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DELL  Latitude  E5540  Notebook Intel Core i5  4210U (1.70GHz)  8GB  Memory 256GB  SSD Intel HD Graphics 4400  15.6
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Great price
Matte screen
1366*768 screen res
good battery life (7 hours 20 minutes)
compatible with Linux

Cons: MS Windows 8.1

Other Thoughts: My wife has long been a Linux user, (she was running SuSE when we first met) and she loves to run her hardware into the ground. She bought a nice Dell laptop back in 2009 with Ubuntu preinstalled and eventually she replaced it with LinuxMint. Her old laptop finally died and so she needed a new one. We compiled a list of attributes she wanted her new laptop to have (including price range) and the only thing this didn't deliver on was coming with Linux preinstalled, but all the hardware is compatible with really no fuss (we just reset the BIOS settings to allow us to boot from USB). We installed the latest version of Mint (17.1) and added her various cloud accounts so she had all her data on this laptop and a couple of additional applications and she was up and running again.

One week in and I still get compliments multiple times a day about how much she loves her new laptop.

Acer FT200HQLbmjj Black 20
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Affordable touch screen, compatible with Linux as well as Windows, works with both USB 2.0 and 3.0 (which allows me to keep a USB 3.0 port open for other things).

Cons: None so far.

Other Thoughts: As I am always concerned about Linux compatibility, as it is my preferred OS. I was disappointed to not find any reviews anywhere commenting on whether it was compatible with Linux -- specifically Ubuntu 13.10. I decided to take a risk, and I am pleased with the results.

Rosewill RCR-IC002 - 74-in-1 Internal Card Reader with USB 2.0 Ports & Extra Silver Face Plate - Fits 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Cheap way to connect lots of different cards to my desktop and doesn't require me to mess around with an external card reader. As would be expected, it is compatible with Linux out of the box, using it with Ubuntu 13.10.

Cons: As someone else already mentioned, SD cards need to be inserted upside down. I think that is minor enough that it isn't worth knocking off an egg.


Sean P.'s Profile

Display Name: Sean P.

Date Joined: 06/18/04

  • Reviews: 7
  • Helpfulness: 4
  • First Review: 02/01/11
  • Last Review: 03/01/15
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