Comments on: Review: ZaReason Strata Pro 15 Laptop https://princessleia.com/journal/2010/12/review-zareason-strata-pro-15-laptop/ Elizabeth Krumbach Joseph's public journal about open source, DevOps, beer, travel, pink gadgets and her life in the city where little cable cars climb halfway to the stars. Tue, 13 Feb 2018 09:38:56 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.1 By: korbe https://princessleia.com/journal/2010/12/review-zareason-strata-pro-15-laptop/comment-page-1/#comment-4143 Sat, 12 Feb 2011 11:24:54 +0000 http://princessleia.com/journal/?p=3747#comment-4143 The touchpad is multi-touch?

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By: pleia2 https://princessleia.com/journal/2010/12/review-zareason-strata-pro-15-laptop/comment-page-1/#comment-4035 Wed, 19 Jan 2011 17:00:48 +0000 http://princessleia.com/journal/?p=3747#comment-4035 You’re welcome! This is the 6-cell battery.

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By: korbe https://princessleia.com/journal/2010/12/review-zareason-strata-pro-15-laptop/comment-page-1/#comment-4032 Wed, 19 Jan 2011 08:58:28 +0000 http://princessleia.com/journal/?p=3747#comment-4032 Thank you pleia2, you are my goddess.

Do you use a 6 cell or a 4 cell battery?

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By: pleia2 https://princessleia.com/journal/2010/12/review-zareason-strata-pro-15-laptop/comment-page-1/#comment-4030 Wed, 19 Jan 2011 02:14:25 +0000 http://princessleia.com/journal/?p=3747#comment-4030 I have uploaded some additional high-res photos, including one taken with the webcam (taken indoors), here:

http://princessleia.com/images/journalpics/122010/zareasonstratapro15/

The touchpad, according to /proc/bus/input/devices is:

N: Name=”FSPPS/2 Sentelic FingerSensingPad”

Regarding the battery, I think you could easily get to 3 hours if you shut off the wifi, didn’t use the optical drive and turned down the screen brightness (I had it at the brightest during my tests), but I think more than 3.5 would be pushing it.

And finally, not sure if these vary by shipment but for what it’s worth, the lspci output:

elizabeth@r3a2:~$ lspci
00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Core Processor DRAM Controller (rev 12)
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation Core Processor Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 12)
00:16.0 Communication controller: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset HECI Controller (rev 06)
00:1a.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset USB2 Enhanced Host Controller (rev 06)
00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset High Definition Audio (rev 06)
00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset PCI Express Root Port 1 (rev 06)
00:1c.1 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset PCI Express Root Port 2 (rev 06)
00:1c.2 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset PCI Express Root Port 3 (rev 06)
00:1c.3 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset PCI Express Root Port 4 (rev 06)
00:1d.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset USB2 Enhanced Host Controller (rev 06)
00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge (rev a6)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation Mobile 5 Series Chipset LPC Interface Controller (rev 06)
00:1f.2 SATA controller: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset 4 port SATA AHCI Controller (rev 06)
00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset SMBus Controller (rev 06)
00:1f.6 Signal processing controller: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset Thermal Subsystem (rev 06)
01:00.0 Network controller: Intel Corporation WiFi Link 5100
06:00.0 Ethernet controller: Atheros Communications AR8121/AR8113/AR8114 Gigabit or Fast Ethernet (rev b0)

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By: Laptop Charger https://princessleia.com/journal/2010/12/review-zareason-strata-pro-15-laptop/comment-page-1/#comment-3982 Sat, 08 Jan 2011 20:42:22 +0000 http://princessleia.com/journal/?p=3747#comment-3982 Thanks for sharing this detailed article about this cool laptop….

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By: korbe https://princessleia.com/journal/2010/12/review-zareason-strata-pro-15-laptop/comment-page-1/#comment-3966 Tue, 04 Jan 2011 17:37:39 +0000 http://princessleia.com/journal/?p=3747#comment-3966 Thank you very much. ^_^

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By: pleia2 https://princessleia.com/journal/2010/12/review-zareason-strata-pro-15-laptop/comment-page-1/#comment-3962 Tue, 04 Jan 2011 02:55:08 +0000 http://princessleia.com/journal/?p=3747#comment-3962 Fan noise – not too bad but the optical drive certainly made its presence known when it spun up. Not enough to really be a problem as far as I was concerned though.

It doesn’t get that hot.

As far as the graphics card went – I had the default Intel, not nVidia.

I think the screen was quite nice.

As for the rest (webcam, more photos, touchpad specs), I’ll do some tests and reply soon :)

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By: korbe https://princessleia.com/journal/2010/12/review-zareason-strata-pro-15-laptop/comment-page-1/#comment-3925 Thu, 30 Dec 2010 14:22:43 +0000 http://princessleia.com/journal/?p=3747#comment-3925 Hello. Thank you for tis review. ^_^

I have some questions:
– What is the quality of the Webcam?
– What is the noise level of the fan?
– Is it hot?
– Have you a strata pro 15 with nVidia GPU?
– What is the manufacturer and model of the touchpad?
– Can you make more photos, or better, a video?
– Do you think it’s possible to reach 4 hours of battery life if we juste take notes, listen music and use a web browser without flash (similar to the Test 1 but without Wifi and DVD playback)?
– What is the quality of the screen (brightness, contrast, color, etc)?

However, I have some criticisms about the Strata pro 15:
– Screen resolution: With 1366×768 on a 15.6″ we have a DPI to small. :( This resolution is good for 13.*” or 14.*” but not for 15.6″.
– Ǹo USB 3. :(
– A numeric pad. We lost some space for the rest of the keyboard. :(
– It’s on dark plastic. I prefer alluminium.

But without these points, it’s seems to be a good laptop.

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By: Sumana Harihareswara https://princessleia.com/journal/2010/12/review-zareason-strata-pro-15-laptop/comment-page-1/#comment-3857 Fri, 24 Dec 2010 11:48:57 +0000 http://princessleia.com/journal/?p=3747#comment-3857 Thanks for the review, pleia2. I myself have a ZaReason Hoverboard (SSD, no optical drive) and like it just fine. Light, runs Ubuntu natively, fast, yay! My only tiny complaint is that I wish I had a mousenubbin like on my old ThinkPad, instead of a trackpad that … wait, I should probably be able to lower its sensitivity in software and get rid of the scrolly behavior when I tap its right edge. *googles*

My Hoverboard did arrive with some bad memory, so I had to ship it back to Berkeley to get that fixed, which was a pain. But now it’s fine. And then we got a Teo netbook from ZaReason and it had a bad power supply, so we had to ship it back to get fixed, and that was a pain too. But the next thing we got from ZaReason hasn’t had any trouble so I hope future customers won’t have trouble, either.

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By: pleia2 https://princessleia.com/journal/2010/12/review-zareason-strata-pro-15-laptop/comment-page-1/#comment-3833 Tue, 21 Dec 2010 17:37:55 +0000 http://princessleia.com/journal/?p=3747#comment-3833 No need to tweak the install at all, it was pretty vanilla. That said, I’m sure ZaReason would configure custom partitioning schemes to fit your needs if you asked when you place your order. They also have the option of Kubuntu rather than Ubuntu.

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