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If you’re looking for a slim, lightweight and stylish notebook the ZaReason now has it all in the UltraLap 5330 with latest-generation Intel processor plus Intel HD graphics. Extremely versatile and portable, now you can enjoy your favorite Linux operating system anywhere.
- 14" FHD (1920x1080) LED Backlit Display
- 7th Generation Intel Core Processor
- Intel HD Graphics
- Multi-monitor support (up to 3 displays LCD/HDMI/VGA)
- High-Definition Stereo Speakers and Microphone
- WiFi B/G/N/AC
- SD card reader
- HD webcam
- Multi-gesture touchpad
- HDMI port
- VGA port
- Gigabit Ethernet port
- Kensington lock port
- Headphone and Microphone acks
- 1x USB-C port
- 1x USB 3.0 port
- 1x USB 2.0 port
- Your choice of a variety of Open Source operating systems
- Battery Life: Up to 8 hrs
- Weight: 3.6 lbs
Author: LAWRENCE H. BULK
I received the UltraLap 5330 laptop on March 13, 2017. I ordered mine with all of the top-of-the-line options with the exception of a 2.5" secondary drive; a 1 TB M.2 SSD is all I need.. (I even ordered two AC Adapters).
I plan to use this computer primarily as one which is used during our travels. It is very lightweight and has a major advantage over most newer laptops: the battery is user-replaceable and it powers the computer for a fair amount of time (I have the power settings set to maximum power, not power-saving).
I specified that no operating system should be installed. When the computer arrived, I quickly ascertained that UEFI and Secure Boot were both disabled by ZaReason. Frankly, I wouldn't have minded having UEFI active, but I decided to leave the BIOS alone, at least for the present.
I then installed the MX Linux operating system (MX-16 "Metamorphosis"), an operating system I really like. It is based on Debian Stable but it is easy to add programs from Debian's testing repository and/or their backports. It is also easy to temporarily activate other repositories such as the multimedia one if you want later versions of various media programs.
When I started using the computer, I noticed that there were a few minor anomalies in the way the desktop looked and the way certain of the programs operated. For example, when viewing a video in full-screen using VLC, the controls would not show no matter what I did. There were a couple of other annoyances too so I telephoned ZaReason and spoke with Mr. Malmrose.
He asked me to tell him which kernel was installed within MX Linux; it was the default 4.7.0. He said that, as this computer has the new Kaby Lake processor, probably a kernel upgrade would be in order.
I was able to upgrade the kernel to 4.10.1 - and that fixed all of the problems! I then called Mr. Malmrose back and thanked him for his advice.
Even before, while the anomalies were present, I liked this computer. Now that they are fixed, I am completely satisfied with it. Its screen is absolutely beautiful, its keyboard is a joy to use, and its sound quality is the best I have ever heard from a ZaReason notebook. Every program I use works well and the various internal installed options, such as Bluetooth, also work perfectly.
In addition, the i7 processor is fast. Programs run very fast and very well on it.
I should mention that this is my fifth ZaReason computer. One is a MediaBox 5330 which I use in my home theater, and the other four are notebooks: one Teo (also running MX Linux), two Strata 7330s (one running MX Linux and the other running Manjaro), and this UltraLap. All are still in use.
Obviously I am completely satisfied with ZaReason's products as well as their customer service. In my opinion they are second to none.
I can give this UltraLap 5330 my highest possible recommendation.
I mentioned that this is my fifth ZaReason computer. It won't be my last!
Thank you for reading this and for considering my opinions.
Lawrence H. Bulk