Fujitsu Siemens Esprimo Mobile V5535 review

16 Apr 2009
Our Rating 
3/5
Price when reviewed 
555
inc VAT

Specifications

15.4 in 1,280x800 display, 2.7kg, 2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T7350, 3.00GB RAM, 250GB disk, Windows Vista Business & XP Professional TwinLoad

Fujitsu Siemens' Esprimo Mobile V5535 is a business laptop with a smart, two-tone design that really stands out in this group.

Sadly, build quality isn't quite up to the standard we'd expect at this price. The DVD drive tray isn't flush with the case when closed and the cut-out strip along the front edge of the case means that the audio ports and wireless switch stick out and could snag against fabric.

The keyboard feels spongey, which is a shame as the keys are large and in a standard layout. The touchpad is large, but the buttons are flush with the case (and hard to locate without looking) and have too little travel.

Putting fit and finish to one side, the V5535 is an impressive laptop. It topped the PCMark Vantage Overall chart and its battery life of three hours and 38 minutes is respectable here. With Vista Business installed, the V5535 scored below average in the TV & Movies section of the tests, as the lack of Media Center means there's no MPEG2 decoder.

With a 250GB hard disk, four USB ports and Bluetooth, the V5535 is relatively well specified, but it doesn't have a Draft-N WiFi adaptor. A lack of multimedia ports such as HDMI or S/PDIF is par for the course in a business laptop and the V5535 makes no attempt to cater for home entertainment.

Like the other business laptops here, the V5535's 1,280x800 display has a matt finish, which cuts out reflections but makes colours a bit muted. This isn't helped by a distinct backlight bleed at the bottom edge of the screen and generally uneven backlighting.

Despite its great performance, the Esprimo Mobile V5535 is let down by its bouncy keyboard and below-par build quality. It has most of the features you'd expect in a business laptop, but HP's Compaq 6735s has similar specifications and costs £65 less. For just £20 more, Lenovo's SL500 is better built and has a 3G modem, making it the better choice.

Basic Specifications

Rating ***
Processor Intel Core 2 Duo T7350
Processor clock speed 2GHz
Memory 3.00GB
Memory slots 2
Memory slots free 0
Maximum memory 4GB
Size 37x365x259mm
Weight 2.7kg
Sound Realtek High Definition Audio
Pointing device touchpad
Power consumption standby 3W
Power consumption idle 26W
Power consumption active 42W

Display

Viewable size 15.4 in
Native resolution 1,280x800
Graphics Processor SiS Mirage 3+
Graphics/video ports VGA
Graphics Memory 32MB

Storage

Total storage capacity 250GB
Optical drive model Optiarc AD-7590S
Optical drive type DVD+/-RW +/-DL

Ports and Expansion

USB ports 4
Bluetooth yes
Wired network ports 1x 10/100/1000
Wireless networking support 802.11a/b/g
PC Card slots 1x ExpressCard/54
Modem No
Supported memory cards SD, MMC, Memory Stick Pro
Other ports eSATA (shared with USB socket), minijack audio output, minijack microphone input

Miscellaneous

Carrying case No
Operating system Windows Vista Business & XP Professional TwinLoad
Operating system restore option backup and recovery software
Software included none

Buying Information

Warranty one year RTB
Price £555
Details www.fujitsu-siemens.co.uk
Supplier http://www.laptopsdirect.co.uk

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