Starling Netbook

The second half of my laptop order from System76 arrived today.

I got the Starling Netbook.  At a price of about $360 and no mucking with operating systems, it’s a very good buy, in my opinion.

This is from the System76 website.  Cute little netbook!

The screen is 10.1 inches, the memory is 1 GB of RAM, the hard drive is 160 gigs, and it has standard wifi and lan networking.  The graphics aren’t anything to really write home about, but this is a netbook: a portable device for browsing, blogging, writing and reading.  There’s no DVD/CD drive, but that doesn’t bother me, as I have a very nice DVD/CD drive on my much higher powered laptop I wrote about in my last post.

I took some pictures when I unboxed it (not forgetting to grab the camera this time!).

Here’s the packaging.  It was well packaged with lots of paper and packing materials so the netbook didn’t move in transit.

More packaging.  It came with a power cord (duh) and some documentation relating to where the keys are (like for volume control and brightness).

Here it is set up on my desk.  Yes, that is a Microsoft wireless laptop mouse!  The computer is very small and convenient to carry around the house.

Battery life is longer than 3 hours.  I really haven’t tested it for full capacity yet, but I figure definitely longer than three hours.  I’d really like to test it from a full battery.

Onto the keyboard.  The keyboard is small.  I’ve got to adjust my hands to it every time I switch from my full-sized laptop to the netbook.  I wouldn’t recommend this netbook to someone with massive hands, as they wouldn’t be able to type very comfortably on it.  Although, if you have massive hands, you might look into a roll-up keyboard or something.

I would recommend this netbook to anyone who is fed up with the offerings from the other netbook manufacturers who are supplying mostly Windows-based netbooks.  Granted, it will run MS Office (a very good program in its own right) but it won’t run any of your games or other high-intensity programs.  The Starling runs Ubuntu Netbook Remix speedily and handles multiple programs easily.

I was up and running within an hour.  I had gwibber and flock installed and configured as well as flash working.  I also got firefox 3.5 working on this netbook with no problems.

If you want portability, style, and ease of use, I would recommend this netbook.  5/5 from System76!

Blogged with the Flock Browser

6 thoughts on “Starling Netbook”

  1. Niice! I have an eeepc, but have not yet installed GNU/Linux on it. I definitely have a hard time typing with any amount of speed on mine, lol! I guess my question is answered–you got flash going in flock. I wonder why mine won’t work on both systems. Weird. So that’s Ubuntu Netbook Remix? I hadn’t seen this before. I am pondering which distro to download for mine. Someone suggested eeebuntu. Hmmm….

    1. Addressing flash: you have to COPY (and make sure you copy, not cut) the flashlib from your firefox plugins folder over to your flock plugins folder. If you’re on a 64-bit machine, it’s gotten the correct one for you already, just copy it over and you’ll be good.

      eeeBuntu is like UNR (I think) but compiled for the eee hardware. (Someone correct me if I’m wrong, please!)

      It’s a good little machine, and I look forward to testing the battery life and seeing how long it actually can go with regular use. :)


  2. Thanks for the review, Amy. When I was researching netbooks, and the Starling, it was hard to find info about the Starling online. Every little bit helps! I also did a review of the Starling I bought in June. You can see it at:

    1. Glad to hear you found my blog post about the Starling. Actually, I found your blog post about the Starling and decided to go with it over an eeePC.

      I hope it helps someone else make up their mind for a netbook. Your post helped me a great deal.


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