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Review Fujitsu-Siemens Amilo Pa 2510 Notebook

Off-the-Shelf Notebook. The Amilo Pa 2510 is a reasonable beginner's notebook. Equipped with an AMD CPU its tries to match with the huge number of notebooks equipped with Intel CPUs. Thereby, the Amilo Pa 2510 is especially interesting, because of the new AMD M690V chip set. Though the Amilo is equipped with an ATI X1200 video card, this video card does not have any advantages regarding performance compared to Intel's new integrated video card, the GMA X3100. Overall, the Pa2510 is worth consideration, because of its low price.

Fujitsu-Siemens Amilo Pa 2510 Logo

Case

The form of the case with its rounded edges lets this notebook appear compact and looks good. Also the choice of color (black trough, silver palm rest areas, and silver display cover is alright and will supposedly be liked.

The robustness of the case could convince too. The base unit is very flexural rigid and is also sufficiently resistant against applied forces. Although there are sometimes low creaking noises when handling the notebook and the bottom side partly somewhat yields under pressure, the positive impression persists.

The middle of the display cover yields under pressure a little too much, so, that you'll also recognize changes of the displayed picture. At the first glance the display hinges appear to be sufficiently robust, however, there is a clear see-saw after adjusting the display's position. Furthermore, the left hinge is only attached at one side and does not have a bolt which goes through.

The display's ramshorn hook works well and locks the display absolutely tight in closed position.

The Amilo Pa 2510 provides you only with absolutely necessary ports. There are 3 USB ports, a modem port, and a LAN port, a VGA port, and audio ports with S/PDIF (optical out), which are not totally ideal located at the front edge. Furthermore, the Amilo provides an ExpressCard slot and a 4in1 Cardreader at the right side.

Front Side: Audio Ports
Fujitsu-Siemens Amilo Pa2510 Interfaces
Left Side: LAN, DVD Drive, 2x USB 2.0
Fujitsu-Siemens Amilo Pa2510 Interfaces
Back Side: Battery, Kensington Lock
Fujitsu-Siemens Amilo Pa2510 Interfaces
Right Side: ExpressCard, Cardreader, USB, Modem, VGA-Out, Power Connector, Fan
Fujitsu-Siemens Amilo Pa2510 Interfaces

Input Devices

The keys of the keyboard are adequately big and user-friendly. Only the space bar's left side is a little short, because the [< >] key was somewhat unusual placed there.

The layout of the keyboard was strictly restricted to a rectangular area, where the keys are placed side by side. Only the cursor block was located a little more to the front.

Typing is soft, accompanied by a  clicking noise. Furthermore, the keyboard is attached tightly to the case, so, it does not clatter during typing.

The Amilo Pa2510's touch pad is small, but wide and user-friendly. One needs to adapt to its buttons first, because you'll need to apply some force to press them, and there clicking noise is rather loud.

Touch Pad
Fujitsu-Siemens Amilo Pa 2510 Touch pad
Keyboard
Fujitsu-Siemens Amilo Pa 2510 Keyboard

Display

Color Diagram
Fujitsu-Siemens Amilo Pa 2510  display measurement

The Amilio comes with a nowadays liked display format, a 1280x800 WXGA panel with reflecting surface. It provides the minimum overview needed for Windows Vista.

The measured maximum brightness was measured in the center of the display and amounted to 158.5 cd/m², which is a passable result. The illumination is somewhat below-average at 77.2%, because the brightness diminishes at the corners. The average brightness of this WXGA panel was 136.6 cd/m².

122.3
cd/m²
147.6
cd/m²
133.7
cd/m²
130.2
cd/m²
158.5
cd/m²
137.5
cd/m²
129.9
cd/m²
137.7
cd/m²
131.9
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
Information
Maximum: 158.5 cd/m²
Average: 136.6 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 77 %
Black: 0.6 cd/m²
Contrast: 264:1

The black value, i.e., the minimum representable brightness of the display amounted to 0.6 cd/m². Together with the maximum brightness of 158.5 cd/m² this gives a maximum possible contrast of acceptable 264:1.  We could not observe any anomalies regarding the display's speed of reaction.

Operation Outdoors
Fujitsu-Siemens Amilo Pa2510 Outdoors

The reflecting display surface and the only moderate brightness clearly restrict this notebook's outdoor usage.

Horizontally, the stability to the vantage point is rather good, but, limited by proliferating reflections as the angles get acuter. Vertically, the colors heavily change and the contrast diminishes outside a sufficiently big area of operation.

Fujitsu-Siemens Amilo Pa 2510 Stability to the Vantage Point
Fujitsu-Siemens Amilo Pa 2510 Stability to the Vantage Point
Fujitsu-Siemens Amilo Pa 2510 Stability to the Vantage Point
Fujitsu-Siemens Amilo Pa 2510 Stability to the Vantage Point
Fujitsu-Siemens Amilo Pa 2510 Stability to the Vantage Point
Fujitsu-Siemens Amilo Pa 2510 Stability to the Vantage Point
Fujitsu-Siemens Amilo Pa 2510 Stability to the Vantage Point
Fujitsu-Siemens Amilo Pa 2510 Stability to the Vantage Point
Video of Display's stability to the vantage point

Performance

The Amilo is equipped with the new AMD M690V/SB600 chip set, which is already fit for new AMD processors. Nevertheless, the notebook is only equipped with the already known Turion 64 X2 TL-50 processor with 1.6 Ghz.

An ATI Radeon XPress X1200 video card is responsible for graphics. With up to 256MB shared memory it's similarly powerful than Intel's up-to-date integrated video chip, the X3100. Contrary to statements by FSC, this video card has also 128MB dedicated memory.

Games without high demands on 3D can be played with limitations, however, this is not really fun. Still, the Amilo Pa1510 seems to be sufficient for moderate office and internet applications, not least, because it is also equipped with a total of 2GB main memory and an 120GB hard disk with 5400 revs.

Further information about the video card can be found  here or in our comparison of mobile video cards. Detailed information about the AMD Turion X2 CPU can be found here.

Please also look at our benchmark list of mobile processors or at our benchmark list of mobile video cards, in order to compare this notebook to other configurations.

Benchmark Comparison 3DMark
Benchmark Comparison 3DMark
Benchmark Comparison PCMark
Benchmark Comparison PCMark
3D Mark
3DMark 2001SE3824 points
3DMark 031334 points
3DMark 05831 points
3DMark 06
 
278 points
Help
3DMark 06 in comparison
Sony Vaio VGN-FS485B (min)
 740, Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 900
54
   ...
HP nx6325
 TL-52, Radeon Xpress 200M
246
Acer Aspire One D270-26Dbb
 N2600, Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 3600
276
Fujitsu-Siemens Pa2510
 TL-50, Radeon Xpress X1200
278
Asus Eee PC 1011CX
 N2600, Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 3600
285
Asus Vivo Tab Smart
 Z2760, SGX545
306
   ...
Clevo Clevo P157SM (max)
 4930MX, GeForce GTX 880M
29955
PC Mark
PCMark 052731 points
Help
PCMark 05 in comparison
Acer Aspire One 751 (min)
 Z520, Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 500
692
   ...
Lenovo X60s
 L2400, Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950
2707
Apple MacBook
 T2400, Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950
2726
Fujitsu-Siemens Pa2510
 TL-50, Radeon Xpress X1200
2731
Dell Latitude D430
 U7600, Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950
2738
MSI Megabook S262
 T2400, Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950
2741
   ...
Fujitsu Celsius H710 WXP11DE (max)
 2820QM, Quadro 1000M
13842
120 GB - 5400 rpm
Transfer Rate Minimum: 14.6 MB/s
Transfer Rate Maximum: 41.4 MB/s
Transfer Rate Average: 31.6 MB/s
Access Time: 18.5 ms
Burst Rate: 75.1 MB/s
CPU Usage: 4.5 %

Further reviewed:

Fifa 2007
Resolution 800x600, medium details - average 34 fps (minimal 19) - well playable, but, does not look good

Quake 4
With a resolution 640x480 without contact to enemies sufficient Frames (35-50) in the corridors, with contact to enemies virtually only single pictures (4 fps) - not playable

Emissions

Loudness

In  idle mode the fan starts running periodically and is very clearly audible, while it runs for some seconds. Thereby, the frequency of the noise is unpleasant.

Also limiting the performance of the CPU by the hot key right above the keyboard labeled with a fan or by choosing another performance profile improved the noise only for a short time. Although the fan is stopped immediately after pressing the hot key, it continues to run periodically after a few seconds.

Furthermore, we have to mention that we sometimes heard a strange high-frequency noise near the fan, which could be stopped by a light slap, but, reappeared time and again.

Noise Level

Idle 32.4 / 41.3 / 41.3 dB(A)
HDD 37.9 dB(A)
DVD 36.5 / dB(A)
Load / 41.3 dB(A)
 
    30 dB
silent
40 dB
audible
50 dB
loud
 
min: , med: , max:     (15 cm distance)

Temperature

Even without load the FSC Amilo Pa 1510's surfaces get clearly warmer. While the really high temperature of 50°C at the bottom side might be tolerably when working at the desk, the temperature increase at the right palm rest area is uncomfortable. Measured 41.2°C are uncomfortable when typing for a longer time.

Upper side

palmwrist: 42.1°C max: 43.6°C avg: 39.2°C

Bottom side

max: 51.3°C avg: 44.6°C

Speakers

The sound of the two speakers, placed right and left beside the keyboard, is alright with a good maximum volume. However, weak basses and blasting at maximum volume are points of critique.

Battery Runtime

The battery runtime of the provided 4000mAh battery, did not meet our expectations, although the hardware equipment is only moderate.

A maximum of 165 minutes, i.e., 2.5h, or about 2 hours runtime when utilizing WLAN at optimized energy saving settings, are not delighting.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
2h 45min
WiFi Surfing
1h 53min
Load (maximum brightness)
1h 30min

Power Consumption

Idle 25.1 / 35.8 / 37.0 Watt
Load 64.1 / 60.9 Watt
 
Key: min: , med: , max:         

Verdict

Fujitsu-Siemens Amilo Pa2510
Fujitsu-Siemens Amilo Pa2510

Considering the reasonable price, the Fujitsu-Siemens Amilo Pa2510 is overall  an interesting notebook. Although you can't expect a great deal of it, it's overall alright.

The case is sufficiently stable and a base eqipment of interfaces is provided. The keyboard is also alright for office work and internet applications, and also the touch pad is rather user-friendly, although its buttons are somewhat sluggish and loud.

The display's measured brightness is acceptable with slight weaknesses regarding illumination. Furthermore, its surface is reflecting.

The Fujitsu-Siemens Amilo's performance is with an AMD CPU and ATI video card rather passable, and provides sufficient reserve capacities for office and internet applicazions. Especially 2 GB main memory contribute to the Amilo's performance.

The noise emissions are generally alright, still the fan annoys by running unsteadily. The surface temperatures of the notebook are partly clearly too high. At last, the Amilo Pa2510's maximum battery runtime is only slightly above 2 hours, so a mobile use is rather limited.

Reviewed: Fujitsu-Siemens Amilo Pa2510
Fujitsu-Siemens Amilo Pa2510

Specifications

Fujitsu-Siemens Pa2510

:: Processor
:: Memory
2048 MB, DDR2 PC5300 SDRAM, max. 2048MB, 2x1024MB
:: Graphics adapter
:: Display
15.4 inch 16:10, 1280x800 pixel, WXGA BrilliantView TFT Display, glossy: yes
:: Harddisk
120 GB - 5400 rpm, 120 GB 5400 rpm Fujitsu MHW2120BH: 120GB, 5400rpm
:: Connections
ExpressCard, Mikrofon, Headphones (S/PDIF), 3x USB 2.0, VGA-Out, Kensington Lock, LAN, Modem
:: Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 36 x 358 x 255
:: Weight
2.67 kg
:: Battery
, 4000mAh Lithium Ionen Akku
:: Price
750 Euro
:: Additional features
AMD M690+SB600, HDD: 120GB, 5400rpm, Fujitsu MHW2120BH, Motorola Si3054 HD Audio, DVD +/-R (DL) Hitachi-LG HL-DT-ST GSA-T10N,

 

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The Fujitsu-Siemens Amilo Pa2510...
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...because the notebooks relatively heavily heats also in idle mode.
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You should be careful during mobile use, because of vent holes at the bottom side,...
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Although the clearly audible fan runs periodically, it is overall alright.
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...providing sufficient performance for office and internet applications.
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Inside the Amilo Pa2510 there work an AMD Turion CPU and an ATI X1200 video card,...
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If you do not mind the reflecting surface, the display is alright too.
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The keyboard is rather user-friendly.
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Not very elegant: a simple plastic dummy without ejection mechanism.
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Only a base equipment of interfaces is provided.
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...appears generally alright.
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...but still, the overall passably worked up Amilo,...
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...especially a top cover which partly lacks pressure resistance...
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However, scrutinizing it, will uncover some weaknesses,...
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...is a reasonable beginner's notebook with robust case.
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The 4000 mAh battery provides a maximum runtime of 2.5h and makes a limited mobile use possible.
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Pro

  • Compact, robust case
  • Passabel input devices
  • Acceptable measured display parameters
  • Good performance for office and internet
  • Contra

  • Reflecting display
  • Moderate noise emissions, high temperature emissions
  • Moderate battery runtime
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    Rating

    Fujitsu-Siemens Pa2510
    08/31/2007
    J. Simon Leitner

    Chassis
    84%
    Keyboard
    86%
    Pointing Device
    84%
    Connectivity
    82%
    Weight
    79%
    Battery
    68%
    Display
    83%
    Games Performance
    55%
    Application Performance
    88%
    Temperature
    49%
    Noise
    85%
    Add Points
    86%
    Average
    77%
    80%
    Office *
    Weighted Average

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    Author: J. Simon Leitner, 2007-08-11 (Update: 2013-05- 8)