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Fujitsu Siemens Esprimo Q5030 review

Kat Orphanides
13 Feb 2009
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
512
inc VAT and delivery

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Specifications

1.8GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T5670, 2.000000 RAM, N/A display, Windows Vista Business

Fujitsu Siemens' tiny Esprimo Q5030 PC is built from laptop components and comes in the same tiny AOpen case used by PC Specialist's Impulse 625 and VeryPC's Parkwood II.

This is by far the cheapest of the three similar mini PCs, but while the other two share identical components, this PC has a less powerful processor and much smaller hard disk.

Its 1.8GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T5670 is the slowest non-Atom processor here. It's powerful enough for most tasks, but you may notice a few delays if you use it heavily for demanding applications such as image editing and encoding lossless audio.

It has 2GB of RAM, Gigabit Ethernet, an eSATA port, and 802.11b/g/n wireless networking. Power consumption was among the lowest in the group at 3W in standby, 19W while idle and a less impressive but still very reasonable 42W when active.

This is the only PC in the group to come with Vista Business. This doesn't include Windows Media Center, so it can't play DVDs without additional software. Fortunately, the Esprimo Q5030 comes with Nero 8, which should be able to handle most of your media playing and management requirements.

Instead, Vista Business includes additional backup features, support for remote desktop sessions and some extra scanning, faxing and document management features.

The Esprimo Q5030 would make a perfectly adequate business PC, particularly if space is at a premium in your office. Its specification isn't bad for the price and it can easily handle most standard office applications. For home use, though, we'd prefer a copy of Windows Vista Home Premium, which the other two AOpen-based mini PCs have.

Of greater concern to both business and home users is the 160GB hard disk, which doesn't provide much storage. However, the price of the Esprimo Q5030 has recently been lowered, which makes it better value, if basic. It's even smaller than Asus's tiny Eee Box B202, and is just the thing if your office is short of space.

Basic Specifications

Rating***
ProcessorIntel Core 2 Duo T5670
Processor external bus200MHz (800MHz quad-pumped FSB)
Processor multiplierx9
Processor clock speed1.8GHz
Processor socketSocket P
Level 1 cache2x 32KB
Level 2 cache2,048KB
Memory2.000000
Memory typeDDR2
Maximum memory4GB
MotherboardAOpen D1001
Motherboard chipsetIntel GM45 Express
Power consumption standby3W
Power consumption idle19W
Power consumption active42W

Ports

USB2 ports (front/rear)2/4
Firewire ports (front/rear)0/0
eSATA ports (front/rear)0/1
Wired network ports1x 10/100/1000
Wireless networking support802.11n
Other portsnone

Internal Expansion

Casemini PC
PCI-E x1 slots (free)none
PCI-E x16 slots (free)none
Free Serial ATA ports0
Free memory slots2
Free 3.5in drive bays0

Hard Disk

Hard disk model(s)Western Digital Caviar WD1600BEVT
InterfaceSATA 300
Total storage capacity160GB
Spindle speed5,400rpm

Graphics

Graphics card(s)Intel GMA X4500HD
Graphics/video portsDVI

Sound

SoundRealtek High Definition Audio
Sound outputsstereo line out, mic in, line in/optical S/PDIF
Speakersnone

Removable Drives

3.5in floppy driveno
Supported memory cardsnone
Optical drive modelOptiarc AD-7640S
Optical drive type(s)DVD+/-RW +/-DL

Display

Screen modelN/A
Native resolutionN/A
Response timeN/A
Screen inputsN/A

Other Hardware

ModemNo
Keyboardnone
Mousenone

Software

Software includedNero 8
Operating systemWindows Vista Business
Operating system restore optionrestore disc

Buying Information

Warrantyone year onsite
Price£512
Supplierhttp://www.serversdirect.co.uk
Detailswww.fujitsu-siemens.co.uk

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