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ASUS X200CA-DB02 Notebook Intel Celeron 1007U (1.5GHz) 2GB Memory 320GB HDD Intel HD Graphics 11.6
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Delightfully adequate, small and light. 01/03/2014

This review is from: ASUS X200CA-DB02 Notebook Intel Celeron 1007U (1.5GHz) 2GB Memory 320GB HDD Intel HD Graphics 11.6" Ubuntu

Pros: Price.
Small form factor.
Keyboard.
Ubuntu Linux OS.
Large trackpad.

Cons: 2Gb memory not up-gradable.
Small non-removable battery.
Very difficult HDD upgrade.
Short battery life.
No Bluetooth.

Other Thoughts: Let me start by saying that all of my Pros/Cons are relative to the $225 price point I paid for this little thing. The 1st thing I did when I got the X200CA was to replace the slow 320Gb HDD with a 250Gb SDD, this I think is a necessary upgrade considering the low non-upgradable 2Gb of RAM. Linux Ubuntu OS is a full featured operating system that runs really well on systems with meager resources... Installing Win7 on these laptops though easily possible and workable will most definitely yield "netbook like" performance so be forewarned... The dual core Celron 1007U is based on the Ivy Bridge architecture so it's surprisingly capable. The 11.6" 1366x768 looks quite good and it's bright enough(again price relative) with somewhat narrow viewing angles. Some have complained about the trackpad, configured for tap to click, 2 finger tap, 2 finger scroll in Ubuntu it works perfectly(better than my $1500 Sony Vaio S15) so I wonder if those that complain are using Windows... The keyboard is comfortable and large enough to work with. USB 3 and SD card reader are nice to have BUT no Bluetooth(had to get a small USB Bluetooth from Newegg for ~$15).
For my intended purpose of using this while outside the house this has proven to be quite a surprisingly capable little wonder AND I have grown quite fond of Ubuntu OS and Linux. I am finding myself using it even while at home and I enjoy tinkering with open source software and have gotten to be pretty comfortable with the Terminal and the command line(not that dissimilar from the old DOS days, who remembers those?)...
BTW... If you don't like using the command line you never have to use it under Ubuntu as the UI is quite good and all encompassing...

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OCZ Vertex 3 VTX3-25SAT3-240G 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: This drive is very fast, it came with the latest firmware preinstalled, easy installation, garbage collection for those of us without TRIM support from the OS.

Cons: A lot of instability reports especially with earlier firmware. No way to install the firmware in OS X (easiest way is to mount the drive as secondary in a Windows environment, otherwise it's Linux boot CD).

Other Thoughts: I installed this drive in a early 2011 15" MBP and it screams. Boot times are ~10sec and everything loads instantly. I decided NOT to enable TRIM or do any of the other hacks floating around as I suspect that a lot of the reported problems are directly related to them. I did a clean install without moving over anything using Time Machine or Migration Assistant and I had no beachballs or system hangs so far.

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Shuttle SA76G2 AMD Phenom II / Phenom / Athlon 64 X2 / Athlon 64 AMD Socket AM2+ / AM3 AMD 760G ATI Radeon 3000 Barebone
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Small size, attractive design, all solid transistor MB, PCI-e and PCI expansion slots, very quiet. 6 USB ports, excellent built in ICE cooler and very reliable PSU.

Cons: Not PCI-e 2.0, the materials on the front bezel seem cheaper than the old one, so-so integrated graphics, would have preferred a 300+ watt PSU, only 2 3.5” bays

Other Thoughts: I got the Shuttle SA76G2 XPC along with the Athlon II X2 245 Regor to replace a (really) aging Shuttle SK41G XPC with Athlon 2600+. The system was used for bittorent downloads/uploads, cd/DVD burning, some movie viewing and general web surfing under openSUSE in the family room. The old SK41G had served me reliably for close to 8 years being left constantly on with out a problem so getting another XPC was an easy decision. This one looks almost identical to the old one except it doesn't have the glass covering the front (which is a great thing) and runs almost silent. Installing the CPU, memory, HDD and DVD burner was very easy since it was identical to the old one and had done it before. Installing openSUSE 64 bit went with out a hitch (I was a bit concerned) and everything worked except for the ATI drivers that had to be installed manually. All in all this was a simple built and an even simpler install that took all of ~ 1 hour from start to finish. The end result: a surprisingly spe

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Date Joined: 11/22/07

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