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Tux Machines (TM)-specific
It’s been a couple of years since I reviewed a laptop from ZaReason, the UltraLap SR. Now I’m reviewing something a bit smaller — the ZaReason Terra HD.
The Terra HD includes a 11.6 inch LED backlit LCD, a beautiful brushed aluminum lid (in black or red), Intel Atom N450 1.66 GHz CPU, Intel GMA 3150 graphics, VGA Webcam, Draft N WiFi, Optional 3G cellular integrated (works best on AT&T), a 6-8 hour battery life, weighs in around 2.9 lbs and has a full-sized keyboard. It also includes 3 USB ports, an integrated SD/SDHC card reader, VGA port and audio ports. You may order up to a max of 2 GB of ram. For storage, you can get hard disks ranging from 160 to 500 GB. Speeds on the disks are 5400 RPM or 7200 RPM. You may instead opt to get a SSD in sizes ranging from 40 GB to 160 GB with the top two being high performance SSD drives. The loaner that ZaReason sent me had 2 GB of RAM and a 40 GB SSD drive.
The OS that they shipped on the Terra HD was Ubuntu 10.04. Ubuntu 10.10 has since been released and immediately upgraded the OS to 10.10 once it was released. Both 10.04 and 10.10 ran swimmingly well on the Terra HD, and neither required a single restricted driver.