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Asus X201E (similar to F201E)

model also know as Asus F201E in Europe,
And also known as X201EP.

Author(s)

Teguh : Ubuntu 12.04.2 (x86)

Introduction

Hi, I hope this Review could help you.
And sory for my bad english, english is not my native language.

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Specifications

For full specifications see the Asus X201E specifications page.

NameAsus X201EP
ProcessorIntel ULV Celeron Dual Core 847 1,1 Ghz
Screen11.6“ 1366×768 Widescreen
RAM4GB DDR3 1333 MHz
HDDHitachi HTS54503 - 320GB - 5400rpm
Optical DriveNone
GraphicsIntel HD Graphics
Network10/100 Ethernet
802.11 b/g/n
Connectors1 x jack audio combo, 1 x USB 3.0, 2 x USB 2.0, 1 x jack RJ45 LAN, 1 x HDMI, 1 x VGA Port

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorYes
ScreenYes
RAM Works 4GB single channel RAM is single channel and 4GB only but not soldered to the mother board! With RAM Limit just 4GB, you don't need to upgrade it anyway
HDDYes
Graphics ChipYesMplayer with vaapi is great
VGA OutYes Tested on Samsung TV LA32D550
HDMI OutYes Tested on Samsung TVF LA32D550
SoundYesSpeaker Quality is great
Bulti-in MicrophoneYes
Headphone JackYes
Microphone JackNot TestedI'am not interested to test it too
EthernetYes
WirelessYes
USBYesUSB 3.0 work too
Card ReaderYes
WebcamYesPicture Quality is great
Touch PadYesNo multifinger, but it can be tweaked
Suspend/ResumeYes
Function keys works (except for brightness can be setup, read notes below) suspend=OK, wifi=OK, brightness up/don=No/No, screen off=OK, external screen =OK, touchpad off=OK, volume mute/down/up=OK,OK,OK

Notes

How to have brightness control :

sudo gedit /etc/default/grub
Replace the line with :

GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash"

To :

GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash acpi_osi="

don't forget to run sudo update-grub after closing the saved file. Reboot the laptop.

Improved Clickpad
If you can't drag, try this :

sudo gedit /usr/share/X11/xorg.conf.d/50-synaptics.conf

  Section "InputClass"
          Identifier "ETPS/2 Elantech Touchpad"
          MatchProduct "ETPS/2 Elantech Touchpad"
          MatchDevicePath "/dev/input/event*"
          Driver "synaptics"
          Option "TapButton1" "1"
          Option "TapButton2" "3"
          Option "TapButton3" "2"
          Option "VertTwoFingerScroll" "1"
          Option "HorizTwoFingerScroll" "1"
          Option "CoastingSpeed" "10"
          Option "EdgeMotionMinZ" "30"
          Option "EdgeMotionMaxZ" "40"
          Option "EdgeMotionMinSpeed" "100"
          Option "EdgeMotionMaxSpeed" "400"
          Option "FingerLow" "9"
          Option "FingerHigh" "12"
          Option "EmulateMidButtonTime" "0"
          Option "ClickPad" "True"
          Option "SoftButtonAreas" "50% 0 82% 0 0 0 0 0"
  EndSection

Reboot the laptop to make the changes effect. You can still use 2 finger tap to right click. Bottom buttons work fine with this configuration

Save power
Install jupiter :
sudo apt-add-repository -y ppa:webupd8team/jupiter && sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install -y jupiter laptop-mode-tools
Reboot and launch jupiter, choose power mode.

Summary

Mine is Asus X201EP, is the new varian of Asus X201E with 4GB Memory.
And Asus only releasing Procesor Intel Celeron Dual Core 847 only, no Pentium Dual Core or Core i3.
This Prosesor is based Core i3 Sandy Bridge, low end version of Core i3.

Tested with Ubuntu Precise 12.04.02 LTS x86 , USB Install with Unetbootin.
You don't have to do anything, all of it configured automaticly.
You just need to edit grub to make Brightness control to working.

Thanks Alot to Canonical, Ubuntu and Asus for making this simple.

I Have litle problem with HDMI, it cannot send audio through HDMI to my Samsung TV (LA32D550) and when i choose 1920×1080 @60Hz, the picture quality is like Upscaled 720p. :(
But when i conected through VGA Port, with 1920 x 1080 @60Hz i have great Picture Quality.

Bluetooth not detected, or perhaps not present??
Edit: No, it's doesn't have it.

Charging is slow…., but i know it when reading review in notebookcheck. :(

Watching temperature with Gkrellm, wow this CPU is hot…. mine can get up to 90 Celcius but it's normal…
I have read review Laptop with Intel Celeron Sandy bridge and Intel Pentium Sandy Bridge in notebookcheck, and yes it hot.

Edit:
I Have Kubuntu 12.10 and Windows 8 in this laptop, and no problem at all.
And This Asus X201EP doesn't have Bluetooth , the windows version in review on notebookcheck doesn't have bluetooth too.
i have confirm it with install windows 8 premium trial and using cd driver and try download bluetooth driver from asus x201e download page.

In KDE, Fn button for WiFi and Disable Touchpad not working, this is KDE Fault, i still don't know how to set it.
I have confirm it with Fedora 13 KDE version and OpenSUSE 12.3 KDE Version, and only FN + Wifi and Fn + Disable Touchpad is not working.

lshw

ubuntu-asus-x201ep

  description: Notebook
  product: X201EP (ASUS-NotebookSKU)
  vendor: ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC.
  version: 1.0
  serial: [Removed]
  width: 32 bits
  capabilities: smbios-2.7 dmi-2.7 smp-1.4 smp
  configuration: boot=normal chassis=notebook cpus=2 family=X sku=ASUS-NotebookSKU uuid=11000000-0000-0000-0000-08606E4E1AEF
*-core
     description: Motherboard
     product: X201EP
     vendor: ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC.
     physical id: 0
     version: 1.0
     serial: BSN12345678901234567
     slot: MIDDLE
   *-firmware
        description: BIOS
        vendor: American Megatrends Inc.
        physical id: 0
        version: X201EP.202
        date: 10/03/2012
        size: 64KiB
        capacity: 6080KiB
        capabilities: pci upgrade shadowing cdboot bootselect socketedrom edd int13floppy1200 int13floppy720 int13floppy2880 int5printscreen int9keyboard int14serial int17printer acpi usb smartbattery biosbootspecification
   *-cache:0
        description: L2 cache
        physical id: 8
        slot: CPU Internal L2
        size: 512KiB
        capacity: 512KiB
        capabilities: internal write-through unified
   *-cache:1
        description: L1 cache
        physical id: 9
        slot: CPU Internal L1
        size: 128KiB
        capacity: 128KiB
        capabilities: internal write-through data
   *-cache:2
        description: L3 cache
        physical id: a
        slot: CPU Internal L3
        size: 2MiB
        capacity: 2MiB
        capabilities: internal write-back unified
   *-memory
        description: System Memory
        physical id: b
        slot: System board or motherboard
        size: 4GiB
      *-bank:0
           description: SODIMM DDR3 Synchronous 1333 MHz (0.8 ns)
           product: EBJ41UF8BCS0-DJ-F
           vendor: Elpida
           physical id: 0
           serial: 00000000
           slot: ChannelA-DIMM0
           size: 4GiB
           width: 64 bits
           clock: 1333MHz (0.8ns)
      *-bank:1
           description: DIMM [empty]
           product: [Empty]
           vendor: [Empty]
           physical id: 1
           serial: [Empty]
           slot: ChannelA-DIMM1
      *-bank:2
           description: DIMM [empty]
           product: [Empty]
           vendor: [Empty]
           physical id: 2
           serial: [Empty]
           slot: ChannelB-DIMM0
      *-bank:3
           description: DIMM [empty]
           product: [Empty]
           vendor: [Empty]
           physical id: 3
           serial: [Empty]
           slot: ChannelB-DIMM1
   *-cpu:0
        description: CPU
        product: Intel(R) Celeron(R) CPU 847 @ 1.10GHz
        vendor: Intel Corp.
        physical id: c
        bus info: cpu@0
        version: 6.10.7
        serial: 0002-06A7-0000-0000-0000-0000
        slot: SOCKET 0
        size: 800MHz
        capacity: 3800MHz
        width: 64 bits
        clock: 100MHz
        capabilities: x86-64 boot fpu fpu_exception wp vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic sep mtrr pge mca cmov pat pse36 clflush dts acpi mmx fxsr sse sse2 ss ht tm pbe nx rdtscp constant_tsc arch_perfmon pebs bts xtopology nonstop_tsc aperfmperf pni pclmulqdq dtes64 monitor ds_cpl vmx est tm2 ssse3 cx16 xtpr pdcm pcid sse4_1 sse4_2 x2apic popcnt tsc_deadline_timer xsave lahf_lm arat epb xsaveopt pln pts dtherm tpr_shadow vnmi flexpriority ept vpid cpufreq
        configuration: cores=2 enabledcores=2 id=2 threads=2
      *-logicalcpu:0
           description: Logical CPU
           physical id: 2.1
           width: 64 bits
           capabilities: logical
      *-logicalcpu:1
           description: Logical CPU
           physical id: 2.2
           width: 64 bits
           capabilities: logical
      *-logicalcpu:2
           description: Logical CPU
           physical id: 2.3
           width: 64 bits
           capabilities: logical
      *-logicalcpu:3
           description: Logical CPU
           physical id: 2.4
           width: 64 bits
           capabilities: logical
      *-logicalcpu:4
           description: Logical CPU
           physical id: 2.5
           width: 64 bits
           capabilities: logical
      *-logicalcpu:5
           description: Logical CPU
           physical id: 2.6
           width: 64 bits
           capabilities: logical
      *-logicalcpu:6
           description: Logical CPU
           physical id: 2.7
           width: 64 bits
           capabilities: logical
      *-logicalcpu:7
           description: Logical CPU
           physical id: 2.8
           width: 64 bits
           capabilities: logical
      *-logicalcpu:8
           description: Logical CPU
           physical id: 2.9
           width: 64 bits
           capabilities: logical
      *-logicalcpu:9
           description: Logical CPU
           physical id: 2.a
           width: 64 bits
           capabilities: logical
      *-logicalcpu:10
           description: Logical CPU
           physical id: 2.b
           width: 64 bits
           capabilities: logical
      *-logicalcpu:11
           description: Logical CPU
           physical id: 2.c
           width: 64 bits
           capabilities: logical
      *-logicalcpu:12
           description: Logical CPU
           physical id: 2.d
           width: 64 bits
           capabilities: logical
      *-logicalcpu:13
           description: Logical CPU
           physical id: 2.e
           width: 64 bits
           capabilities: logical
      *-logicalcpu:14
           description: Logical CPU
           physical id: 2.f
           width: 64 bits
           capabilities: logical
      *-logicalcpu:15
           description: Logical CPU
           physical id: 2.10
           width: 64 bits
           capabilities: logical
   *-cpu:1
        physical id: 1
        bus info: cpu@1
        version: 6.10.7
        serial: 0002-06A7-0000-0000-0000-0000
        size: 1100MHz
        capacity: 1100MHz
        capabilities: vmx ht cpufreq
        configuration: id=2
      *-logicalcpu:0
           description: Logical CPU
           physical id: 2.1
           capabilities: logical
      *-logicalcpu:1
           description: Logical CPU
           physical id: 2.2
           capabilities: logical
      *-logicalcpu:2
           description: Logical CPU
           physical id: 2.3
           capabilities: logical
      *-logicalcpu:3
           description: Logical CPU
           physical id: 2.4
           capabilities: logical
      *-logicalcpu:4
           description: Logical CPU
           physical id: 2.5
           capabilities: logical
      *-logicalcpu:5
           description: Logical CPU
           physical id: 2.6
           capabilities: logical
      *-logicalcpu:6
           description: Logical CPU
           physical id: 2.7
           capabilities: logical
      *-logicalcpu:7
           description: Logical CPU
           physical id: 2.8
           capabilities: logical
      *-logicalcpu:8
           description: Logical CPU
           physical id: 2.9
           capabilities: logical
      *-logicalcpu:9
           description: Logical CPU
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           capabilities: logical
      *-logicalcpu:10
           description: Logical CPU
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      *-logicalcpu:11
           description: Logical CPU
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           capabilities: logical
      *-logicalcpu:12
           description: Logical CPU
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           capabilities: logical
      *-logicalcpu:13
           description: Logical CPU
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           capabilities: logical
      *-logicalcpu:14
           description: Logical CPU
           physical id: 2.f
           capabilities: logical
      *-logicalcpu:15
           description: Logical CPU
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           capabilities: logical
   *-pci
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        product: 2nd Generation Core Processor Family DRAM Controller
        vendor: Intel Corporation
        physical id: 100
        bus info: pci@0000:00:00.0
        version: 09
        width: 32 bits
        clock: 33MHz
      *-display
           description: VGA compatible controller
           product: 2nd Generation Core Processor Family Integrated Graphics Controller
           vendor: Intel Corporation
           physical id: 2
           bus info: pci@0000:00:02.0
           version: 09
           width: 64 bits
           clock: 33MHz
           capabilities: msi pm vga_controller bus_master cap_list rom
           configuration: driver=i915 latency=0
           resources: irq:42 memory:f7800000-f7bfffff memory:e0000000-efffffff ioport:f000(size=64)
      *-usb:0
           description: USB controller
           product: Panther Point USB xHCI Host Controller
           vendor: Intel Corporation
           physical id: 14
           bus info: pci@0000:00:14.0
           version: 04
           width: 64 bits
           clock: 33MHz
           capabilities: pm msi xhci bus_master cap_list
           configuration: driver=xhci_hcd latency=0
           resources: irq:41 memory:f7e00000-f7e0ffff
      *-communication
           description: Communication controller
           product: Panther Point MEI Controller #1
           vendor: Intel Corporation
           physical id: 16
           bus info: pci@0000:00:16.0
           version: 04
           width: 64 bits
           clock: 33MHz
           capabilities: pm msi bus_master cap_list
           configuration: driver=mei latency=0
           resources: irq:43 memory:f7e1a000-f7e1a00f
      *-usb:1
           description: USB controller
           product: Panther Point USB Enhanced Host Controller #2
           vendor: Intel Corporation
           physical id: 1a
           bus info: pci@0000:00:1a.0
           version: 04
           width: 32 bits
           clock: 33MHz
           capabilities: pm debug ehci bus_master cap_list
           configuration: driver=ehci_hcd latency=0
           resources: irq:16 memory:f7e18000-f7e183ff
      *-multimedia
           description: Audio device
           product: Panther Point High Definition Audio Controller
           vendor: Intel Corporation
           physical id: 1b
           bus info: pci@0000:00:1b.0
           version: 04
           width: 64 bits
           clock: 33MHz
           capabilities: pm msi pciexpress bus_master cap_list
           configuration: driver=snd_hda_intel latency=0
           resources: irq:44 memory:f7e10000-f7e13fff
      *-pci:0
           description: PCI bridge
           product: Panther Point PCI Express Root Port 1
           vendor: Intel Corporation
           physical id: 1c
           bus info: pci@0000:00:1c.0
           version: c4
           width: 32 bits
           clock: 33MHz
           capabilities: pci pciexpress msi pm normal_decode bus_master cap_list
           configuration: driver=pcieport
           resources: irq:16
      *-pci:1
           description: PCI bridge
           product: Panther Point PCI Express Root Port 2
           vendor: Intel Corporation
           physical id: 1c.1
           bus info: pci@0000:00:1c.1
           version: c4
           width: 32 bits
           clock: 33MHz
           capabilities: pci pciexpress msi pm normal_decode bus_master cap_list
           configuration: driver=pcieport
           resources: irq:17 memory:f7d00000-f7dfffff
         *-network
              description: Wireless interface
              product: AR9485 Wireless Network Adapter
              vendor: Atheros Communications Inc.
              physical id: 0
              bus info: pci@0000:02:00.0
              logical name: wlan0
              version: 01
              serial: dc:85:de:72:1a:9e
              width: 64 bits
              clock: 33MHz
              capabilities: pm msi pciexpress bus_master cap_list rom ethernet physical wireless
              configuration: broadcast=yes driver=ath9k driverversion=3.5.0-23-generic firmware=N/A ip=192.168.1.10 latency=0 link=yes multicast=yes wireless=IEEE 802.11bgn
              resources: irq:17 memory:f7d00000-f7d7ffff memory:f7d80000-f7d8ffff
      *-pci:2
           description: PCI bridge
           product: Panther Point PCI Express Root Port 4
           vendor: Intel Corporation
           physical id: 1c.3
           bus info: pci@0000:00:1c.3
           version: c4
           width: 32 bits
           clock: 33MHz
           capabilities: pci pciexpress msi pm normal_decode bus_master cap_list
           configuration: driver=pcieport
           resources: irq:19 ioport:e000(size=4096) memory:f7c00000-f7cfffff
         *-network UNCLAIMED
              description: Ethernet controller
              product: AR8162 Fast Ethernet
              vendor: Atheros Communications Inc.
              physical id: 0
              bus info: pci@0000:03:00.0
              version: 10
              width: 64 bits
              clock: 33MHz
              capabilities: pm pciexpress msi msix bus_master cap_list
              configuration: latency=0
              resources: memory:f7c00000-f7c3ffff ioport:e000(size=128)
      *-usb:2
           description: USB controller
           product: Panther Point USB Enhanced Host Controller #1
           vendor: Intel Corporation
           physical id: 1d
           bus info: pci@0000:00:1d.0
           version: 04
           width: 32 bits
           clock: 33MHz
           capabilities: pm debug ehci bus_master cap_list
           configuration: driver=ehci_hcd latency=0
           resources: irq:23 memory:f7e17000-f7e173ff
      *-isa
           description: ISA bridge
           product: Panther Point LPC Controller
           vendor: Intel Corporation
           physical id: 1f
           bus info: pci@0000:00:1f.0
           version: 04
           width: 32 bits
           clock: 33MHz
           capabilities: isa bus_master cap_list
           configuration: latency=0
      *-storage
           description: SATA controller
           product: Panther Point 6 port SATA Controller [AHCI mode]
           vendor: Intel Corporation
           physical id: 1f.2
           bus info: pci@0000:00:1f.2
           version: 04
           width: 32 bits
           clock: 66MHz
           capabilities: storage msi pm ahci_1.0 bus_master cap_list
           configuration: driver=ahci latency=0
           resources: irq:40 ioport:f0b0(size=8) ioport:f0a0(size=4) ioport:f090(size=8) ioport:f080(size=4) ioport:f060(size=32) memory:f7e16000-f7e167ff
      *-serial UNCLAIMED
           description: SMBus
           product: Panther Point SMBus Controller
           vendor: Intel Corporation
           physical id: 1f.3
           bus info: pci@0000:00:1f.3
           version: 04
           width: 64 bits
           clock: 33MHz
           configuration: latency=0
           resources: memory:f7e15000-f7e150ff ioport:f040(size=32)
   *-scsi:0
        physical id: 2
        logical name: scsi0
        capabilities: emulated
      *-disk
           description: ATA Disk
           product: Hitachi HTS54503
           vendor: Hitachi
           physical id: 0.0.0
           bus info: scsi@0:0.0.0
           logical name: /dev/sda
           version: GGBO
           serial: TA8B113VJPWDMN
           size: 298GiB (320GB)
           capabilities: partitioned partitioned:dos
           configuration: ansiversion=5 signature=69b53599
         *-volume:0
              description: EXT4 volume
              vendor: Linux
              physical id: 1
              bus info: scsi@0:0.0.0,1
              logical name: /dev/sda1
              logical name: /os/linux
              version: 1.0
              serial: ebf596a3-5e35-4f5a-b6b7-1465afbc502d
              size: 39GiB
              capacity: 39GiB
              capabilities: primary bootable journaled extended_attributes large_files huge_files dir_nlink recover extents ext4 ext2 initialized
              configuration: created=2013-02-24 07:56:36 filesystem=ext4 lastmountpoint=/os/linux modified=2013-02-24 10:41:21 mount.fstype=ext4 mount.options=rw,relatime,data=ordered mounted=2013-02-24 10:41:21 state=mounted
         *-volume:1
              description: Extended partition
              physical id: 2
              bus info: scsi@0:0.0.0,2
              logical name: /dev/sda2
              size: 219GiB
              capacity: 219GiB
              capabilities: primary extended partitioned partitioned:extended
            *-logicalvolume
                 description: Linux filesystem partition
                 physical id: 5
                 logical name: /dev/sda5
                 logical name: /home
                 capacity: 219GiB
                 configuration: mount.fstype=ext4 mount.options=rw,relatime,data=ordered state=mounted
         *-volume:2
              description: EXT4 volume
              vendor: Linux
              physical id: 3
              bus info: scsi@0:0.0.0,3
              logical name: /dev/sda3
              logical name: /
              version: 1.0
              serial: 4531fe10-c9bc-43a1-89cd-3f7de7477f5b
              size: 39GiB
              capacity: 39GiB
              capabilities: primary journaled extended_attributes large_files huge_files dir_nlink recover extents ext4 ext2 initialized
              configuration: created=2013-02-23 21:38:54 filesystem=ext4 lastmountpoint=/ modified=2013-02-23 22:38:48 mount.fstype=ext4 mount.options=rw,relatime,errors=remount-ro,data=ordered mounted=2013-02-24 10:41:21 state=mounted
   *-scsi:1
        physical id: 3
        bus info: usb@2:1.3
        logical name: scsi5
        capabilities: emulated scsi-host
        configuration: driver=usb-storage
      *-disk
           description: SCSI Disk
           physical id: 0.0.0
           bus info: scsi@5:0.0.0
           logical name: /dev/sdb
           size: 30GiB (32GB)
           capabilities: partitioned partitioned:dos
           configuration: signature=00bb568e
         *-volume
              description: Windows FAT volume
              vendor: MSDOS5.0
              physical id: 1
              bus info: scsi@5:0.0.0,1
              logical name: /dev/sdb1
              logical name: /media/TRANSCEND
              version: FAT32
              serial: c883-73a6
              size: 30GiB
              capacity: 30GiB
              capabilities: primary bootable fat initialized
              configuration: FATs=2 filesystem=fat mount.fstype=vfat mount.options=rw,nosuid,nodev,relatime,uid=1000,gid=1000,fmask=0022,dmask=0077,codepage=cp437,iocharset=iso8859-1,shortname=mixed,showexec,utf8,flush,errors=remount-ro state=mounted
   *-scsi:2
        physical id: 4
        bus info: usb@3:1
        logical name: scsi7
        capabilities: emulated scsi-host
        configuration: driver=usb-storage
      *-disk
           description: SCSI Disk
           physical id: 0.0.0
           bus info: scsi@7:0.0.0
           logical name: /dev/sdc
           size: 7634MiB (8005MB)
           capabilities: partitioned partitioned:dos
           configuration: signature=36834579
         *-volume
              description: Windows FAT volume
              vendor: SYSLINUX
              physical id: 1
              bus info: scsi@7:0.0.0,1
              logical name: /dev/sdc1
              logical name: /media/KINGSTONE
              version: FAT32
              serial: 6e0f-173c
              size: 7633MiB
              capacity: 7633MiB
              capabilities: primary bootable fat initialized
              configuration: FATs=2 filesystem=fat label=KINGSTONE mount.fstype=vfat mount.options=rw,nosuid,nodev,relatime,uid=1000,gid=1000,fmask=0022,dmask=0077,codepage=cp437,iocharset=iso8859-1,shortname=mixed,showexec,utf8,flush,errors=remount-ro state=mounted

Discussion

Bedwere, 2013/11/19 16:39

To obtain the functionality of a 3-buttons mouse, I used a different option in /usr/share/X11/xorg.conf.d/50-synaptics.conf

Option “SoftButtonAreas” “60% 0 82% 0 40% 59% 82% 0”

I copied it from here: https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Touchpad_Synaptics

essjot, 2013/10/10 16:46

Ubuntu 12.04.3 is the best long term stable Distro for this amazing little thing. It comes with the kernel and intel graphics drivers of ubuntu 13.04 but does not suffer from 13.04's overheating (acpid) bug . 12.04.3 can be installed and will detect and setup all the hardware without any configuration. It also supports the wifi and the lan both using open source drivers ( the original 12.04 needed propreatary broadcom firmware ) .

I hope 13.10 will be a fine bugfree release, then this will be the ubuntu of choice as newer kernels better support “older” hardware naturally. Also Unity will be optimized for speed. But if the apps of 12.04.x are ok , you can use that until 2017 before the next LTS comes out.

Gabriele, 2013/08/27 10:15

@AC why did you buy the ubuntu-based netbook if you don't like unity??? Bah..

I bough the pre-installed ubuntu 12.04 and changed in ubuntu 13.04..everything is ok!!
This is a fantastic netbook: cheap (€220), small (just a A4 paper) but in the same time the screen is big enough to use it in every situation, the battery is good (4 hours) even if it could be better.

Yeah, the CPU is limited (1.1 GHz) but, honestly, 99% of PC users use it to websurfing, Office, film/music….so this netbook is just enough.

ADVICE: Change the HDD with a SSD (Kingstone 64Gb v300 –> €50) the netbook become an ultrabook ;) ..trust me!!!

Alberto Pupi, 2013/07/20 12:51

I have one of this X201E. I am no more able to find the user password for the BIOS and asked ASUS what to do. They say they can repair at the cost of buying it new… and they got from me the money for sending it to them (42 euros). The pc was 5 days old… Ok, may be I do not remember the password, may be that the PC does not recognize it… (it starts with USA Keypad while it works in italian keypad) anyway ASUS is not able to repair it at a reasonable price, at least here in Italy. Never AUSUS any more.

Fejodor, 2013/06/14 12:21

I agree, Gates must have paid for the comment by AC. I just bought one of these. Lubuntu 13.04 up and running. So far I've found nothing that's not working out of the box. ASUS did a pretty linux-friendly job here.

Just had some trouble with the installation from a USB-stick, but some BIOS-manipulations did the job there.

Crtiticism, 2013/06/08 13:50

Did B.Gates pay you to write comment like this. I have this ASUS and its great notebook, I can even render HD videos on it wth my Ubuntu 13.04. It's working smooth and great for 11.6'' notebook.

AC, 2013/06/03 18:32

I have one of these. Don't buy one - it's garbage. It came with 12.04 pre-installed. The Fn+X buttons no longer work, after an update broke them - nobody cares. The trackpad doesn't work properly. Unity is absolutely useless; KDE is so poorly supported that they would be better off removing it from the repository.

Asus technical support is non-existant. Buying this product was a waste of money, and I wish I had got something that wasn't useless junk.

Olaf, 2014/05/29 00:45

Can't comfirm any of these remarks.
Fn keys work fine.
Trackpad works.
Unity is OK (12.04) and actually getting good (14.04).
Contrary to ACs remark it's a very nice Netbook, very light, good keyboard, nice screen. Useless for modern games - but can do everything else. And TuxRacer et al runs fine. Great value.
I have it now for a year and am very happy with it. Everybody who sees it likes it.

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