Short Review Fujitsu Esprimo Q1510 Mini PC

by Tobias Winkler 06/07/2010

Mac Mini Alternative?

Fujitsu has offered similarly small mini PCs as Apple's Mac Mini for several years. We have looked at the latest completely reworked series and describe for whom such a device might be of interest.

At the moment, Fujitsu offers its latest models in 4 different configurations, which mainly differ in terms of CPU, operating system, drives and RAM equipment. The top model Q9000, for about 900.00 euro, has a Core i5-520M incl. Intel's HD graphics. BluRay (read), 500 GB hard disk, Windows 7 Professional / XP and a 4 GB RAM. Our Q1510 test model is the lower priced starter configuration for 555.00 euro with an Intel Celeron P4500 (DualCore, 1.86 GHz), Intel HD graphics, a 320 GB 2.5 hard disk.

Technical Data

Device Fujitsu Esprimo Q1510
CPU + Graphics Intel Celeron P4500 / Intel HD
RAM 1x 2GB DDR3 (1 slot free)
Hard Disk Hitachi HTS545032B9A
Capacity, Cache, RPM 320GB, 8MB, 5400
Interfaces 6x USB/ 1x eSata/ cardreader
Display DVI/ HDMI
Dimensions 165 (B) x 168 (T) x 57 (H) mm
LAN / W-LAN Gigabit-LAN / n.a.
Miscellaneous Mouse, remote control
Audio in/out, SPDIF
Operating System/ Software Windows 7 HP 64bit
Price (street) ca. 550.00 Euro

Case

The case is about as compact as the Mac Mini's with 165 x 168 x 57 mm and a 1.27 kg test weight. The black plastic with a protruding metal bezel, which makes up the angular case, doesn't bid anything especially appealing in looks or feel, but can convince with an overall good stability. We didn't like the flush interfaces on the case front as much, as they allow an unpleasant view into the technology. Nor did we appreciate the not easy to care for black high-gloss surfaces.

Connectivity

Good connectivity with good distribution
Good connectivity with good distribution

The port distribution, which isn't only limited to the rear, was pleasing right away. We found two easy to access USB ports (29.2 MB/s), the cardreader (SD 19 MB/s) and the power button on the fron beside the mandatory slot in multi DVD+-R drive. A gigabit LAN, eSATA (88.4 MB/s), 4 further USB ports and the Kensington preparation is built in on the rear. You'll have to forgo on WLAN and Bluetooth in the basic configuration.

You are supplied with Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit and Fujitsu grants a two year manufacturer's warranty. A mouse and a multimedia remote are also found in the scope of supplies. Unfortunately, the correlating receiver isn't integrated into the case as elegantly, but has to be connected as a USB extension externally.

Performance

We only found notebook components in the mini PC's case. Intel's HM55 chip set serves as the basis, which is equipped with an Intel Celeron P4500 (1.86 GHz, dual core, Arrandale, no hyperthreading, no turbo boost) processor and integrated Intel HD graphics. A 2 GB DDR3 1066 MHz RAM is built in, a second module can be inserted into the free memory slot. A maximum of 8 GB (2x4 GB) are possible.

The 320 GB hard disk from Hitachi rotates with 5400 rpm, is sufficiently fast (average of 53.1 MB/s) and has enough memory for many tasks. If you need more, you can turn to one of the superior equipped alternatives or extend the memory with an external fast eSATA.

The system's performance is within the expected field and certifies the Esprimo Q510 good office qualities. The application performance, which we assess with the PCMark Vantage benchmark (3297 points) amongst others, is good and has sufficient performance reserves for the usual office, communication and common image editing tasks. Reference tests with Photoshop Elements 7, Open Office 3.1 and Skype verified this impression.

CPU biased tasks, such as converting, rendering, etc., can be executed, but partly need a bit more patience in comparison to stronger Core ix processors. The Intel Celeron P4500 computing unit converts, for example, MP3 songs in a 22.5-fold velocity into an AAC format via iTunes.

The integrated Intel HD graphic unit is, as usual, not suitable for current 3D games. Merely older and less demanding games should be playable in reduced settings. The graphic chip has enough capacity for FullHD video rendering and even played our test videos from the hard disk smoothly. Movies were transmitted clearly, including the sound, to an LCD T.V. The DVD movies rendered via drive didn't emit any irregularly loud drive noise and were always drowned out by the case's fan. This way, a multimedia center can be favorably set up with the matching software and the included remote.

Measuring Results

Interfaces USB/eSata/ SDHC 29,2/ 88,4/ 19 (all in MB/s)
Dhrystone/ Whetstone 15781/ 10767
WPrime 32/ 1024 61/ 1921
Cinebench R10 64bit single/ multi/ OpenGL 2533/4826/1458
Cinebench R11.5 CPU 64bit 1.16
SuperPi 1M/ 2M/ 32M 24/ 56/ 1284
Wprime 32M/ 1024M 37/ 1140
PCMark Vantage 64bit 3297
HD Tune read (MB/s) max./ min./ Schnitt 75,9/ 14,1/ 53,1 (MB/s)
Power Consumption idle / load 19,1 watt / 41,7 watt

System Noise

The noise development is quite moderate in comparison to full-fledged desktop computers, but can't come close to an almost silent Mac Mini or very quiet Ion nettops, such as Acer's Revo 3610. The fan always whirrs and can sometimes even get fairly unpleasant under load. This aspect is rather secondary when used as a multimedia center with an appropriate distance from the user, but it can get annoying when the Esprimo is used for its purpose as an office PC on the desk.

Verdict

The Esprimo Q1510 is a compact mini PC that can already be used well as a media center aside from its office qualities even in the basic configuration. The mite convinces with sufficient performance, good interface placement and a good value for money ratio. The perpetually running fan and the unfavorably manufactured connections on the front aren't as pleasing. More CPU performance, BluRay and wireless modules are available for those who need these in the other, but more expensive, configurations.

Short Review: Fujitsu Esprimo Q1510 Mini PC
Short Review: Fujitsu Q1510
The anthracite gray metal bezel provides a good stability.
The anthracite gray metal bezel provides a good stability.
The otherwise applied black high-gloss plastic categorically attracts fingerprints and dust.
The otherwise applied black high-gloss plastic categorically attracts fingerprints and dust.
You see a part of the mainboard through the cardreader placed on the front.
You see a part of the mainboard through the cardreader placed on the front.
Two digital display ports: DVI and HDMI.
Two digital display ports: DVI and HDMI.
Tightly placed connections could be obstructed by oversized extensions.
Tightly placed connections could be obstructed by oversized extensions.
Only a part of the hinted louver is really permeable.
Only a part of the hinted louver is really permeable.
Not much of a size difference between the Mac Mini and Q1510.
Not much of a size difference between the Mac Mini and Q1510.
Whilst Apple has many "exotic connections", the Esprimo covers the usual standard.
Whilst Apple has many "exotic connections", the Esprimo covers the usual standard.
Simple elegance beside a handy workhouse.
Simple elegance beside a handy workhouse.

Shortcut

What we like

The Esprimo Q1510 Mini PC, small, compact and well equipped, manages many office and home user tasks.

What we miss

A more restrained fan. Apple has a model worth copying with the Mac Mini.

What surprised us

That the power consumption is far beyond that of comparably configured notebooks, despite it having 100% notebook components.

The competitors

Apart from the weak nettops, Apple's MacMini is the main opponent and can do a lot of things better, aside from the port distribution and unavailable BluRay drive.

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Author: Tobias Winkler, 2010-06- 9 (Update: 2013-06- 6)