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Fujitsu Siemens Amilo Mini Ui 3520 review

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Price when reviewed : £263
inc VAT

A pretty noisy notebook

Fujitsu Siemens’ Amilo Mini has a striking red lid.

It can be replaced with a black, blue or pink one to suit your mood, although removing them can take an alarming degree of force. An extra fascia is included in the box (you can choose the colour), while additional ones cost £20. They look stylish once fitted, but they don’t match the rest of the styling.

Apart from Asus’s N10, the Amilo is the only netbook here to have an ExpressCard/34 slot. This can accommodate a 3G broadband modem, instead of having a USB modem hanging off the side of your netbook. Alternatively, you can use the slot to add more USB ports; there are just two as standard.

The Amilo is one of only four netbooks here with an 8.9in screen, but the only one to have a matt-finish screen. It’s not reflective, which means it’s better suited to working on the train or anywhere in close proximity to windows. Colours looked bright and evenly lit and viewing angles were reasonably wide.

The touch pad is small and accurate. The buttons give plenty of feedback when pressed, although they’re placed either side of the pad instead of below it. Unfortunately, the keyboard is small with tightly spaced keys, so touch-typing for even short periods is tricky and uncomfortable. Unless you’ll be storing only office documents on the Amilo, the 60GB hard disk will fill up quickly, especially if you want to install lots of Windows programs.

We’re used to most laptops and netbooks being whisper-quiet, so we were surprised by the Amilo’s noisy fan. Pressing the Fan button on the keyboard throttles back the Atom processor to reduce heat (and the need for the fan), but it made little audible difference in our tests. It added an extra 15 minutes to the Amilo’s battery life of two hours and 31 minutes, but this isn’t nearly as impressive as the NC10’s battery life of over eight hours.

The se faults could be forgiven at a lower price, but Samsung’s NC10 costs just £36 more, so choosing between the two is easy.

Basic Specifications

ProcessorIntel Atom N270
Processor clock speed1.6GHz
Memory slots1
Memory slots free0
Maximum memory1GB
SoundRealtek ALC269
Pointing devicetouchpad
Power consumption standby1W
Power consumption idle12W
Power consumption active18W


Viewable size8.9 in
Native resolution1,024×600
Graphics ProcessorIntel GMA 950
Graphics/video portsVGA
Graphics Memory128MB


Total storage capacity60GB
Optical drive modelnone
Optical drive typeN/A

Ports and Expansion

USB ports2
Wired network ports1x 10/100
Wireless networking support802.11b/g
PC Card slots1x ExpressCard/34
Supported memory cardsSDHC, MMC, Memory Stick Pro/Duo
Other portsnone


Carrying caseNo
Operating systemWindows XP Home Edition
Operating system restore optionrestore disc
Software includedNorman Security Suite
Optional extrassatchel case – £18, slip case – £14, clip-on covers – £20, external DVD writer – £105

Buying Information

Warrantyone year collect and return

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