The M9410 has a fairly good 14.1-inch display with a native resolution of 1,280x800 pixels. Its biggest draw is that it doesn't use a glossy screen coating. As a result, it's possible to use the laptop outdoors without battling to see past your own reflection.
One of the cleverest aspects of the M9410 is the fact that it comes with two operating systems. The primary OS is Windows Vista, but Fujitsu Siemens' DualView system allows you to boot into Windows XP should you need to. Obviously this feature won't appeal to everyone, but it could come in handy for business users who want the broad compatibility of XP, as well as the funky features in Vista.
Fujitsu Siemens has gone out of its way to install a spill-proof keyboard on the M9410, which is capable of withstanding a very small amount of liquid. That's a nice touch, but be aware that the keyboard isn't particularly comfortable to type on. Despite being quite large, the keys don't have quite enough travel and are somewhat spongy.
The Esprimo M9410's performance won't disappoint its target audience, but it isn't particularly quick, either. Its 2.4GHz P8400 CPU helped it to reach 3,513 in PCMark 2005, which is a pretty average score. For reference, laptops geared towards performance will achieve somewhere in the range of 5,000-6,000 points in this benchmark.
The M9410's battery life is average. It lasted 1 hour and 40 minutes in our BatteryEater Classic test, which runs the laptop at full pelt until it keels over. You can expect this figure to almost double with more frugal usage, but for real peace of mind, you should probably invest in a second battery.
The Esprimo M9410 is a good business laptop. In particular, we love that it has an integrated HSDPA modem for go-anywhere Internet access. However, its questionable design and average performance won't be to everyone's tastes. If you have the money, it's worth considering something like the Toshiba Portege R500 instead.
Edited by Marian Smith