Let's look at the hardware:
- Intel Core i3-2328M CPU @ 2.20 GHz (2 core, 4 threads)
- Intel Mobile HM75 Express Chipset
- 4 GB Ram (256MB used by Video)
- HD 3000 Graphics (Intel Sandybridge Mobile Driver)
- 500 GB 5400 rpm HDD
- Integrated Gigabit Ethernet
- 802.11 b/g/n wireless and Bluetooth combo V4.0+HS
- 8x CD/DVD +/- Burner
- 2 x 2W speakers
- 1.0 MP HD Camera w/ digital microphone
- 6-cell Lithium Ion battery
- 65 Watt power adapter
So what does this laptop look like?
Taking a closer look on the left side of the laptop we can see the ethernet , svga, and two USB ports.
On the right side we can see two more USB ports, the CD/DVD Burner, and the audio headset and Microphone in ports.
On the front panel the usual set of LED indicator lights can be found on the lefthand side, while in the centre the SD MMC MS slot is accessible.
Taking apart the case:
|Be careful when unlocking the clips that hold in the keyboard, it's easy to gouge the surrounding plastics.|
Things I liked:
Things I didn't like - a couple of setup issues:
The setup of the laptop was for the most part plug and play, however there were a few little setup issues that I had to resolve.
Swap had to be manually enabled.
The basic commands involved to enable swap were:
dd if=/dev/zero of=swapfile bs=4G count=1
mkswap -L SWAP swapfile
Then editing /etc/fstab and /etc/rc.local to ensure that the swap space would be used on each boot up.
System Info did not display the graphics driver.
To remedy this execute the following in a terminal session:
sudo apt-get install mesa-utils
This machine wasn't purchased to be a main development rig, or for load testing - it's purpose is to do general build and runtime testing. This being said I ran two simple operations to gain a base level understanding of this system's capabilities for workloads it'll be seeing.
|Building Apache Karaf 2.2.x Branch with Maven 2.2.1 and Java 1.6.0_35 (note: Maven was in off line mode)|
|Apache ActiveMQ 5.6.0 KahaDB Disk Benchmark using Java 1.6.0_35.|
In my second test I ran the Apache ActiveMQ KahaDB Disk Benchmark test. The laptop's 500 GB 5400 RPM SATA drive stats are about where I'd expect a drive of its class to score.
Would I buy another one?
As this system stands, if I had the need for another Linux laptop for general purpose work loads I would order this unit again.
I recently updated the Vostro 2420's hardware and OS installation - read about the process and results here.