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Fujitsu Siemens Esprimo Mobile V5535 review

Barry de la Rosa
16 Apr 2009
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
555
inc VAT

Despite its great performance, the Esprimo Mobile V5535 is let down by its bouncy keyboard and below-par build quality

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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***
ProcessorIntel Core 2 Duo T7350
Processor clock speed2GHz
Memory3.00GB
Memory slots2
Memory slots free0
Maximum memory4GB
Size37x365x259mm
Weight2.7kg
SoundRealtek High Definition Audio
Pointing devicetouchpad
Power consumption standby3W
Power consumption idle26W
Power consumption active42W

Display

Viewable size15.4 in
Native resolution1,280x800
Graphics ProcessorSiS Mirage 3+
Graphics/video portsVGA
Graphics Memory32MB

Storage

Total storage capacity250GB
Optical drive modelOptiarc AD-7590S
Optical drive typeDVD+/-RW +/-DL

Ports and Expansion

USB ports4
Bluetoothyes
Wired network ports1x 10/100/1000
Wireless networking support802.11a/b/g
PC Card slots1x ExpressCard/54
ModemNo
Supported memory cardsSD, MMC, Memory Stick Pro
Other portseSATA (shared with USB socket), minijack audio output, minijack microphone input

Miscellaneous

Carrying caseNo
Operating systemWindows Vista Business & XP Professional TwinLoad
Operating system restore optionbackup and recovery software
Software includednone

Buying Information

Warrantyone year RTB
Price£555
Detailswww.fujitsu-siemens.co.uk
Supplierhttp://www.laptopsdirect.co.uk

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