Desktop PCs may not be glamorous, but Fujitsu's Esprimo E5645 provides a decent workhorse solution for businesses that still require them. It may not be as small as many mini PCs, but it's more expandable and easier to maintain, and blissfully quiet in operation.
Six-core desktop performance; easy access chassis; quiet operation
Not as small as its description might suggest
2.6GHz AMD Phenom II X6 processor, 4GB Ram, 1TB hard drive, DVD Super Multi drive, Windows 7 Professional (64bit)
Sales of desktop PC systems may be on the decline, but there are still companies that want desk-bound computers rather than laptops for many work roles, and Fujitsu is one company that is continuing to meet this need with business systems such as the Esprimo E5645.
Announced in June and available now, the Esprimo E5645 is a compact system that packs in enough compute power to leave headroom for future requirements, all in a sturdy chassis that is easy to access for maintenance. The same system is also available in a tower format chassis as the P5645.
Although styled by Fujitsu as a small form factor PC, the E5645 is much larger than the Esprimo Q9000 mini PC, at 10cm high and with a footprint of 34 x 38cm.
However, this does leave room for internal expansion, and makes it easy to stand a monitor on in the traditional desktop PC configuration, although it can just as easily stand in a vertical position if required.
We found the E5645 quiet and unobtrusive in use. The system has a virtually silent fan, and the only noticeable sound came from the hard disk when the computer was operating. Fujitsu also claims that the system is power efficient, consuming a maximum 94W in operation.
The sole configuration available to UK customers is based on an AMD Phenom II X6 1035T processor, which features six cores clocked at 2.6GHz. Our review unit also had 4GB of DDR3 memory, expandable up to 16GB, and a 1TB hard drive running the 64-bit edition of Windows 7 Professional.
This specification should be expected to deliver good performance, and it does. The E5645 scores 7.7 for processing speed under the Windows Experience Index measurements in Windows 7, which is close to the maximum.
However, the overall score is pegged back to 4.4 by the performance of the integrated ATI Radeon HD 4200 graphics, but this is still ample for business applications.
Some potential customers may be discouraged by an AMD business desktop, especially those that have invested in Intel's vPro management technology.
However, AMD's platform also has integrated management capabilities in the form of support for the DMTF's Desktop and mobile Architecture for System Hardware standard, and Fujitsu also offers its own DeskView management software for IT administrators to provision, manage and upgrade the PCs remotely.