Did you know that the 20th most sold notebook on Amazon ships with Ubuntu?

Priced at $230 which is back to netbook prices: ASUS 1015E-DS03 10.1-Inch Laptop ( Black ) [Link removed due to it no longer being sold by Amazon directly]

I reviewed the reviews for a friend, here is what I found:

It’s the cheapest (new) laptop you can buy (at the time it was actually $208)!   I’ve heard a lot of good reviews about the keyboard itself, that it’s more like a full-size keyboard than a netbook keyboard.  The trackpad apparently sucks.   The wireless chipset is Broadcom (bah humbug!),  which may have had some issues when it first came out.  They appear to have been resolved via some Ubuntu updates.  It does use an old low-end Intel chip that debuted in Q2 2011 [1].  It is 64 bit capable, and it appears to ship with 64 bit Ubuntu 12.04.  It is a dual-core chip.

There are some reports that the default partitioning scheme is wasteful.. Possibly a 100GB NTFS partition for no reason that I could find.

If you have bought one let me know in the comments how it’s working out for you!   And of course leave a review on Amazon as well.  There are 68 reviews there and counting..

6 thoughts on “Did you know that the 20th most sold notebook on Amazon ships with Ubuntu?

  1. I’m not seeing this particular product on the best selling laptop page that Amazon provides.

    The page I can navigate to for Laptop Best Sellers, shows multiple Windows 8 and Chromebook models in the top 20. I don’t see a single Ubuntu model in the top 20 on the page Amazon is presenting to me.

    The url Amazon gives me for “Best Selling Laptops” is:
    http://www.amazon.com/Best-Sellers-Electronics-Laptop-Computers/zgbs/electronics/565108/ref=amb_link_362805182_1?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=browse&pf_rd_r=1992DZ572RDGF638YZH8&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=1652272262&pf_rd_i=2956501011

    I can navigate to this page from the Amazon store front:
    Selecting the Electronics and Computers Department from the pull down list and then selecting Laptops from inside that department. From the sidebar on the laptops page, selecting “best selling laptops”.

    Is there a different way to navigate through the Amazon store to get a top selling list that includes the model you are referring to?

    -jef

    1. It moves up and down. It’s 21st right now.

      You can also scroll down in the product page and find the “best sellers rank”.

  2. Thanks… so on the bubble.

    Hardware spec and pricewise, is that hardware model comparable to the Chromebooks? It seems to me the mini-notebook formfactor demand is being primarily met by Chromebooks now.

    Looking at it from a pricepoint bracketing standpoint sub $300 or so, the model you point out is like 4th or 5th in line chromebooks. With no MS offering at all in the space.

    Which basically tells me, linux based technology stacks are the only way to go for commodity priced hardware markets now, including the laptop formfactor.

    1. I believe the Chromebooks have newer processors generally and Google was trying to push them to SSDs. But generally yes, both cheap similar hardware. (Google also does some nice worth coreboot, which the Ubuntu laptop doesn’t have)

      >Which basically tells me, linux based technology stacks are the only way to go for commodity priced hardware markets now, including the laptop formfactor.
      Indeed. The Windows version of this model I think costs $280. That’s a quite significant cost for Windows on hardware that is this cheap.

  3. :grin: I am typing on 1 right now. Acquired 1 because wasn’t happy using the android tablet I have.
    the tablet is slow and buggy. Whereas the Asus is dependable and reliable.
    The trackpad is is quite alright. No problems there.

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