A laptop designed for audio-visual editing : Fujitsu Lifebook A555 – Intel Core i5-5200U

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Even if there are not really bad choices in laptops anymore, it is important to know that some models are more intended for multimedia, and others more for games.Our analysis was made according to 6 user typologies.So we ran tests on Fujitsu Lifebook A555 to find out what it was worth.
The detail of our analysis in this article.

Lifebook A555 to surf the Internet?

Even if your use is limited to surfing the Web, writing e-mails and sometimes using an Excel spreadsheet, the minimum computer quality is essential.A minimum quality level is important to guarantee reliability over time. It is a balance between a 1st price and the latest multi-processor designed for professionals.In fact, it’s all about finding a product with the right price/quality ratio. Here you have an almost perfect product.A laptop that meets all the requirements! This is what the Lifebook A555 from Fujitsu seems to be.
The screen is quite large, with 15.6 inches. Not necessarily easy to carry around. The manufacturer offers a processor Intel Core i5-5200U; A mid-range orientation. Indeed, this processor is starting to date compared to what is on the market today. A latest-generation processor would have implied a higher price. So certainly, with this laptop you have enough resources for internet surfing and word processing, but you may have to change it in less than 5 years. With 8 Gb of RAM, it Lifebook A555is a good product. Even if it has free slots in which you can add memory strips, it’s more than enough to get you started.
With its 256 Gb of hard disk, you are within the average of other computers. In any case, it should be enough for a use like surfing the web. Considering the offers currently available in terms of public cloud, and your internet usage, it is highly likely that you will never completely fill the disk space of this laptop.
Additional point concerning autonomy: 6 hours of tranquility. You will have a limited time of freedom, needing to have the power kit nearby. Because of this last point, you can either switch to a competitor’s laptop or always have the product plugged in; it’s up to you.

Lifebook A555 for videos?

The Lifebook A555 will now allow you to go beyond the exclusive use for work and will also serve as a tool for digital entertainment. You will benefit from an unparalleled comfort of use. Among all the laptops of the moment, it appeared to us as one of the best for multimedia use. In this section we will look at features such as screen size, resolution, built-in speakers.
The laptop from .Fujitsu is imposing by its size. A 15.6 inches screen, and a resolution of 1366×768 make it one of the great products available on the market at the moment. Because of its wide screen, it is perfectly designed for watching movies. The rendering is bright and vivid, and if you take a moment to look at the screen from several angles you will see that there is no distortion of the image or inverted colors.
One of the disadvantages of this size, however, is the overall weight: 2.4 kg that will have to be transported.
Unfortunately, no glossy screen is available on this model. This results in poorer quality in environments with intermediate to low light levels. It will be more delicate to perfectly distinguish the images without getting tired.
Therefore, when used in daylight conditions, you will appreciate the lack of this feature, as the light induces reflections, making it difficult to view.
For the sound part, the Lifebook A555 is equipped with a correct sound card and speakers. To test the audio quality, we turned up the volume with a movie trailer and then with a few songs of different types. Even if it does well, this laptop will not be able to compete with a good hi-fi system. In short, it is relevant here to consider buying additional speakers if you are very sensitive to the quality of this function.
Even if the use of this laptop does not require the latest generation of processor, be aware that it Intel Core i5-5200U is now outdated. The result will be higher electricity consumption and less quiet than in recent generations. It’s still acceptable in audio/video mode, you only need to launch one application at a time.
Equipped with the Radeon R7 M26 graphic card, and with 8 Gb of RAM, you will be able to see your movies and even do photo editing if needed. Not good enough for 3D imaging professionals, but good enough for most of us.
Speaking of connectivity, this laptop provides 3 ports.That makes it one with the biggest number of ports compared to what’s on the market right now. Plenty of room to connect your mouse, speakers and other USB keys.
About the batteries, be aware that you will have some time before you have to reconnect the power. You have 6 hours of autonomy in unplugged mode, which is in the average. 

The Lifebook A555- the right model to stay connected while travelling ?

Easier to transport than a desktop computer, it is not intended for travelling. This seems to be the issue that the Fujitsu didn’t really take into account in the design of this Lifebook A555. Difficult to store in a suitcase, not very suitable for transport, tests have shown that this laptop will be more in its element for very exceptional trips.
Reserve its use at home, between your living room and your bedroom.
With its 2.4 Kg, it Lifebook A555 is one of the heaviest in its class. Every transport is painful. If you use it on your lap, you will find that it is cumbersome. The weight is mainly related to the size of the screen. For 15.6 inches, on the other hand, it allows you to have a clear display when you want to browse the internet or write e-mails.
Unless perhaps you are used to working in dimly lit areas, you will not be bothered by the absence of a backlit keyboard. Not really necessary.
Good image definition although the slab is not shiny. The viewing is up to the mark.
This laptop is very comfortable to use. The image is beautiful, and with its anti-reflective matt tile, no more problems even outdoors.
CPU Intel Core i5-5200U power consumption is a bit high considering the performance of the laptop.
The result is a poorer autonomy. You will need to expect 2/3 of this estimate for standard use; if you push the processor, the number will drop a little more.
As for the autonomy , the batteries will allow you to use it for about 6 hours.
In order to reduce the risk of breakage while on the move, this model is equipped with a 256 Gb SSD hard drive. The main advantage of this type of hard drive is that it contains fewer moving parts and is faster than standard drives.With no moving mechanical parts, there is less risk of brittleness and produced heat .For those who do not have enough space on the disk, it will be necessary to go through the option of a subscription on the cloud; the price decreases regularly.
When away on business, your laptop will mostly stay at the hotel. Its size does not invite you to carry it everywhere you go. The main reason is its 15.6 inches, which makes it one of the largest in its class; every move, with its weight, may be difficult.
The connector part is very interesting, with 3 inputs available. It is thus at the top of the ranking, compared with other laptops on the market.
The techno bluetooth of this model will allow you to connect locally to any type of device that accepts this communication protocol: phone, connected speakers, car…
Finally with the Lifebook A555, Fujitsu deliver us a laptop at a tight price but not intended for travelliing, or as an exception.

The Lifebook A555 for audio or video editing ?

For this type of use, it seems necessary to turn to a high-performance product. Clearly, this Lifebook A555corresponds perfectly to the need related to this use. With these components, Fujitsu puts at your disposal a laptop whose computing speed has been improved since the last generation. This laptop will facilitate multitasking, and you will be able to simultaneously run applications such as Photoshop, Magix Video or Vegas pro with an operating Windows 7 Pro system.
It’s going to be a little harder on this model than on some of the other competitors. You can always try to do video editing with the processor Intel Core i5-5200U. The general design is now too old to consider this type of use in a pro version.
Even if this corresponds to quality components, Fujitsu made the choice to put only one SSD. The advantage is the speed of starting and execution, but the disadvantage is the shorter lifetime of the disk. Here with 256 Gb you will have enough space to store everything. This computer, even if it is not intended for this use, is still a good product in terms of storage.
In terms of autonomy,the Fujitsukept it simple. For 6 hours of autonomy, you have a little time to work on your edits. However, it’s still a decent average range.
For the connector part, the Lifebook A555has the USB3 format. An interesting format for transfers when you want to move your large audio-video files. This standard allows transmission speeds of up to 5 Gbit per second, about ten times faster than USB 2.0.
By choosing this Lifebook A555, know that you will be well beyond what most laptops offer. Audio and video editing will be easier than ever. And at a price that is well ranked.

The Lifebook A555 for online or local games.

Laptops, thanks to the rise in performance of processors and graphics cards, allow some people to gamble. The tests we ran showed that the choices of Fujitsu in terms of components – the chip, the processor generation, or the quality of cooling – make this an average laptop for gaming. On the other hand, if you have to go through several hours, these same components will seem weak.
Provided with a resolution of 1366×768, this model is unfortunately much less equipped than its competitors. The visual comfort during the game phase, and the image quality will be less good.
The technological evolution being wha it is, this model does much less than many other laptops. Tests have shown the limitations of this laptop, including some image degradation and processor temperature rises. Clearly, if you want to use it to play all day long, it may be relevant to turn to a more powerful model.
Not really designed for gaming, which leads to a display system that is a little behind the times An exception to this is if you play on games that are more than 5 years old.
An average capacity/price ratio that makes this Lifebook A555 an interesting choice when you’re looking for a 256 Gb drive. Useful for local games; as there are still many of them, even though online games are progressing.
For Wi-Fi technology, Fujitsu decided to make the use of the 5GHz wireless band possible. More speed for those living in full Wi-Fi areas.
You will limit your travels with this laptop; the cause? Its weight of 2.4 Kg which makes it one of the biggest on the market.
By offering 6 hours of autonomy, this computer is in the middle of the market.
It Lifebook A555 is finally an interesting compromise for those who want performance without spending too much on the purchase. You can also use it for word processing if you need it.

Lifebook A555 the right choice for office automation ?

Although this does not affect the majority of users, it is important to know the OS of this hardware. The OSes available on the market are all different technical ecosystems with their own applications. ThisLifebook A555 is in any case perfectly suited for office use.
Fujitsu has designed this new laptop for the majority of users. It’s Windows 7 Pro, last generation.
It Lifebook A555 is not designed to be transported, but it will do the job in the case of an exclusively fixed use, and little displacement. With a weight of 2.4 Kg, you will limit as often as possible the various movements of this laptop.
For office use, chances are that the absence of the numeric keypad will annoy you over time. As soon as you’ll have to do calculations on a spreadsheet, it will be less simple.
Fujitsu chose the matt tile option for thisLifebook A555 that does not reflect light. With less or no glare, this screen will also stay cleaner for longer.an advantage when working on the screen several hours.
If you work on your computer in the evening, you might regret that the backlight option is not provided on this laptop.
As far as storage goes, this computer’s in the average. About 256 Gb, more than enough for office use.
Clearly, this is an excellent one in this price range. It combines ergonomics with power, with an interesting price/quality ratio.

The Lifebook A555 – in summary

Almost impossible for a laptop to be good everywhere, but on the other hand it is possible to obtain a average result. The Lifebook A555′ is average but will do the job very well.
This model does not seem relevant to us for :
– travel use
Nevertheless, this laptop can be considered acceptable for :
– playing video games
Also, we suggest this laptop on :
– surfing on the internet
– listening to music and watching videos
– making audio and video editing
– office tasks