The Esprimo Q9000 is essentially laptop hardware adapted to fit a compact desktop form factor. This specification is ample for everyday business applications, and the system unit can even be mounted behind a monitor for maximum space saving.
Compact space-saving system; Wi-Fi and Bluetooth options for flexibility.
Relatively costly; external PSU required.
£ 600 (as tested)
Intel Core i3-330M processor, 4GB DDR3 memory (1,066MHz), 160GB 2.5in hard drive, DVD/RW drive, gigabit Ethernet, optional 802.11a/g/n and Bluetooth wireless modules, Windows 7 Professional
Fujitsu's Esprimo Q9000 is a full-specification business PC shoehorned into a compact desktop case not much larger than some external hard drives. Despite its small size, the Q9000 runs Windows 7 Professional and is capable of handling business applications just as well as full-sized PCs.
Available now, the Esprimo Q9000 is designed to save desktop space, with a footprint of just 16.5 x 16.8cm and standing 5.7cm high. This does not make it the tiniest PC around, but it is one of the smallest available that still includes a DVD or Blu-ray drive for optical disk media.
The system is based on Intel Core i3 and Core i5 processors, and can be configured with up to 4GB of 1,066MHz DDR3 memory and 2.5in hard drive options up to 500GB. It also includes a Trusted Platform Module (TPM 1.2) security chip, and features Intel's vPro technology for management.
Our review unit was based on Intel's 2.13GHz Core i3-330M processor, which is a mobile chip seen in many recent mid-range laptops. This is a dual-core chip supporting hyper-threading, and thus appears to Windows as four separate processors.
We found the Q9000 had ample performance for most everyday business applications, although it did seem to take a long time (over a minute) to boot up. We also found the Q9000 very quiet in operation, with the fan at the rear of the case occasionally kicking in.
The system's performance, as measured by the Windows Experience Index, was a decent 4.3. This represented the score of the lowest performing subsystem, the integrated Intel graphics, while the scores for the processor, disk and memory were all higher.
Oddly, our review unit shipped with a Fujitsu optical mouse but no keyboard, which buyers will presumably have to purchase separately, along with a monitor. Another option is a Vesa mounting kit that enables customers to fasten the Q9000 to the rear of a flat panel monitor.