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Discussion in 'Computers' started by Isthmus, Jun 17, 2012.

  1. Isthmus

    Isthmus Android Expert
    Thread Starter

    I'm looking for an ultra portable laptop that i would like to use to run Linux side by side with Windows. Preferably I want something running on an IVy Bridge chipset (quad i7 would be preferable); have a discrete GPU (preferably not Nvidia); and most importantly be self serviceable (read, components such as RAM, HD, batteries , etc. are accesible and user replaceable). I would prefer a 15" model, but will entertain a 13" one. Ample HD space is desireable, but the type is not as big a deal (though I would prefer a hybrid SSD/Magentic HD set up. The closest thing I've seen thus far is the new Asus UX32VD:

    Review Asus Zenbook UX32VD Ultrabook - Notebookcheck.net Reviews

    The only problems I'm seeing with it is the size (13") and the GPU (NVIDia - which do not tend to play nice with Linux). I would love any recommendations you guys might have on any comparables there might be out there.

    Thanks in advance


  2. linuxrich

    linuxrich Well-Known Member

    Find one in a store, taking a live cd/dvd/usb with you and ask to test it. If the staff in the store won't let you try Linux on it, walk out.

    Nice looking machine BTW!
  3. Isthmus

    Isthmus Android Expert
    Thread Starter

    Thanks, but my issue is not being able to run linux in it, that I know I can do. My issue is getting the rig type with the type of spec and component access I'm looking for.
  4. TxGoat

    TxGoat Guest

    If you don't have an aversion to a refurbished model....

    Samsung Series 7 NP700Z5B-W01UB Refurbished Notebook PC - Intel Core i7-2675QM 2.2GHz, 6GB DDR3, 750GB HDD, DVDRW, 15.6 Display, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit at TigerDirect.com

    Price is only $669.99 with free shipping. I say get this and add the extended warranty, and if this one dies, get a new replacement (if they offer new replacements on refurbs).
  5. mrspeedmaster

    mrspeedmaster Android Expert

    Get yourself a Thinkpad T or X series for portability.

    The discreet thing will be a problem regardless if it is nvidia or ati.
    HD3000/HD4000 is good enough for 1080p playback and high resolution displays.

    I have a Thinkpad running very smoothly with Linux. Everything works -
    -fingerprint scanner to login, sudo
    -esata works
    -docking station works, powers a 30" Dell at 2560x1600 through displayport.

    I have 3 drive bays (msata, main, ultrabay) all running SSDs.

    In fact, it runs better than Win7 (better battery life).
    Everything worked with Ubuntu 12.04 LTS.

    It works almost as good as my macs. I never put it to sleep. I dock and undock into my docking station. Displayport is way better than HDMI.
    esata-usb combo powers external sata drives. I plug bare SSDs and make backups all the time. I swap out drives in the ultra-bay (cd slot) with just an unlock and it slides out. You can get a slice battery and go 18 hours.

    It is definitely a pro-grade laptop - shock absorbers, roll cage, military spec.

    Mine has a expresscard slot so I plan to plug in a desktop GPU card with an expresscard to PCIe adapter. I've seen it done on many forums. expresscard is cool because most laptop sdreaders are slow. You can get a sd-card expresscard adapter that supports UHS-1. It will be flushed.
    That means you can read/write 90MB via SDHC. The built in one is 20MB tops like all standard laptops. Or plug in another SSD in the expresscard.

    oh, and you can upgrade to 16GB of RAM for about $100 (aftermarket corsairs). No ultrabook is gonna give you the ability to run 16GB ram. 16GB is sweeeeet. I normally have 6-8 virtual machines running great with 16GB.

    The thicker W series can go 32 GB of ram. Not very portable though.
  6. Shane2943

    Shane2943 Well-Known Member

    Based on what? No GPU plays nicer with Linux than NVidia! ATI's linux drivers are garbage and Intel is ok, except...well...it's an Intel GPU. NVidia plays flawlessly with Linux and has the best proprietary driver available.

    I think you're severely short changing yourself by excluding NVidia and I urge you to do further research on the matter.
  7. ninadchaudhari

    ninadchaudhari What's up !

    As far as 13" is concerned, its purely ur choice I love my 15" MBP
    but i think 13" will be more portable!!

    Now for GPU
    I have never had problems with Nvidia with linux( ubuntu atleast) on my old Laptop !

    also the GPU in the mentioned book is GT620M (as mentioned in the review )

    And it is compatible with Linux
    the drivers are available on Nvidia site

    You can get them here :

    i just selected the GPU ur book has and here is the link for linux 64 english
    you can just choose proper GPU from the drop down list and you will get respective drivers btw!
    THis are for India, and Linux 64bit ,english: NVIDIA DRIVERS 295.59Certified
    Shane2943 likes this.
  8. Shane2943

    Shane2943 Well-Known Member

    +1. Although I will add it's generally better to install the official drivers from your distribution's repository rather than compiling. If it's available in your distro's repo, of course.
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