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ASUS X501A-WH01 Notebook Intel Celeron B820 (1.7GHz) 2GB Memory 320GB HDD Intel HD Graphics 15.6
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Cheap, Light, Good for travel, has USB3 and is decently sturdy,

Cons: Access to internal components is easy, but requires removal of mainboard to change RAM. You will probably want to grab a 4GB or 8GB stick to throw in ($40-$50).

Other Thoughts: So I got this for travel as I'm moving to the UK and will be travelling Europe. The only issue I've had (and this will cause me to send it in to Asus for repair) is that the touchpad has issues. Just holding your finger down causes the cursor to jerk all over the place. This is hardware related as it happens in Win8 and Ubuntu 12.04, 12.10 and 13.04.

All in all - I'd recommend this as a cheap laptop for travel - throw Ubuntu 13.04 (runs the best) on it with Unity 2D set as your default (run in terminal: sudo sed -i 's/user-session=ubuntu/user-session=ubuntu-2d/g' /etc/lightdm/lightdm.conf ). Though (as an Asus fan) I'm rather dissappointed in the touchpad. This will be my first Asus product to be sent for repair, and I hope it's handled well.

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Display Name: Jacob D.

Date Joined: 02/08/13

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