Want a laptop which runs a Linux distro yet is as thin and light as the latest Ultrabooks? Introducing the first ever Linux powered Ultrabook, with a choice of open source operating systems to choose from.
Talks of a Dell branded Linux powered Ultrabook have been making headlines recently however with all of the hype, we are yet to see it come to market and available to the masses. When Dell started their ‘Project Sputnik’ which included prototype designs of developer based Ultrabooks running Ubuntu, they saw what they referred to as an unprecedented positive response from the developer community. This in turn saw Project Sputnik go from project to product, and as such the developer community is highly anticipating the Ubuntu-based XPS 13 laptop.
In the meantime, let us introduce you to the first Ever Linux Powered Ultrabook, the ZaReason Ultralap 430 sporting a 14.1-inch LED backlit display at a resolution of 1366×768.
If you have not heard of ZaReason, we do not blame you; as a small computer manufacturer, ZaReason barely ever makes news with its products on mainstream technology websites however to us, beating Dell to the punch and releasing an Ultrabook with Linux warrants a mention, especially consider the features the laptop packs.
The headline figure of this laptop is simple; you can choose from a variety of open source operating systems pre-loaded, including Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, Kubuntu 12.04 LTS, Edubuntu 12.04 LTS, Debian 6, Linux Mint 13, Fedora 17 or any other open source OS of your choosing (or no OS pre-installed at all). Sweetening the deal are two Intel Core Ivy bridge processors to choose from, the i3-3217U 1.8GHz which comes as standard or the i5-3317U 1.7Ghz. RAM memory as standard is 4GB, however there are also upgradeable flavours to choose from at 8GB and 16GB jumps respectively.
In terms of competing with current Ultrabooks on the market design wise, the laptop weighs in at a respectable (if a little heavy for the latest books’) 3.5lbs and it measures 0.75-inches at its thinnest point.
With a quoted battery life of 6 hours, the ZaReason Ultralap 430 should keep you happy when away from the socket too. On the sides of the laptop you will find 2x USB 3.0 ports and 1x USB 2.0 port, a 3.5mm headphone socket, a Kensington lock port, a HDMI port and a 3-in-1 card reader, supporting SD, MMC and MS.
Prices for the Ultralap 430 will set you back $899.99 in the US for base specification, whilst upgrading the processor to an i5 and RAM up to 8GB will tip the scales to $977.00.
Overall this laptop looks great, and if open-source operating systems are your thing, you could do much worse than ZaReasons offering; the first ever Linux Ultrabook.
Source: ZaReason (official product page, non aff)