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Fujitsu LifeBook A6230 15.4-inch Thin and Light Laptop PC

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Fujitsu LifeBook A6230 15.4-inch Thin and Light Laptop PC

Fujitsu LifeBook A6230

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The Bottom Line

May 15 2009 - Fujitsu's LifeBook A6230 is a good attempt at making a consumer friendly laptop from a company that specializes in business notebooks. They system makes a number of trade offs that make it only an average system. Features like a larger hard drive, faster DDR3 memory, spill resistant keyboard, removable dust filter and interchangable colored panels all are nice features but the slower processor and a lower end graphics processor really pull the system down from what it could really be in a $1000 laptop.
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Pros

  • Larger Hard Drive
  • Faster DDR3 Memory
  • Spill Resistant Keyboard

Cons

  • Lower Grade Intel Processor
  • Graphics Not as Capable for 3D Graphics
  • Very Thick Design

Description

  • Intel Core 2 Duo P7450 Dual Core Mobile Processor
  • 4GB PC3-8500 DDR3 Memory
  • 500GB 5400rpm SATA Hard Drive
  • 8x DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Burner
  • 15.4-inch WXGA (1280x800) Display With 1.3 Megapixel Webcam
  • ATI Radeon HD 3470 Graphics With 256MB Memory
  • Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11a/g/n Wireless,
  • Four USB 2.0, FireWire, eSATA, VGA, HDMI, ExpressCard/54, Type II PC Card, 4-in-1 Card Reader
  • 14.5" x 10.4" x 1.7" @ 6.6 lbs.
  • Vista Home Premium, Works, PowerDVD, Roxio Creator, Norton Internet Security

Guide Review - Fujitsu LifeBook A6230 15.4-inch Thin and Light Laptop PC

May 15 2009 - Performance of Fujitsu's LifeBook A6230 is really quite mixed. Rather than using the more common Intel Core 2 Duo P8600 processor, they elected to use the slower P7450 processor. They make up for the slower processor by teaming it up with 4GB of PC3-8500 DDR3 memory compared to the slower DDR2 in most systems. The net result though is that the system is slightly slower overall while a bit faster in memory intensive applications.

One area that Fujitsu does have an edge on the competition is the hard drive. Most laptops are now coming equipped with 320GB drives but the LifeBook A6230 comes equipped with a 500GB drive that provides 50% more storage space than similarly priced laptops. A dual layer DVD burner is standard and is typical of laptops in the $1000 price range.

Those thinking about using the LifeBook A6320 for possible PC gaming will be disappointed. The ATI Radeon HD 3470 graphics have limited performance that is hindered by the 256MB of memory. This means that the system will be able to play games in lower detail up to the panels 1280x800 resolution but not quite as well as many with higher levels of graphics cards or with more memory.

The system does incorporate some nice features that help to extend the life of the laptop. Most notable of these are the removable dust filter and the spill resistant keyboard. The ability to remove the dust filter prevents the cooling system from getting clogged that can lead to heat problems. The spill resistant keyboard helps prevent minor liquid spills from ruining the keyboard and possible electronics below it.

Carrying around the LifeBook A6230 might be a bit of problem though with its very hefty thickness that is above average. This is probably why Fujitsu considers it a desktop replacement rather than a thin and light.

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