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I actually won this laptop last year (2012) and I've had it for just over a year now. I'd always just used a desktop computer before this and this is my first laptop. Although I'm not too much of an expert on computers I have formed a valid opinion of the product from having used it regularly since the moment I got it. In fact now I know I'll always be reliant on a laptop in the future!
This is quite a strong and sturdy laptop. When I heard I'd won a laptop I was imagining myself jumping onto trains with it and travelling on holiday with the computer. However this model is not one I'd feel comfortable carting around anywhere too far away as it is fairly heavy. The laptop measures 15 by 10 inches and it's quite thick when closed. However the size means that the screen looks quite big and the visuals are very good with video streaming movies, TV shows and games.
The keypad on the machine has quite spongy and soft keys which I've always struggled with. In fact if I have a document to write I try to avoid using this laptop as the keys are so spongy they need to be hit quite hard to register. It's slightly annoying. The keys aren't unusable but they do require me to tap extra hard which I find difficult and time consuming.
There is a mouse pad on the front of the keypad and two mouse buttons. The mouse buttons are quite sturdy and click down loudly when pressed. The mouse pad is easy to use and sensitive to finger taps. However just in front of the mouse pad there is a slot for a cable and memory stick just at the place where your thumb naturally falls when using the mouse pad. I find that I'm often getting a sore thumb as it's sticking into the cable slot as I'm using the machine.
The laptop has around a three hour battery life (slightly less than) and will alert you if the battery is about to run down. The recharging cable is in two parts and long so you can easily move the computer around any room where it's plugged in and obviously you can use it as it's recharging. There is a cooling fan on the computer but despite this it does run extremely hot sometimes. There are times I've just switched it off as the heat was so intense I couldn't touch the bottom of the machine. Although it runs just as well during these heat ups I don't want to risk damaging the hardware.
The laptop is fitted with an Intel Pentium processor as marked on the front of the keyboard. Also marked with stickers is my operating platform (Windows 7), a sticker which says 'Green IT' which I'm unsure about and a sticker that says the keyboard is "spill resistant". The laptop is internet enabled.
The computer runs well and the processes are quick and fault free. I haven't had any issues with memory or faults. There is Fujitsu help software built into the computer which allows you to update any necessary software and keep the software relevant.
I use the computer for almost everything I use my desktop for although as I mentioned if I have to type any long document I'll avoid using the laptop due to the difficult to press, springy keys. I am a sports fan and often stream tennis and football matches onto the laptop and they look fabulous. I also have no issue with how the laptop sounds after attaching earphones or a speaker to it. Everything from music to sporting commentary sounds quite clear. I'm also able to attach an HDMI cable to connect to my television. The laptop also has a USB port, headphone and microphone sockets. Bluetooth is enabled in the computer so I can connect to other Bluetooth devices like mobile phones. The laptop also has a webcam fitted into it. It has a DVD player.
As this is my first laptop I really don't have anything to compare it with. Overall I am happy with it although I would change a few things about the actual physical composition of the machine. I'm more than happy with how I am able to use it though. It allows me to access email and internet quickly and easily. It's portable and the screen size and speaker volume is pleasing. There is plenty of storage space for an average user to store photos, documents, media items etc. Overall I'm really glad to have managed to win this and it's made me fall in love with laptops and realise I can't live without one!
I bought this laptop 3 months ago to do basic tasks like surfing the net and writing letters. It replaced my Toshiba Equium laptop that was continually crashing.
I have been pleased with the feel of the Lifebook. Even though it is one of the cheaper laptops out there it is sturdy and feels well made. It has a Spill resistant keyboard that is a great idea( if it works). I have yet to find out fortunately.
The one big disappointment is the sound quality. I knew it was poor before I bought the laptop as I had read it on other reviews..... But it is truly awful, and sounds tinny. Probably OK for youtube videos but if you want to watch movies then you will need some external speakers. As I'm not a film buff this is a minor moan.
The battery life seems adequate for my needs and lasts well over two hours.
All in all..... Good value for money and I would recommend it
I bought mine on ebay for £289 and went through a Quidco link where I earned about £1.50 from ebay's fee.
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I love this laptop, it is my first laptop as i always had a desktop, however this laptop is used much more than my desktop pc now because it is faster, 2GB ram was fine for me however when i wished to play Minecraft and other various games i had buy additional RAM to get it working smoothly, i now have 8GB RAM. This Laptop is very nice and looks nice too, the screen size is good and the keyboard is not 'scrunched up' as many are now.
I also am thinking of saving up for a new processor however due to it still being slow in some processes such as Minecraft, this is not really a gaming laptop.
The Laptop is very comfy however it can sometimes get a bit warm when used for excessive amounts of time and i had to buy an additional USB fan to cool it down a little bit.
The feature i do not like on this laptop is the fact that the mousepad does not have a scroll as most laptops do.
Also i find that the indicators do not function properly sometimes so i cannot see what i am changing, sound and brightness etc.
Hope this review helped :)
The LIFEBOOK AH530 notebook is your essential partner and a gateway to mobile working in a stylish design. It is the ultimate balance of valuable performance and best-in-class mobility for the price-conscious user. The high definition 15.6-inch glossy LCD in 16:9 widescreen format delivers quality and comfortable viewing experience. With HDMI you can enjoy media on the big screen of your TV. The special flat cap spill-resistant keyboard and full num pad provide extra reliability and usability.
|Product Description:||Fujitsu LIFEBOOK AH530 - 15.6" - P P6000 - Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit - 2 GB RAM - 250 GB HDD|
|Operating System:||Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit|
|Processor:||Intel Pentium P6000 / 1.86 GHz / 3 MB Cache|
|Memory:||2 GB DDR3|
|Storage:||250 GB HDD / 5400 rpm|
|Optical Drive:||DVD SuperMulti DL|
|Display:||15.6" LED backlight 1366 x 768 / HD|
|Graphics:||Intel HD Graphics|
|Networking:||802.11n, Bluetooth 2.1 , Gigabit Ethernet|
|Battery:||6-cell - up to 6 hours|
|Dimensions (WxDxH):||37.8 cm x 25.2 cm x 3.8 cm|
|Microsoft Office Preloaded:||Includes a preinstalled image of select 2007 Microsoft Office suites. Purchase a Medialess Licence Kit (MLK) to activate the software.|
|Environmental Standards:||ENERGY STAR Qualified , EPEAT Silver|
|Manufacturer Warranty:||1 year warranty|