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People have been asking for an ultraslim with trim design and long battery life. ZaReason now has it all in the UltraLap plus Intel HD 4000 graphics, 3rd gen Ivy Bridge, and fast boot up times with Intel Rapid Start Technology.
- 14.1" HD (1366x768) Glossy LED Backlit Display
- 3rd Generation Intel Core Processor
- Intel HD 4000 Graphics
- Quick performance and power-on times with Solid State Disks
- HD Stereo Speakers
- 802.11 B/G/N WiFi included
- 3-in-1 card reader -- SD/MMC/MS supported
- 1.3 Megapixel HD webcam included
- Multi-gesture touchpad
- HDMI port
- Gigabit Ethernet port
- Kensington lock port
- Headphone/Mic Jack
- 2 USB 3.0 ports
- 1 USB 2.0 port
- Your choice of a variety of Open Source operating systems
- Battery Life: Up to 6 hrs
- Dimensions (WxDxH): 13.5in x 9.25in x .75in
- Weight: ~3.25 lbs
Author: Colin Matheson
I have been using this laptop for almost a month and have been very happy. I work at various different locations so it is so nice to have a thin, light, long battery life laptop running Linux out of the box with no configuration hastle. I can get about 5 hours of battery life with active use, and it boots for me in 15 seconds. Also the interface feels essentially instantaneous when launching programs and searching, even though I went with the spinning hard drive for extra storage and only the small mSATA SSD drive. The keyboard and trackpad feel great, which was the biggest unknown since there weren't any reviews when I purchased. I did have some issues with wifi dropping randomly on an enterprise network. However, by disabling N networking I have solved the issue. A nice side benefit is that everyone who sees the laptop is very interested and impressed with its design and performance (even MacBook owners).
Author: Josh Brown
I ordered this laptop a few weeks ago and have had it for about a week now. I have to say, I am in love with it. And so is just about everybody who sees it. It's super fast (I got the 128g msata SSD) and 16g of ram. The keyboard is impressive for such a small laptop, and the whole thing is SUPER light, not to mention thin. One bad point is there is no light-up caps-lock indicator, but that's not so bad. A slightly longer review I wrote is here: http://blog.lightcastletech.com/2012/09/22/ultra-cool/
Author: First-time Customer
My Ultralap, with i5 processor, 8gb RAM, 256gb mSATA SSD, running Linux Mint 13 Mate ('mah-tay') is absolutely lightning-fast, booting from off in under 15 seconds, and opening Libre Office programs in about a second. The display is beautiful. Battery life is probably about 5 hours with this configuration. I had some graphics problems with Compiz freezing up, but I just went to Synaptic and upgraded the kernel, and now it's fine. There was no caps-lock indicator, so I downloaded Indicator-Keylock from the Software Manager. The machine is super light, ultra-slim, attractive, solidly built, and best of all, pure Linux. The fan is a bit louder than I expected, but not overly so. The speakers are not quite loud enough, unfortunately, but with my wireless headphones, music sounds superb. Looking for specific keys on the keyboard is difficult in the dark, but it's not a major problem. So far I'm very happy with this Zareason machine.
Author: Ethan Glasser-Camp
This is, by far, the best laptop on the market right now (2012 October). Nothing else comes close for a lightweight 14 inch laptop. The machine isn't perfect: the fan comes on to cool it off even when it's idle; the touchpad is placed in an awkward place; Centrino still isn't perfectly supported in Linux; volume keys on the keyboard aren't recognized. But there's just no other 14-inch laptop that weighs only 3.25 pounds with 16 GB of RAM. Battery life is also quite good, better than my netbook! I've bought something like three of these laptops, including my new work machine.
Author: Jim Hood
I have been using the UltraLap 430 for a few weeks with excellent results. Boot-up time with the SSD is an amazing 13 seconds and it recovers from suspend mode immediately. Battery life is about 5 hours. It's so much better than an Asus ultrabook I tried for a few days that it might as well be from another planet.
I have had this for about a week now and it is wonderful. It is thin, light, and fast. The battery life is around five hours or so which beats my last two laptops. I really have only one complaint and it is that the bottom is plastic rather than aluminum. There are issues with hibernation, but that has plagued Linux for a while and the volume keys not working seem to be an issue with Gnome 3.4. I would gladly recommend this laptop to whomever is looking.
Author: Ashley Martens
I switched from a MacBook Air to the 430 and I have to say that I love and hate it at the same time. Love: the size, speed and capacity. Zareason built a good laptop here. Hate: the keyboard and trackpad don't have that solid feel of a Mac and I HATE that the trackpad isn't used like in a Mac.
Author: Robert McDonald
I've had my UltraLap 430 for 9 months. I've never owned a laptop before, but I use them at work, including MacBook Pros, and an Acer running Windows.
One of my biases is that I haven't met a laptop keyboard or pointing hardware that I like; that said, the keyboard and pointing hardware of the 430 is at least as pleasant as what I use on the MacBook Pros and Acer and other laptops I've tried. Zareason gave me the chance at their Berkeley shop to spend a fair amount of time trying out the keyboard and pointing hardware on the laptop.
I agree with other reviewers about some issues with Linux; that said, I'm fairly happy with Linux (Mint Mate 13) running on my 430, and issues continue to be resolved as Linux matures, although it is pretty mature as it is. The hardware seems stable, usable, and lacking in problems. I don't find myself bothered often by the problems with Linux (I don't encounter them often in my usage), and I'm happy to be running Linux. I've used Linux, OSX, and Windows at work for years, so I'm familiar with the major three computer operating systems (although I really prefer FreeBSD).
It's great to have a Linux laptop reliably suspend/resume/hibernate from the start, rather than my needing to spend time on the research project of attempting to convert a Windows laptop to Linux. The problems with Linux on the 430 seem relatively minor compared to what I've heard others experience trying to convert a Windows laptop to Linux. It's so nice to have a light and fast (i5, SSD) laptop, and it seems sturdy (if I really want to protect it, I'll buy a Pelican case for it, like I did for my tablet), and I like the screen given the tradeoffs necessary for a laptop. I think the fan is quiet, especially compared to the fan on my wife's Dell. I'm also happy to avoid supporting a convicted monopolist by my using a free open-source operating system.
I found Zareason support willing to go the extra mile. I first had some problems with the Ethernet interface, which were resolved by support recommending I upgrade the kernel. Then, a couple of months later, the problems appeared to resume, showing the same symptoms. Zareason support worked with me and even gave me an exchange laptop before I figured out that my router/firewall didn't have enough IP addresses in its DHCP pool (I doubt that happens to many people), so I gave it a static IP at home and it's worked since then. Diagnosing the Ethernet port, Linux Mint didn't differentiate between a software problem with the port (resolved by the kernel upgrade) and a working port that isn't receiving a DHCP lease (resolved by static IP or increasing the address pool size), so that's why it looked like the same problem.