“ The Fujitsu Siemens Amilo Li-2727 is a very durable and robust laptop. Whilst battery life an performance overall could be better, for a budget laptop it performs very well and just keeps going. „
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Review of Fujitsu Siemens Amilo Li2727 laptop.
For the purpose of this review I will refer to the laptop as the 'Amilo'.
I purchased this laptop in May 2008 to replace my previous laptop, a Dell Inspiron which I unfortunately 'killed' with a super powerful, metal detecting magnet...a long story and not one I intend to go into here!
The laptop was purchased from a Tesco supermarket for around £280.00. To be perfectly honest, I bought this on price alone, I needed a replacement laptop and this seemed the best deal Tesco could offer. I felt it was a decent price and of course buying from Tesco, I also got club card points!
This review is not going to be a technical orientated write up, I am no technical expert and although fascinated by computers, most of their functions are beyond me, as long as I can use a computer for what I need to do, I am content and that is enough for me!
The Amillo has a smooth, shiny silver plastic outer casing, I believe it also comes in black, but when I bought mine, there was no choice offered. The keyboard is housed in a textured black plastic casing and it is a standard 'qwerty' layout with no bells and whistles to speak of. The touch pad and left/right click buttons are located in the centre of the space below the keyboard and they are very sensitive and responsive. The USB ports and power cable socket are located on the left side of the laptop.
All other sockets and connections are at the back, other than the CD drive which is on the right hand side.
The screen measures approximately 15.5" the visual and audio quality are excellent. The laptop is preloaded with the Windows Vista Basic Home operating system. The main specs of the machine are as follows:-
1.86GHz Dual Core Intel Processor
160GB Hard Drive
4 USB ports
Weight 2.7 kg
**In The Box**
The laptop. Obviously!
A user manual, which to be honest I have found pretty useless as it is not very user friendly as in places it is too technical, yet skips over the points I would like to read more about!
A power cable.
12 month Guarantee information.
As far as I recall, this was simple. I am not known for my patience and tend to want things to work immediately, so as I cannot remember any major issues, I presume the set up was trouble free. I know I had to burn my own "restore" CDs using blank disks, which I found a pain. Having just had a flick through the user manual, I see that one can order them from the manufacturer for a couple of pounds, should you not wish to produce your own.
This laptop is not a high end, super duper, all singing, all dancing model. I use it mainly for surfing the internet, email, photo storage, writing and other basic functions.
I also use the Amillo to watch DVD's when travelling, the playback quality is very good indeed. The sound is fine for me, although my partner, who has hearing problems, does struggle a little with the sound quality. He has used the laptop with headphones and said that it seemed better with them.
One major drawback with this laptop in my opinion, is that there is no SD card slot. We tend to take lots of digital photographs when travelling and it is a pain to have to use the camera cable to down load photos in the move. This is something I will ensure my next laptop has when the time to replace comes around.
A minor irritation is the noisy fan. This can be set to run silently by using keys FN and F11 together, but to be honest, I never remember to do this!
Battery life has never been a strong point with this laptop and now at 4 years old, I find it will run for a mere 1.25 hours on a full charge. There are 'Eco' settings built into the laptop, if used, these will put the laptop into standby mode much more quickly than in the normal setting and the screen is less bright. Again this is one of those things that I always mean to use, but always seem to forget.
I am not a gamer, although I do play the games available on websites such as Facebook. The Amilo is fine for this type of game, but obviously I cannot comment of the laptop's efficiency for other types of game. Given the low memory capacity, I would say that it is not really up to modern gaming. .
**My Thoughts and Conclusion**
The Amilo is a reasonable looking laptop and whilst it is true that there are no fancy design details or features, not even a web cam, it is a practical and easy to use machine. The keyboard and touch-pad look good and are nice to use. The keys are very responsive and I find I can whiz around the keyboard with ease. Having trained many years ago to touch-type, I find that many laptop keyboards are a little cramped for me and my fast typing habits, consequently, annoying typos can occur. Not so with the Amillo, the keyboard suits me very well.
The memory and hard-drive built into this laptop are small by today's standards, but I have found them to be perfectly adequate for my requirements. I must admit that I transfer my photos and other important documents to an external hard-drive every so often and I also make use of USB flash drives for storage.
This laptop has served me very well, considering it was a cheap bargain buy, I think four years of virtually daily use has really put it through it's paces. It is beginning to creak and groan a little these days and it has suffered a couple of annoying crashes. Another fault has developed recently with the left click button, it appears to be wearing out and does not always respond immediately.
I do find the lack of SD card slot annoying and the fact that the battery life is decreasing is also an inconvenience, however for the money, this laptop has been a wonderful buy. This model is still available on sites such as Ebay for prices starting around £50 and there are lots of replacement parts and accessories available on line too.
Interestingly, a friend of my daughters runs a computer repair business and he has advised me that this Amilo model is one of the easiest laptops to upgrade and he has offered to upgrade and refurbish mine if I chose not to buy a new laptop.
All in all, I would recommend this laptop, it has been used as a bit of a workhorse and has stood up to the task well. I think four years continuous use is a lot to expect from a cheap computer and this Amilo laptop has exceeded my expectations.
I am awarding the Amillo a 4 * rating, dropping a star for the lack of SD slot and the short battery life.
Thank you for reading
©brittle1906 April 2012
N.B. My reviews may be found on other sites under the same user name.
I bought the Fujitsu Siemens Amilo Li2727 as a replacement for a laptop that died a quick death after about 18 months. Not being an expert on computing i left it to the shop assistant to aid in my decision.
All i wanted was a laptop for internet use, some basic games, film watching and for music organising. Having been informed that the the Vista operating system runs sluggish on less than a 2gig processor this was the cheapest machine that would suit at around £300.
The initial set-up was easy and in no time i was using it rather than playing with options. Everything worked very smoothly with programs opening quickly and responding without delay. There was some hang up on processing hungry programs but that was expected on a budget machine which isn't designed for gaming.
The 100gb hard drive is plenty for my uses with around 15gb being used for programs leaving 85gb for media and documents. As my ipod is 80gb i've never run out of memory.
The screen is clear but not the best, its fine for watching DVD's and online shows without any complaints. The speakers are clear but quite weak and depending on the media you may find yourself reaching for some extra power.
Two years on and it's still working albeit it is definitely not the same laptop i bought. The battery life is now around 15 minutes from full (originally i was getting around 6 on power saving mode). It's definitely a lot slower than when it was new. The 'blue screen of death' is a weekly occurance. Settings change on their own. Drivers vanish. It freezes on start up.
A complete clean and reboot improves all performance except the battery life and is simple to perform from the inbuilt operating data.
So that sounds like the worst performing laptop you could ever imagine but these have all started recently and after 2 years of abuse from regular travel, the odd tumble, a cat who think it knows how to surf the net and some overheating from not propping it up when on fabrics.
The way i see it is that its just over £10 a month loss in value over its lifetime which is what i'd consider as reasonable for any machine.
After using this machine for 2 years i would look at another Fujitsu Siemens machine for my next upgrade. Their online support was pretty good and seem to make reasonable machines at low prices.
I must admit that I am very disappointed in the performance of this particular laptop.
I did not expect the earth from this laptop, but while it was reasonably priced, I also expected reasonable performance.
Since I bought the laptop I have been plagued with difficulties. I have had to take it to be repaired so many times that the cost of these repairs actually comes close to exceeding the price of the laptop.
Not only have there been internal problems, but there have been external problems to the extent where my laptop is actually falling apart.
Within a few months of purchasing the laptop, the hard drive cover fell off, and the screen and upper part of the laptop became loose. This is not through me being careless, I have in fact been extremely careful with this laptop after reading some negative reviews after purchasing it.
The laptop also constantly overheats and switches off, even if it is placed on a so called 'cooling board'.
The battery life also seems to be practically non existent.
In the future I would rather spend slightly more money on a laptop that performs better.
As first posted by me on Ciao!
A miracle has happened in the Cool Household. A genuine miracle. Nothing else but the power of God and prayer can explain it. As you are no doubt aware Mr & Mrs Coolster are Born Again Christians, and if you like, you could say we're part of the God squad, though our denomination isn't like the Jw's or the Mormons, we don't go door knocking to convert people, though I do do it in my day job as an Insulation Grant Advisor. In fact, this review isn't about religion or insulation, it's about my first laptop. I'll have to take you back to early November 2008.
I hadn't married my wife then, though my wedding had been set for the following May (it was a glorious summer day by the way). Mrs Cool to be had been nagging me to spend some money on the business (I'm self employed), and suggested a laptop would be offset against my income tax. I wasn't against the Idea, I wanted to get a decent pre owned model, and was waiting to get the chance to go to a computer fair. Mrs Cool had other ideas and suggested I'd get more use from a new machine as well as being able to offset more against tax. At that time laptops were at an all time low, and a good starter machine could be had for as little as £275-300.
The turning point had been a trip to Warrington. The first Mrs Cool had promised my daughter I'd take her to the synthetic ice rink (nice of her to do that and tell me after telling my daughter..... What if I'd made other arrangements?). So there I was in Warrington town centre. Before the ice rink I took her round the shops. I wandered into a computer shop. I noticed new Acer laptops for sale, and the price made my eyes water.... £250 for a 15.4" and £299 for a 17". My mind was buzzing. As you know, the Coolster's not one for making a major purchase without a haggle, but £250 was so cheap, they'd not discount one that cheap. The Coolster wasn't about to be beaten, he was hatching a plan.
It was time to go to the ice rink, not because my little girl (all 11 years of her) had been nagging so long, but whilst she was on the plastic (synthetic ice remember), I could ring her mother. The previous year she'd talked about getting a laptop as my daughters main Christmas present but had decided against it. My reasoning was if she was thinking about it this year maybe I could haggle a discount for two laptops. Mind you, I might get a flea in my ear for suggesting it. I took a deep breath, swallowed my pride and dialled the number on my mobile. She knew my landline number, but I'd put 141 in front of her number I saved on my moby. I was so keen I just hand dialled the number and she answered. Luckily it was almost like deja-vu. She'd seen a laptop for £300 in her favourite supermarket. A laptop for £250 and a possibility of a further discount meant that the dressing down I half expected never happened.
As soon as my daughter's hour on the tiles was up, we hurried back to the shop. There was a couple of things wrong with the Acers though. They had single core mobile Celeron processors, and only 80 Gig hard drives. However, wanting two, I now had a bargaining tool to go round the retailers with. A few wanted £300 each for entry level laptops, but I realised that if I was to get discount it wouldn't be as cheap as £250, but it would be a higher specification model. I could get 1 Gig of ram and a 160 Gig hard drive and a celeron dual core processor for that, but I wanted something cheaper. My mobile was ringing. To my horror the ex showed up on the display. 'Drat!', I mumbled, realising in my haste I hadn't used my phonebook to dial her before, and hadn't used 141. It was all right, she was only asking if I'd bought them yet.
My next stop was a nationwide electronic component manufacturer but they only had netbooks, and I was after two laptops. Next door was Britain's biggest office supplier. A sign said it was a clearance store. Stock levels seemed low, and I asked how much their cheapest laptop was. The assistant showed me to a display, and there was the Fujitsu Siemens Amilo Li 2727. Priced to clear, it was £275. I asked if they could give me discount for buying two. The assistant rang the duty manager who said he'd do two for £520, £30 off. I said I could get two Acers for £500. He said the best he could do was throw in a laptop bag, so I said I'd be back. Next stop was the original shop who refused to budge. I said I could get two dual core Fujitsu's for £520 but it he said get them as he wasn't budging.
A quick trip to another chainstore yielded no luck, they had a different more expensive Fujitsu for a pound shy of £300, but wouldn't budge, so after a quick phone call to the ex, it was to the bank, then the office suppliers to seal the deal. They were fine about it. I'd agreed to pay for mine there and then, and the ex would go to pick the other one up on the Monday, two days later. It was awkward doing the deal without letting my daughter realise the second was a Christmas present for her, but one of the staff took her to look at something else. I even signed up for a reward card to get a £5.00 voucher for joining as well as the points from my purchase. I wasn't going to loose the points from the other laptop either, so I dropped off at the Ex's on the way back and said she needed to show the reward card when she picked up the laptop, hoping the staff wouldn't tell her how much the laptop had earned in cash on the card.
Fast forward to the summer of 2009, and Mr & Mrs Cool are now married. I'd been using the laptop for about 9 months when disaster struck. I was drinking a cup of coffee whist surfing and I coughed and juddered. A little bit of coffee spilt from my cup onto the keyboard (more than a little bit but not a lot) and the screen went blank. It was my wife's suggestion that I pull the plug, remove the battery, & turn it upside down to dry out. Two days later I powered it on, and it was working fine so I did half an hours surfing, including a Facebook post praising God that it was still working.
The next morning I switched it on to discover the keyboard operated wireless network box that turned the wi-fi on wasn't working, and that night I tried again. I realised that the entire keyboard wasn't working at all. Honest Cal called Fujitsu support to find out that it wasn't covered by guarantee. It was probably either the keyboard membrane or worse the hot coffee had spilled through to the keyboard controller on the motherboard and damaged it. A local P.C. Shop looked at it, and said there had been a lot of coffee spilled on it and it needed a new motherboard. On the net they were £170. I did think of claiming on the insurance but Mrs C said our insurance premiums would go up loads so we decided against it which was a smart move as we switched insurance companies the following November, saving over £250, and more than halving our premium, whereas if we'd claimed we'd have been refused insurance by many companies. I checked the laptop two or three times after that. Every time it was the same, dead keyboard. The last time I checked over 6 months ago, I pressed the Win key and I thought the menu appeared then disappeared, but I was mistaken.
And that's the story behind the laptop. Here comes the review proper now.
Appearance & Build quality.
For a sub £300 laptop, you wouldn't expect great build quality, and you don't get it. For it's price, it's better than average, the lid was the sturdiest of the cheap laptops I'd seen, and the plastic casing was
sturdier than average. It felt reasonably solid, but lightweight, but not as robust as more expensive laptops. The lid is silver, but everything else is matte black, apart from the Power button. It doesn't make a style statement, but then again it's not one of those laptops that will be stylish now for a year or too and then look ridiculous. It's not an ultra thin model, but at 2 ½ cm, it's not as thick as some laptops either. Under the lid, it just looks like a basic no frills laptop. The only button or switch on the entire unit is the aforementioned power button. On the outside of the chassis it's pretty much as standard for a basic laptop, with mouse, VGA, network socket, and audio in/out jacks. The bonus with the Li 2727 is that where most cheap (and some more expensive models) only have 2 USB sockets, this has four.
Intel Celeron T1400 Dual Core processor @ 1.73 Ghz.
120 Gb Western Digital HDD.
DVD +/- RW drive.
1 Gb Ram.
4 x USB 2,0.
Intel 965 graphics adapter with up to 251Mb shared memory.
Wireless B/G adapter.
Realtek HD audio.
Audio in/out jacks.
Built in stereo speakers.
Windows Vista Home Basic.
At the time of purchase, just over 18 months ago, this laptops specs, whilst not being impressive, were a match for it's competition in most but not all ways. At it's heart is an Intel Celeron Dual Core
processor T1400. This, @ 1.73 Gigahertz, is slightly faster than than the more common T1600 @1.66 Ghz. It's more than able to cope with spreadsheets, word processing, web browsing, photo editing, and some older games, but lacks the whizz to run today's power hungry games at an acceptable frame rate, and the onboard Intel 965 graphics adapter is nowhere near good enough to run them smoothly. The adaptor can take up to 251Mb of shared graphics memory which slows the system down a little,but considering today's cards have between 512Mb and 1 Gb of dedicated ram, it pales by comparison.
The Hard drive is a 120 Gig Western Digital Model. It's split into two partions/drives of 56.8 and 46.61Gb respectively. You'll notice that it doesn't add up to 120, as a hidden partition of 17.1Gb is used for the recovery partition. Also when making the 120 Gb claim they'll use the total number of bites divided by 1,000, whereas windows uses the 1Mb = 1028kb which results in Vista reporting a smaller size.
The 4 USB sockets are more than ample, but if you had 4 USB devices on the go at once, I doubt the system would cope with the strain. The Optiarc DVD re-writer does a good job of copying discs, and is capable of recording dual layer discs, though it's not a lightscribe drive. The touchpad is a Synaptics model, which is industry standard, but it doesn't feature side edge scrolling like some touchpads do. It's pretty responsive, and does a good job.
On the audio side of things, the Realtek Audio does a decent job, there's no jerky sound to be found,
though the built in speakers aren't up to much. They sound pretty awful, but my stepson's HP laptop has Harman Kardon speakers and they don't sound much better, yet my Dell Inspiron 1720 has unbranded speakers that knocks spots off the HK's.
I've yet to use the VGA out, but I'm sure it's up to the job. Also, there's no firewire socket, so if you want to do video editing, there's no way of getting your footage onto the laptop unless you use another PC with firewire to copy it to a DVD.
Vista Home Basic is installed on the laptop. Activation is required straight away, by inputting the serial number on the COA sticker on the bottom of the laptop. There's not much in the way of bundled software. Nero Burning Rom, and WinDVD 8 are installed on the hard drive, along with the manuals and Adobe Acrobat reader to view them. There's no Discs for any of the software, but it's all all in a hidden partition on the hard drive. You need 2 DVD's to create restore discs, but although Fujitsu recommend DVD+R I got an error using -R discs.
Operation & Performance.
The laptop performs well, though it's nowhere near as fast as my Dell. That's probably down to the 1720's Core2Duo processor and 3 Gb ram. It's easy to use, and comes with Windows Vista Home basic. The wireless lan is operated by pressing the Fn & F1 keys simultaneously, and this must be done AFTER the Vista Sidebar has loaded otherwise the screen to switch the wi-fi on and off won't appear. The wireless lan card works exceptionately well.
There are several power saving options built into the laptop, and the power buttons and the lid closing can be configured to go into sleep mode or turn off when pressed or closed, but set them both to do the same, otherwise you could end up by pressing the power button to shut the unit down, then closing the lid which puts the unit into sleep mode. Thus when you switch on again it resumes windows then finishes the shutdown. Battery life is around an hour to an hour and a quarter, depending what you use it for. DVD playback, watching internet video, gaming or video editing are all processor intensive, and will drain the 2 cell lithium battery at an alarming rate.
The windows experience rates the Laptop at 2.4. This below average. It weighs just 2.7kg which makes it extremely portable. The keyboard is comfortable to use but not the best, but being only a 15.4" and not 15.6" lacks a numeric keypad. The lack of a printed manual makes this easy to use laptop a bit hard to get to grips with at first, but you soon get the hang of it. The lack of buttons does simplify things, though
It's not the fastest laptop available, it's plods away and does it's tasks well. It's a great starter laptop, especially for the kids. It's light weight also makes it ideal for people who need a full featured basic portable computer. The great wireless card makes a good choice if you need internet on the go. You could get this model in several processor/hard drive configurations. You can pick them up second hand for about £175-£200.
I bet you're wondering where the miracle comes into this review. Well, my daughter never used her laptop much at her mum's. Our desktop had been running like a dog ever since I put the copy of Vista I got with my Dell on. She needed the internet 3 weekends ago and I persuaded her mum to let her bring it over, only to find someone had stepped on it and cracked the screen. 'Oh well' I mused. 'we can combine the two broken laptops to make one good one. I'd lined up a local guy to do it for me but I was sure God was telling me not to use him. The next morning I was at my regular Saturday morning mens Bible Breakfast in my local Tesco Cafe. (These 8 Am meetings are great), and I found out one of the guys there, Jeremy, is a computer engineer. He dropped me back and picked the laptops up. Two hours later he rang me. He couldn't put the two together to make one. Not because they were irreparable, but because mine was working. The same laptop a computer shop said had a broken motherboard that would cost as much to fix as it would to replace. Now that's what I call a miracle! And you might have guessed it, this review was written on that latop, As fo my daughters laptop, her mum's not a Christian, and that cost £70 fo repair.
I have had this laptop for a good while, I bought it from Tesco for about £300, this is the first laptop I've ever bought and I must say that she's a reliable piece of kit all round.
The size and weight is managable, the screen and sound quality is clear and the trackpad and keys are smooth and easy to use. It comes with 4 USB sockets, the memory and processing speeds are sufficient for my needs (being able to run multiple windows at once, and storing some music, pictures, videos, and documents for college - I must have at least 20GB stored files and the performance has suffered), however I would recommend using an external HD for storage as it will keep the laptop clean and running smoothly.
The major flaw would have to be the battery life, it has now completely depleted (this is probably due to poor care and attention on my part) and only last about ten minutes. So it will now spends the rest of it's days attached to the mains adapter. This is not a huge problem as it's kind of a household laptop but if you were intending on buying one and want to use it 'out and about' on a regular basis, I would perhaps read some of the other reviews on it's battery life as I would not be able to give you an accurate account of this.
Also, as a minor points- the fan can be quite noisy at times but on the other hand have yet to experience it overheat (my sisters laptop is constantly switching itself off as the fan doesn't kick in in time) and it now takes a little longer to load from start up then it did when it was first bought. Apart from that- there has been no major faults (touch wood), I've heard and read many horror stories regarding laptops but from my experience this laptop is not one of them.
So in summary, I would recommend this laptop, this is good quality reliable laptop and was a reasonable price. Ok it's not as efficient as it was but for £300 you get a lot for your money and I think she's still got plenty of life left. Note: If the battery life is must have feature then I would probably look into it a little bit more - or look elsewhere.
Also on Ciao under the same username.
Well, where do I start? I have a Fujitsu Siemens, well, had it. I have had it for almost a year now, and it has broken at least 4 times and has had to be sent back to the shop, so I am waiting it to get back. This is my first laptop and when I get it, I was so happy, but as I started to get used to it, it started freezing a lot and turning it self off for over heating. This made me get very annoyed so I didn't treat it with great care after it kept turning off, but when it had to go back to the shop again, I decided it might have been me, but then after about 3 months of it being back with me, it started crashing again, but because of the physical memory. I am not too impressed with this laptop for obvious reasons. You also can't leave it in the same place for very long before it over heats and it takes a long time to get used to what all the buttons mean. The latest incident with my laptop is it almost setting on fire because of the charger being under the battery and it burnt straight through it, started smoking and sparked. Now I do not have it. I am waiting for it to get repaired again. It also has screws in it, which are constantly coming off and making parts of your laptop come off. Another down side is the battery life. It only lasts for just over an hour, which is not very long.
I do attmit there are some good things about the laptop. It has very good sound on it, perfect for any movie, but you may need to plug in speakers if it's a quiet movie. Also, the picture and graphics are amazing on it, it can hold any graphics you put in front of it. Another good thing is the speed, it is very fast and loads everything normally straight away. It is also very easy to install.
Overall, I think you need to weigh out the options, you would need to take great care of it, and I mean great care! But if you do, it is worth it for an amazing little laptop!
This laptop is brilliant. I dropped my first one on the floor about 2 years ago and I was devastated. Then I bought a new one which I have taken extra special care of. I recommended it to my son who went and bought one too. So imagine my surprise when I went to buy one for my husband and found they are no longer in production. :-OI just hope this one lasts a very long time. I would try a newer model but this one is so good who would want to. Why fix what is not broken?
This laptop was a gift to me at Christmas, and being my first ever laptop, having had no need for one before, I do not have much to compare it against, though I do know enough about computers in general to inform you that this is a great user-friendly laptop produced by a very reliable company.
I believe it currently retails around the £200-£250 mark, which is incredible value. It's light, it performs quickly and smoothly with or without an electrical source and recharges very quickly. The main reason I wanted a laptop in the first place was for internet access and to play a few games. So to have a laptop that comfortably processes and holds enough memory to store my games, pictures and movies is fantastic.
The one negative I would mention, though maybe I'm being too picky is that it's battery life does start to dwindle if you rely on an electrical outlet for a period of time. That said, I don't have much to compare it with so this maybe a standard flaw in most laptops.
Overall I love it and will definately be sticking with Fujitsu Siemens in the future.
Welcome to my first review! I thought about what I'd write about and decided why not write a review about the laptop I'm writing the review on!
There are two versions of this laptop, the first having an Intel Celeron CPU and 1GB of RAM, the second, which I have, has an Intel Pentium Dual Core CPU with 2GB of RAM.
As I am a PC technician I decided to go down the route of buying the laptop with the Celeron CPU and upgrading it myself.... I do not suggest that you take this on yourself but it does give me the advantage of having tried both versions of this computer.
It should go without saying that the higher spec model easily out performs the lower and it does so to a reasonable extent, certainly enough to justify the fairly small difference in price. My laptop came with Vista Home Basic installed but I have used Vista Home Premium on other PCs as well, the main differences between the Vista versions is graphic enhancements, Premium is much prettier but that's about it.
My laptop has been 100% reliable and in around nine months of ownership I have had only one fault. When it arrived in the first instance the eject button on the DVD drive didn't work. Fujitsu Siemens originally asked me to send the laptop back to them for repair which I was not happy with but as I had identified the fault they sent out a replacement DVD drive and I posted the damaged one back.... Not bad I thought and no problems since.
The negatives, which are minor, are that the wireless connection is switched off with each reboot, there is a fair amount of bundled software that I had to remove before doing anything else and that the battery life is depreciating at a rate that could be better.
It is said that you get what you pay for and as this is not a particularly expensive machine you'd be right to wonder what you'll get and what a more expensive machine will do that this won't. The main performance issue is a lack of graphics capability this machine will struggle with high end 3D gaming, not something that's a problem for me and as long as you're happy with the simpler games it won't be a problem for you. If you are after a machine that will play high end games make sure you buy a machine with a dedicated graphics chip.
So, to surmise, the faster machine is worth the extra few pounds but I wouldn't let the upgrade from Vista Basic to Vista Premium influence the choice in any way. The problems are minor and the service received from Fujitsu Siemens was very good. This is a good value laptop and I have recommended it to a couple of my customers, now I recommend it to you!
This is a review on the Fujitsu Siemens Amilo Li 2727 laptop. There are a lot of good things, great things even about this laptop though I must admit there are things when using it, you just feel could have been improved or upgraded to make the laptop better and less annoying in a way.
The most annoying thing I must mention when I was using this laptop was the fan noise. The noise its self isn't really loud, however it seems to come on at random moments when your using the laptop, and it doesn't even seem to be when running demanding programs, so this is something that really annoyed me about this laptop.
This really is a good home laptops though, that is what its been designed for and it what it should be used for. There are quite a few problems if you were wanting to use this as a portable laptop to take on journeys and so on with you. The main huge glitch to this laptop is its very poor battery life. It really is lucky to last an hour which is pretty appalling and would defiantly put me off buying a laptop straight away.
Its weight at 2.7 kg however isn't so bad, and as long as you only need to use it at a place it can be plugged in, then transporting it shouldn't be a big problem.
An upside to this laptop is that it really is quite quick. It has a massive 2gb which is the main reason this laptop runs so fast, also its Intel Pentium Dual Core processor which is one of the newest processors makes this laptop run so fast.
The laptop doesn't disappoint with its hard drive space either, and with a hard drive of 120 gb, its more than enough for most people to store all there data on.
Another great thing about this laptop is its fantastic multi drive dvd. This means you can watch movies and burn movies too using the laptops Dual Double Layer DVD drive. Because it's a Dual Double Layer DVD drive this means you can actually pack a standard blank dvd disk with up to 8.5 GB of data, photos, music or video, which is almost double the standard 4.7 gb you can do with normal dvd drives.
Its 15.4 inch screen is of great quality and is good for watching movies and playing games on.
The screen has crystal bite technology built into it, this makes everything sharper and brighter, so making movies better quality, and just every image on the screen brighter and crisper.
The design of this isn't anything too snazzy. Some people will hate it, and some will think its ok. Im one of those who think its ok however they really could have made it look a lot better than it does.
I don't think they'll be anyone who looks at this laptops design and thinks wow, I must own this, because it really isn't that great.
However that being said, it isn't that kind of laptop, it's a laptop that's meant to sit on a desktop at home, and last a few years running at a good speed and it will do this.
Also its very cheap and you'll be able to get one of these for about £350, which is the cheapest iv seen it. And £350 for a 2gb of ram and a 120gb of hard drive laptop is an absolutely amazing price for a laptop.
Recently buying this laptop from tesco (it was on offer at 275.00) it turned out to look pretty nice. On the inside it does not look very aesthetically pleasing, however with the lid down it looks much better. The fan can be noisy when it is on however it is not on most of the time. The keyboard works well but is slightly rattly - not caused any problems though. The screen is bright and clear, with a super-tft coating. Speed- very good quicker than I expected for a £299 laptop. Vista runs well and also the laptop is light and portable. DVD-RW drive is great, quick and silent. Battery life is not pleasing, but OK when you don't need the wireless on. Sound is excellent for a laptop and features a socket that can function as anything - headphones, line out, line in, microphone. Overall, the laptop is great value for money and if you are on a tight budget go for it. It may be worth looking around for a slightly better laptop though.