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Fujitsu Siemens Amilo Pro V3525 Edition

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      09.06.2009 20:17
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      Good laptop for basic and middle-class users


      Intel Core Duo T2350 1.86 GHz
      Hard disk: 120GB SATA /5400 rpm
      Display: 15.4" , 1280 x 800 pixels
      Memory: 1GB DDR2 SDRAM (mine was upgraded to 2 GB)
      Momory card reader: SD/MMC/MS
      Graphic adapter: Intel GMA 950, 224 MB
      Super Multi DVD-RW
      Audio system: Realtek ALC861 (built in micrphone and 2 speakers)
      Internal modem
      Gigabit Ethernet Wireless technology
      IEEE 802.11a/b/g, Bluetooth
      Modem type V.92 (56 Kbit/s)
      Wireless LAN data transfer rate (max) 54 Mbit/s
      Bluetooth version 2.0+EDR

      At a glance

      From the outside, the notebook has a classic design in black colour and white keyboard, that gives it a solid look. The screen is 15.4", which is quite standard for laptops. This notebook is in the more on the heavier side (about 2.2kg) but you can still manage to carry it arround without much problems.
      The connection betwen the screen and the body is firm as the screen stays where it is no matter how much the angle you rotate it, and the angle can go as far as 180 degree comfortably. This is very important as many laptop screens stoped working because the connection with the mainboard is damaged due to long-term rotation of the screen. For this laptop, I haven't had any trouble with the screen so far and I've had it for 2 years now.

      The Amilo Pro V3525 also has 4 USB 2.0 ports, which allows you to work with many external devices that uses USB connection, without having to buy an external USB hub.
      The speakers are at the two top corner of the keyboard. The sound produced is in very low quality, not even stereo sound so I would recomend you use a headphone. This would also help to save battery if you are carrying the notebook outside.

      One of the things that I don't like about the design is the white keyboard, which looks good at first, but gets dirty easily. After 2 months of using, I could see dirt and my ginger's sweat all over the keyboard. I'm quite a lazy type so cleaning the keyboard is just too much work for me.

      A deeper look

      This laptop has intergrated UTMS/HSDPA, which means, you can access to the internet everywhere without any other external devices, providing your local internet providers support this service.
      The audio system Realtek ALC861 can produce quality 5.1 sound with surround effects. I plugged my 5.1 speaker to the notebook and it sounded perfect. The intergrated microphone works pretty well. However, never expect this mic to give high quality for serious recording. There are a lot distortion and background noise. I always use it for Skype and it works just fine.

      The intergrated bluetooth allows fast wireless connection to other divices. I find it really easy to transfer music from my computer to my handphone. Just a simple click and the file is sent instead of inserting the cable and install all of the support softwares.
      For those who want to enjoy a bit of good gaming experiences on your notebook, I will not recomend this one as it is only equipped with Intel GMA 950 graphic adapter with 224 MB memory. This is not serious for gaming!


      When I bought the notebook, they installed Windows Vista Business as the default operating system. However, even with 2GB RAM, the notebook could not operate all of the Vista effects smoothly as the graphic is just not good enough. All of the Aero effects are shaky. After two days, I decided to install windows XP instead of Vista, so I can really get rid of the 2GB RAM. But to install win XP, you'll need to update the latest bios version from the Fujitsu Siemens websites. Otherwise, the XP setup will not recognize your hard disk.

      Changing to XP, this notebook showed a significant increase in performance. I took only 15 seconds to finish booting. All of the applications run smoothly without any problems. I use this notebook mostly for Word, Programming, surfing the Internet and found it's extremely useful. The wireless works really well. I can catch signals at places where my friend, who is using a dell notebook cannot find.
      Besides, this notebook generates a reasonable amount of heat after being used for a long time. This is very important because if the notebook gets very hot, this means that the cooling system is not well designed. For some rare cases, the high temperature even caused damage to the processor or other components on the mainboard, but normally, if the temperature increases too high, the system will shutdown automatically to prevent damage.

      One more thing that you may concern about this notebook is the battery. I once turned the latop on, listened to music for almost 3 hours in Power Saver mode, and there is even 20% left. This means if I only do a simple Word processing, the battery could probably last for much longer!


      This is very good notebook for people who just want something cheap, but not too slow to work with documents, Internet and simple entertaining programs. If you want to have a higher end notebook but at the similar price, i would recomend the Amilo Pro V3545, which has the same feature but a dedicated NVIDIA GeForce 7300 dedicated graphic card with 128 MB memory. This notebook should be "strong" enough to satisfy some gaming experience, but it won't be able to give you the best quality.


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