Dell's Ubuntu Ultrabook Now Available, Costs $250 More than Windows 8 Model

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DeltaFIVEengineer

I was chosen for the second round beta testing for Sputnik and laughed at the "discount" they were going to give me to beta test their hardware. I agree that these things should be priced well below the 1k dollar mark, especially running Ubuntu.

One day these companies may wake up and make viable change but it's so much easier to blame everyone else for your problems.

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TrollBot5000

I agree as well especially for the Ubuntu version but let's face it most things are overpriced these days as long as a company can get away with charging top dollar they will.

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DeltaFIVEengineer

You hit the nail right on the head. If people keep paying for it, there's no reason for them to stop.

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TrollBot5000

This article is a bit confusing with the price/spec points but it's not Pauls fault so let me try to dissect this. Ok so let's see. If you're in the market for an ultra book I'd think chances are that you're looking for something that can suit your productivity, and/or media needs on the go. The Ubuntu version has that covered out of the box. So no need to mess with drivers. I can't see an ultrabook as someones primary gaming machine even though I'm some what sure this ultrabook could play some games half way decent which would be a reason to get the windows 7 version although the win7 version is a bit weaker. So let's pretend that these two are your only options. Realistically the right thing would be to get the win7 version and dual boot but let's pretend that that also isn't an option. It's either pick the ubuntu version or the win7 version. If you're thinking about the win8 version GTFO. So I guess it boils down to how strapped you are for cash. At least with the Ubuntu version you don't have to worry about any bloatware expiring or any bloatware at all for that matter. So for something thats designed to be ultra portable I'd say your best bet is the Ubuntu version. Get it then install Mint 13 over it. Unity sucks.

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dwellman

Dell did this a 10-12 years ago. It didn't sell too great then either. Of course it wasn't really advertised and one had to ask the right questions to the right person. . . .

If I'm wrong and it does marginally well, I see Lenovo jumping on this. My employer already REQUIRES Fedora for employees (and contractors) that access certain types of data (we basically skipped Vista AND Windows 7).

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Zanshi

Dell doesn't allow you to choose Windows 7 on their most popular models and most powerful configs. I won't be buying Dell again until they offer downgrades.

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

As I was looking at the price and specs on these things, I started thinking about my kid's ASUS ROG notebook: i7 processor, 12Gb RAM, nVidia graphics with 3Gb RAM, around 1Tb of storage, and a 17" screen--for $1500.

So, I'm wondering, what kind of twat pays that much for one of these shitty little ultrabooks? "Intel HD Graphics 4000!" ROTFLMFAO! It's like paying $80,000 for a Smart Car, instead of a big Mercedes. You are actually paying more to get less. Who the fuck does that?

Manufacturers are trying to teach consumers to pay more for less. It's all the rage in the tech industry. Still, I am flabbergasted that anyone is either stupid or shallow enough to fall for it.

I suppose these turds must appeal to the mock turtleneck crowd....

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CDNT

That ASUS also weights 2-3 times the weight of this XPS Ultrabook.
Ultrabooks are far more portable than an average sized laptop, battery life is also better, sure it won't run Far Cry 2 decently but with a Core i5/7 is not a pushover either.

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bpstone

Those of us who have to travel a lot want labtops capable of running our applications and are lightweight. :P

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

You need to wake up and realize you are paying MORE for LESS.

These turds should be priced well under $1000. They aren't even half the computer we would have bought just a couple years ago.

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Andrew.Hodge

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All these edits in this article remind me of the-troll-who's-name-must-never-be-mentioned. Ha Ha.

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captainjack

Silence(er)! You fool! We must never speak of him again!

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Andrew.Hodge

:0)

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whitneymr

It's not a matter of where they grasp it, it's a matter of weight ratios!

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machew100

It's a pretty sexy ultrabook though...

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wolfing

sad thing is, as it's so expensive it probably won't sell well, and Dell may decide that there is no market for Ubuntu installed PCs

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CDNT

"It's a bit pricey for an Ultrabook, but the real turnoff is that it's up to $250 more expensive than a Windows equivalent. An identically spec'd XPS 13 Ultrabook with Windows 7 and 1 year of Enhanced Support starts at $1,300"

Wrong. An identically spec'd XPS 13 Ultrabook with Windows 7 starts at $1,499.99 (http://www.dell.com/us/p/xps-13-l321x-mlk/pd?~ck=mn).

Edit. Mistaken remark about SSD.

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Paul_Lilly

Ah, you're right, though it wasn't the SSD that threw me off, it was the processor. The $1,300 Windows 7 config ships with 8GB of DDR3 memory and 256GB SSD, same as the Developer Edition, but features a slower processor (Core i5 3317U versus Core i7 3517U).

Thanks for the heads up on the error.

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CDNT

Maybe it was Dell's fault, it seems they are updating their website, the Ultrabooks that came with Windows 7 just a few minutes ago now come with Windows 8, who knows what else they updated/added.

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Paul_Lilly

It looks like Dell downgraded the CPU and RAM (compared to before) on the Windows 7 versions - http://www.dell.com/us/p/xps-13-l321x/pd

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kitsunekaji

That sucks! Makes you wonder how much an MS OS really costs these companies, doesn't it? Also, how much expense does all that bloat-ware really cover. You'd think that the Ubuntu set-up would cost at least the same as a MS type.

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bigdog2309

Just buy the similarly spec windows 8 model and put Ubuntu on it saves 250 bucks and won't take longer than 10 mins =)

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CDNT

And if you ever need access to Windows, you can just virtualize that Windows 8 license you got with it.

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DR_JDUBZ

thanks dell for screwing up again! jk no one buys dell.......other than the streak 5 used lol

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