Fujitsu Siemens Amilo Pro V2085 review

£499
Price when reviewed

Fujitsu Siemens’ Amilo Pro V2085 is the only notebook here to use a Pentium M processor, the 1.7GHz 735. With five dual-core CPUs in the group test, it’s easy to dismiss the Amilo Pro. But to be fair, it offers ample power and beats four other contenders with an overall 2D benchmark score of 0.77. It isn’t short of memory either, with 1GB of 533MHz DDR2 RAM.

In specification terms, it’s most similar to the Acer 4202WLMi: a 15.4in widescreen TFT with Windows XP Professional. There aren’t too many frills; you get a dual-layer DVD burner, a memory card reader and Gigabit Ethernet. Two USB ports are on the left side, next to the mini-FireWire port, and the remaining two are round the back. But, like the Acer, you don’t get any consumer luxuries like decent speakers or a remote control. You do get an 80GB hard disk, though.

Battery life under a light load is 3hrs 21mins, putting it around average here. Weighing near 3kg, it’s no ultraportable, but when you do travel there’s a reasonable amount of battery time considering its size.

Build quality is variable. We saw pressure points on the TFT, showing the lid doesn’t offer the greatest protection. The keyboard could be better too. Bouncier than many others here, it doesn’t have the quality feel of the Dell, HP and Lenovo. Nevertheless, we had no trouble touch-typing; keys are in good positions, such as Delete at the top right and Control at the lower left, but we wished for a left Shift key that was wider than the alphabetic keys. The touchpad isn’t wide enough for the screen, and the mouse buttons need firmer pressure than normal.

The 15.4in widescreen has the usual 1,280 x 800 resolution, but the tight viewing angles cause colours to become darker at the top and sides as soon as you move off-axis. It doesn’t have a glossy coating, though, which means reflections aren’t a problem.

Overall, the Amilo Pro V2085 has the look and feel of a budget notebook, something the Lenovo manages to avoid. With the build-quality issues and mediocre viewing angles on the TFT, it isn’t a notebook we can recommend.

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