Review Fujitsu Siemens Esprimo Mobile M9400 Notebook

14.1 inch - High Mobility

The Esprimo Mobile M9400 tries to attract businessmen by a 14.1 inch display, integrated UMTS modem, and a weight of about 2.2 kg. This review uncovers whether this office notebook is able to hold a candle to the professional Lifebooks by Fujitsu Siemens.

Review Fujitsu Siemens Esprimo Mobile M9400 Logo

Fujitsu Siemens offers three business notebooks which are especially designed for the EMEA (Europe, Middle East, and Africa) market, which are the Esprimo Mobile D, the Esprimo Mobile M, and the Esprimo Mobile U. Focusing on building a bridge from the top-performance notebooks of the Lifebook series to the middle class notebook category. these are entry-level business notebooks attracting by a good price/performance ratio.

Hereby, Fujitsu Siemens attached great importance to uniform concept for Esprimo series. The only difference of the single models of the Esprimo series are their size, whereas 12.1 inch (Mobile U), 14.1 inch (Mobile M), and 15,4 inch notebooks are available. All Esprimo models by Fujitsu Siemens are identical regarding power adapter, port replicator, interface equipment and communication modules. Further difference are described in the following review.

Case

We reviewed the Esprimo Mobile M9400 with a 14.1 inch display (35.81 cm). Its weight of about 2.2 kg is moderate. So, the M9400 is a good notebook for mobile business-customers, for who a 15.4 inch notebook is too heavy,  too unhandy, and too bulky. Accordingly, the M9400's size is compact too, i.e. 33.5 x 24.5 x 3.8 cm³. So, the Esprimo Mobile M9400 is sure to fit into all notebook bags.

Design and look of this general-purpose business notebook are business-like - decent and without ornaments. Black and silver dominate the colour of the case, whose workmanship is good - looking for striking colours is in vain. Nonetheless, the Esprimo notebook looks elegant. However, take care of it, because the finish of the lid is sensible to signs of wear and tear. If you want to avoid that the M9400 looks battered after a short time, you should definitely put it into transport bags with caution.

This notebook does not have a transport hook and the closing mechanism of the firm hinges works perfectly. Nevertheless, opening and adjusting the opening angle is easy  and every adjusted position is excellently supported by the hinges - brilliant. Furthermore, the Mobile M9400 has a plastic frame, which appears to be solid instead of the highly usual thin inner frame around the LCD. However, the nowadays nearly usual webcam in the top part of the frame is missing. The reviewed notebook just had a cover there.-

The choice of materials and the workmanship are good. The used plastics fell nice to the touch and appear to be of high-quality. Furthermore, the parts of the case fit precisely to each other. Despite plastic parts were used, there aren't any creaking noises, if you pick this 14.1" notebook up. We only detected a small weakness at the bottom trough. If you pick the notebook up and apply force near the optical drive on the type plate, you can hear a clearly audible creaking. The palm rest area yields only a little bit.

Interface Equipment

Because the indicator LEDs for charge status, wireless modules, and mass storage activity are before the touch pad in the centre of the front edge, it is even during typing easy to keep track of them. A hot key beside the power switch makes it possible to switch all wireless modules, i.e. Bluetooth, UMTS/HSDPA, and Wireless LAN, off at once. In addition to this hot key, the M09400 does not have any other hot keys, e.g., to ease launching some system functions.

Regarding interface equipment the Esprimo Mobile M9400 has an equipment  typical for this notebook category. Fast Firewire (i.LINK, IEEE1394) and a digital video out like DVI or HDMI are not available at the notebook itself. But, there are a S-Video out (TV-Out) and four USB-2.0 ports and an up-to-dates ExpressCard/54-slot for expansion cards and a 4in1 card reader (MS, MS Pro, SD, xD) which makes using up-to-date flash memory cards possible. However, a built-in webcam for video telephony with business partners is missing.

However, the communication equipment of the Esprimo Mobile M9400 is complete. Intel's Wireless WiFi Link 4965AGN, makes a stable wireless operation possible. Bluetooth 2.0 is available and can be used for modern wireless telephony. Wired communication is possible via Gigabit-LAN port, which provides today's fastest transfer rates provided the network has a proper topology. The compulsory modem port is of course also available. Furthermore the Esprimo Mobile M9400 supports fast internet access via UMTS/HSDPA. The SIM card slot required for it, is inside the first battery slot.

Front Side: Indicator LEDs, Stereo speakers
Front Side: Indicator LEDs, Stereo speakers
Back Side: Gigabit-LAN, 1x USB-2.0, VGA, S-Video-Out, Fan
Back Side: Gigabit-LAN, 1x USB-2.0, VGA, S-Video-Out, Fan
Left Side: 2x USB-2.0, Fan, Card reader, ExpressCard/54, Microphone, Headphones
Left Side: 2x USB-2.0, Fan, Card reader, ExpressCard/54, Microphone, Headphones
Right Side: 1x USB-2.0, DVD burner, 54k-Modem, Power Connector, Kensington Lock
Right Side: 1x USB-2.0, DVD burner, 54k-Modem, Power Connector, Kensington Lock

Whilst Lifebooks support a supplement battery in the modular slot of the DVD drive, the M9400 is equipped with a second battery slot at the bottom side instead. You can attach a second wedge-shaped battery (S26391-F405-L841) to it. Positive side effect: The M9400 bends down to the front, so, long typing gets even more user-friendly. Furthermore, a port replicator port is available at the bottom side of the M9400. So, you do not need to connect and disconnect all the cables, furthermore, additional ports like DVI-D and PS/2 are provided by the port replicator.

However, the more expensive Lifebooks are clearly better than the M9400 regarding security features. The M9400 is neither equipped with a  fingerprint reader nor with a TPM security chip (Trusted Platform Module). A system recovery CD for Microsofts Windows Vista Business and a driver and utility DVD are included. But, a manual in written form is not in the box.

Input Devices

The keyboard of the Esprimo Mobile M9400 is spill-proof, so, it should be, according to FSC, protected against accidentally spilled liquids. The 85 keys, which have a size of 1.4 x 1.5 cm² are tightly attached to the construction beneath them. Typing feels nice to the touch. The key travel is rather short (2.7 mm) and the typing noise is rather quiet. Furthermore, it is easy to adapt to the smaller notebook keys, because the standard layout is used. The keyboard area is rather stable and yields only a little bit and is rather stable.

The touch pad has a size of only 6.5 x 3.4 cm², which is rather small. In return it feels nice to the touch and works precisely. The slightly roughened surface is regarding adhesion and friction force very user-friendly. Furthermore, this mouse replacement can be easily deactivated by the key combination Fn and F6. Unfortunately, the scroll area is not marked in any way.

Both of the spacious rectangular touch pad buttons are rounded at their back and score points, because their clicking noise is rather decent and they feel nice to the touch. They are rugged and appear to be of high-quality - brilliant!

Keyboard
FSC Esprimo M9400 Keyboard
Touch Pad
FSC Esprimo M9400 Touch pad

Display

Colour Diagram Mains Operation
FSC Esprimo M9400: Colour Diagram Mains Operation

A true business professional like the Esprimo Mobile M9400 is of course equipped with a flat screen with matte surface. So, the 14.1 inch LCD (Model: Samsung LTN141AT02) hardly reflects and is, therefore, appropriate for permanent use. The native resolution of this WXGA panel is typical for this notebook category, i.e., 1,280 x 800 pixels.

Regarding brightness, this LCD, with an aspect ratio of 16:10, had a low average brightness of only 130.15 cd/m² during mains operation. This is too low for a user-friendly work outdoors or when travelling. However, it is sufficient for working indoors and, therefore, the rating of the brightness is average. The contrast is also only moderate. Due to a measured minimum brightness (black value) of 1.1 cd/m² and a measured maximum brightness of  146.6 cd/m² the contrast ratio is only 133:1.

120.1
cd/m²
127.5
cd/m²
121.1
cd/m²
128.4
cd/m²
142.4
cd/m²
129.9
cd/m²
129.8
cd/m²
131.9
cd/m²
140.3
cd/m²
Information
Maximum: 142.4 cd/m²
Average: 130.2 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 84 %
Black: 1.1 cd/m²
Contrast: 129:1
Distribution of brightness

In return the Esprimo Mobile M9400 performs better regarding illumination. We calculated very good 84.34 percent. The difference of the brightest part (in the middle of the screen, where we measured 142.4 cd/m² and the darkest part (left top corner), where we measured 120.1 cd/m² is only 16 percent in mains operation. When we examined various differently bright backgrounds, we could, depending on the viewing angle, also hardly to only slightly detect an unevenness.

The horizontal viewing angles are good. Vertically, the area of operation is clearly smaller. Directly compared to our reference screen, a high-quality 20 inch MVA-LCD Viewsonic VP2030b – we felt that the colours are, considering the notebook category, rather neutral. However, due to the poor contrast the colours of the reference pictures are not really vivid, but, comparably sallow. So, running multimedia applications cannot be enjoyed, however, overall the picture representation is alright for daily office work.

FSC Esprimo M9500 Viewing Angles
FSC Esprimo M9500 Viewing Angles
FSC Esprimo M9500 Viewing Angles
FSC Esprimo M9500 Viewing Angles
FSC Esprimo M9500 Viewing Angles
FSC Esprimo M9500 Viewing Angles
FSC Esprimo M9500 Viewing Angles
FSC Esprimo M9500 Viewing Angles

Performance

The overall performance of the Esprimo Mobile M9400 is due to Intel's Core 2 Duo T7300 with a clock rate of 2,00 GHz per core and two fast DDRII-667 modules (PC2-5300) with a total capacity of 2,048 MB, alright for the pre-installed Windows Vista Business. It is sufficiently powerful for all typical office applications. E.g., it reached a high value of 4,107 in the PCMark05 benchmark. But, the integrated video chip is responsible for the moderate total rating of 3.5 in the  Vista performance index.

CPU-Z-Informations of the FSC Esprimo M9400
CPU-Z-Informations of the FSC Esprimo M9400
CPU-Z-Informations of the FSC Esprimo M9400
CPU-Z-Informations of the FSC Esprimo M9400
CPU-Z-Informations of the FSC Esprimo M9400

CPU-Z-Informations of the FSC Esprimo M9400.

The Esprimo Mobile M9400 is equipped with an integrated video chip, a GMA X3100 by Intel. Its video performance is absolutely sufficient for office applications and also for the Aero desktop of Windows Vista. However, it is not a good choice for computer games and 3D applications. E.g., the result of the 3DMark06 benchmark (with the Intel driver version 7.14.10.1283) was only 556 points. The shading test by Maxons Cinebench R10 resulted also in only 700 points. These results clearly prove that the 3D performance of the GMA X3100 is low.

GPU-Z
GPU-Z
Cinebench R10
Cinebench R10
Vista Performance Index
Vista Performance Index

The mass storage devices of the reviewed notebook is a serial ATA hard disk, in more detail a Scorpio WD800BEVS by Western Digital (WD), with only 80 GB capacity. The results of the hard disk benchmark, HD Tune, of the 5400 rpm hard disk is an average data transfer rate of 37.5 MB/s. Although this is not a top value of current hard disks, is is alright considering the notebook category. Another mass storage device of the M9400 is an optical drive, a GSA-T20N by LG. It also supports DVD-RAM, which is an important format for professional data backup. According to FSC this drive can handle such disks with 5x speed.

Disk Management Console
Esprimo M9400: Disk Management Console
HD Tune
Esprimo M9400: HD Tune
DVD Info
Esprimo M9400: DVD Info
Cinebench R10
 SettingsValue
 Rendering Single 32Bit2109 Points
 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit3865 Points
 Shading 32Bit700 Points
Windows Vista Experience Index
 SettingsValue
 Processor4.9 Points
 Memory4.5 Points
 Graphics3.5 Points
 Gaming graphics3.5 Points
 Primary hard disk4.9 Points
PC Mark
PCMark 054107 points
Help
PCMark 05 in comparison
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Zepto Znote 6224W
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4099
Fujitsu-Siemens Esprimo Mobile M9400
 T7300, Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) X3100
4107
Samsung E251 T4200 Esilo
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4122
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80 GB - 5400 rpm
Transfer Rate Minimum: 23 MB/s
Transfer Rate Maximum: 48.7 MB/s
Transfer Rate Average: 37.5 MB/s
Access Time: 17.4 ms
Burst Rate: 62.8 MB/s
CPU Usage: 4.7 %

Typical true business notebook for genuine businessmen, the Esprimo Mobile M9400 is not equipped with a bei dedicated video solution. As mentioned above, the user has to be satisfied with the performance of an integrated video chip, an Intel Graphics Media Accelerator X3100 (GMA X3100). The main focus of the  GMA X3100 is on energy saving and space-saving. It is not designed for 3D applications or computer games.

If you like to take pictures and like to edit them in full resolution or like to publish your funniest videos, you should consider a notebook with dedicated video solution. Nevertheless, the GMA X3100 can handle this tasks - but, there are more powerful video cards available for this tasks.

3D Mark
3DMark 2001SE6203 points
3DMark 031747 points
3DMark 05917 points
3DMark 06
 1280x1024
556 points
Help
3DMark 06 in comparison
Asus Eee PC 1101HA (min)
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Toshiba Satellite T110-10R
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Fujitsu-Siemens Esprimo Mobile M9400
 T7300, Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) X3100
556
Panasonic Toughbook CF-W8
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Lenovo IdeaPad U350
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Alienware M18x R2 (max)
 3920XM, Radeon HD 7970M Crossfire
29496

Loudness

The Esprimo Mobile M9400 is not really quiet. The periodically running fan causes that the noise level rises and falls.

Idling and with activated energy saving mode, the noise level of the Esprimo Mobile M9400 is in between 29.9 to 33.6 dB(A), which is hardly audible and it does not really disturb that the fan is sometimes switched on and off. However, the situation changes immediately, if the user works with usual office applications, like text processing, does some non-demanding picture editing, and browses the Internet at the same time.

Even if the demands on  calculation power are low, e.g., if you browse TV web pages, which advertise by displaying colourful fireworks, the noise level of the Esprimo Mobile M9400 reaches up to 41.8 dB(A). Even if you only watch the small video clips on these pages the noise level gets that high, whereas it is sufficient to watch these videos in full-screen size. The fan starts to run audible at once, emitting a high-frequency noise. Disadvantageous: The fan control periodically turns the fan up and down, so, it might also annoy only slightly sensible users.

Considering it is a business notebook, the Esprimo Mobile M9400 will probably not be run under permanent full load most of the time. Nevertheless, it's important to know that the noise level increases even further, if average to full load persists. Under full load the maximal noise level is 46.6 dB(A) (!), whereas it is permanently as high as 45.9 dB(A). Considering that this 14.1 inch notebook comes with an integrated video card, the Esprimo Mobile M9400 is very loud.

We think that a mobile business notebook should only be decently audible, especially if you work away from your desk. So, the rating of the loudness is not as good as it could be, because of the high-frequency noise and the periodical switching of the level. Overall, this Esprimo notebook looses one percent in the total rating because of this. Fujitsu Siemens should definitely improve the fan control, e.g., by a BIOS upgrade.

Noise Level

Idle 29.9 / 31.9 / 33.6 dB(A)
HDD 30.5 dB(A)
DVD 43.5 / 44.1 dB(A)
Load 41.5 / 45.9 dB(A)
 
    30 dB
silent
40 dB
audible
50 dB
loud
 
min: , med: , max:     (15 cm distance)

Temperature

Despite the small size of the 14 inch Esprimo Mobile M9400 the temperature was at least at the top side alright during our test. The maximum measured at the left palm rest area was 26.8°C, measured at the left palm rest area. The temperature at the right side is 23.5°C. Besides a small hot spot at the left side near the back, the top side is about hand-hot, whereas the average temperature is about 30.7 degrees Celsius.

At the bottom side the Esprimo Mobile M9400 gets clearly hotter. Next to the RAM slots and the cooling system the temperatures range between 44.7 and 48.7 degree Celsius. Therefore, you should not work lap top, if there is a high work load for the Esprimo. The average temperature of the bottom side of 36 degrees Celsius is therewith clearly higher than the one of most other 14.1 inch notebooks.

Max. Load
 39.0 °C35.5 °C28.3 °C 
 35.7 °C33.6 °C28.0 °C 
 26.8 °C25.5 °C23.5 °C 
 
28.2 °C44.7 °C45.7 °C
26.1 °C48.7 °C47.3 °C
26.7 °C29.3 °C27.0 °C
Maximum: 39.0 °C
Average: 30.7 °C
 Maximum: 48.7 °C
Average: 36 °C
Room Temperature 20 °C

Speakers

High-quality speakers are not that crucial for genuine business notebooks as for, e.g., multimedia computers. Furthermore, if you want to listen to your favourite music or watch your favourite film while travelling, you might use headphones anyway, in order to not disturb other travellers. So, the tinny and thin sound of the small speakers is not really important. The sound of the analogue headphones out is alright, if good headphones are attached.

Battery Runtime

BatteryEater Reader's
Esprimo M9400: BatteryEater Reader's
BatteryEater Classic
Esprimo M9400: BatteryEater Classic

Compared to other 14.1“ notebooks of the office category, the Esprimo Mobile M9400 is average regarding energy demand in mains operation. The energy demand ranges from 18.3 to 21.4 Watt in idle mode under Windows Vista, if all energy saving settings are on and if the display is dimmed. The energy demand with energy profile high performance with active WLAN and Bluetooth and brightest display setting was 27.6 Watt in our test. The maximum energy demand under full-load was actually as hight as 74.3 Watt!

Energy is provided by a 6 cells lithium ions battery with a total capacity of 57.72 Wh. The battery runtime of the Reader's-Test by Battery Eater was three hours and 26 minutes. This is a typical value of this performance category. However, the runtime of the Classic test is only about one hour.

An optional supplement battery (6 cells, 41 Wh) is also available for the Esprimo Mobile M9400. This wedged-shape travelling battery (S26391-F405-L841) can be attached at the bottom side and costs about 120 Euro. Another advantage of this solution is that the position for typing is improved. It should be possible to work about half a day, if you use both batteries. However, the disadvantage is that the supplement battery increases the weight.

Power consumption

Idle 18.3 / 25.8 / 27.6 Watt
Load 48.4 / 74.3 Watt
 
Key: min: , med: , max:         
Battery runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
3h 26min
Load (maximum brightness)
0h 57min

Businessmen and private customers who look for a 2.2 kg light business notebook in 14.1 inch size for daily office work and smaller journeys, whose workmanship is good, will find that the Esprimo Mobile M9400 by Fujitsu Siemens is alright.

The M9400 scores points by a solid case, good materials, and good workmanship. The input devices convince too and left a good overall impression. Regarding communication and interfaces the Esprimo Mobile M9400 is equipped with he most important modules. i.e., Bluetooth, Gigabit-LAN, Wireless-LAN, and UMTS/HSDPA. Only a digital video out is missing. The accessories of the M9400 are alright, even more, because also  recovery media (DVDs) are provided. Those who travel a lot, will especially appreciate the port replicator, because it helps to avoid connecting and disconnecting cables again and again.

Disadvantages of this notebook are the low brightness of the display, the noise emissions, and that security features are missing. Despite a matte surface, an outdoors usage is due the measured brightness of in average 130.2 cd/m² seldom possible. Considering the performance, the noise level of this 14,1“ notebook is quite high. Furthermore, important security features, like fingerprint reader and TPM security chip, which are usual for business notebooks, are not available.

Fujistsu Siemens Esprimo M9400
Fujistsu Siemens Esprimo M9400

 

Many thanks to the company MISCO Germany Inc., which kindly provided us with the reviewed notebook. Here you can also buy this notebook.

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Specifications

Fujitsu-Siemens Esprimo Mobile M9400

:: Processor
:: Mainboard
Intel GM965
:: Memory
2048 MB, Samsung M4 70T2953EZ3-CE6, PC2-5300, max. 4 GByte, 2x 1024 MB, second RAM slot occupied, Timing: 5-5-5-15 (CL-RCD-RP-RAS)
:: Graphics adapter
Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) X3100 - 358 MB, Core: 500 MHz, integrated video card, uses up to 358 MB RAM, 7.14.10.1283
:: Display
14.1 inch 16:10, 1280x800 pixel, Samsung LTN141W3, glossy: no
:: Harddisk
80 GB - 5400 rpm, 80 GB 5400 rpm WD Scorpio WD800BEVS (07RST0), SATA, 8 MB Cache
:: Soundcard
Realtek ALC262 HD Audio
:: Connections
1 Express Card 54mm, 4 USB 2.0, 1 VGA, 1 S-Video, Motorola SM56 Data Fax Modem Modem, 1 Kensington Lock, 1 Docking Station Port, Audio Connections: Headphones, Microphone, Card Reader: 4in1 Cardreader (MS, MSPRO, SD, xD), Slot for SIM card
:: Networking
Marvell Yukon 88E8055 PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet Controller (10/100/1000MBit), Intel Wireless WiFi Link 4965AGN (a b g n ), Bluetooth V2.0 Bluetooth
:: Optical drive
HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GSA-T20N
:: Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 38 x 335 x 245
:: Weight
2.2 kg Power Supply: 0.39 kg
:: Battery
57,72 Wh Lithium-Ion, 11.1 Volt | 5.200 mAh | 6 cells
:: Price
1100 Euro
:: Operating System
Microsoft Windows Vista Business 32 Bit
:: Additional features
Battery: 326 g, ...DVD Microsoft Windows Vista Business MUI Recovery v.05, DVD Driver & Utilities Esprimo Mobile 2007.04 including Norton Internet Security 2007 and Nero7 Ver. 7.5.9.1, 24 Months Warranty

 

Of course recovery and driver DVDs for operating system and hardware support must be among the accessories of business notebooks. The Esprimo M9400 comes with the business version of Microsofts Windows Vista.
Of course recovery and driver DVDs for operating system and hardware support must be among the accessories of business notebooks. The Esprimo M9400 comes with the business version of Microsofts Windows Vista.
Take care, not to scratch the display lid, if you put the notebook into a bag. The silver finish is very sensible to scratches.
Take care, not to scratch the display lid, if you put the notebook into a bag. The silver finish is very sensible to scratches.
Despite being black and silver without any ornaments the Esprimo Mobile M9400 looks simply elegant.
Despite being black and silver without any ornaments the Esprimo Mobile M9400 looks simply elegant.
A transport hook is not available. The stable lid, is closed and kept closed by solid hinges.
A transport hook is not available. The stable lid, is closed and kept closed by solid hinges.
Nevertheless, adjusting the opening angle is easy and trouble-free. Furthermore, the lid sufficiently protects the LCD, if moderate force is applied.
Nevertheless, adjusting the opening angle is easy and trouble-free. Furthermore, the lid sufficiently protects the LCD, if moderate force is applied.
The inner frame around the LCD is thick and solid. It looks good and feels nice to the touch. Nothing yields under pressure.
The inner frame around the LCD is thick and solid. It looks good and feels nice to the touch. Nothing yields under pressure.
Choice of materials and workmanship of the Esprimo M9400 is good. The used plastics appear to be of high-quality and feel nice to the touch.
Choice of materials and workmanship of the Esprimo M9400 is good. The used plastics appear to be of high-quality and feel nice to the touch.
The matte display hardly reflects. Nevertheless, the low brightness of the display makes working outdoors not really user-friendly. In return the illumination is good. But, the contrast is poor and the colours appear to be dull.
The matte display hardly reflects. Nevertheless, the low brightness of the display makes working outdoors not really user-friendly. In return the illumination is good. But, the contrast is poor and the colours appear to be dull.
The Esprimo Mobile M9400 is equipped with all important interfaces,...
The Esprimo Mobile M9400 is equipped with all important interfaces,...
...but a digital video out. Furthermore, security features...
...but a digital video out. Furthermore, security features...
...typical for the business category...
...typical for the business category...
...like fingerprint reader or TPM chip are not available. This is a pro for FSC's Lifebooks.
...like fingerprint reader or TPM chip are not available. This is a pro for FSC's Lifebooks.
There is only one hot key, which makes controlling the wireless communication modules easy.
There is only one hot key, which makes controlling the wireless communication modules easy.
The indicator LEDs are in the middle, so, the user can easily keep an eye on them.
The indicator LEDs are in the middle, so, the user can easily keep an eye on them.
Considering the M9400 is a 14.1 inch office notebook the performance is sufficient. The M9400 is equipped with 2 GB RAM and can be upgraded to 4GB RAM, if needed.
Considering the M9400 is a 14.1 inch office notebook the performance is sufficient. The M9400 is equipped with 2 GB RAM and can be upgraded to 4GB RAM, if needed.
Inside the battery slot, there is a SIM card slot for fast Internet access via UMTS/HSDPA.
Inside the battery slot, there is a SIM card slot for fast Internet access via UMTS/HSDPA.
At the bottom side, there is a slot for a supplement battery and a port replicator port.
At the bottom side, there is a slot for a supplement battery and a port replicator port.
The runtime of the 57.72 Wh battery is about 3.5 hours, but...
The runtime of the 57.72 Wh battery is about 3.5 hours, but...
...a supplement battery is available too and can be attached to the bottom side of the M9400. Due to its wedged-shape, the M9400 slopes. So, typing gets even more user-friendly. (Picture: Fujitsu Siemens Computers)
...a supplement battery is available too and can be attached to the bottom side of the M9400. Due to its wedged-shape, the M9400 slopes. So, typing gets even more user-friendly. (Picture: Fujitsu Siemens Computers)
Cinebench-R10-Comparison
Cinebench-R10-Comparison
Points of Futuremarks PCMark05
Points of Futuremarks PCMark05
Comparison 14.1" notebook: 3DMark test by Futuremarks
Comparison 14.1" notebook: 3DMark test by Futuremarks
Comparison 14.1" notebook: 3DMark05/06 and PCMark05 test by Futuremarks
Comparison 14.1" notebook: 3DMark05/06 and PCMark05 test by Futuremarks

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Fujitsu-Siemens Esprimo Mobile M9400 on Ciao

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Pro

+Compact size
+Low weight
+Solid case
+Good workmanship
+Docking port
+User-friendly input devices
+Bluetooth and Gigabit-LAN
+UMTS/HSDPA available
+Matte display surface
+Recovery-CD/-DVD
 

Contra

-DVI-/HDMI port is missing
-Fingerprint reader is missing
-No TPM security chip available
-Loud noise of the fans
-Low brightness of the LCD
-Poor contrast
-Sparse security equipment

Rating

Fujitsu-Siemens Esprimo Mobile M9400
03/18/2008
Ronald Tiefenthäler

Chassis
85%
Keyboard
86%
Pointing Device
85%
Connectivity
84%
Weight
85%
Battery
69%
Display
80%
Games Performance
51%
Application Performance
93%
Temperature
77%
Noise
74%
Add Points
91%
Average
80%
82%
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Author: Ronald Tiefenthäler, 2008-03-25 (Update: 2013-06- 6)