- Intel Core i3-3217U 1.8GHz
- 4GB DDR3, 500GB HDD
- 1366 x 768, Intel HD Graphics 4000
Ubuntu runs great 12/11/2013
Everything works out the box on Ubuntu. The keyboard feels pretty good and touchpad gestures are well supported. This laptop can be found for around $400 on sales (I got it double open box for $350 elsewhere). The construction is nice and looks better than most cheap low end laptops.
There are a few things to watch out for buying this:
The cooling is mediocre so it runs a consistent 40-60c, and video rendering and gaming can make the CPU go to 80c (it seems to stabilize at 85c, before thermal shutdown).
Don't expect to game on it, which should be obvious since it's an i3 with integrated graphics
The panel is separating slightly from the hinge, not in a threatening way but it is annoying. This could also be from me opening it up.
I got this for mainly web browsing and coding and have had it around half a year. I put Ubuntu on it which trumps 8 on this laptop. Touchscreen, fn keys, and touchpad gestures work out the box in Ubuntu 13.04 and 13.10. You can also easily capture and modify all the touchpad and fn keys (like rebind the webcam button on the 'v' key).
The touchscreen is annoying, but can be disabled on Linux with (change 0 to 1 to enable):
/usr/bin/xinput set-prop 'Atmel Atmel maXTouch Digitizer' 'Device Enabled' 0
I put a cheap early gen SSD in and everything is blazing fast. The system boots in seconds and applications open pretty much instantly (except FF, but that always takes forever to open).
** Be careful if you install a SSD, first keep track of what screw goes where because they are different sizes and they can damage the keyboard side. Second, you will need either a 7mm high SSD or (voiding the warranty) remove the circuit board from the casing and wrap it in something to protect it.
Summary: If you can find this on sale and just need a step up from a tablet, this laptop works well. Had to give it 4 stars because of the cooling, but otherwise it's a nice low end laptop. Ubuntu works very well on it.
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