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4.0 out of 5 stars Inital impressions good....but strange partition sizing, 19 Jun. 2013
This review is from: 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 (Personal Computers)
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Very happy with this AH532 Lifebook, not owned a Fujitsu branded notebook or PC previously and my initial impressions are very good. It comes with an i5 processor and 4GB of RAM which is plenty for the average user. In the short time I've had it, I've found it performs really well when browsing, downloading, converting or any of the other tasks I've used if for. The start up time is really fast (even after the addition of my preferred bloatware that whilst not essential I like to use), the keyboard is a nice size with a number pad and easy to type on and I like the matte black finish of the outer shell. The touchpad seems responsive enough even though it does have a strange bobbly surface which I found quite strange at first. There's 4 X USB ports, 3 of which are USB 3.0 and the HDMI is useful for hooking up to the TV.

One thing I found strange was the allocation of hard drive disk space. The main C:drive is allocated a measly 75GB whereas the D:drive which is labelled 'Drivers' is allocated a whopping 373GB. Not really an issue as re-partitioning was easy enough but hardly something I'd expect to be doing 'out of the box'. (For anyone who's interested I used 'MiniTool Partition Wizard' which is easy to use and free for home users)

Not overly keen with the Windows 8 operating system, but persevering and as this review is about the laptop and not the operating system - less said the better.

Setting up was easy and no issues with connecting to our home network. Aside from the partitioning issue, after only using for a short time I'm pretty impressed.
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Initial post: 19 Jun 2013 09:15:16 BDT
Hi ya, You say about: One thing I found very strange was the allocation of hard drive disk space.
perhaps they loaded windows 8 like that so if you don't get on with it you could install windows 7 as a lot of people don't like 8.
But hey ho, Thanks for your tip on free MiniTool Partition Wizard Home Edition.
don't know if this helps but, Check out you tube for extra help with win 8, Type this in there, The Missing Windows 8 Instructional Video.
So it looks like I may treat myself to this laptop aswell.
Good luck and enjoy.
Ian.

Posted on 19 Jun 2013 16:28:00 BDT
It's quite common to have a smaller C: drive; the idea is that you only have Windows and your apps installed there and all your data on the D: drive. That way you can backup/take an image of the C: drive quickly and easily. Then, if you ever have a situation where your C: drive is corrupted (virus etc) you can quickly restore just windows and your apps. Your data will still be safe on the D: drive (back it up regularly too though of course :))

If you have just one big C: then, after an incident, you could find yourself having to backup all your data first (if you can) then reinstall windows, then all your apps, then your data... Not nice.

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Jun 2013 20:57:11 BDT
Last edited by the author on 22 Jun 2013 21:21:12 BDT
Big Bertha says:
Thanks both for your comments...and your advice. You're probably right and what you're saying about the drive sizing makes sense.
Not a big fan of Windows 8 so far (though even I have to admit some of the features are good)...going to stick with it for the time being anyway and will definitely check out the Instructional Video on you tube see if that helps.

Did an image back up of complete drive to an external hard drive once I'd got everything set up the way I like it so hopefully I'll be OK when everything goes horribly wrong (as I'm sure at some point it will)

Nice notebook and definitely worth considering

Update: Ian...just checked out that youtube video tutorial, really helpful and highly recommend it to anyone new to Windows 8
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