The machine itself is super super ultra-thin, wafer thin, very cool looking. It's crazy light, I was amazed how slick it looked when it arrived.
Huge amount of open-source hardware/chipsets/etc.. The first time I went through the dmesg I was smiling. 2 USB 3.0 ports, and they actually work as promised, very very fast transfer speeds to my USB 3.0 external SSD. Incredible speed, boot time is the fastest I've ever seen. Starts at $720, mine was $1,800
- Who is ThinkPenquin?
- King Penguin GNU / Linux Notebook
- Things I like
- ThinkPenguin - Supports Freedom
About: Our products are freedom-compatible. Meaning they will work with just about any free software operating system. This is made possible by selling products with free software compatible chipsets.
Free software is a set of principles that ensure end-users retain full control over their computer. Free software can be used, studied, and modified without restriction.
The chipsets we use encourage community development and user participation. Users can not be locked into a vendor or product, be forced into an expensive upgrade, or have other digital restrictions placed on them.
This is the highest-performance notebook machine sold by ThinkPenguin, and I've had mine for about 2 months. Like all the ThinkPenguin machines, this sucker is dirt cheap compared to mainstream dealers!! Starts at $720. Product Page. Below are the options I chose during the order, my total was only around $1,800! That's less than half what my Alienware M18xR2 cost.
For my customization the first thing of course was to max out the availabe RAM to 16GB DDR3.
Knowing how important disk speed is, I opted for the 120GB SSD, which is blazing fast.
This machine does a lot of encryption and media tasks, like SSH, so I opted for the Quad-Core i7-2630QM 2.0GHz / 2.9 GHz turbo
Arch Linux! My favorite distro going back a decade.. and unlike most single-distro proponents (ubuntoo especially), I've tried hundreds. Mostly I'm using arch for personal use and Red Hat for professional use.
The machine itself is super super tiny, wafer thin. It's incredibly light, really I was amazed when it arrived how thin and ultra-clean it was.
Huge amount of open-source hardware/chipsets/etc.. The first time I went through the dmesg I was smiling.
2 USB 3.0 ports, and they actually work as promised, very very fast.
Wifi and Ethernet ports excellent. Battery life decent. Incredible speed.
I was actually there to purchase the first open-source (hardware and firmware/software) usb wireless-n adapter, and saw they actually specialize in selling machines. I'm hooked!
Get it at: ThinkPenguin.com
|Processor||Up to 3rd Gen Intel i7|
|Screen||15.6" FHD (1920x1080) Matte 16:9|
|Wireless||802.11N Atheros Wifi (freedom compatible chipset)|
|Webcam||2.0M pixels HD video camera|
|Memory||Up to 16GB|
|Battery||6 cell Lithium-Ion (about 7 hours, /w optimization)|
|Ports|| 2 x USB 2.0 ports
2 x USB 3.0 ports
1 x external VGA port
1 x HDMI output port
1 x Headphone jack
1 x Microphone jack
1 x RJ-45 LAN port (10/100/1000)
1 x DC-in jack
|Touchpad & Keyboard||multi-gesture and scrolling function
full size isolated keyboard with numeric pad
|Chipset||Mobile Intel® HM77 Express Chipset|
|Optical Drive||Built-in Super-Multi Drive (supports DVD-RAM/R/RW/+/-/CD-R/RW)|
|Built-in Audio & Mic||Yes|
|Approx. Dimensions||374(W) x 252(D) x 14 ~ 25.4(H)mm (Height excluded battery area)
14.73" x 9.92" x .55" ~ 1" inches
|Weight||2.2kg, 4.8lbs (/w battery)|
|Default configuration||Includes the latest release of Ubuntu|
|Compatible with||Most other GNU/Linux flavours (hardware supports free & mainline kernels/project drivers)|