ZaReason Ultralap 430 comes with Linux

Updated on 13 August 2012 by


It’s not clear whether a Linux-based ultrathin with Ultrabook hardware specifications can be called an Ultrabook. Probably not because ZaReason don’t mention Ultrabook at all in their information on the Ultralap 430 – a Linux-based laptop built on  Ultrabook hardware that’s now available. The Ultrabook name is not going to matter to this audience though.

There are two questions that come to mind here. Firstly, this laptop isn’t cheap. With a 1.8Ghz Core i3 and 128GB SSD it will cost over $1000 but it might be worth it if our second question can be answered in the affirmative – does the laptop ship with a guarantee that everything works? Touchpad, power saving, graphics?

Zareason are offering a wide range of Linux distributions for the Ultralap which worries us because guaranteeing that everything works across so many distributions is an almost impossible task.

The Linux-based Ultrabook isn’t new. Dell launched project Sputnik back in May which aims to build a Ubuntu distro for the Dell XPS13. You can’t buy the Linux-based laptop though so ZaReason is one of the only choices out there unless you want to build your own Linux laptop on a no-os Ultrabook.


  • 14.1" HD (1366×768) Glossy LED Backlit Display
  • 3rd Generation Intel Core Processor
  • Intel HD 4000 Graphics
  • Quick performance and power-on times with Solid State Disks
  • HD Stereo Speakers
  • 802.11 B/G/N WiFi included
  • Bluetooth
  • 3-in-1 card reader — SD/MMC/MS supported
  • 1.3 Megapixel HD webcam included
  • Multi-gesture touchpad


  • HDMI port
  • Gigabit Ethernet port
  • Kensington lock port
  • Headphone/Mic Jack
  • 2 USB 3.0 ports
  • 1 USB 2.0 port


  • Your choice of a variety of Open Source operating systems
  • Battery Life: Up to 6 hrs
  • Dimensions (WxDxH): 13.5in x 9.25in x .75in
  • Weight: ~3.5 lbs


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4 Comments For This Post

  1. Ben Bernanke says:

    Linux? Great!
    But 1366×768 glossy? No thanks.

  2. amarok says:

    I doubt it has any kind of optimization. If it did, their site would be advertising it in big bold letters
    Probably better off buying a Windows ultrabook with the usual bloatware discount and installing Linux yourself.

  3. Nazir says:

    Raczej za 1000 usd z Ubuntu to b?dzie pora?ka

  4. Bill says:

    ZaReason uses only hardware supported by the mainline kernel. That’s how they can support any number of up-to-date distros and know everything will work.

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