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Fujitsu LifeBook LH530 review: Fujitsu LifeBook LH530

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MSRP: $799.00

The Good Decent battery life.

The Bad Tiny touch padLimited portsHopeless speakers.

The Bottom Line The LH530 is one step up from entry level — it's a capable laptop that Fujitsu has cut some corners on to keep costs down. If your needs aren't that great, you could do much worse than having one of these; but if you want greater flexibility, you're going to have to spend a bit more.

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7.5 Overall

While mostly a deep shiny speckled black (or red, depending on your choice), upon opening the LifeBook LH530 you're treated to a combination of gloss and matte black, the subtle curves giving a regal appearance to an otherwise plain laptop.

Just like the SH530, the keys on the keyboard are closer together than your typical island style found on most laptops these days, although it does have a step down on the left and right of each key to help you find where you are by touch.

Fujitsu still sadly carries on its tiny touch-pad tradition here, making it feel cramped and inflexible compared to the competition. There are status lights down the bottom left, and a power button at the top right, but apart from the obligatory stickers telling you what's inside, the LH530 is decidedly plain, with no dedicated media or shortcut buttons. This seems to be a trend — they seem to be either gone entirely, or at the very most moved to become function keys — only the large desktop replacements have a dedicated row.

The 14.1-inch, 1366x768 glossy screen looks fine enough; however, as is far too common with laptops, the speakers let the team down — the LH530 struggles to achieve decent volume, clarity or anything resembling quality. We'd advise you to bring your own speakers or headphones if you intend to listen to music, these speakers are merely functional at best.

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