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Review Fujitsu-Siemens Celsius H240 Notebook

Wonder of Connectivity. While some other notebook manufacturers shift a plus on ports to optionally available docking stations, Fujitsu-Siemens provides an alternative with the Celsius H240. The H240 directly provides a variety of interfaces, among others also a serial and a parallel port. A matt 15.4“ WUXGA display with a resolution of 1920x1200 pixels ensures overview.

Fujitsu-Siemens Celsius H240 Logo

Case

Also the Celsius by Fujitsu-Siemens has an overall bright appearance. The case is silver and black, and the keyboard  fawn-gray.  The form of the case seems plain and rounded edges let it look compact.

The workmanship of the Celsius H240 can hardly be criticized. We could not find any uneven gaps or wobbling parts. The plastic surface does not seem that high-quality, but, in total we look upon the workmanship favorably.

Also regarding robustness the case is alright. Besides of some weaknesses at the Flexibay drive, the case is well and sufficiently resistant against applied forces. Also the flexural rigidity of the case is without any anomalies.

Although the two display hinges seem rather small at the first glance, they are still rather robust. After adjusting the display's position a slight see-saw is possible. The central transport hook made of metal locks the display tightly, if closed. Still, the front edges slightly wobble.

The display itself is well flexural rigid, but, the display cover is not really resistant against applied forces. Under pressure it clearly yields.

As already mentioned above, the equipment with interfaces is generous, whereby the interfaces are spread around the whole case. 4 USB ports, a serial and a parallel port,  S-Video and VGA out, and a Firewire port are provided. Only a DVI port is missing, but, it can be added by a docking station.

Front Side: Firewire, Cardreader, Audio Ports
Fujitsu-Siemens Celsius H240 Interfaces
Left Side: Power Connector, VGA-Out, Parallel, Fan, PCCard, Expresscard, Smartcard
Fujitsu-Siemens Celsius H240 Interfaces
Back Side: 3x USB 2.0, Serial, Kensington Lock, Battery, LAN
Fujitsu-Siemens Celsius H240 Interfaces
Right Side: Kensington Lock, Modem, DVD Drive (Flexibay), USB, S-Video Out
Fujitsu-Siemens Celsius H240 Interfaces

Input Devices

Considering the available space, the layout of the keyboard looks rather dense. Still, the size of the keys is alright. Also an enter key which extends over two rows is provided.
Typing is slightly elastic. The keyboard can also easily be deflected. Overall, working with this keyboard is comfortable, but, when typing fast, the typing noise is clearly audible.

Furthermore, the Fujitsu-Siemens Celsius H240 provides a touch pad and a track point as mobile mouse replacement. The touch pad was user-friendly in our test. Also its buttons are alright.

Using the track point was a little more difficult. Its small plastic top provides a too small contact surface, so, controlling the mouse pointer is difficult. Furthermore, it is difficult to hit the track point's buttons, because they are a little to low compared to the surrounding case.

The H240 provides two hot keys (named 1 and 2), whose function can be freely associated, a hot key for economy mode, and the recovery button. Furthermore, a WLAN switch is provided at the notebook's front edge.

Touch pad
Fujitsu-Siemens Celsius H240 Touch pad
Keyboard
Fujitsu-Siemens Celsius H240 Keyboard

Display

Color Diagram
Fujitsu-Siemens Celsius H240 display measurement

The FSC Celsius H240 reviewed by us was equipped with a 1920x1200 pixels WUXGA wide screen panel. On the one hand this matt display provided perfect overview, but, the font size and the icon size were thereby already really small and made working cumbersome for the eyes.

The measured maximum brightness of the 15.4 inch display amounted to 153.0 cd/m², an acceptable value. The illumination is only 74.7%, because the brightness diminishes at the lower edges. Also the average brightness of calculated 129.8 cd/m² is just acceptable. Also subjectively, the display did not appear to be very bright, so, we initially permanently wanted to increase the brightness. The color diagram depicts that the green and the blue color curve would require amendment.

129.4
cd/m²
153.0
cd/m²
130.5
cd/m²
130.6
cd/m²
143.8
cd/m²
133.3
cd/m²
114.3
cd/m²
115.6
cd/m²
117.2
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
Information
Maximum: 153.0 cd/m²
Average: 129.7 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 75 %
Black: 0.3 cd/m²
Contrast: 479:1

The black value of 0.3 cd/m² is very good. Together with the maximum brightness of 153.0 cd/m² it gives a very good maximum contrast of 510:1. Regarding speed of reaction we could not detect any anomalies.

Operation Outdoors
Fujitsu-Siemens Celsius H240 Outdoor

Because of the non-reflecting display, this notebook can also be used outdoors. However, in very bright environments, the display seems to be rather dark, because of its rather low average brightness.

Horizontally, the stability to the vantage point of this display is passable. At acute angles the contrast diminishes. Vertically, the display heavily darkens, if you look from bottom up, and slightly whitens, if you look from top down. Still, the areas of operation are sufficient.

Fujitsu-Siemens Celsius H240 Blickwinkelstabilität
Fujitsu-Siemens Celsius H240 Blickwinkelstabilität
Fujitsu-Siemens Celsius H240 Blickwinkelstabilität
Fujitsu-Siemens Celsius H240 Blickwinkelstabilität
Fujitsu-Siemens Celsius H240 Blickwinkelstabilität
Fujitsu-Siemens Celsius H240 Blickwinkelstabilität
Fujitsu-Siemens Celsius H240 Blickwinkelstabilität
Fujitsu-Siemens Celsius H240 Blickwinkelstabilität


Video of Display's Stability to the Vantage Point

Performance

The reviewed notebook was equipped with an Intel Core 2 Duo T7200 CPU with 2.0 GHz and an ATI FireGL V5200 video card. So, the application and the 3D performance should be good.
The benchmark tests we run, prove the good performance of this notebook. Compared to competitors of the same class, the FSC Celsius H240 performs very good.

Besides this, the FSC Celsius H240 was equipped with a fast 160GB hard disk with 7200 revs, which also scored high in the benchmark test. Furthermore, a total of 2GB main memory are provided.

Further information about the video card can be found  here or in our comparison of mobile video cards. Detailed information about the Core 2 Duo 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 054260 points
Help
3DMark 05 in comparison
Nokia Booklet 3G (min)
 Z530, Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 500
120
   ...
Asus G1
 T7200, GeForce Go 7700
4237
Lenovo B575e
 E2-1800, Radeon HD 7340
4258
Fujitsu-Siemens H240
 T7200, Mobility FireGL V5200
4260
Zepto Znote 6625WD
 T7300, GeForce 8600M GT
4279
Asus A8JS
 T7200, GeForce Go 7700
4279
   ...
Alienware M18x R2 (max)
 3920XM, Radeon HD 7970M Crossfire
36878
PC Mark
PCMark 054857 points
Help
PCMark 05 in comparison
Acer Aspire One 751 (min)
 Z520, Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 500
692
   ...
Lenovo Thinkpad T60p
 T7600, Mobility FireGL V5250
4844
Sony Vaio VGN-SZ61WN/C
 T7500, GeForce 8400M GS
4845
Fujitsu-Siemens H240
 T7200, Mobility FireGL V5200
4857
Samsung X60 Pro Boxxer
 T7400, Mobility Radeon X1700
4859
Sony Vaio VGN-FW11M
 P8400, Mobility Radeon HD 3470
4865
   ...
Fujitsu Celsius H710 WXP11DE (max)
 2820QM, Quadro 1000M
13842
160 GB - 7200 rpm
Transfer Rate Minimum: 30.1 MB/s
Transfer Rate Maximum: 60 MB/s
Transfer Rate Average: 47.4 MB/s
Access Time: 14.6 ms
Burst Rate: 89.3 MB/s
CPU Usage: 3.5 %

Emissions

Loudness

Regarding loudness of the Celsius H240 we also need to mention that the fan runs permanently in idle mode. Its noise level of 39.8 dB is always present and clearly audible. Fortunately the noise sounds like a dull rustle, which makes it  just acceptable.

The H240's noise level of 55.6 dB measured maximum loudness under load surprised us, as this is the new high score...

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

In idle mode the surface temperature is alright. However, under load there is a clear temperature increase. We measured a maximum temperature of 46.4 °C.

Upper side

palmwrist: 34.0°C max: 41.8°C avg: 35.8°C

Bottom side

max: 46.4°C avg: 39.7°C

Speakers

The two speakers are left and right above the keyboard. At maximum volume the clearly blast.Their sound is tiny, however, overall the sound is alright, if you consider that the H240 is a business notebook. Still, we recommend using headphones in order to enjoy music.

Battery Runtime

The 5200 mAh battery provides a to some degree proper battery runtime. It ranges from somewhat short 50 minutes under load to above 3 hours with optimized energy saving settings.

If you demand a longer battery runtime, you can upgrade your H240 by a Flexibay supplement battery.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
3h 25min
DVD
2h 25min
Load (maximum brightness)
0h 50min

Power Consumption

Idle 30.4 / 37.4 / 38.1 Watt
Load 77.1 / 75.1 Watt
 
Key: min: , med: , max:         

Verdict

Fujitsu-Siemens Celsius H240
Fujitsu-Siemens Celsius H240

The Fujitsu-Siemens Celsius H240 is a powerful office notebook, whose strengths are a high-resolution WUXGA display and a good application and 3D performance.

The case is well worked up and dimensionally stable in the well-known simple Fujitsu-Siemens design. We want to especially mention the H240's comprehensive interface equipment. A serial and a parallel port are directly provided. Furthermore, the provided interfaces can be enhanced by a docking port.

In general the input devices are alright and user-friendly. This is also true for the touch pad. Only the track point is difficult to use, because of its small size. Furthermore, also its buttons are not ideally placed.

The strengths of the display is its high resolution. Especially, graphical and 3D applications benefit from it. The display's brightness is rather average and the illumination could also be better.

The performance of the Celsius H240 leaves hardly anything to be desired. You can expect good performance for applications and also 3D.

Apparently, the fan has to work hard in turn. It runs permanently even in idle mode and causes a clearly audible noise. Similarly, also the surface temperature clearly increases under load.

The runtime provided by 5200 mAh battery is rather acceptable. For higher demands on mobility a supplement battery for the modular drive is also available.

 

Many thanks to the company Planet Notebook, who kindly provided us with the reviewed notebook. Here you can configure and also buy this notebook.

Reviewed: Fujitsu-Siemens Celsius H240
Fujitsu-Siemens Celsius H240

Specifications

Fujitsu-Siemens H240
Graphics adapter
Memory
2048 MB 
, DDR2 PC5300 667Mhz SDRAM, max. 4096MB, 2x1024MB
Display
15.4 inch 16:10, 1920x1200 pixel, WUXGA TFT Display, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel 945PM
Harddisk
160 GB - 7200 rpm, 160 GB 
7200 rpm Seagate ST9160823AS: 160GB, 7200rpm
Connections
PCCard Typ I/II, ExpressCard, Smartcard, Mikrofon, Headphones (S/PDIF), 4x USB 2.0, VGA-Out, S-Video, Firewire, seriell, parallel, Kensington Lock, LAN, Modem, Docking
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 35 x 360 x 260 ( = 1.38 x 14.17 x 10.24 in)
Weight
2.72 kg ( = 95.95 oz) ( = 0 oz)
Battery
, 5200mAh Lithium Ionen Akku
Price
2700 Euro
Additional features
HDD: 160GB, 7200rpm, Seagate ST9160823AS, Realtek ALC262 HD Audio, DVD +/-R (DL) Matshita UJ-841S,

 

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The Fujitsu-Siemens Celsius H240's outside looks typical FSC...
FSC Celsius H240 Image
The speakers are sufficient for business application, in order to enjoy music we recommend to use headphones.
FSC Celsius H240 Image
Also the surface temperature increase cannot be neglected under load.
FSC Celsius H240 Image
The fan runs permanently, and is very loud under load.
FSC Celsius H240 Image
...and overall provides good application and 3D performance.
FSC Celsius H240 Image
The H240 is equipped with a Core 2 Duo T7200 and an ATI FireGL V5200...
FSC Celsius H240 Image
The WUXGA display provides super overview, but, in turn the fonts appear very small.
FSC Celsius H240 Image
While the keyboard is user-friendly, we did not like the track point so much.
FSC Celsius H240 Image
A special pro is the H240's comprehensive interface equipment, which provides among others a serial and a parallel port.
FSC Celsius H240 Image
...the plastic case rates high.
FSC Celsius H240 Image
Also regarding stability and robustness...
FSC Celsius H240 Image
...we could not detect any uneven gaps or wobbling parts.
FSC Celsius H240 Image
The workmanship is alright...
FSC Celsius H240 Image
...and a fawn-gray keyboard, if open.
FSC Celsius H240 Image
...with simple forms and spacious silver and black areas...
FSC Celsius H240 Image
The 5200mAh provides a to some degree proper runtime.
FSC Celsius H240 Image

Pro

  • Solid compact case
  • Good workmanship
  • Comprehensive interface equipment
  • Display with high resolution, provides a lot of space
  • Good performance
  • Contra

  • Moderate brightness, partly too fine resolution
  • Partly high noise and temperature emissions
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    Rating

    Fujitsu-Siemens H240
    08/31/2007
    J. Simon Leitner

    Chassis
    88%
    Keyboard
    86%
    Pointing Device
    84%
    Connectivity
    90%
    Weight
    79%
    Battery
    62%
    Display
    83%
    Games Performance
    88%
    Application Performance
    99%
    Temperature
    59%
    Noise
    60%
    Add Points
    88%
    Average
    81%
    80%
    Office *
    Weighted Average

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    Author: J. Simon Leitner, 2007-08-21 (Update: 2013-05- 8)