Reviewed by K.C. Kim
Netbooks are great since they can do pretty much what a laptop can do. In addition Netbooks are small and compact for travel. The problem with most Netbooks is that Windows is not the best option when it comes to Netbook hardware. That’s why Linux runs so much better on a compact Netbook. ZaReason has made it easy to have many different options when it comes to choice of OS.
The ZaReason Teo Pro Netbook is the latest Netbook from the company that sells Linux based laptop, desktops and servers. The specs of the Teo Pro Netbook are pretty much top of line for Netbook specs:
Glossy 10.1” WSVGA display @ 1024×600 pixels
Intel® Atom™ N450 Processor, 1.66GHz
Intel® NM10 Express chipset
Intel® GMA 3150 graphics and video module (shared system memory)
Up to 2GB DDR2 667MHz RAM
Intel HD Audio
Speakers on both sides of screen for quality sound output
Internal microphone included
10/100 LAN x 1
WLAN 11b/g/n included
3-in-1 card reader — SD/MMC/MS supported
1.3 megapixel webcam included
Monitor (VGA): 15 pin D-Sub x 1
Headphone and mic jacks
2 USB 2.0 ports
LAN jack (RJ45)
Your choice of a variety of Open Source operating systems
93% of a regular keyboard for easy typing (key-to-key distance)
High capacity 6400 mAh Li-Ion battery, up to 8 hours battery life
AC Adapter: 19V DC, 40W/Input: 100-240V AC, 50/60Hz universal
Dimensions: 10.5 x 6.5 x .75 in / 26.8 x 16.5 x 1.9 cm
Weight: 2.4 lbs / 1.1 kg
While other Netbooks comes with a glossy plastic lid, the ZaReason has a much more premium brushed aluminum lid which will appeal to business types. The keyboard is almost full size and doesn’t feel cramped at all. The 10.1 inch 1024×600 display is very vibrant and is great for watching movies, browsing the web and more. The CPU is 1.66Ghz along with 2GB of ram and 160GB hard drive. In addition the Teo Pro features 1.3MP webcam, card reader, 6 cell battery that lasts 8hrs, USB, Intel high definition speakers, built-in microphone, and built in wifi and Ethernet port. On the ZaReason you can customize the Teo Pro to your liking by upgrading the hard drive to an SSD or opting for a different flavor Linux OS.
The ZaReason Teo Pro comes with Ubuntu Linux 11.04 preinstalled. I found the setup to be very easy. Now I know lots of consumers think that Linux is too complicated but the entire experience is very easy once installed. The browser included is Firefox so I have no problem test driving the Internet experience. I tested out a few Hulu and Youtube and flash works great with no stutter. The Netbook also includes OpenOffice so you can do word processing on the machine. The battery life on this little netbook is fantastic and browsing the web, watching videos, and testing out OpenOffice and I still had over half the battery left over.
All in all I believe the ZaReason Teo Pro Netbook is one of the top choices for what I want in a Netbook. Ubuntu is feature rich for advance user but simple enough that anyone can navigate the Linux OS. Although I own an iPad I find the Teo Pro better suited for doing productive work. So if you’re looking for a Netbook put the ZaReason Teo Pro on the top of list.
9.5 Out of 10
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Disclosure: Review Unit