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|Processor||Intel Core i7 3520M 3.6 GHz Processor
Intel Core i5 3210M 3.3 GHz Processor
Intel Core i3 3310M 2.4 GHz Processor
|Screen||14.0” HD (1366×768) Color-Shine (Anti-Glare/ Glare type) (Optional)|
|RAM||Up to 8GB|
|Optical Drive||Super-Multi DVD|
|Graphics||Intel HD Graphics 4000|
Integrated 802.11 b/g/n or 802.11 b/g
|Processor||Works like a CPU should 4 cores shown for the multithreaded portion of the CPU||Mines uses the i5|
|Screen||Default resolution which is 720 shows as expected|
|HDD||Mine has a 750 GB HDD real amount is approximately 700 GB not much to say||5400 RPMs is kinda slow i'll probably buy a SSD in the future|
|Graphics Chip||Intel Based 4000 Graphics works out of the box|
|VGA Out||Not Applicable||Doesn't have one|
|HDMI Out||Not Tested||No HDMI monitor to test with|
|Display Port||Not Applicable||Doesn't have one|
|Optical Drive||Works made a disk and booted from a disk|
|Sound||Works very well|
|Microphone||Not Tested||I'm a lonely person|
|Headphone Port||Works||The output of sound from the headphones seems to better than the built on speakers in addition the speakers turn off when you plug in earphones finally Linux does this by default :)|
|Microphone-In Port||Not applicable?||I only see two ports microphone and speaker|
|Ethernet||Yep Yep works too||1GB connections are FAST|
|Wireless||Works||Wireless might say 1MB connection but it was pulling down at about 30MB on my wireless network|
|Bluetooth||Linux says it works no bluetooth devices readily available|
|USB||USB 3.0 just the way every laptop should be|
|Webcam||Works||Wireless might say 1MB connection but it was pulling down at about 30MB on my wireless network|
|Keyboard||Works||It's a keyboard it works|
|TouchPad||Sensitive||It does work but it is very delicate|
|Suspend/Resume||Works||The laptop is really quiet you'll have to try and find out but it does suspend/resume perfectly|
Battery life claims to be approximately 5 hours. I've read else where that there are Intel HD drivers bring life up a bit more. I tend to have power available to me every where I go so I'm not worried about the battery. Wireless does not auto connect after sleep so you have to hit Wireless → Network Settings and select a wireless network a bit finnicky but it does work.
January 25, 2013 - I forced the wireless card to use the iwlwifi drivers auto connect works now if you know the network.
I'm using Linux Mint 14 as of January 23, 2013 everything works fine enough for me so far. I completely removed Windows and thus I'm now head first into using Linux on this machine. The only thing I feel is a tad weird is that if you enable the disable trackpad while typing it takes a bit for you to gain access to the trackpad again. I'll have to learn how to either change that or not touch the touchpad as often.