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Bryan P.

Bryan P.

Joined on 06/11/07

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Most Favorable Review

Solid machine for linux

ASUS VivoBook S15 S533 Thin and Light Laptop, 15.6" FHD Display, Intel Core i7-1165G7 CPU, 16 GB DDR4 RAM, 512 GB PCIe SSD, Fingerprint Reader, Wi-Fi 6, Windows 10 Home, Dreamy White, S533EA-DH74-WH
ASUS VivoBook S15 S533 Thin and Light Laptop, 15.6" FHD Display, Intel Core i7-1165G7 CPU, 16 GB DDR4 RAM, 512 GB PCIe SSD, Fingerprint Reader, Wi-Fi 6, Windows 10 Home, Dreamy White, S533EA-DH74-WH

Pros: Solid build quality... metal exterior (seems to be metal-plated plastic to keep it light). Not a gosh darn touchscreen (that's the most extreme language NewEgg will let me use). No buttons on the sides of the machine - the power button is the top right key on the keyboard (side buttons are a pet peave of mine since I always hit them by accident if I have to hold the machine in my hands). Good speakers and low latency camera for a laptop. No discrete GPU (I list this as a pro since optimus support on Linux has always been and still is a bit of a mess) Solid Intel loadout (Intel CPU and chipset, Intel WIFI 6 + Bluetooth) so core hardware generally works quite well in Linux. M.2 SSD is Intel, which is a surprisingly high quality brand to find stock in a laptop (even though I replaced mine with a 2TB Samsung SSD).

Cons: No 2.5" SATA bay, and only 1 M.2 NVME slot (which comes populated). This isn't really a complaint - it was a design decision to keep things thin and light... just know what you are getting. There is no room for adding additional storage; you can only replace the existing M.2 SSD with a larger one. Fingerprint reader doesn't work in Linux... would be nice if they made drivers available, but they don't advertise Linux support so I can't mark them for it. Also, this is the only thing that isn't working perfectly out of the box in Debian 11, which is pretty darn good. USB Type-A ports on the right side of the laptop are USB 2.0... the only SS port (USB 3.2) is on the left of the machine. I get it... these are on a separate board internally and connected to the mainboard over a ribbon. Meeting the USB 3.0 spec would be nearly impossible with that arrangement, but still, it would be nice if all USB ports nowadays were SuperSpeed.

Overall Review: I would certainly recommend this computer, and especially to anyone looking for a good laptop to run Linux. Some additional miscellaneous info: The spot for the M.2 drive is clearly intended for a pretty standard 2280 form factor. I don't think you will be able to get a larger one in there and there certainly won't be a screw hole in the right spot to secure the drive. The M.2 drive is not flush mounted to the mainboard, as is common practice for some manufacturers. This means that you could probably put a double-sided M.2 NVME drive in the machine if you wanted to (e.g. the 4TB Corsair MP510). I didn't try this but it looked like it would work. The WIFI/Bluetooth module is the Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201. The webcam seems to be made by Azurewave.

Most Critical Review

I have 2- one of them came defective

GIGABYTE GA-M61PME-S2P AM2+/AM2 NVIDIA GeForce 6100 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
GIGABYTE GA-M61PME-S2P AM2+/AM2 NVIDIA GeForce 6100 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: I have had one of these for about 6 months and love it. Plays well with linux (running Ubuntu 9.04 without problems). Although a budget board, this is capable of a great deal- I am running with a 45W dual-core Athlon 64 and a cheap low-profile NVidia board and we use this to watch HD video (1080p is no problem with VDPAU, 720p just with CPU). Whole machine is responsive and on-board peripherals all work out-of-the-box. Also, this board has an RS-232 port with is convenient if you build your own hardware and not very common nowadays.

Cons: I bought a second board and it came with the on-board LAN defective. I have sent back to Newegg and am waiting for a replacement. I must say that I am unhappy that when I am sold defective hardware I must pay return shipping and wait 2-3 times longer to get a replacement than I had to wait for the original component in the first place. Maybe I'm a bit old-fashioned but I feel like if I pay full price for a piece of hardware and I am sent a paperweight instead that somebody should be kissing my A*! a little. At least I know that when I get a working replacement the product will be a good one.

Great Mouse

GIGABYTE GM-M6880 Metal Black 1 x Wheel USB Wired Laser 1600 dpi Gaming Mouse
GIGABYTE GM-M6880 Metal Black 1 x Wheel USB Wired Laser 1600 dpi Gaming Mouse

Pros: Excellent Mouse. Bless these guys for putting the DPI selection in hardware instead of making a bloated software "control center", which is really unnecessary for a mouse. The device works flawlessly in Linux. Very good at tracking - much better than my old optical, dual-sensor mouse (which I have loved for many years). Feels great and both thumb buttons are easily accessible without having to stretch your thumb too far. Overall, very well-designed.

Cons: None yet.