Well I have had various pc's in my time and often get bored with them and sell them on towards newer models. The last pc i owned had a P4 2.66 ghz processor which was quite decent but ran at around £1000.00 for the basic system. This is about the Fujitsu Siemens Scaleo L system that I have Just bought. Here are the basics with the new system. 15" TFT flatscreen monitor Standard Fujitsu-Siemens keyboard Standard Fujitsu-Siemens Scroll mouse Standard Fujitsu-Siemens Speakers with 120 watt pmpo Athlon XP 2600+ Processor 80 Gb Hdd Standard 1.44 mb Floppy Dvd Rom drive Dvd+R 4.7gb dvd writer 512 mb ddr ram modem 56k v.92 Nvidia Geforce 4 graphics Windows XP Not bad a little package especially when I let you know the current price of the model is only £699.99. This was at PC World. Now my old pc was fine but it only had 2 slots for memory on the motherboard and I had 2 slots of 256mb ddr fitted. This meant that I either had to throw away ddr to replace it if I wanted to upgrade it or get a new motherboard with more slots. However the Fujitsu also has only 2 memory slots but the difference is that it comes fitted with a single slot of 512 mb ddr which means that the other slot is still available to you should you wish to upgrade it more. Secondly it is not very often that a pc for less than 700 quid comes fitted with a dvd recorder which means that you can author your own dvd movies. This was anothr good selling point for me because I basically wanted a dvd recorder anyway and that waould set me back around £120.00 for that alone. From computer fairs you can now get 100 blank dvd+r for about 50 -60 quid so you can burn dvd's quite cheaply now. Plus as with all systems there were offers where you could pay a bit more and get a new printer and scanner etc but I did not need to as I have already got all of them and games do not bother me too much . You get s
everal books with this pc letting you know how to set it up and get started as well as the system restore disks and disks with extras on for the monitor etc but I have not even bothered to read through them as I don't need to be told how to plug a monitor in. Anyone who has had a pc for a while should be able to set it up without any problems at all. The only drawback for me is do not really like the look of the tower too much but that is not too much of a problem as I do not know exactly how long I will have this model for. Lol. Anyway if you are considering a new pc you couldn't go wrong for the performance of a system like this at this sort of price.
I recently purchased a Scaleo 600 through a work scheme, and I must say I am rather impressed with it. Assembling the PC was quite simple, it quite happily accomplishes everything I want it to do without problem, from rendering video, to high end gaming. Now I will be the first to admit that a 128MB graphics card, and 512MB of RAM are a distinct advantage in this, but my point is that I'm ecstatic with it. I no longer have to wait for things to finish processing anymore, which means I can achieve more with it. Surely that is the reason we all bought PC's?
I bought a Fujitsu Siemens 600 1700+ Athlon Base Unit three weeks ago. It was delivered within a couple of days of ordering (I think they normally say a week to ten days), and was set up without any problems within a couple of minutes. Although cheaper than a lot of other models on the market, I am very happy with the overall performance, even if the unit itself looks a bit plasticy. Only gripe is the speakers, which sound very tinny (but not a major problem, bearing in mind a good pair can be picked up for less than £20). The motherboard is fully upgradeable, although the sound card, memory (256mb), graphics (Nvidia Geforce 64mb), and hard drive (40gb) are more than enough for any applications I am currently running. Support isn't excellent, as the helpline's not open over the weekend or at bank holidays. Likewise, there are limited instructions enclosed with the bundled software. Overall, I would recommend this as a great PC to anyone who wants excellent performance at a reasonable price.
We have wanted a new Computer for ages and ages, our last one wasn't too bad for most routine tasks, but as it ran at a mere 333mhz we thought it was about time to upgrade to something better. Incidentally, we didn't set out the other day to but a computer, we actually left to look at furniture, and came back with our new toy, the Fujitsu Siemens Scaleo 600 Desktop Computer, which was launched in October 2001. Our incentive for this was our Sim City 3000 game, just purchased, which wasnt running too effectively on the old slow machine! We bought the Scaleo from Comet. Its specification was pretty good, with 80Gb Hard Drive (Last one was 6Gb, so I am not sure when we will use all that extra space!!), 64 Mb Graphics Card, and AMD Athlon XP 1700 Processor. This processor provides up to 1536 SDRAM, and not 1700 as you might expect, as is common with these AMD Processors. We also get a CD RW and a DVD player, as well as the 3.5" Floppy Disk Drive and a 17" monitor. Total cost was £1098. On the front of the tower, there are two USB ports. Our Sales Person in Comet was knowledgeable and informative on all aspects of purchasing and upgrading a PC, and was happy to point out the best buys of the day. Comet, unlike some of the other retailers don't bundle up '50 software titles' or extra hardware like scanners or printers and so if you wanted the whole works, I imagine they would work out more expensive. However we looked at some of the software bundles and estimated that we would have no use for about 48 of them, as we don't have any kids! We also have a good printer, and while I wouldn't mind a scanner, these are getting cheaper and cheaper, and so I can add one on at a later date. Comet did push their 3-year Warranty Package, as you would expect, but at £200 we declined this offer. The computer does come with a 1-year warranty anyway, although we will now have to take it to the shop, if anything goes wrong; with the
extended warranty they come to you. We were also able to take the computer away with us, as there were plenty in stock, an added bonus, when you want to get it all set up as quickly as possible. Included in our literature was a getting started leaflet, for the XP system and Fujitsu PC. This twelve page booklet talks you through set up, troubleshooting, the Accessiblity Wizard, and some keyboard tips. Three is also a quick guide, which is a fold out leaflet which shows how to connect the PC together, in pictorial format. You also receive the thick manuals for the PC and the monitor, you know the ones nobody ever reads! The computer came loaded with software, although it took us an age to register all the programs, by accepting their terms, and loading up our old software from the old machine. That said, it was a fairly painless process, and everything seemed to work first time, it is so much easier when you are starting from scratch and not a second hand machine, as we had always had in the past! The machine came with Windows XP, which was the version we wanted ideally, there are still plenty about with Windows Millenium Edition, but I had read negative stuff about that. My initial impressions of Windows XP are positive ones. My old computer used to hang all the time, and I felt I was forever rebooting it. I particularly like the feature with XP that each user can have a different desktop, with some shared files. This makes things much easier for me, as I like to keep my files organised! I do however, prefer the classic windows display, over the XP version, something which is easy to change. The computer did come with the packages that we did want; which for me included the Worksuite Package. This includes: - MS Money 2001 Standard, MS Picture It Publishing, MS Works Clipart, MS Autoroute 2001 Europe edition, MS Encarta Interactive World Atlas 2001.This is all preloaded, but you are also given the disks, but not any manua
ls or boxes. Added to that, there were a further two Microsoft Games, Midtown Madness 2 and Crimson Skies, i.e. cars and planes respectively. We haven't really bothered with these two that much, which makes my point about getting 50 unwanted software titles. At the front edges of the tower, there are black panels, which are removable and replaceable with coloured ones. You are supplied with Blue and Orange replacements. Fujitsu Siemens market this, as 'this appealing design is an asset to any living room'. Hmmmm. Not really, in my opinion, the midi tower belongs as out of site as possible, under the desk! The Scaleo 600 is also available with a Pentium 4.0 2Ghz processor. Other Technical Stuff, not covered ----------------------------------------- Floppy Disk Drive 1.44MB DVD Drive 16 * 48 Speed Drive Bays 2 * 3.5" (One Free) 3 * 5.25" Internal 2 * 3.5" HDD Slots 5 * PCI 1 * AGP Pro 4* 1 X AMR/CNR Modem 56k. V. 90 Speakers 60W Scaleo Loudspeaker Mouse Wheel mouse Keyboard Standard Scaleo keyboard We have had this computer for one month now, and we are very pleased with it. The only small problem we have had thus far is a problem with the printer driver, which suddenly seemed to stop working. However this was a problem that we were easily able to fix ourselves and not require Fujitsu customer support. There is a PC Support line which costs 50p per minute, and the Warranty Hotline is charged at the National Call Rate. Fujitsu advertise their systems in the national papers most days, and you can purchase direct, as well as through Comet. And now my Sims Game runs properly and my system doesn't hang any more, Hurrah!