Fujitsu Esprimo Q5030 review

£661
Price when reviewed

Businesses looking to reduce operational costs need to focus on their utility bill and one way to make big savings is to stop buying “fat” clients and use smaller, more power efficient desktop PCs. The Fujitsu Esprimo Q5030 is a good candidate, as this little mini-PC isn’t much bigger than a couple of stacked paperbacks, yet has enough grunt to handle most common business applications.

Fujitsu Esprimo Q5030 review

The Q5030 exhibits a better build quality than the majority of products that employ third party chassis as, despite weighing a mere 1.7kgs, it looks and feels much more solid. The grey aluminium chassis and its wraparound piano black lacquer panel also make it look classier as well.

It packs in the hardware, coming equipped with a 2.26GHz Core 2 Duo teamed up with 2GB of 667MHz DDR2 memory. The latter is deployed on an SO-DIMM and a spare internal socket allows this to be upped to 4GB.

There’s a pair of USB2 ports at the front with four more at the rear, and if you need more storage speed there’s also an eSATA port. Graphics are driven by an Intel Mobile embedded controller that supports resolutions up to 1920 x 1200 pixels, and the DVI port can be converted to VGA as the package includes an adapter.

A single Gigabit Ethernet port is provided and wireless is a possibility as Fujitsu offers an optional internal Atheros 802.11b/g/n mini-card. The review model comes up short in the storage department, as with only a 160GB Western Digital SFF SATA hard disk, but a 250GB version is also available.

Getting inside the case for upgrades isn’t too difficult as you lift away the corners of the rubber mat underneath to access the chassis screws. Take care releasing the two halves of the shell, as there’s a lot of wiring going from the motherboard to the front panel.

Every inch of internal space has been put to good use and half the main board is covered by an active heatsink for the processor, which contains a small blower fan. Next-door are two stacked SO-DIMM sockets that are easily accessible, and alongside is a mini-card slot for the optional wireless card. Not only will the Q5030 be easy to miss but it won’t be heard either, as we found it virtually silent during testing.

The hard disk sits in the roof and its combined SATA and power interface mates with a socket on the main board. Hidden above this is a DVD Multi drive, and you also have options for a Blu-ray version instead. With such a small chassis, an external power supply is inevitable, but we found consumption to be extremely low. With the Q5030 connected to our inline power meter we recorded a draw of only 2W in standby and 16W with Vista idling along. Using SiSoft Sandra to blast the processor to the max, we saw this rise to a modest 35W.

You are paying a premium for miniaturisation, but the Esprimo Q5030 does pack a lot into its miniscule chassis. Storage capacity could be better, but this little mini-PC is very quiet and consumes very little power, making it a good green alternative to a standard desktop PC.

Warranty

Warranty 1 yr return to base

Basic specifications

Total hard disk capacity 160
RAM capacity 2.00GB
Screen size N/A

Processor

CPU family Intel Core 2 Duo
CPU nominal frequency 2.26GHz
CPU overclocked frequency N/A
Processor socket LGA 775
HSF (heatsink-fan) Intel low profile cooler

Motherboard

Motherboard chipset Intel GM45 Express
Conventional PCI slots free 0
Conventional PCI slots total 0
PCI-E x16 slots free 0
PCI-E x16 slots total 0
PCI-E x8 slots free 0
PCI-E x8 slots total 0
PCI-E x4 slots free 0
PCI-E x4 slots total 0
PCI-E x1 slots free 0
PCI-E x1 slots total 0
Internal SATA connectors 3
Internal SAS connectors 0
Internal PATA connectors 0
Internal floppy connectors 0
Wired adapter speed 1,000Mbits/sec

Memory

Memory type DDR2
Memory sockets free 1
Memory sockets total 2

Graphics card

Multiple SLI/CrossFire cards? no
Graphics chipset Intel GMA 4500
Graphics card RAM 128MB
DVI-I outputs 1
HDMI outputs 0
VGA (D-SUB) outputs 0
DisplayPort outputs 0

Hard disk

Hard disk Western Digital
Capacity 160GB
Internal disk interface SATA
Hard disk 2 make and model N/A
Hard disk 2 nominal capacity N/A
Hard disk 2 formatted capacity N/A
Hard disk 2 spindle speed N/A
Hard disk 2 cache size N/A
Hard disk 3 make and model N/A
Hard disk 3 nominal capacity N/A
Hard disk 4 make and model N/A
Hard disk 4 nominal capacity N/A

Drives

Optical disc technology DVD writer
Optical disk 2 make and model N/A
Optical disk 3 make and model N/A

Monitor

Monitor make and model None
Resolution screen horizontal N/A
Resolution screen vertical N/A
Resolution N/A x N/A
Pixel response time N/A
Contrast ratio N/A
Screen brightness N/A
DVI inputs N/A
HDMI inputs N/A
VGA inputs N/A
DisplayPort inputs N/A

Additional Peripherals

Speakers None
Speaker type N/A
Sound card Realtek ALC888
Peripherals None

Case

Case format Micro ATX
Dimensions 165 x 165 x 50mm (WDH)

Free drive bays

Free front panel 5.25in bays 0

Rear ports

USB ports (downstream) 6
eSATA ports 1
PS/2 mouse port no
Electrical S/PDIF audio ports 0
Optical S/PDIF audio output ports 1
Modem no
3.5mm audio jacks 1

Front ports

Front panel USB ports 2
Front panel memory card reader no

Mouse & Keyboard

Mouse and keyboard None

Operating system and software

OS family Windows Vista
Software supplied Nero 8 Essentials S

Noise and power

Idle/eco noise level 16.0dB(A)
Peak noise level 31.0dB(A)
Idle power consumption 16W
Peak power consumption 35W

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