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ASUS Laptop VivoBook X200CA-DB02 Intel Celeron 1007U (1.5 GHz) 2 GB Memory 320 GB HDD Intel HD Graphics 11.6
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Price.
Small form factor.
Keyboard.
Ubuntu Linux OS.
Large trackpad.

Cons: 2Gb memory not up-gradable.
Small non-removable battery.
Very difficult HDD upgrade.
Short battery life.
No Bluetooth.

Other Thoughts: Let me start by saying that all of my Pros/Cons are relative to the $225 price point I paid for this little thing. The 1st thing I did when I got the X200CA was to replace the slow 320Gb HDD with a 250Gb SDD, this I think is a necessary upgrade considering the low non-upgradable 2Gb of RAM. Linux Ubuntu OS is a full featured operating system that runs really well on systems with meager resources... Installing Win7 on these laptops though easily possible and workable will most definitely yield "netbook like" performance so be forewarned... The dual core Celron 1007U is based on the Ivy Bridge architecture so it's surprisingly capable. The 11.6" 1366x768 looks quite good and it's bright enough(again price relative) with somewhat narrow viewing angles. Some have complained about the trackpad, configured for tap to click, 2 finger tap, 2 finger scroll in Ubuntu it works perfectly(better than my $1500 Sony Vaio S15) so I wonder if those that complain are using Windows... The keyboard is comfortable and large enough to work with. USB 3 and SD card reader are nice to have BUT no Bluetooth(had to get a small USB Bluetooth from Newegg for ~$15).
For my intended purpose of using this while outside the house this has proven to be quite a surprisingly capable little wonder AND I have grown quite fond of Ubuntu OS and Linux. I am finding myself using it even while at home and I enjoy tinkering with open source software and have gotten to be pretty comfortable with the Terminal and the command line(not that dissimilar from the old DOS days, who remembers those?)...
BTW... If you don't like using the command line you never have to use it under Ubuntu as the UI is quite good and all encompassing...

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ASUS Laptop VivoBook X200CA-DB02 Intel Celeron 1007U (1.5 GHz) 2 GB Memory 320 GB HDD Intel HD Graphics 11.6
  • Verified Owner
  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Price.
Small form factor.
Keyboard.
Ubuntu Linux OS.
Large trackpad.

Cons: 2Gb memory not up-gradable.
Small non-removable battery.
Very difficult HDD upgrade.
Short battery life.
No Bluetooth.

Other Thoughts: Let me start by saying that all of my Pros/Cons are relative to the $225 price point I paid for this little thing. The 1st thing I did when I got the X200CA was to replace the slow 320Gb HDD with a 250Gb SDD, this I think is a necessary upgrade considering the low non-upgradable 2Gb of RAM. Linux Ubuntu OS is a full featured operating system that runs really well on systems with meager resources... Installing Win7 on these laptops though easily possible and workable will most definitely yield "netbook like" performance so be forewarned... The dual core Celron 1007U is based on the Ivy Bridge architecture so it's surprisingly capable. The 11.6" 1366x768 looks quite good and it's bright enough(again price relative) with somewhat narrow viewing angles. Some have complained about the trackpad, configured for tap to click, 2 finger tap, 2 finger scroll in Ubuntu it works perfectly(better than my $1500 Sony Vaio S15) so I wonder if those that complain are using Windows... The keyboard is comfortable and large enough to work with. USB 3 and SD card reader are nice to have BUT no Bluetooth(had to get a small USB Bluetooth from Newegg for ~$15).
For my intended purpose of using this while outside the house this has proven to be quite a surprisingly capable little wonder AND I have grown quite fond of Ubuntu OS and Linux. I am finding myself using it even while at home and I enjoy tinkering with open source software and have gotten to be pretty comfortable with the Terminal and the command line(not that dissimilar from the old DOS days, who remembers those?)...
BTW... If you don't like using the command line you never have to use it under Ubuntu as the UI is quite good and all encompassing...

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OCZ Vertex 3 2.5
  • Verified Owner
  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: This drive is very fast, it came with the latest firmware preinstalled, easy installation, garbage collection for those of us without TRIM support from the OS.

Cons: A lot of instability reports especially with earlier firmware. No way to install the firmware in OS X (easiest way is to mount the drive as secondary in a Windows environment, otherwise it's Linux boot CD).

Other Thoughts: I installed this drive in a early 2011 15" MBP and it screams. Boot times are ~10sec and everything loads instantly. I decided NOT to enable TRIM or do any of the other hacks floating around as I suspect that a lot of the reported problems are directly related to them. I did a clean install without moving over anything using Time Machine or Migration Assistant and I had no beachballs or system hangs so far.

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Display Name: stavros p.

Date Joined: 11/22/07

  • Reviews: 7
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  • First Review: 12/02/07
  • Last Review: 01/03/14
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