé A600-13Y
 SU9300, Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500MHD
561
Fujitsu-Siemens Amilo M1437G
 740, Mobility Radeon X700
570
Acer Aspire 2920-5A2G16Mi
 T5550, Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) X3100
576
Acer Aspire 3810T
 SU3500, Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500MHD
582
   ...
Clevo Clevo P157SM (max)
 4930MX, GeForce GTX 880M
29955
PC Mark
PCMark 043583 points
PCMark 052557 points
Help
PCMark 05 in comparison
Acer Aspire One 751 (min)
 Z520, Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 500
692
   ...
Asus UX50V
 SU3500, GeForce G 105M
2497
Toshiba Satellite A210-12Z
 TL-52, Radeon Xpress X1200
2508
Fujitsu-Siemens Amilo M1437G
 740, Mobility Radeon X700
2557
Acer Extensa 5230E-901G16Mn
 900, Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500M
2586
HP nx6325
 TL-52, Radeon Xpress 200M
2587
   ...
Fujitsu Celsius H710 WXP11DE (max)
 2820QM, Quadro 1000M
13842
80 GB - 5400 rpm
Transfer Rate Minimum: 16.3 MB/s
Transfer Rate Maximum: 34.4 MB/s
Transfer Rate Average: 27.3 MB/s
Access Time: 18.2 ms
Burst Rate: 68.9 MB/s
CPU Usage: 6.1 %

Emissions

Warmth

The notebook heats up quickly, even without load. This is remarkable and probably disturbing. Under load particularly at the bottom the laptop heats up and in addition on the upper side within the range of the touchpad and other areas in front of the keyboard.

temperatures at the top
temperatures at the bottom
diagram of noise ambience

Volume

Without load the fan starts again and again, especially in the summer with hot environmental temperatures. Remedy can create the Silent Mode of the laptop, which switches off the fan. Regrettably this affects the performance of the mobile computer negatively.
Under load quite acceptable volumes of up to 39.9 dB were measured.

Battery Runtime

The FSC Amilo, equipped with a 4400 mAh lithium-ion battery, showed average runtimes.

Battery Eater Readers test - corresponds about the maximum runtime
(min. brightness, WLAN off, current savings functions on)
achieved battery runtime: 3h 5min

Battery Eater Classic test - corresponds about the minimum runtime
(all max., WLAN etc. on)
achieved battery runtime: 1h 20min

current consumption

minimum (all off or at minimum): 26.4 Watts
idle (max. brightness): 32.1 Watts
maximum (full load inkl. WLAN): 60.3 Watts

Verdict

Fujitsu-Siemens Amilo M1437G

If you ignore the performance, the Amilo M1437G is still after a year of market presence ready for competition.

Still a good quality of workmanship and good input devices are an important purchase argument. Also the bright and well illuminated display is quite good compared with current devices.

However, in the direct confrontation with performance data of Core Duo notebooks and modern video cards, it must be admitted, that a Pentium M today is only the second choice.
The same applies to the video card: as the Radeon 9700 was replaced by the ATI X700, now the same fate overtakes the X700. For a playing without troubles, nowadays at least a ATI X1600 should work in a laptop.

Nonetheless people, who do not want to take part in the race for even faster and faster processors and video cards, are still well advised with the Amilo M1437.

According emissions it is to be marked, that the laptop becomes somewhat more hot than comparable competitors, but the noise emissions are tolerable. Especially the "Silent Mode" of the notebook allows silent working although with severe performance losses.

tested: the FSC Amilo M1437G

Specifications

Fujitsu-Siemens Amilo M1437G

:: Processor
Intel Pentium M 740 1.73 GHz
:: Mainboard
Intel 915PM
:: Memory
1024 MB, DDR2, PC3200, max. 2048MB, 2x512MB
:: Graphics adapter
:: Display
15.4 inch 16:10, 1280x800 pixel, WSXGA Crystal View TFT Display, glossy: yes
:: Harddisk
80 GB - 5400 rpm, 80 GB 5400 rpm Fujitsu MHV2080BH: 80GB, 5400rpm
:: Connections
3x USB2.0, Firewire, LAN, Modem, DVI, S-Video out, Kensington Lock, 1x Express Card, Audio (headphones und micro)
:: Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 37 x 360 x 269
:: Weight
3.1 kg
:: Battery
, 4400 mAh Lithium-Ionen
:: Price
1126 Euro
:: Additional features
HDD: 80GB, 5400rpm, Fujitsu MHV2080BH, Realtek High Definition Audio, DVD Multi (DL) HL-DT-ST GWA-4082N,

 

Though the FSC Amilo M1437G is available for more than a year...
Technics from yesterday? - Pentium M und ATI X700
Indeed the Silent Mode button makes the Amilo very silent.
Practical: WLan switch at the front side of the laptop.
The integrated subwoofer can hardly be perceived.
...3 USB 2.0 ports are offered.
Beneath the DVI exit...
...and design.
...it can score with workmanship...
average runtimes with the 4400 mAh battery

Pro

  • timeless design
  • possibility of DVI connections
  • good workmanship
  • WLAN, touchpad and volume adjusting via switch at the case
  • Silent Mode function
  • bright display
  • Contra

  • keyboard layout is not optimal
  • vertically weak stability of viewing angles
  • mediocre graphics and processor performance
  • loudspeakers can't convince
  • high temperature emissions
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    Rating

    Fujitsu-Siemens Amilo M1437G
    08/31/2007
    Josef Simon Leitner

    Chassis
    89%
    Keyboard
    85%
    Pointing Device
    82%
    Connectivity
    86%
    Weight
    74%
    Battery
    74%
    Display
    82%
    Games Performance
    82%
    Application Performance
    82%
    Temperature
    62%
    Noise
    75%
    Add Points
    90%
    Average
    80%
    81%
    Multimedia *
    Weighted Average

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    Author: Josef Simon Leitner, 2006-08- 6 (Update: 2013-05- 8)