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This review is from: Lenovo IdeaPad U310 43752CU 13.3" Ultrabook
Pros: Slim form factor, light weight, fast booting SSD, large platter drive, decent keyboard, good battery life
Cons: Stock Windows 7 install is full of bloat, speakers are mediocre, keyboard isn't the "legendary" Lenovo. Trackpad isn't great, but I'm hoping it will break in with time.
Other Thoughts: I got the U310 to use as a dedicated Linux laptop; the stock Win 7 install was every bit as full of bloatware as the others say, but that was immediately formatted (if I do install Windows it will be a fully clean install wiht only the minimal device drivers needed).
For Ubuntu the machine had to be fully shut down (no Intel Rapid Start stuff), and in BIOS I had to disable iRST (Intel Rapid Start) and switch the drives over to AHCI.
From there Ubuntu 12.10 installed with no issues (I used the Windows LiLi USB Creator to copy an ISO to a USB key); all devices are recognized and no extra drivers were needed. The machine is very quick; I used the SSD for the main root and swap partitions, with the platter drive mounted as /home. A full startup, including BIOS time, is < 15 seconds--however Standby works very well by closing the lid, so typical wake-up time is only a couple seconds.
The machine is very responsive with Linux; I'm running a full GNOME-3 desktop, with several services (such as mongodb, apache2, mysql, and solr) in the background, and it remains very quick with IDEs and browsers galore open.
Overall I'm VERY happy with this machine for Linux; it's very convienient, powerful enough to do a day's work on, has solid battery life, and is comfortable to work on.
This review is from: Logitech Black/Silver Cordless Optical TrackMan
Pros: Solid layout, comfortable for my "average" sized hand, good assortment of features
Cons: Somewhat laggy, and very noticable when gaming (compared to my wired marble mouse). The left-click button also died after a little over a year of use at work.
Other Thoughts: I bought this as an upgrade from my trusty Marble Mouse (which had been used for about 3 years). Feature-wise this mouse is very good, however it's not very good for gaming due to the lag and I'm not thrilled that it died after only a little over a year of regular use. I'll buy a second one (on the company's dime) but I'm hoping to find a more responsive, more durable ball mouse with index-finger scrolling.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: SanDisk 32GB Class 4 High-Speed MicroSDHC Card
Pros: Hopefully the 2nd will be better
Cons: Arrived 100% DOA, reporting as 30.6MB (yes MB, not GB) and unable to be formatted. I tried in both Windows and Linux with no success.
Other Thoughts: Hopefully the RMA is smooth and results in a working replacement.READ FULL REVIEW