Fujitsu Siemens has designed the U9210 for use just about anywhere, whether you're on the road or in an office. We believe its 12.1-inch display is too small to use comfortably all day, but we like the fact it doesn't have a glossy, reflective coating, as this would have rendered it almost unusable in environments that don't have diffuse lighting. Its viewing angle is slightly limited, and there's some light bleed at the bottom of the 1,280x800-pixel screen but, on the whole, it's fairly good.
The P8600 CPU in the U9210 is a very fast performer. It helped propel the laptop to a PCMark05 score of 5,132, which, in our opinion, is overkill for office use. Had we designed the laptop, we'd have gone for a slightly slower CPU in order to prolong battery life, but performance enthusiasts definitely won't grumble.
Battery life is less impressive. It lasted a mere 1 hour and 33 minutes in the Battery Eater Classic test, which runs the CPU at full speed until the battery is exhausted. Better battery life can be achieved with more frugal use, but, however you look at it, the U9210 lags behind machines such as the Asus Eee PC 1000HE in this department.
The Fujitsu Siemens Esprimo Mobile U9210 has too many downsides for us to recommend it. It's hideously unattractive, has relatively poor battery life and has a specification that doesn't -- in our eyes -- reflect its high price. Have a look at something like a Toshiba Portege R500 or Apple MacBook instead.
Edited by Charles Kloet