N3510 open and ready for work
There was a collective sigh of relief when Fujitsu finally announced the N3510, a 15.4″ widescreen with Sonoma and an enhanced CrystalView display. It’s one of the first out of the Sonoma gate to even include DDR RAM, several hard drive options and…get this…respectable battery life. The only thing that hampers this notebook in the least is the video card. Don’t get me wrong, the 64MB dedicated X300 isn’t terrible, but with a 128MB X600, this machine would absolutely hum.
First things first. The N3510 is nice to look at. The case is mostly black with a few Fujitsu logos on the magnesium alloy lid. Around the back of the unit are the phone and Ethernet jacks, fan exhaust, monitor and full size S-video out, three USB ports that are widely spaced and the AC input plug. Down the left side are firewire, microphone, speaker and a fourth USB port along with the Secure Digital/Memory Stick reader and the PCMCIA slot. I thought the N3510 was supposed to include support for Express Cards, and I see a plastic cover for where that could have happened, but it didn’t for whatever reason. The right side of the unit houses the CDRW/DVD drive.
N3510 keyboard and interior
Display in the dark
Notice how much brighter and more white the N3510 is compared to the P7010
The best part comes when opening the N3510. The display is absolutely phenomenal. It’s even throughout, with bright vibrant colors on even the middle settings. The display offers 8 brightness settings, at 6 you’re happy; at 8 you know why you bought Fujitsu. I ran a dead pixel test and found none, which is always a great start. The inside of the unit is silver, with the purple-ish translucent keyboard. The keyboard is very good, with great feedback, little flex and reasonably sized and placed keys. It makes me wish my P7000 which I use day-to-day was a little larger. Other goodies on the inside of the machine include a WiFi on/off switch, power button, LCD panel showing battery status, etc., volume up/down button and a set of four buttons that are used for multimedia in one mode or programmable hot buttons in the other. I found the touchpad to be responsive, but would appreciate a little larger click buttons. Flanked by the left and right buttons is an up/down toggle that is useful for web browsing and the like.
I had to beg the N3510 to not eat my tiny P7010
Beyond nice styling, Fujitsu is respectful of the user; they don’t load up their machines with a bunch of garbage software. The first boot is easy and aside from a few trials of things like Quicken, there’s not much too immediately remove.
We’ll be back in a few weeks with a full review. But let me leave you with a few benchmarks.
Super-Pi 2mm Calculations
1 minute 48 seconds
PCMark04 Free Version
Multithreaded Test 1 / File Compression 3.24 MB/s
Multithreaded Test 1 / File Encryption 25.58 MB/s
Multithreaded Test 2 / File Decompression 22.72 MB/s
Multithreaded Test 2 / Image Processing 10.03 MPixels/s
Multithreaded Test 3 / Virus Scanning 1752.97 MB/s
Multithreaded Test 3 / Grammar Check 2.8 KB/s
File Decryption 51.45 MB/s
Audio Conversion 2346.96 KB/s
Web Page Rendering 5.25 Pages/s
WMV Video Compression Test failed (test had trouble with WMP 10)
DivX Video Compression 46.08 FPS
Physics Calculation and 3D 168.02 FPS
Graphics Memory – 64 Lines 1486.18 FPS
3DMark05 Free Edition
Main Test Results
3DMark Score 721 3DMarks
PU Score 3242 CPUMarks
Detailed Test Results
GT1 – Return To Proxycon 3.7 fps
GT2 – Firefly Forest 1.8 fps
GT3 – Canyon Flight 3.5 fps
CPU Test 1 1.6 fps
CPU Test 2 2.9 fps
Battery Eater Pro v2.5
All tests were run at a screen brightness of 5/8 with wireless on but not active. The time, in minutes, reflects how long it will take for the machine to shut off with 4% battery remaining.
Idle test — 172 minutes
Classic test (minimum battery life) — 89 minutes
Charge time (from 4% to 100%) — 173 minutes
Pricing and Availability