Benchmark results for the Deskstop 10 were, unfortunately, disappointing. Performance wise, the Fuji simply can't keep up with the competition. When compared to leading 5400rpm drives such as the Quantun Fireball EX, the Deskstop 10 lagged by as much as 25%. The drive was a bit disappointing under NT as well, trailing by similar margins. Under both operating systems, in WinBench 98 and ThreadMark 2.0, the Fuji simply didn't keep up with the leading competition.
Performance aside, the drive was aesthetically a strong performer. Following the trends set by other Fujitsu disks, the Desktop 10 is among the quietest of drives currently available. Further, as expected from a 5400rpm drive, operation was thermally quite cool. The disk should have no problems even in a cramped case.
Though I found myself pulling for the Desktop 10 (another major contender in the ATA race would be great!), it's hard to recommend. The drive is priced similarly to the competition, but offers substandard performance. Sure, the drive is quiet and cool, but these descriptions apply to many other 5400rpm drives as well. So, Fuji's coup doesn't occur this time around. Fuji does have an MPD series in the works however. In addition bringing the expected platter density increase (up to 4.3 gigs/platter), the MPD series will feature a 4 platter design with seek time shaved to 9 milliseconds - a design that sounds a bit more in line with the competition. Perhaps this "Desktop 17" will give the other drive companies reason to look over their shoulders. Until then though, you're best off with the competition.