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Nice little machine for Linux
This review is from: Acer TravelMate TMX483-6856 Intel Core i3 2377M (1.50GHz) 4GB Memory 500GB HDD 14.0" Notebook, English Only Linux
Pros: Works with Linux (mostly - see comments)
Cons: Requires some tweaking to get touchpad to work (see below)
Other Thoughts: My daughter wanted a notebook. I wanted something that was relatively fast (i.e. better than a netbook processor), looked good, and ran Linux well, as well as being inexpensive. I had seen this notebook sold at several other tech stores, most of which were sold out. The only issue some people seemed to have with Linux was the touchpad. Hardware-wise it is quite nice. The i3 processor is much better than a traditional netbook processor. Also while this i3 isn't one of the 22 nm ones, it still has a comparable TDP with those chips (somehow) so battery life should be good. (I don't know about 8 hours - after the install and a full charge the Linux battery indicator was suggesting I had 5 hours, for what it's worth.) The onboard graphics are Intel so they don't need any proprietary drivers on Linux which was also a consideration. The hard drive runs at 5400 RPM but it is one of the thin style ones and likely is also running at that speed for power reasons. Nothing felt sluggish.
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