Fujitsu Siemens AMILO MINI UI 3520 XP £229.99 + £7.99 P&P @ Empire Direct (Quidco)
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Fujitsu Siemens AMILO MINI UI 3520 XP £229.99 + £7.99 P&P @ Empire Direct (Quidco)

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Found 1st Jan 2009Made hot 3rd Jan 2009
Computing on the move... This compact, fully featured 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270 laptop boasts a 60Gb hard disk drive, 1Gb DDR2 RAM, 8.9" LCD screen and Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition pre-loaded.

Intel® Atom N270 low-power processor
genuine Windows® XP Home Edition
8.9-inch WSVGA display (non-glare)
Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator 950 (shared memory)
60 or 80 GB hard disk capacity
1 GB memory
Integrated 1.3 Mpixel webcam and digital array microphone for easy video telephony
Integrated WLAN, LAN and Bluetooth®
Interfaces: VGA, USB 2.0, ExpressCard (34 mm), 4-in-1 card reader, 2x audio
Special Features: long battery runtime (about 4 hours depending on usage), silent mode function
Weight: ~ 1 kg
Additional accessories: clip-on covers with different colors, external optical disc drive with Nero software suite (via USB 2.0), 6 cell battery

42 Comments

Seems like a pretty good deal for one of the few netbooks with an ExpressCard slot.

Original Poster

avoint;3919980

Higher spec deals … Higher spec deals herehttp://www.cdiscount.co.uk/Computing/LaptopsNetbooks/NetBooks/l-614.html



Each to their own. I prefer the build quality of a Fujitsu Siemens over a Acer with a larger HDD or SSD.

Banned

gavt2003;3920105

Each to their own. I prefer the build quality of a Fujitsu Siemens over … Each to their own. I prefer the build quality of a Fujitsu Siemens over a Acer with a larger HDD or SSD.



Agreed, no point posting other items...the idea is to find the item in question cheaper...good price a good brand. I'd deffinately choose this over the Acer or Asus...Although I actually have the Samsung NC10..lol

Zootaga;3920692

Agreed, no point posting other items...the idea is to find the item in … Agreed, no point posting other items...the idea is to find the item in question cheaper...good price a good brand. I'd deffinately choose this over the Acer or Asus...Although I actually have the Samsung NC10..lol



Not really fair to lump Asus in with Acer, the latter being much worse quality.

arn't they all made by Quanta computer these days (who make 33% of all laptops) anyway???

Adidas Addict;3934701

Not really fair to lump Asus in with Acer, the latter being much worse … Not really fair to lump Asus in with Acer, the latter being much worse quality.



100% Agreed.

Personally though, I would take either over a Samsung.

Buy a Samsung NC10, put 2GB in, problem solved.

gavt2003;3920105

I prefer the build quality of a Fujitsu Siemens over a Acer

On what do you base these "build quality" assertions? The label on the front? :?

Ive 2 Acer laptops and have had 3 that broke within the first year (last year) they are poor quality and it isn't fair to rate Asus along side them as asus components are the best in the world and those on about the samsung NC10 that's nearly £100 more money and is poor value when you can get a full spec laptop of a much better spec at that price and there's no need to spout on about portability as which is better 10inch or 15inch and with the samsung its not really a netbook is it.

Brilliant price. Glad I held off spending £100 more for a Samsung.

polly69;3935087

there's no need to spout on about portability as which is better 10inch … there's no need to spout on about portability as which is better 10inch or 15inch

10 inch if you want portability. You really don't understand, do you? :?

Samsung NC10 worked out at £272.99 for me. How is that £100 more? And how on earth is it not portable? I get 6 to 8 hours battery life.

polly69 seems to be shooting from the hip and not making much sense. For instance, if Asus components are "the best in the world" (what a sweeping statement!), how did the company fail to repair my Eee PC 900 twice so that I sent it back as not fit for purpose for a full refund?

c'mon guys, we all have our preferences and they will never be the same other wise their would only be one netbook for sale.
I've got the Advent 4211 and the NC10 but for some reason i always seem to go back to the 4211 even though the NC10 is better build quality and more expensive.
That's the whole point though, it's not about build quality, it's not about price it's all about what the buyer wants. If it's this model the buyer wants then it's about finding the cheapest price for this exact model not pointing in many different directions.

good call reviewz

kenan557;3935204

Samsung NC10 worked out at £272.99 for me. How is that £100 more? And how … Samsung NC10 worked out at £272.99 for me. How is that £100 more? And how on earth is it not portable? I get 6 to 8 hours battery life.



How did u get that price, might be buying one today?

Dont forget if you have a store local to you, you can always collect. Thats if there is any stock...none near me doh

This is hotukdeals, not hotukproducts!

It's useful to pass on any relevant factual information, but let's not get personal!
FYI - The reviews aren't great:
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BUT the price found by the OP is very good, so hot deal.

reviewz;3935410

c'mon guys, we all have our preferences and they will never be the same … c'mon guys, we all have our preferences and they will never be the same other wise their would only be one netbook for sale.I've got the Advent 4211 and the NC10 but for some reason i always seem to go back to the 4211 even though the NC10 is better build quality and more expensive.That's the whole point though, it's not about build quality, it's not about price it's all about what the buyer wants. If it's this model the buyer wants then it's about finding the cheapest price for this exact model not pointing in many different directions.



There is something wrong with you...... the nc10 is much much better, but i do feel it's a little heavy compared to Acer One - I guess that why you like to use the advent???

The NC10 is however far better value for money for those that can fork out an extra £50-60. Not as portable due to the larger battery and screen but not that much of a difference.

Acer one just £5 more - windows XP but 512mb Ram.

empiredirect.co.uk/con…htm

So you can easily choose which one you want!

pibpob;3934899

On what do you base these "build quality" assertions? The label on the … On what do you base these "build quality" assertions? The label on the front? :?



Though I didn't post the original comment on quality I can say that in my job we have had hundreds of Fujitsu Siemens laptops over many years and I've never known one fail - an incredible record.
We also have Fujitsu siemens desktops left on 24 hrs a day (criminal waste but there are overnight updates they say) that I have only known one hard drive failure and several cooling fans go noisy after few years.
FWIW Privately I've Dell and Acer and both have failed within warranty. So now I use Fujitsu on that basis alone. ;-)
So I would support ' build quality' from experience. (fingers now tightly crossed that FS don't go and lower the quality to match others prices:oops:)

Just come back from looking at these and decided the Samsung although more expensive was better value.

got all excited when I saw 'Laptop' & 'XP'

shame it's only netbook. too small n fiddly for my liking, and a full size laptop is far from un-portable.

good find if you like this kind of thing

rash;3935716

There is something wrong with you...... the nc10 is much much better, but … There is something wrong with you...... the nc10 is much much better, but i do feel it's a little heavy compared to Acer One - I guess that why you like to use the advent???



I wouldn't say it is much much better, the only better thing about it is the build quality and possibly anesthetics depending on taste. Hardware wise they are virtually identical.
It's not the weight that makes me favour the 4211 as neither of them leave the house nor do i balance them on my knee. It's just an unknown personal preference.
The 4211 seems more responsive and slightly quicker for some reason even though they have more or less identical hardware apart from the changes i've made with the 4211. I have upgraded the Ram in both to 2GB and I've also stuck a bigger hdd (250GB) in the 4211 along with an Airport wifi card so i could have it dual booting with XP and Leopard (standard wifi card does not work with OS X).
I might tinker with the innards of the NC10 and see if it can grow on me

Original Poster

gavt2003;3920105

Each to their own. I prefer the build quality of a Fujitsu Siemens over … Each to their own. I prefer the build quality of a Fujitsu Siemens over a Acer with a larger HDD or SSD.



With reference to my earlier "build quality" comment, I was comparing the FS with the similar priced Acer. From my personal experience my I've never had a problem with my Amilo Pro laptop I've had for about the last 4 years. I've never owned an Acer but have spoken to a few owners who have been plagued by issues.

Its all down to your own personnal preference at the end of the day.

G

pibpob;3935178

10 inch if you want portability. You really don't understand, do you? :?



I think its you that don't understand i own a dell mini 9 so i do understand its all about spec. When it comes to a 15 inch laptop with a dual core CPU and a couple of gig of ram and a DVD drive against a 10inch laptop with 1gig of ram and a 1.6ghz CPU there is a clear winner. The samsung is not really a netbook and is not really a laptop and its not much more portable than a normal laptop but one things for sure the samsung is way more expensive than it should be with the poor specit has.

So that you understand the term netbook it means a small footprint laptop that has a very good battery life and is cheap sub £200 when your over £300 your in a laptop world and lets not forget up until the asus eepc the laptop was the portable pc and nothings changed. So what ive done so you understand is ive put a link to the definition of netbook so you get it and have also pasted it to make sure you see it.

en.wikipedia.org/wik…ook

A netbook is a light-weight, low-cost, energy-efficient, highly portable laptop suitable for web browsing, email and general purpose applications. To achieve their small form factor, low weight and affordability, netbooks offer fewer features, less processing power[1] and reduced ability to run resource-intensive operating systems.[1]

Though specifications and features of netbooks are highly variable, one report at the end of 2008 suggested the typical netbook featured a 3-lb weight, a 9-inch screen, a wireless Internet connectivity, Microsoft Windows XP, an Intel chip and a cost of less than $400.[2]

Netbooks are targeted at users increasingly accessing web-based applications — also known as Cloud computing[3] — that do not require intensive resources available on the client computer

kenan557;3935204

Samsung NC10 worked out at £272.99 for me. How is that £100 more? And how … Samsung NC10 worked out at £272.99 for me. How is that £100 more? And how on earth is it not portable? I get 6 to 8 hours battery life.



So you where lucky and found a white one at Dixon's for £272 with the code that is not the real price they are over £310 and just because your happy with your white one not everyone wants a white one me personally i wouldn't make do just because it was cheaper.

Let me make this clear for you all i understand that the samsung is brilliant and by far the best looking LAPTOP but what annoys me is when someone posts a sub £200 netbook and the smart ***** come in and say well its not as good as my samsung NC10 WELL ITS NOT AS EXPENSIVE EITHER thats just big headed.

pibpob;3935267

polly69 seems to be shooting from the hip and not making much sense. For … polly69 seems to be shooting from the hip and not making much sense. For instance, if Asus components are "the best in the world" (what a sweeping statement!), how did the company fail to repair my Eee PC 900 twice so that I sent it back as not fit for purpose for a full refund?



Im talking motherboards componants that fit inside high end desktops.

Acer one aspire is much higher quality than you would expect from acer.
I'm very picky over quality but find mine quite exceptional.
Mine has 120gb 1gb xp in white cost £245 at cribbs causeway john lewis, who are price matching somebody else. Cheapest i could find. Only slight letdown is battery life. 2 hrs with hard use.

sporting_exodus;3935680

This is hotukdeals, not hotukproducts!It's useful to pass on any relevant … This is hotukdeals, not hotukproducts!It's useful to pass on any relevant factual information, but let's not get personal!FYI - The reviews aren't great:]http://www.trustedreviews.com/notebooks/review/2008/12/10/Fujitsu-Siemens-Amilo-Mini-Ui-3520/p1]http://www.pcpro.co.uk/reviews/242214/fujitsu-siemens-amilo-mini-ui-3520.html]http://www.pocket-lint.co.uk/reviews/review_summary.phtml/3679/4703/fujitsu-siemens-amilo-mini-3520.phtmlBUT the price found by the OP is very good, so hot deal.



I agree, everything finds its place
At £280 this doesn't compete but at £225 its cheap if you want a light XP netbook.

gavt2003;3937766

I've never had a problem with my Amilo Pro laptop I've had for about the … I've never had a problem with my Amilo Pro laptop I've had for about the last 4 years. I've never owned an Acer but have spoken to a few owners who have been plagued by issues.

so not exactly a representative sample.

Its all down to your own personnal preference at the end of the day.

I'll drink to that. :thumbsup:

polly69;3938430

Im talking motherboards componants that fit inside high end desktops.



You seriously need to start 'thinking'.

Why don't you buy a 17" laptop with 2x HDD a better processor graphics card? It's only 1.6" bigger than a 15.4"????

The term 'best' means 'best fit for purpose', if you like big laptops thats your personal preference.

Personally after carrying a 15.4" laptop alongside other things in my bag, i would much rather carry a NC10 than a fully fledge laptop. It does all I want it to.

LostBoy;3935582

How did u get that price, might be buying one today?



£299.99 at Play.com less 5% RAC Code £284.99 less Quidco £12 = £272.99 :thumbsup:

polly69;3938416

So you where lucky and found a white one at Dixon's for £272 with the … So you where lucky and found a white one at Dixon's for £272 with the code that is not the real price they are over £310 and just because your happy with your white one not everyone wants a white one me personally i wouldn't make do just because it was cheaper.Let me make this clear for you all i understand that the samsung is brilliant and by far the best looking LAPTOP but what annoys me is when someone posts a sub £200 netbook and the smart ***** come in and say well its not as good as my samsung NC10 WELL ITS NOT AS EXPENSIVE EITHER thats just big headed.



No, I got the black one and not from Dixons but from Play.com delivered. :whistling: Read the post above me.

anyone got this yet - what do they think of it ?

Original Poster

Waiting for mine to be delivered. Will let you know when I've had a play with it

I ordered online and picked up from store yesterday. I'm very impressed

My gf got the advent 4489 for about £195, and although thats slightly lighter, I think the other features on this Amilo mini make it a no-brainer for just £35 more.

The webcam is better (1.3mp), snap on customisable colours (1 included), you get 4 months' internet security included which I'll ditch for AVG in April, it has smaller dimensions and twice the memory and is just generally better looking (and feels better made). Please don't jump on me for this if you disagree, its just my comparitive opinion as someone who was looking for a decent machine 'out of the box' without messing about upgrading memory etc. This took literally 5 minutes to get up and fully functional.

I've had a fujitsu laptop before and never had any problems so i trust the brand, and I've also just had nearly £5 quidco paid straight away.

Go for it :-)

Edit: Sorry - as I picked up from store and got quidco, this made it just £225.40 for me!

I am quite happy for people to tell me that I've got this wrong, but don't all the other links to 'similar' products that have been posted in the replies, point to either Linux-based machines, or XP-based ones that cost at least £30 more? IMHO a reputable(ish) brand XP netbook with 9" screen, 1GB memory and 'proper' 60GB hard drive for this price IS a hot deal - isn't it?
(Waits for the flack... :))
Heat added from me!

In the end, pretty much all of the current netbook lineup are basically the same spec, sure you may have variations between SSD/HDD but the essential chipset/processor/RAM setup is pretty much identical across the board.

All I can advise is that if you are seriously considering a netbook, read some reviews and then pop into a brick and mortar shop and actually have a look in person and feel of it.

The most important thing to me in a netbook was a good keyboard, I originally had an EEEPC 701 when it first came out and using the keyboard was horrid. I had a good try of all of them in the shops, and the NC10 came out on top for the general build quality and the sensible and effective keyboard size and layout (93% of full size).

In the end, it is the actual build of the netbook that will set it apart from others until the netbook processor/chipset market becomes a bit more varied. Go out and try them for yourselves, its the only way to figure out what is "best" for your needs.
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