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I purchased this laptop in November 2005: it was my first laptop.
My computer actually came with 512mb RAM, which for the time made it one of the best in the market. A large 40GB hard drive accompanied the computer, as well as a clean install of Windows!
I shelled out £399.97 at the time which was wasn't the cheapest laptop available, however I wanted it to be faster than my desktop. I felt £400 was worth it for such a good looking, high spec laptop. It held quite a lot of its value, as I still managed to sell it for £175 last summer, so that was good.
If you are looking to purchase one of these, then you're going to pay around £100 nowadays for one from eBay.
You get a 15" Screen which is clear, but compared to the ones you buy now, it's not very good. However, it serves its purpose and I was happy with it.
The keys were soft and springy to the touch and in the whole time I owned it, they never displaced themselves. I like how there was a contrast between the white/grey keypad area and the black casing.
One thing I would recommend for ALL laptops is that they are stored in a bag, because the tops can get very scratched and this is detracts from the appearance of the machine.
Also, keep the laptop on flat surface and make sure the area is well ventilated. This is because it got quite hot on the underneath and would cause discomfort on your lap and is also bad for the laptop if it overheats. Don't use them for long periods of time, such as 2+ hours in a row. This is because it will get hot and run down the internal parts so it's best to have breaks.
It has 4 usb slots; 2 on the side and 2 on the back. The two on the left side are next to each other, so you can have two things in at any one time. The back slots are on top of each other, so that's a bit annoying as it can be hard to squeeze two USB things.
In terms of how quick it was, it booted up extremely quickly and would play my Championship Manager 04 game with ease. Microsoft Office programs opened up within a few seconds and it wasn't slow when in use.
The battery life was about 2 hours when I purchased it, but obviously these deteriorate and therefore it only lasted about 35 minutes when I sold it. If I'd have planned on buying a new battery, it would have cost upwards of £80
Now, to the only let down of this computer is the power cable. It become very frail quite easily and a non-Fujitsu Siemens branded one cost £60, which is a hefty about to pay.
The computer plays DVDs too, but I added a piece of DVD playing software to make it easier, smoother and clearer to use.
There were many laptops beginning with the "V20", and I believe you can interchange the parts. There are a lot of these around so it shouldn't cost too much to replace certain aspects of it
I would recommend this as a beginner/children's laptop these days, since they're outdated in the current market.
4 stars from me!