ZaReason UltraLap 430

Introduction

A GNU/Linux ultrabook from ZaReason. “The world's first GNU/Linux ultrabook”.

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Specifications

NameZaReason UltraLap 430
ProcessorIntel Core i3-3217U (1.8 GHz, 3M cache, 17W)
Intel Core i5-3317U (1.7 GHz with turbo 2.6 GHz, 3M cache, 17W)
Screen14“ 1366×768
RAM4GB
8GB
16GB
primary storage
(mSATA)
64GB SSD
128GB SSD
256GB SSD
None
secondary storage
(SATA)
250GB HDD
500GB HDD
128GB SSD
256GB SSD
512GB SSD
None
Optical DriveNone
GraphicsIntel HD 4000
NetworkEthernet
802.11 B/G/N WiFi
Bluetooth

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorYes
ScreenYes
HDD/SSDYes
Graphics ChipYes
HDMI PortYes
SoundYes
Bulti-in MicrophoneYes poor audio quality – very noisy/staticy
Headphone/Microphone Combo JackYes
EthernetYes
WirelessYes wifi disabled after resume from suspend
BluetoothYes
USBYes
Card ReaderYes
WebcamYes
Touch PadYes
Suspend/ResumeYes
KeyboardYes some multimedia keys don't work

Non-functional Buttons

The following keys will not work:

  • Fn+F4 (lightning bolt)
  • Fn+F9 (toggle touchpad)
  • Fn+F10 (mute)
  • Fn+F11 (volume down)
  • Fn+F12 (volume up)

These buttons do not produce key codes and do not trigger acpi events. Until ZaReason patches in support for these buttons, use alternative keybindings (e.g. Alt+F4, Alt+F9, etc.).

Wi-Fi disabled after resuming from suspend

After resuming from suspend, Wi-Fi is disabled. In order to re-enable it, press Fn+F2. Alternative solutions are welcome.

Summary

If you plan on buying this laptop, don't expect the aforementioned issues to be resolved soon. ZaReason has now been shipping UltraLaps for five months (at the time of writing) with these issues, and the laptop may soon become obsolete before we see any patches.

Other than the keyboard issue and the Wi-Fi issue, the laptop is good – I don't regret my purchase! I can get about 5 hours on battery (advertised 6).


Discussion

Peter Hrušecký, 2013/07/02 19:47

Don't buy!!! Plastic chassis with poor quality. Volume keys not working. Ubuntu sticker on the windows key. WiFi after return from suspend mode is disabled… Adapter for U.S. plugs (although I ordered in GB) and more fails…

Zareason Sucks!

hans, 2013/04/30 15:54

i don't understand why they don't sell these laptop with 9 cell battery as before?

Hubert Samm, 2013/03/15 16:48

A bit pricey… it's an ok ultralight, but I HATE the clicker bar at the bottom of the touchpad…

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