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This was my first ever laptop and to start with, I thought it was great. It was not overly expensive for a laptop at around £300 and it did the job I wanted it to. I mainly used this for word processing however when I started using it for other things, that is when it became the bane of my life.
I was bought an iPod shuffle for my birthday and having installed itunes and put a few songs on (roughly 80 songs max), the laptop started running really slowly. I also had the internet installed and am on the internet every day. Some days the laptop works fine, other days it takes 20 minutes just to get to the welcome screen!
Another flaw of this product is the heat that the battery generates. I know manufacturers always say not to put laptops on you lap but generally it is okay to do so. Not with this laptop! It burns your leg after a couple of minutes!
The fan also makes a horrendous amount of noise and seems to do little to actually cool the machine down. I've tried everything to get this laptop to function better. It has the latest anti virus software, I have started storing all of my files on CDs so that they don't take up room on the hard drive, but nothing seems to improve its performance. I would understand if it was just generally a slow machine, but it seems to change its mind about what speed it is going to work at on a daily basis!
Take my advice and spend a hundred pound or so more on your laptop and spare yourself the misery of this product.
** Technical Details **
Processor - Mobile AMD Sepron 3200+
Memory - 2x MEM 512M DDR533
Hard disk - 120GB SATA
DVD+R/DL - multi-format DVD burner DL
Display - 15,4" WXGA crystal view
Graphics - ATI Radeon Xpress 1100
VRAM - up to 256MB shared memory
Connectivity - Modem 56k, LAN 10/100, WLAN b/g-standard, cardreader 4in1, VGA, S-Video out, 3x USB 2.0, FireWire, Mic/Line in, Headphone/SPDIF
** Price **
I bought this laptop from Staples for around £300 but it is available to buy nowadays, second hand for around £150.
My Fujitsu Siemens Amilo Pa 1510 heats up so much that it has actually burned and scorched my leg. I made the mistake of using it on my lap (I know it says not to, but it IS a laptop after all). It is quite heavy compared to other laptops I have used but it is quite easy to use and looks reasonably smart. The power cable/adapter stopped working after a couple of months and I noticed that it had split although it was treated gently. I am studying with the Open University and my Amilo 1510 serves a purpose for typing and submitting essays etc., but I wouldn't want to depend on it for business purposes. It is rather slow when searching and the battery life is only about an hour which I think is really poor. What's the point of having a laptop if it's not worth taking out of the house?
This is very much a low-end laptop with only a basic spec and generic casing. It is, however, from Fujitsu Siemens which is a big-name brand which I have always found reliable in the past.
I bought this laptop about a year ago and it has been suitable for all my needs which have occasionally included Photoshop and video editing. So although this is a basic laptop I have found that it is capable of performing intensive tasks if necessary.
The keyboard is very comfortable for typing on. I don't have much experience with laptop keyboards but this seems easy to type on too me. In fact I'm using it to type this!
With the display I again have little to compare to, but I believe it is about average. It is 15.4 inches, and has a resolution of 1280x800. It is not as bright as I'd like, and the contrast ratio is nothing special, but it does it's job and is perfectly acceptable.
I have had a few problems/complaints though. Firstly, this is a very loud laptop. The fan is very noisy - especially when it is running at full pelt. I do not mind this too much when at home, but I don't think I would ever take anywhere somewhere like a library.
It is also prone to creaking noises which I believe to be due to the low(ish) quality case. Pressing down hard on the right hand side of the case usually solves the problem for a while, but this is hardly acceptable even if it is a low-end laptop. This isn't a big problem, but more like an annoyance. I suppose you do get what you pay for.
After about 3 or so hours of use the laptop will get very hot on the right hand side (I think this is where the CPU is). I once had he laptop on all evening and it heated up the whole room! Saves on heating bills I guess...
Battery life I have found is not good. I rarely find that get more than 2 hours out of a fully charged battery, so make sure you are near a plug socket!
This is a bit of a 'you get what you pay for' laptop. It has no really impressive features, and it has a few problems. But it is very reliable and I would recommend at a low price point.
I am aware that there are many different specs around for this laptop, so I'll put mine here so you know exactly what I'm reviewing.
AMD Sempron Processor 3200+ (1.6GHz)
ATI Radeon Xpress 200M Series (onboard graphics)
120GB Hard Drive
15.4" LCD display (1280x800)
Inbuilt wireless adapter
As I said, I believe there are many variations of this so always check what you are buying!