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Pros: - Tried out all sorts of different flavors of linux on this thing, and the one with the best success was Linux Mint 15. All the FN+keyboard keys work out of the box including, my favorites, the disable touchpad and turn of monitor buttons (which should exist on ALL laptops). So did wireless, and everything else I have encountered. Native touch support is fairly good, and there are addons for Firefox and Chrome (ubuntu/debian version) such as "Grab and drag", make using the touchscreen as the primary input device very viable (the right click button on the keyboard helps).
Cons: - All versions of ubuntu 12.04+ with touch support have a bug where touch-tap will stop working after a random amount of time until you logg out/in. I assume this will also exist on the other -buntus though I have not tried it yet. However, I saw others having this issue with other brands of laptops so I believe it to be an OS issue and not a negative of this product specifically.
Other Thoughts: -The review immidiately below me (at least at time of writing this review) is me. I wish there was a way to edit reviews because I just wanted to update to say mint works better than ubuntu as my last review was before I encountered that issue with touch tap, and I don't want someone else wasting hours trying to get that to work.
-I plan to eventually dual-boot mint and windows 8 (to run modest strategy games on the go) and have read of people getting it to work pretty well on this laptop, but I don't want to write a 3rd review for the same product.
Pros: - Fast
- Hasn't failed at burning/reading a cd yet
Cons: - Kinda louder than my old cd drive, but spinning 50% faster will do thatREAD FULL REVIEW
Pros: - Good Price for the Hardware (minus the slow HDD)
- SATA 3 2.5" bay for SSD (though not all will fit!)
- Boots snappy with SSD
- Battery life seems good
- Amazing selection of input ports for it's size and price
- Almost everything works with little to no configuration on latest version of Ubuntu
- Looks/feels/performs like an ultrabook
Cons: - Will not fit thicker 2.5" SSDs, such as Intel 330
- Shipped with bios version that wouldn't let me install linux, but a quick flash fixed that
Other Thoughts: I got this thing because I wanted something that fit the following criteria:
- Small, Affordable, Good Battery, Boots Fast, Stable for compiling code
I was originally looking into a Samsung Chromebook and putting chrubuntu on it, but after watching it struggle to render 1080p youtube videos, I decided I wanted a bit more processing power. SSD is absolutely essential to me, as 5400RPM drives are too slow to bother with and high spin rate drives eat up battery life. However, all the "ultrabooks" are loaded with mSata SSDs, which are more expensive and slower, and not repurposable in desktops without an adapter. Thus, I hunted down a small, cheap laptop with a hyperthreaded CPU and a SATA3 slot to upgrade myself. I got a new Samsung 840 EVO to replace the intel 330 in my desktop, then put the 330 in my new vivobook. Unfortunately, the 330 was just a hair too thick to fit without removing the top plate, which I'd rather not do, so I stuck with using the 840 EVO. Tad overkill to have such a large and fast SSD in this thing, but, ya know, baylife. I'd recommend the 128GB 840 at $90, totalling a measly $510 for a fast and sleak coputer, on par with a Macbook Air (but with WAY more ports). Really the only thing you'll get out of the extra $300 to get an ultrabook is a slower SSD and a somewhat faster processor.
But yea, in case anyone cares, Running ubuntu 13.10 with OS encryption and a user password and, including decryption and typing, takes 35 seconds from off -> desktop. I doubt it'll decrypt that fast on a slower SSD, but if you aren't one for security you can easily break 30 seconds. Oh and volume AND brightness keys worked out of the box in ubuntu, as well as Wifi and everything else I have had the chance to try.