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I've had this laptop for a year and a half now, and have found both good and bad points about it. Firstly, the laptop came with a silly fault, however using it a lot for University work etc. I didn't want to send it back to get it repaired - the fan kept catching on its housing, making a nasty loud noise whenever it was switched on, particularly as it heated up. This was sorted by taking it to my local computer shop, who fixed it in a few minutes for a tenner. Slightly annoying though.
For the time, the laptop was the best pricewise I could find for its spec, having a decent processor, RAM and good capacity hard drive. Being a gamer I wish I now would have bought one with a dedicated graphics card as this can only play the most basic of games, however the model was not advertised as anything more than a business laptop. Speaking of which, it certainly looks like one, in its plan design and exciting grey colour.
The laptop in conclusion is generally good all round to use, and has a decent amount of USB ports, (4) however the sound quality is quite poor - but again, this is not a multimedia pc. My charger broke at one point, and irritatingly I could not find an official replacement anywhere, even off the Fujitsu Siemens site. Overall, I'd say this is a good basic business laptop.
Ive had this lap top now for almost 1 year, whilst it does perform well and many many plus points there are 1 or 2 things that frustrate me.
positives are that it is very well priced compared to other lap tops in this range, has huge memory, reasonable RAM size, fast enough dual core processor to handle even the most demanding files, downloads and applications etc for the buisness and student minded folks, ergonomically sound. When i recieved it, it was very easy to set it all up, step by step instructions which guided me through the whole process.
one problem i have had though and im not saying this is restricted to this laptop of brand, but the screws underneath keep falling out and getting lost. Appreciate that its due to picking up and putting it down, but lossing several screws in 1 year is a joke. The other downer is that i dont think its very well constructed, the screw issue aside, bits of the laptop are breaking away from it, nothing major but none the less - still falling off.
Overall, the lap top has way too many positve features going for it for me to critcise what may essentially be wear and tear, me placing it down to hard etc.
Of all the lap tops ive bough (4) this has given me hardly any problems at all, a great machine and if you can still get it at a good price it s well worth it. Others of the same spec but different brand will cost you much more.
I bought this laptop a year ago just before I went to uni! At the time when I purchased the laptop it was a very reasonable price and worked out to be a fantastic deal!
I absolutely love this laptop it is ideal for storing alot of music and films, which is ideal for people who like to keep up to date with their films and music!! iTunes also runs like a dream on the laptop!!
The battery life of the lap top lasts for about 2 and a half hours before needing to be plugged in again.
The built in speakers are good quality for laptop speakers, however I also use separate speakers and a subwoofer for extra volume!
The screen is also fantastic quality too as it is really big, bright and clear!
The touch sensative mouse is also brilliant because it detects every little movement!!
Overall brilliant laptop that works extremly quickly!
This is a good example of a mid-range, mid-price lap top that will do what you need it to do, without over-spec-ing for the ordinary user, and costing more than you need to pay.
I have had a couple of Fujitsus - one I was very happy with til some b***ard stole it, and a 17 inch one which was fab for about two years, then the hard drive just fell over and died. Hmm. So I'm not sure about the longevity of this one, but I have no specific reason to have concerns.
I prefer the keyboard layout to Dell, as you get more buttons. God, that sounds girly. I think I mean , they are ergonomically designed. Or something.
It has a Core 2 Duo chip, which is surely what you need these days. As it has Vista and my last laptop ran on XP, I can't really tell what is Vista being clever and what is the chip, but what I can say i the combination allows me to flick so quickly between web pages it's brilliant. It still seems to take a long time loading up and getting started though.
15.4 inch screen is a good size for a laptop in my opinion. As I said, last time I had 17 inch, which was great for e.g. watching movies, and working on spreadsheets, but the pay off was weight. This one is a good medium weight and considerably lighter than my last 17 inch one, so more portable. Battery life is reasonable at a bit more than a couple of hours, depending what you are doing, but that's hardly super-portable. OK for round the house, doing presentations for half a hour without having wires everywhere, etc. though.
It has built in wireless which seems no slower than the wired desktop, no actually it is quicker. 1GB RAM is just about OK but Vista is thirsty so it's good you can upgrade this to 2Gbs - that should buy this some time before obsolescence overtakes it.
It has bluetooth which is close to essential these days, with all the devices one end up with, and 4 USB ports, which I find just sufficient.
It came preloaded with a 90 day subscription to Norton, Nero and Adobe Acrobat, which saves a bit of downloading from the internet. Has a backup disk of course, but just switched on and was ready to go. Very easy to use.
Good value at a smidge over £500. not an amazing bargain, but for business use (i.e don't buy it if you only want to play games - there are better chips than this for that) a good solid purchase. I'm happy enough.
For those of you who like techy stuff, here are the stats:
Fujitsu Siemens ESPRIMO Mobile V5505 - Core 2 Duo T5450 1.66 GHz - 15.4" TFT
Dimensions (WxDxH): 36.4 cm x 25.9 cm x 3.7 cm
Weight :2.7 kg
Platform Technology: Intel Centrino Duo
System Type Notebook
Built-in Devices Stereo speakers, wireless LAN aerial
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo T5450 / 1.66 GHz ( Dual-Core )
Cache Memory 2 MB - L2 Cache
RAM 1 GB (installed) / 4 GB (max) - DDR II SDRAM - 667 MHz
Card Reader 3 in 1
Hard Drive 120 GB - Serial ATA-150 - 5400 rpm
Optical Storage DVD±RW (+R double layer) / DVD-RAM - integrated
Display: 15.4" TFT active matrix 1280 x 800 ( WXGA )
Graphics Controller: Intel GMA X3100
Network adapter - Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n (draft), Bluetooth 2.0
Wireless NIC: Intel Wireless WiFi Link 4965AGN
Input Device: Keyboard, touchpad
Power: AC 120/230 V ( 50/60 Hz )
Battery Lithium Ion
Run Time (Up To) 3 hour(s)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows Vista Business
ESPRIMO Mobile V Value Line is the versatile all-rounder professional notebook for the price-conscious, casual user. These notebooks strikes the balance between robust performance and mobility at very attractive price. A brilliant 15.4-inch widescreen plus ergonomic full-sized keyboard ensures maximum working comfort both on the road and in the office.
|Product Description:||Fujitsu ESPRIMO Mobile V5505 - 15.4" - Core 2 Duo T8100 - Vista Business - 2 GB RAM - 320 GB HDD|
|Operating System:||Vista Business|
|Processor:||Intel Core 2 Duo T8100 / 2.1 GHz / 3 MB Cache|
|Memory:||2 GB DDR2|
|Storage:||320 GB HDD / 5400 rpm|
|Optical Drive:||DVD SuperMulti DL|
|Display:||15.4" 1280 x 800 / WXGA|
|Graphics:||Intel GMA X3100|
|Networking:||802.11a/b/g, Bluetooth 2.0 , Gigabit Ethernet|
|Battery:||6-cell - up to 3 hours|
|Dimensions (WxDxH):||36.4 cm x 25.9 cm x 3.7 cm|
|Manufacturer Warranty:||1 year warranty|