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Opinions about a Fujitsu Siemens AMILO M 1420

by tosj / October 30, 2004 8:51 PM PDT

Hi

I have previusly ovned three desktop machines and two notebooks(in work). I intend to by a home notebook.
My company is offering me this machine:
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Fujitsu Siemens AMILO M 1420
mor info:
http://www.fujitsu-siemens.com/products/mobile/notebooks/amilo_m_wide.html

Datasheet:
http://www.fujitsu-siemens.com/Resources/28/5826254.pdf

My intended use is:

- Webbrowsing, mailing
- Burn CD, DVD
- Fotoediting
- Filmediting
No high demands on performance (games)

Important for me:
Silent and compact machine

I have searched the net for reviews but no luck.

Questions:
1. Opinions about the amilo M 1420 i general.
2. Reviews for the machine?
4. Owner comments for the amilo m 1420?

Hoping for a fast reply, since the deadline is on tuesday.

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Re: Opinions about a Fujitsu Siemens AMILO M 1420
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 31, 2004 1:53 AM PDT

I've always liked Fujitsu laptops, but not a single machine I've seen in the retail "pipe" is silent. Laptops tend to be a little quieter but never silent.

As to the rest of your specs, such a machine should be fine.

The only NEGATIVE I read is that the DVD recorder is only a DVD+R/W. For today, I am thinking a DVD recorder in a laptop isn't a great idea since it's only 2X from all models I've seen and many are not multi-format. I have an external USB 2.0 8X all format DVD recorder that I popped together with the USB 2.0 case and an 8X drive for less than 99 bucks. It may cost as much as 199 so figure that in if you start making more than a few DVDs.

The multi-format is important because some DVD players don't play DVD+R, but DVD-R and vice versa.

Bob

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Re: Opinions about a Fujitsu Siemens AMILO M 1420
by KenSanramon / November 1, 2004 3:53 AM PST

Many of the Fujitsu notebooks you see at under $2000 have only shared/integratd video memory but this model has the ATI 9700 video card with 128mb dedicated video. You can't get much better than this and only a few other notebooks have it (like Dell 8600, Acer 2000 series if you can find one).

The price on this, however, must be over $2,000 for those specifications (perhaps even close to $2500) but it does have everything you need -- 15.4" widescreen, Pentium M processer, etc.

Fujitsu notebooks seem to be made mostly in Japan which is a plus but I don't know what the new Siemans combination means.

They do sell Fujitsu notebooks retail in Fry's Electronics in the west but I don't recall seeing this model.

As Bob says, the DVD+ burner means you can't play the DVD's in most consumer DVD players (you can in many Sonys) - Toshiba, Panasonic, etc play only DVD- -- thus, as Bob says, many people just get a CD-RW/DVD ROM drive for $200 less and get an external DVD burner for less or use their desktops.

If you are using it to burn mostly data though (as opposed to burning video DVD's to share with people) then DVD+ is fine.

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Thanks for the replyes!!
by tosj / November 2, 2004 12:06 AM PST

This vas my first posting in a cnet newsgroup, and i?m grateful for the competent replyes.

/Torbjorn (tosj)
Sweden

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Re: Opinions about a Fujitsu Siemens AMILO M 1420
by Philip / November 25, 2004 11:56 PM PST

FujitsuSiemens has good specifications but the product quality is really poor. We have purchased 3 products (also Amilo) and all of them were broken within a year. And even more poor is the service. They always charged us for services that should have been covered with the warranty. Once they even charged us for the boxes they transported the products in.
In one issue we are going to sue the company now.

My plan for the future: No FujitsuSiemens Products in my company - the specifications may be good but the anger you have later on with a not running engine or broken components can't compensate this at all. We calculated that our own effort with only those products like correspondence and bringing in etc. was much higher than the purchase prices we paid. And none of our other hardware ever failed. The oldest notebook in my company is a 5,5 years old Acer and it still runs like on the first day.
My advice: Don't choose a FujitsuSiemens - you can calculate the double price of the sales price for all the problems you will get, the anger not included.

Regards
Philip

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