Review Fujitsu Siemens Amilo Xi 1554 Gamer's Notebook

Amilo Xi 1554 is very powerful and capable of replacing a desktop. The high-resolution display and the DVI-I out with HDCP support also make it HD-ready.

FSC Amilo Xi 1554

Case

The Fujitsu Siemens Amilo Xi 1554's design is rather decent. Despite it weights 4 kg and, so, is rather heavy, its design lets it appear rather slim and light.

The bottom side is robust, it hardly yields by applying force. This is quite different for the display cover. It is out of a thin plastic, which can be easily pushed in. So, even the display panel is at risk. However, this aspect is not so important, if you use it primarily at your desk - which anyway is the meant main field of operation of a desktop replacement notebook.

The equipment of the notebook is by all means complete. It's noteworthy, that it is possible to employ two hard disks in combination in a RAID 0/1 bundle (this is already the standard of some of the available models). We also liked the provided remote control (by USB infrared stick, although a cover for an infrared receiver is provided at the notebooks front side).

Schnittstellen des Fujitsu Siemens Amilo Xi 1554
Schnittstellen des Fujitsu Siemens Amilo Xi 1554

Input Devices

Fujitsu Siemens utilizes the whole width of the multimedia notebook and provides an additional numeric pad (with keys of standard size) for quick number entry. Unfortunately, this narrowed the available space for the rest of the keyboard and, so, the size of some of the keys had to shrink. The user might easily become despaired, especially, by the really too small right shift key, minus, and colon key. Also the cursor keys are very small, which could be uncomfortable for gamers.

A strength is that the keyboard is tightly attached to the case and does not clatter at all. Hitting single keys feels soft, short, and slightly wobbling. I don't feel that this is ideal, however, this is a matter of taste and others might judge differently.

The big, precise touch pad in front of the keyboard provides two user-friendly buttons, and a separated scroll region. In total it gave a good impression and seemed to be comfortable in use.

Touch pad
Test Fujitsu Siemens Amilo Xi 1554  Touchpad
Keyboard
Test Fujitsu Siemens Amilo Xi 1554  Tastatur

Display

Color Diagram
FSC Amilo Xi-1554 Display measurement

The reflecting 17 inch display in 16:10 format with a HD capable wide-screen resolution of 1920x1200 pixels scored only average regarding brightness. (roughly 130 cd/m²). So, and because of the reflections, it is hardly possible to use it outdoors. However, this is not the main field of operation of a desktop replacement notebook. Still, the FSC Amilo Xi-1554's very good minimum brightness of  0.3 cd/m² leads to a good calculated contrast ratio of 467:1. However, the main weakness is the poor illumination of only 63 % (min 102 and max 162 cd/m²).

The color diagram depicts for the first time an a priori neutral color display. After calibration the panel was only less brightened - very good.

Considering it is a notebook, the panel is rather stable to the vantage point.

Attention: The 17'' inch display's finest resolution of 1920x1200  (133 DpI) could be too fine for some users (However, under Microsoft Vista and XP you can adapt the font size, but, still not perfectly).

102.1
cd/m²
112.6
cd/m²
103.7
cd/m²
125.0
cd/m²
142.1
cd/m²
119.6
cd/m²
149.5
cd/m²
148.3
cd/m²
162.0
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
Information
Maximum: 162.0 cd/m²
Average: 129.4 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 63 %
Black: 145.8 cd/m²
Contrast: 1:1

Performance

A desktop replacement notebook should be capable of replacing a desktop. So, high performance is demanded. The equipment with a fast Intel Core 2 Duo processor and a ATI Mobility Radeon X1900 should provide this.

As expected, the performance of the processor is excellent and provides a good office performance. This is also supported by an above-average fast hard disk.

We were especially anxious to the ATI Mobility Radeon X1900, because this graphic adapter was launched late (although news of its appearance were already spread in summer 2006 by grapevine). With 36 pixel pipelines and 8 vertex pipelines it is assumed to provide excellent performance. In the synthetic benchmark 3D Mark 2006 it scored between a NVIDIA GeForce Go 7600 GT and a 7900 GS. In the integrated benchmark with the action shooters F.E.A.R. the X1900 also scored between these two NVIDIA cards, however, its performance was closer to the GT. Despite of these results ATI Mobility Radeon X1900's good game performance is proved. All current games should run smoothly (possibly without anti-aliasing).

Performance Comparison Doom 3
Performance Comparison Doom 3
3D Mark
3DMark 06
 1280x1024
3185 points
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 Z520, Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 500
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 2350M, HD Graphics 3000
3184
Acer TravelMate P243-M-32374G50MAK
 2370M, HD Graphics 3000
3184
Fujitsu-Siemens Amilo Xi 1554
 T7200, Mobility Radeon X1900
3185
Samsung Q330-JS03DE Suri
 350M, GeForce 310M
3195
Dell XPS 13
 2637M, HD Graphics 3000
3196
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Clevo Clevo P157SM (max)
 4930MX, GeForce GTX 880M
29955
160 GB - 5400 rpm
Transfer Rate Minimum: 22.9 MB/s
Transfer Rate Maximum: 44.5 MB/s
Transfer Rate Average: 35.1 MB/s
Access Time: 17.6 ms
Burst Rate: 41.6 MB/s
CPU Usage: 3.8 %

Emissions

Noise Emissions

Loudness

A side-effect of good performance are usually bigger emissions. The Amilo Xi 1554's relatively loud fan reaches a noise level of 45.8 dB and also runs time and again in idle mode in order to emit the waste heat. Here, the X1900 video card takes its toll. Without running fan the notebook is rather quiet. Under full load the fan runs all the time, however, the emitted noise is pleasant, but loud.

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

Although surface temperature does not belong to the strengths of the FSC Amilo Xi 1554, a maximum of 40°C at the top side is yet acceptable. However, up to 52°C at the bottom side are clearly too hot. Besides its big weight also its temperature emissions exclude the FSC Amilo Xi 1554 from a longer use at the lap.

Upper side

palmwrist: 40°C max: 42°C avg: 37.3°C hotspot: Center of the keyboard

Bottom side

max: 52°C avg: 39,3°C hotspot: Center of the front

environment: 22

Speakers

The speakers are placed left and right above the keyboard and a sub-woofer at the bottom side. Together their sound is rather good.

Battery Runtime

The good performance also takes its toll regarding battery runtime. Even Fujitsu Siemens Computers only specifies a maximum of 120 minutes. We measured 70 minutes during copying files per WLAN. The low battery runtime likely excludes this notebook from intensive mobile use.

Miscellaneous

Noteworthy, that this notebook with pre-installed Windows Vista also came with Nero 7. This combination caused error messages of the Explorer again and again and after making Internet inquiries it seemed that Nero 7 is not really fit for Vista.

A further interesting detail - the provided remote control (which can disappear from sight in the Expresss Card slot) communicates with an USB infrared receiver, although the notebook comes with an infrared cover at its front side.

Mitgelieferte Infrarot Fernbedienung
Mitgelieferte Infrarot Fernbedienung

Verdict

The Fujitsu Siemens Amilo Xi 1554 is a typical desktop replacement notebook. Its weaknesses, like high temperature emissions at the bottom side, short battery runtime, and big weight are, therefore, not that important. The strengths of this Amilo notebook are good performance, a comprehensive equipment, a robust case (besides the display cover), and a high resolution display. In total the Amilo Xi 1554 can be recommended for use at a fixed place.

Many thanks to Thomas Ecker who provided us with the reviewed notebook.

Reviewed: Fujitsu Siemens Computers Amilo Xi 1554
Reviewed: Fujitsu Siemens Computers Amilo Xi 1554

Specifications

Fujitsu-Siemens Amilo Xi 1554

:: Processor
:: Mainboard
Intel 945PM
:: Memory
2048 MB, DDR2 533 MHz, max. 4096MB, 2x1024MB, 2 Slots / beide verbaut
:: Graphics adapter
:: Display
17 inch 16:10, 1920x1200 pixel, WUXGA CrystalView (spiegelnd), glossy: yes
:: Harddisk
160 GB - 5400 rpm, 160 GB 5400 rpm Western Digital WD1600BEVS-22RST0, optional 2 Festplatten mit RAID 0/1: 160GB, 5400rpm
:: Connections
IEEE 1394 Firewire, 4x USB 2.0, S-Video out, DVI-I, Modem, Express Card Slot (34/54 mm), Kophörerausgang (kombiniert mit SPDIF), Mikrofoneingang, Line In, 4-in-1 Cardreader (SD/MS/MMC/MSPRO)
:: Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 25 x 408 x 289
:: Weight
4 kg
:: Battery
, 8 Zellen Lithium Ionen Akku mit 4400 mAh
:: Price
1299 Euro
:: Additional features
HDD: 160GB, 5400rpm, Western Digital WD1600BEVS-22RST0, optional 2 Festplatten mit RAID 0/1, HD Audio, 2 Lautsprecher + Subwoofer, 8x DVD +/-R (DL) DVD Brenner,

 

The FuSi Amilo Xi 1554
FSC Amilo Xi 1554
The performance is as excellent as the temperature emissions high.
and can be deactivated by the button above it.
The touch pad is alright
The hot keys are stylish, but fussy.
The keyboard has a separate numeric pad, but, in turn some other keys are rather small.
Among others, there is also DVI port at the back side.
which also Michael Knight (background picture) might like.
with a variety of interfaces
is with its 4 kg weight a rather heavy DTR notebook
The total impression of this notebook was good.

Pro

  • Good performance
  • Flexural rigid case
  • Two hard disks can be attached
  • High-resolution display
  • Contra

  • Hot bottom side
  • Poor illumination
  • Some keys too small
  • Short battery runtime
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    Bewertung

    Fujitsu-Siemens Amilo Xi 1554
    08/31/2007
    J. Simon Leitner

    Chassis
    82%
    Keyboard
    76%
    Pointing Device
    88%
    Connectivity
    92%
    Weight
    57%
    Battery
    50%
    Display
    75%
    Games Performance
    92%
    Application Performance
    92%
    Temperature
    55%
    Noise
    65%
    Add Points
    87%
    Average
    76%
    82%
    Gaming *
    Weighted Average

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    Author: J. Simon Leitner, 2007-05-25 (Update: 2013-05- 8)