I recently wrote about repairing my Acer Aspire 3 (aka ‘Ace the Laptop’) and what a pain it was going inside of it to work on. It ‘somehow’ worked after taking all I could apart, and then putting it back together. Must’ve been a loose connection…but I dunno!?! At the time, had thought that laptops should be more upgradeable, and now this:
Am a desktop user…anything that needs throttling all the time, like laptops ‘n those ‘Cheese Block’ (tiny fire hazards) computers doesn’t appeal to me. However, at least laptops have a built in display ‘n are battery powered so their full portability can make them useful.
We know consumer electronics can be better for you and for the environment. Unlike most products, ours are open for you to repair and upgrade.
Consumer electronics is broken. We’ve all had the experience of a busted screen, button, or connector that can’t be fixed, battery life degrading without a path for replacement, or being unable to add more storage when full. Individually, this is irritating and requires us to make unnecessary and expensive purchases of new products to get around what should be easy problems to solve.
Their price is a little high, but it could be a great laptop for Linux, since there are options for “(bring your own)” OS.
omg! ubuntu! has a great article on it, plus more info.
UPDATE: I really like the idea around the “open for you to repair and upgrade” of these laptops, so have done a little more checking, especially on justification of the price. (Note: I don’t know much about laptops or notebooks or their specs.) That display is small, but still caught my eye with these SPECS: 13.5” 3:2 2256×1504, 100% sRGB color gamut, and >400 nit.
1) Minimum for any display should be 1920 x 1080 – don’t buy it if it is less than that, so that 2256×1504 looks like a great display for a laptop (noticed the Microsoft Surface Laptop uses the same resolution).
2) 400 nit is pretty durn high for a laptop. 400 nits isn’t in the top 10, but I bet its brighter than most laptops (my novice Laptop opinionated guess). 13.5″ seems small, but it is just a laptop.
3) Graphics – Iris Xe Graphics: Intel’s Iris Xe Graphics Preview: Is Real Gaming Power in Reach for Thin-and-Light Laptops?
Looks like $935 for my DIY customizing – Intel i5-1135G7 CPU, bumped memory to 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3200 (saves me having to double-check ‘n such), 250GB – WD_BLACK™ SN750 NVMe™ (let them handle compatibility issues for memory and NVMe – prices look good) and Intel® Wi-Fi 6E AX210 No vPro®.
The 500GB – WD_BLACK™ SN750 NVMe™ is only $14 more than the 250GB which would make it – $949. Both prices are w/o Windows 10.
Probably too high for me right now. ‘Ace the Laptop‘ is less than 2 years old: ‘Acer Aspire 3, 15.6″ Full HD, AMD A9-9420, 8GB DDR4, 1TB HDD, Windows 10 Home, A315-21-93EY for $277.13 from Walmart – that includes free shipping and taxes.’ Yeah, I’d probably have to be desperate to pay over $300 for any laptop. The Framework Laptop would definitely blow the lid off of ‘Ace the Laptop‘ tho (will keep that in mind if ‘Baby Sledge’ enters the picture again). 😉
LINUX IS LIKE A BOX OF CHOCOLATES – you never know what you’re gonna get!