Fujitsu LifeBook AH530
Rating: 8 out of 10
Price: $1149 street Contact: Fujitsu Phone: 1800 288 283
VERDICT: A decent performer with a fair list of extras for the price. Decent but not life-changing.
If you’re looking for a decent performer without spending big dollars, this LifeBook AH530 has a surprising turn of speed for under $1200.
It managed to go passed the 400 mark on our Techlogg Encode test – something the fancied MSI GX660R we also tested this month couldn’t do. It also managed over 420 on our Techlogg Image 2 benchmark, which is a pretty decent result.
It’s reasonably well featured with a 500GB hard drive, HDMI output and dual-core Intel Core i5-450M processor.Add in 2GB of DDR3-1333 RAM plsu the 64-bit version of Microsoft’s Windows 7 Professional operating system and it’s a decent mix for the price.
The AH530 may well have a 1GB-equiped graphics chip on-board but it’s only an entry-level Mobility Radeon HD 550v, which managed 130fps on the Unreal Tournament 3 Demo at a low 640×480-pixels.So think “occasional gaming”.
It comes with the standard six-cell/4400mAh Lithium-ion battery and a weight just on the right just of 2.5kgs.
The 15.6-inch widescreen LED-backlit LCD panel has the standard 1366×768-pixel resolution and there’s an LG DVD burner on-board. That battery managed to hang on for 2hrs10mins on our benchmark test, which is a bit below our preferred 2hrs30mins level. However, in terms of its application performance, it’s pretty decent – you can spend half this amount and get a netbook that has only 20% of the AH530’s speed.
As for peripherals, you get 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi wireless networking plus HDMI output and three USB2.0 ports – two on the left-hand side, one on the right.
On a bang-for-buck basis, the LifeBook AH530 comes up doing reasonably well. Compared to some of the similarly-spec’d offerings available such as HP’s Pavilion dv6-3030tx, the price is a little high but it’d be still worth considering.