Fujitsu LifeBook AH530 review

Great performance for the price and some highly useful features

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Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1366 x 768
  • Processor Core : Dual-core (2 Core)

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  • Performance
  • Build quality
  • Connectivity


  • Battery life

Fujitsu's LifeBook A Series aims to provide a perfect balance between work and entertainment. To this end the LifeBook AH530 succeeds as a well built, if a rather unexciting, machine, with a decent range of features and excellent performance.

This laptop features an Intel Core i5 450M processor and all tasks were dispatched with ease, even when running several applications at once.

Graphics are integrated, so multimedia performance lags behind the HP Pavilion dv6-3040sa and Medion Akoya P6512 with their dedicated graphics cards, but photo editing should prove no problem at all. Watching high-definition (HD) video and playing basic games are also within this laptop's capabilities.

Widescreen display

The 15.6-inch widescreen display is bright and just as sharp as other screens on laptops at this price point. Images are well reproduced, although some colours appear a little washed out when compared to the Asus' excellent screen.

The chassis is a typical size and, at 2.5kg, is of average weight. However, the 172-minute battery life hampers portability. You'll need to pack the power charger on trips.

Still, it's a firm chassis with a particularly solid lid, so can survive a few knocks on the road. The plain black design is very functional, especially compared to the likes of the Medion, but it's also good at hiding smudges and fingerprints.

Fujitsu lifebook ah530

An almost comically tiny touchpad is in place, however, despite the wide palmrests, although it doesn't prove too irritating in practice as it's perfectly sensitive. The spill-resistant keyboard is firm and quiet, with flat keys that are comfortable to type on. There's also a numeric keypad in place, and only the arrow keys are cramped as a result.

The Fujitsu has a number of great features in addition to the spill-resistant keyboard. An ExpressCard slot can be used to attach peripherals, along with the three USB ports. The 500GB hard drive provides a decent amount of storage, allowing lots of room for your media, and is backed by a 3-in-1 card reader.

Networking is also as speedy as the majority of other laptops being released, and Bluetooth is also on board for quickly exchanging files with compatible devices or connecting a wireless headset.

The LifeBook AH530 may not be a very exciting machine, but there is loads to like, from the excellent Intel Core performance to the great range of features. Portability is limited, but this laptop can still be taken on the road if needed.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Green CompliantYes
Hard Drive Capacity500 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ModelHD Graphics
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeDVD-Writer
Graphics Memory AccessibilityShared
Maximum Battery Run Time6 Hour
Finger Print ReaderNo
Backlight TechnologyLED
Product FamilyLIFEBOOK AH
Processor Modeli5-450M
Operating SystemWindows 7 Home Premium
Brand NameFujitsu
Processor Speed2.40 GHz
Processor TypeCore i5
Screen Size39.6 cm (15.6")
Number of Cells6-cell
Screen Resolution1366 x 768
Standard Memory4 GB
Weight (Approximate)2.50 kg
Cache3 MB
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityENERGY STAR, RoHS
64-bit ProcessingYes
Chipset ManufacturerIntel
Chipset ModelHM55 Express
Number of Total Memory Slots2
Optical Media SupportedDVD-RAM/±R/±RW
Graphics Memory CapacityUp to 1.65 GB
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
WWAN SupportedNo
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Ethernet TechnologyGigabit Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports3
Memory StandardDDR3-1066/PC3-8500
Height38.4 mm
Width378 mm
Depth252 mm
Screen ModeWXGA
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product SeriesAH
Product ModelAH530
Product NameLIFEBOOK AH530 Notebook
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad
Product LineLIFEBOOK
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberVFY:AH530MRBB2GB
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

The LIFEBOOK AH530 notebook is slim stylish design notebook with a high definition 39.6cm (15.6-inch) glossy LCD in 16:9 widescreen format. With HDMI you can also enjoy media on your TV. Integrated WLAN and Bluetooth provide you with the high connectivity. The flat spill-resistant keyboard with num pad provides extra reliability and usability.

Maximum Memory8 GB
Battery ChemistryLithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Package Contents
  • LIFEBOOK AH530 Notebook
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter
  • Drivers & Utilities DVD (DUDVD)