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Hey guys. I am looking for an ultrabook that I can throw Linux on. I have a soft $600 budget, if I can get something really nice, I could probably go up to 700 or 800. Things I'm really looking for are an SSD, processor speed/ram, battery life, and a screen between 14 and 15.6 inches. I have no problem upgrading the ram/swapping the HDD for an SSD if it is possible without screwing up the case. I'm pretty much going to use this to do standard student stuff, but it's going to go back and forth from my house to campus with me everyday, so being light and having long battery life is important. I am pretty used to linux now, so I will probably put some Linux distro on there, most likely Ubuntu+LXDE because of how good it is with out of the box compatibility. Right now I have my eye on the Lenovo U510 and this Acer, although I doubt the touchscreen will do me any good on Linux.

Is there anything else you guys would recommend? I wouldn't mind grabbing something cheaper, but I haven't kept up on processors lately, will I notice the difference between an i3 and an i5? If I could get something for closer to 400 and then put my own ssd and some ram in there, I wouldn't mind at all, even if it's not technically an ultrabook so long as it is still built with portability in mind and doesn't feel like a bulky piece of plastic.

Thanks in advance!
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What will you be doing on Lunix? Workloads?
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I know a lot of Ultrabooks have the SSD/RAM on the motherboard(Asus Zen books for example) so it may not be easy to swap them

The Sony T series are relatively easy to upgrade since they are suppose to have standard HDD/SSD and RAM. Also heard good things about the Vizio ultrabooks (Vizio's design is pretty sleek, but not sure about swapping parts)

You might want to consider the Sony S series as well, not ultrabook but pretty decent size, performance, and battery life.


BTW I am selling one of my laptop, new never used (did boot it up once to test it), if you are interested. It's a Lenovo X230i laptop, 12.5inch, i3 with HD4000, and ~9 hours battery life. smile.gif
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What will you be doing on Lunix? Workloads?

Nothing special in particular. Nothing too demanding, maybe some light coding, consuming media, browsing the web, checking email and all that. The only reason I want to get something mildly powerful is because I like to have multiple workspaces up with my calender/evernote/browsers/mail app/etc... open all at once and that can get fairly demanding depending on what you're running.
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I know a lot of Ultrabooks have the SSD/RAM on the motherboard(Asus Zen books for example) so it may not be easy to swap them

The Sony T series are relatively easy to upgrade since they are suppose to have standard HDD/SSD and RAM. Also heard good things about the Vizio ultrabooks (Vizio's design is pretty sleek, but not sure about swapping parts)

You might want to consider the Sony S series as well, not ultrabook but pretty decent size, performance, and battery life.


BTW I am selling one of my laptop, new never used (did boot it up once to test it), if you are interested. It's a Lenovo X230i laptop, 12.5inch, i3 with HD4000, and ~9 hours battery life. smile.gif

This Vizio is pretty much exactly what I want and it's priced very competitively (although I think it looks like it's a cheap macbook ripoff), but there seems to be a consensus that the trackpad is almost unusable (also have heard complaints about the keyboard), and that's a deal breaker for me because I won't always have enough surface area(or the right type of surface) to use a mouse. I don't know if there's anything that can be done about that, or if there is some sort of functional solution that I'm unaware of as far as portable mice go.
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Nothing special in particular. Nothing too demanding, maybe some light coding, consuming media, browsing the web, checking email and all that. The only reason I want to get something mildly powerful is because I like to have multiple workspaces up with my calender/evernote/browsers/mail app/etc... open all at once and that can get fairly demanding depending on what you're running.
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To put it into perspective I can relate to this since I'm currently writing a paper with similar apps open.
I'm on a i5-2415M. Currently the CPU is around 80-90% idle
I have 4 Microsoft Word docs open, itunes going, 4 chome tabs, 2 adobe reader docs open, main evernote window, 2 other evernote windows, 3 finder windows, OSX Mail app and Skype all open across 2 workspaces under OSX Mountian Lion. So not really demanding biggrin.gif

i3 ULV or full i3 should be more then enough I think. i5 (Normal or ULV) would still be a safer bet though as always.

You can buy a bluetooth wireless trackpad from Apple or Logitech to have a trackpad to use.
Can always take a chance on that VIZO and see how it works for you. Then just return it if you dont want it.
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