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Initial post: 17 Jul 2013 15:57:31 BDT
ian says:
This sounds pretty good. What do you think? any faults?
for 339 pounds..Fujitsu LIFEBOOK AH532...........

15.6-inch Laptop (black) - Intel Core i5-3230M Processor (3M Cache, up to 3.20 GHz) 4GB RAM, 500GB hard disk, DVDRW SM, Intel HD graphics 4000, Intel Centrino N2230 802.11b/g/n WLAN, Bluetooth v4.0, HD webcam, Windows 8 64-bit

Posted on 19 Jul 2013 23:31:19 BDT
Dear Ian,
I wrote a review on Amazon on the 5th of October 2012 for the windows 7 version of this laptop which has exactly the same hardware.

I told my friend to buy this Fujitsu Lifebook ah532 laptop. It was, at the time of writing, available in Staples for 389. Anyone considering a laptop under 400 should have this on their short list. I recommended this laptop because of the high performance (third generation Intel core i5 processor) and low price. I didn't base my recommendation on colour or brand. She could have bought something else that was the same amount of money BUT IT WOULD HAVE BEEN much SLOWER THAN THIS.

I have been setting it up for her. This is what i think about this laptop.

Good things:
A third generation (Ivy Bridge)core i5 laptop at this price (389 in staples) is a steal. Nothing under 500 can touch this for computing performance.

Bluetooth is included. So you could use Bluetooth mice, wireless Skype headsets and wirelessly transfer photos or files from mobile phones and other Bluetooth enabled laptops.

There is an Express card 34 slot. This is a good thing because the laptop doesn't have a firewire socket, but you can add one using the express card slot

You don't need to make the restore discs because they are included in the box.

It is easy to upgrade this laptop to play Blu-ray discs, just remove 1 screw to take out the DVD drive and install a Blu-ray drive of your choice. Just use VLC media player for free Blu-ray movie playback.

The speakers go much much louder than my Acer 5750. There isn't much bass coming out of those speakers but at maximum volume it doesn't distort either. Plug in a decent set of headphones, you will find there is bass and the sound is crystal clear with no hiss or distortion.

Bad things?
Lots of black glossy plastic.

On the windows 7 version the touchpad wasn't gesture enabled. i needed to go into the mouse properties to correct this.

The touchpad has a dimpled surface texture which might not suit some people.

If there were a mark 2 version? i would:

Change the glossy black plastic chassis to a matt finish perhaps add some colour to break up the black.

Add subwoofer to enhance sound quality

Increase the screen resolution from 1366 x768 to 1600 x 900.

Make the laptop available in matt or glossy screen.

I would like to add that this laptop is only marginally slower than my 2nd gen (sandy bridge) core i7. This laptop is suitable for anyone wanting to edit HD (AVCHD) video on this and not be kept waiting.

Jason

Posted on 20 Jul 2013 07:30:52 BDT
ian says:
Thanks for your reply........... But what do you think to this Samsung. I know its AMD but........... for 299

Samsung 355V5C 15.6-inch Laptop (Silver) - (AMD A6 4400M 2.7GHz Processor, 6GB RAM, 500GB HDD, DVDSM DL, LAN, WLAN, BT, Webcam, Integrated Graphics, Windows 8)

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Jul 2013 12:51:05 BDT
Of the 5 articles I looked at on the web this morning they ALL seemed to say the same thing, that the Core i5-3210M is twice as fast as the AMD A6 4400M 2.7GHz Processor. Therefore I still recommend the Fujitsu LIFEBOOK AH532

http://cpuboss.com/cpus/Intel-Core-i5-3210M-vs-AMD-A6-4400M

See if your local Staples has the Fujitsu in stock and have a look. I have seen versions of this laptop that have a splash of red so the photos that Amazon are using may or may not be correct.

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Jul 2013 13:55:00 BDT
ian says:
Thank you for your valued input. BUT. still using the " under 500 " marker the Lenovo could be the best???
Lenovo IdeaPad Z580 15.6-inch Laptop (Red) - (Intel Core i7 3520M 2.9GHz Processor, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD, DVDRW, LAN, WLAN, BT, Webcam, Integrated Graphics, Windows 8)

Lenovo IdeaPad Z580 15.6-inch Laptop (Red) - (Intel Core i7 3520M 2.9GHz Processor, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD, DVDRW, LAN, WLAN, BT, Webcam, Integrated Graphics, Windows 8)

At present I am in France so cannot view laptop at Staples.

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Jul 2013 16:32:01 BDT
Last edited by the author on 20 Jul 2013 17:11:06 BDT
I have never seen this machine but on paper Oh God yes, this laptop should be able to do everything you ask of it, meaning very demanding tasks like: HD (AVCHD) video editing; converting Blu-ray discs to mpeg4; computer modelling or animation.

Different machines are suitable for different tasks. You singled out 3 laptops for very different types of user, wanting to do a variety of tasks all requiring different levels of performance.

What do you want to do on it?

For people wanting to do photo editing, computer aided design or programming I would recommend a higher resolution screen than the 1366 x 768 screens that most budget 15 inch laptops are stuck with.

Posted on 22 Jul 2013 10:47:31 BDT
ian says:
Do you know which would be the cheapest Microsoft package to buy with the computer. Word Excel etc.... 2 be used on 2 computers??

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Jul 2013 21:37:30 BDT
Last edited by the author on 22 Jul 2013 21:46:44 BDT
Sorry for the delay, i am now staying with my cousin in Orpington. back to your enquiry:

Do you have children who are at secondary school or higher education? student pricing of software is available at software4students:
http://www.software4students.co.uk/t/brands/microsoft-office-2013-software

"Microsoft Office 365 University" (58.95) is the one you want which has a 4 year licence for 2 computers. If you do order get the install DVD don't go for the download because DVD is harder to lose.

Amazon uk sells "Microsoft Office 365 University" for less so read peoples reviews here:
Microsoft Office 365 University, Licence Card, 1 User, 2 Computers, 4 Years (PC/Mac)

It appears that no media DVD is included if bought from amazon

contact me again if this idea is a nonstarter

your computer expert
jason

Posted on 22 Jul 2013 21:52:11 BDT
ian says:
Thanks for your trouble and info

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Jul 2013 07:03:14 BDT
ian says:
This machine feels great although Win 8 is slowing me down..... Win 8 for Dummies comes on Thursday thank god.
Do you have any advice re a CHEAPISH lightweight NET book for my wife?

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Jul 2013 11:41:42 BDT
Last edited by the author on 31 Jul 2013 23:46:24 BDT
No I don't. The pc market moved away from netbooks a while ago in favour of tablet computing. The amount of money that you would have spent on a netbook is now tablet pc region of the market. Please think about what you want to do with a new laptop or tablet and contact me again.

If you really hate windows 8 (I do) you could:
Go and buy a full copy of windows 7 (your laptop has the exact same hardware as my friend's so I know this would work). Then make your laptop dual boot windows 7 OR 8 so you have a choice of which OS to use on start up.

Or go and install a start menu.

You don't have to install any internet security software when using windows 8 as it's built in. However I do recommend watching this video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iUmaLmO0gx0
and
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8c_VZY_Aq-s

and using the Secunia Personal Security Inspector software. AS WELL AS as any internet security software you are using.

take care
Jason croasdell
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