Fujitsu Lifebook AH530 Review

The Fujitsu Lifebook AH530 is an intriguing offering at under £300 it must be targeted at the entry laptop user, but looking at the specification that doesn't appear to be the case.

Picture of a Fujitsu Lifebook AH530 laptop

You get a lot for your money. The AH530 uses the Intel Pentium Dual Core P6200 2.13GHz processor which is built on the newer core i range of Intel processors consisting of what is essentially a re-badged i3 processor. This is a good thing and should offer plenty of power. The 4GBs of memory will be sufficient for anything you throw at it and a 500GB hard drive should take most people years to fill.

Where this laptop really gets interesting is the extra features that most manufacturers will try and save money on. You get a built in webcam and microphone as well as a 4 in 1 card reader that lets you read SD cards. SD cards, you know those little flat memory sticks that live in your digital camera or smart phone which makes it rather handy for transferring your photos onto your laptop without the need to fiddle with any cables. Speaking of cable fiddling, the laptop also has built in Bluetooth so there's no need to clutter you desk or bad with cables and wireless receivers.

Any students amongst you will love the spill proof keyboard and the rest of us can enjoy that cuppa knowing accidental slippages need not be as feared anymore. I do have to admit that im not too keen on testing exactly how well the spill proof keyboard works and I certainly don't recommend you trying it either once your AH530 arrives but for the manufacturer to be able to claim it there must be some element of truth in it. Speaking of the keyboard the laptop boasts a full keyboard including a number pad making it a perfect office laptop for you number lovers out there.

I'm struggling to find any faults with this laptop. I suppose the design is quite standard and I can't see anything too special about the speakers but then again this isn't any worse than what far more expensive laptops are offering. There are 3 USB ports which is more or less standard these days but bear that in mind if you use a lot of USB gadgets. The battery is rated as lasting 6 hours on a full charge which will probably be more around the 5 hour mark depending on use. That is quite a long time for the battery to last in a modern laptop but going through the spec again it is quite an energy efficient setup.

Rounding up the review, the last few features to mention are the HD ready 720p LED screen which provides a very nice bright and crisp picture. Those of you currently using an older LCD screen will see a massive upgrade in picture quality. You also get a HDMI connection allowing you to plug the laptop straight into your HD TV letting you use your TV as the laptops screen at High Definition quality, perfect for streaming movies from the internet for watching a DVD via the built in DVD RW that also allows you to burn DVDs.

In conclusion this is one of our favorite laptops that will suit everyone from those looking for a basic laptop to something that will run all your daily programs. It will breeze through as an office laptop as well as being perfectly capable of multitasking. Perhaps the only programs that won't be suitable are the latest games, and heavy graphic design and CAD programs that will require more graphics power.