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Old 07-13-2015, 09:49 AM   #16
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This example costs $1412.53.

Processor: Intel Core i7-4700MQ Processor (2.4GHz, 3.40 GHz turbo)
Memory: 16GB DDR3
Hard Drive: 1TB
Wireless N: Wireless N Dual-Band (TPE-NHMPCIED)
Matte Screen Upgrade (non-glossy): Matte Wide Screen
Bluetooth: USB Bluetooth 4.0 Micro Adapter (TPE-USBBLUV4)
Mouse: Select
Mousepads: Select
USB Flash Drive: Select
Notebook Warranty: 1 Yr Ltd Hardware Warranty
AC Adapter: US, Mexico, & Canada - Plug Type NEMA 5-15
USB Hub: Select
Keyboard Layout: United States
Distribution to Install: Please give me your default configuration
Laptop Bags: Padded Notebook Sleeve (TPE-PADSLEV)
Yikes...bleeding edge prices for a machine that's already 2 years of of date (wireless N, i7-4700MQ) and uses a mechanical HDD, that's pretty bad. That would have been a reasonable price in 2013, but in 2015 that machine shouldn't cost any more than ~$800.

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Old 07-13-2015, 05:19 PM   #17
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I still prefer multiple cheap devices over one pricey one. Each has their use case of course. But 20 pi 2's over 1 alienware, I can come up with many more use cases for 20 lesser machines than just one good one. Even though the end result is roughly the same. Data + Processing.
 
Old 07-14-2015, 04:26 PM   #18
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I have an HP G61 laptop about 6 years old. I first downloaded a .iso of Ubuntu 14.04.2 LTS on a donated HP desktop pc with a bogus Windows 7 op system. A few weeks later I had some problems with Windows 7 on my laptop. I tried to download Ubuntu inside Win 7 but it spit out my disk. I booted up again and blew Windows 7 out. I have been perfectly happy with the same Ubuntu distro on both my desktop and my laptop. I go for HP with ALL my pcs, printers, etc.
 
Old 07-14-2015, 07:12 PM   #19
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I have purchased several Zareason devices--a Zatab tablet (since discontinued), the Zareason Strata laptop that I'm using right now, and a Zareason Limbo tower. I have been completely satisfied with the calibre of the hardware and the workmanship on all three of them. The laptop has without a doubt the best, solidest laptop keyboard I have ever encountered. The laptop and tower both came with Slackware installed as per my order.

Furthermore, I had an out-of-the-box warranty repair (the optical drive) on the Limbo, and Zareason stepped up to the plate like a champ and shipped me a new drive the same day I called.

I anticipate that the next computer I get will also be a Zareason.
 
Old 07-14-2015, 07:46 PM   #20
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I've always wanted to try a ZaReason, can't wait for them to come out with a ultrabook style 14" that has a decent resolution LCD, or offer an upgrade to a decent resolution LCD on their ultrabook. They look really nice, but I'm a fan of 14" thin and lights, and they only offer unusably low 1366x768 resolution. I consider that a show-stopper.
 
Old 07-16-2015, 04:27 PM   #21
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I have a Lenovo X1 Carbon on the way, should be here next week. The first thing I'm going to do is wipe Windows 8 and install OpenSUSE Tumbleweed. I'll let you know how it goes if you're interested, but I'm not expecting any hiccups. Many reviews online show it works perfectly fine, and my T420s and T440 both worked 100% out of the box with Linux.
It arrived today. Very nice little machine, crazy thin and light. I backed up the Win 8 restoration partition to a USB and then wiped the drive and installed OpenSUSE Tumbleweed. As expected, everything works perfectly out of the box, zero configuration or 3rd party drivers required. Display, audio, trackpad, wireless, battery monitoring, virtualization, etc. And I'm getting 1.3 GB/s writes and 1.1 GB/s reads with a dd dump, while simultaneously installing a program on Linux and installing Windows updates and two programs on a Windows 7 VM. Color me impressed.

Literally the only thing I wish was different is the RAM, they should really have 16 GB as an option...I guess I'll just have to make due with 8.
 
  


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