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  • #16
    I would hate to deal with a Windows license. Isn't there anyone selling similar higher end lappies with Linux preinstalled? Like the Dell developer laptop, or perhaps System76, Zareason, etc? Of course, this varies from country to country ...

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    • #17
      Originally posted by Zan Lynx View Post
      I don't think that I've ever talked to anyone who didn't like the looks of an Apple iPad, Macbook or iMac. They just look awesome. Thin, metallic and glossy, they look like something that belongs in a sci-fi movie.
      I don't find them attractive. Mainly because I hate the white colour.

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      • #18
        Originally posted by Zan Lynx View Post
        I don't think that I've ever talked to anyone who didn't like the looks of an Apple iPad, Macbook or iMac. They just look awesome. Thin, metallic and glossy, they look like something that belongs in a sci-fi movie.
        Specifically Star Trek 2009, AKA "Apple Store"

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        • #19
          i wonder how good the keyboard and trackpad are.

          Also, 3-4H battery life "normal usage" seems terrible :|

          competition, while not using a 4558U, lasts 6h+ (and macs even more)

          Michael is mentioning he keeps latops 1 to to year (12-24mo), then 12-18mo, then at the end of the article, hes replacing it early 2015 - ie 8 month.

          8 month is a big diff with 24 month an generally tells me he likes the laptop but not that much.

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          • #20
            My experiences and review of the laptop...

            My experiences with this laptop...

            I bought this laptop less than 4 months ago and unfortunately have had a terrible experience so far.

            The laptop is great when it works but I believe mine has hardware issues and that it may be common on these zenbooks.

            My laptop has major power issues varying from:
            a) Enters a coma state when you suspend or shutdown and then one can't switch it on. It just seems completely dead. Then sometimes or after a few hours, weeks or months it switches back on.
            b) While working on the laptop it instantly switches off like it lost power.
            c) When switching it on sometimes first boot it seems to switch on but the screen doesn't turn on and keyboard doesn't respond. Another off and on usually fixes this.

            In less than 4 months I've already sent the laptop in for repairs twice to Asus outsourced repair centre and received really awful service.
            First time they replaced the board.
            Second time it apprently miraculously switched itself on when they tried it.

            These power related issues are reported in many places.
            To name just a few
            http://forum.notebookreview.com/asus...dead-help.html
            http://technologicaltheologian.blogs...-shutdown.html
            http://www.odi.ch/prog/zenbook/index.php

            I really love the laptop though and wish it would work. Will try a swap out though I'm really not feeling confident about this.
            By the time I get a working one, my warranty will likely be near end of life...

            When using ArchLinux+KDE my experiences with Linux support hasn't been that great though.
            - Bluetooth doesn't work on first boot. Bluetooth adapter not detected on boot. Some firmware initialising error. A suspend and resume fixing the bluetooth issue.
            - Once resumed Bluetooth works fine but the wifi light goes off. Wifi still works, however after 1 - 4 hours, wifi gives IO errors and requires a reboot. This only occurs if one done the suspend and resume fix for bluetooth.
            - When using kde and kscreen, switching between internal and external display (one on one off) is a real pain and very inconsistent and buggy. Many times it gets stuck and no displays are activated etc.
            - HiDPI is a major issue in Linux, especially when mixing with an external non HiDPI screen. KDE support is not that great.
            - Before first motherboard change, the builtin RAID worked great. However since it came back I couldn't get it to work as described here. I suspect it's some hardware issue and settled for standard mdadm. Details here: https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?pid=1389788
            I'm not really concerened about any of the software linux issues, these will all be addressed and resolved in time I'm sure or with some sort of workarond.

            WRT USB ports and HDMI connector, I also purchased a microHDMI to HDMI adapter which blocked the USB port. The solution is simple, by a HDMI to microHDMI cable, the plug is tiny, neat and perfect.

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            • #21
              Breaking the raid array

              I have this device and I am running into a few problems. How do you break the RAID array?
              Thanks!

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