My embattled Alto 4330, which I bought from ZaReason about 4 years ago, has started to fail. I have to pledge guilty because I've dropped it twice and the poor machine kept working faithfully. Thus, while I think of a way to fix it, I started looking for a replacement.
First, I do not want to pay for Windows 10, especially because all I'd do with it would be to wipe it out from the hard drive. Since I do not want to put up with all the UEFI and restricted boot nonsense, buying from a Linux vendor is my road to take.
Unfortunately, ZaReason was a no-go. I tried to buy their Strata twice, but my order was rejected. Upon asking, they told me it was out of stock but they would get new merchandise soon.
I checked again two weeks later and they had the Ultralap. Nice... I almost bought it, but it does not have an optical drive. Some may think "So... what's the problem?" I guess the problem is that I do use CDs and DVDs, and having a super portable laptop that needs an external CD/DVD drive, even if it is very slim, is not convenient enough for me. They may offer other models soon, but I cannot afford waiting.
I took a look at System 76, but their laptops did not fit my needs.
Then, Mechatotoro suggested Think Penguin. Apparently, their Adelie laptop is the closest to the Strata I wanted... plus it comes with the keyboard in my language.
Thus, I took the plunge and ordered one. Now their card verification loopholes have started... although it is highly inconvenient for me as the customer, I understand their fight against fraud.
I hope my order gets processed and shipped without any other problem. I also hope that the laptop I bought may be a good one.