Friday 5 April 2013

Fujitsu AH532 (+dual SSDs,linux,not UEFI)

I bought another laptop last week in the eBuyer sale. Fujitsu Lifebook AH532. It's pretty unique in that it has an expresscard slot... but I chose it due to it meeting my other requirements: 3rd gen i5, integrated graphics, 3x USB3 sockets, and gigabit LAN (can you believe lenovo's cheapo i5 laptops still have 10/100?)

I had no intention of keeping the RAM, Disk, ODD, or OS so ignore those stats. Anyway, after I'd ordered it I then found some horror stories of how it comes with the evil UEFI BIOS replacement. If I installed linux, I'd need to short out pins on the motherboard to get it booting... hmmm...

Easy to upgrade (original ODD + HDD below)

Got it, clicked in 16GB of RAM, two Sandisk SSDs (one in a 2.5->ODD adapter), and it starts up fine. No screwing around with UEFI or GPT or anything, it even happily continued to boot from the RAID1 linux install I had on those SSDs (MBR not GPT!)

You need a torx screwdriver to take the mounting bracket off the factory fitted Sony DVD writer - no idea why they used torx (the drive is held in with a single Philips screw), but really - who takes laptops to bits and doesn't have a set of torx screwdrivers? The hard disk doesn't need a caddy or any special brackets, one screw holds the plastic cover on, then 2 screws hold the disk in place (Mine came with a WD branded disk). I think it's quite funny that the Win8 sticker is on the bottom of the laptop. It's almost as if they were embarrased about it!

It consumes 12-15W on the mains, fully charged, and idle

Moral of the story: don't believe everything you read on the Internet!