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New Notebook Ordered

Yesterday I ordered my new notebook from  I was originally going to purchase the Serval Professional from, but I wanted to look to see if there was a better PC or if it was on sale.  I soon learned Clevo manufactures the notebook I wanted and provides this notebook to retailers who re-brand the units as their own.  So I searched the Internet for W860CU (one of the models Clevo builds) and started reading posts about their products  and posts about different resellers who deal with them.

So I checked out several on-line retailers and discovered that I can get the same notebook PC (from what I can tell by looking at pictures) with more options than what System76 offered.  So I customized the PC (see below) and compared to what I was going to order from System76.  The price difference, $1.00 US. Like most of us, I want the best value I can get for my money.  System76 just didn’t offer me everything I wanted: Blue-ray player, 3 year labor warranty, and upgraded thermal compound.

There was an option to purchase the PC with no OS, but I wanted to purchase Windows 7 from Newegg at a later date.  Now I can have either a dual boot system or create a VM from within Ubuntu.

When the PC arrives, I plan on backing up the HDD first then wiping it our for Ubutnu 9.10.  I will install Windows 7 Ultimate as a VM.  As I stated before I am really starting to like Windows 7 at work.  I have the Enterprise version installed on three PC and found it to be reliable.

  • 15.6” FHD 16:9 LED Backlit Wide screen (1920×1080) Super Clear Glare Type Screen
  • Standard Dead Pixel Policy
  • Intel® Core™ i7-820QM, 1.73-3.06GHz, (45nm, 8MB L3 cache)
  • IC Diamond Thermal Compound – CPU + GPU
  • nVidia GeForce GTX 280M 1,024MB PCI-Express GDDR3 DX10 (User Upgradeable)
  • 6,144MB DDR3 1333MHz Dual Channel Memory (2 SODIMMS) (Requires Vista 64-Bit to utilize Full 4GB)
  • Standard Finish
  • 2X Blue-Ray Read/8X DVDRW Super Multi Combo Drive
  • 320GB 7200RPM (Serial-ATA II 300 – 16MB Cache)
  • Internal 7-in-1 Card Reader (MS/MS Pro/MS Duo/MS Pro Duo/SD/Mini-SD/MMC/RS)
  • Internal Bluetooth + EDR
  • Built-in Intel® PRO/Wireless 5300 802.11 a/g/n Wi-Fi Link
  • Built in 2.0 Megapixel Camera
  • Sound Blaster Compatible 3D Audio – Included
  • Basic Black Business Case – Included
  • 11.1V Smart Li-Polymer battery pack 3800mAh, 42.18Wh
  • Integrated Fingerprint Reader
  • Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit Installed (64&32-Bit CD Included) w/ Drivers & Utilities CD’s
  • 3 Year Labor* 1 Year Parts Warranty Lifetime -24/7 DOMESTIC Based- Toll Free Telephone Tech Support (Labor Warranty through Xotic PC)
  • Includes FREE Shipping Both Ways for Warranty Repairs


I just received an e-mail that my PC has shipped.

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