- Intel Core i3-3217U 1.8GHz
- 4GB DDR3, 500GB HDD
- 1366 x 768, Intel HD Graphics 4000
Good little notebook - Add an SSD 08/20/2013
- 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
- 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
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.
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