Fujitsu LifeBook AH530 review: Fujitsu LifeBook AH530

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CNET Editors' Rating

3 stars Good
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The Good Striking colour schemeModerate expansion capabilitiesMinimal crapware.

The Bad Abominable speakersSlight flex in keyboardTiny touchpadOnly 2GB RAM by defaultPoor battery life.

The Bottom Line The AH530 cuts a striking figure due to its colour scheme, but there's just been one too many corners cut, especially in terms of battery life.

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Standing out among a sea of black, grey and silver, Fujitsu's LifeBook AH530 is a sparkly pearl colour on top and boring old matte black on bottom. If our experiences with the bottom rung MacBook are anything to go by, this white may discolour fairly quickly. Until then, it's quite striking.

Equipped with a 15.6-inch glossy screen, it reaches a resolution of 1366x768, and has the requisite webcam featured at the top. Speakers are sadly worse than standard laptop fare, which easily distort, rarely hitting a decent volume and with high treble push. Even system sounds aren't passable through these things.

The keyboard is pleasant enough to type on, although it flexes a bit while typing. The left and right edge of each key is stepped down, and each key sitting almost flush against the other. The touch pad, however, continues Fujitsu's insistence to keep things tiny and cramped, something we hope it addresses post haste.

Expansion-wise, the AH530 is moderately furnished, with three USB ports, HDMI and VGA ports, gigabit Ethernet, an ExpressCard 34 slot, SD card reader, headphone and microphone jacks and a DVD+-RW drive. While it handles Bluetooth just fine, the Atheros 802.11n chip inside limits its use to 2.4GHz only — 5GHz is not supported.

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Where to Buy

Fujitsu LifeBook AH530

Part Number: CNETFujitsu LifeBook AH530

Typical Price: $1,139.00

See manufacturer website for availability.