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Introducing the Centurion Ultra and Centurion Nano – Two Ultrathin Aluminum Laptops

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Hello everyone, we’ve been working hard on our two latest devices over the past several months, and are proud to finally make a public announcement. Thanks to you, we grew strong enough to bounce back from a catastrophic storm, and we’re giving back with improved versions of our feature laptop.

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Our first new release is the Centurion Nano, an ultra-light laptop with heart-pounding performance. The Nano comes with two Intel Kaby Lake options: the i5-7200U, and the i7-7500U. You also have the choice of 8-16GB of RAM and storage of up to 1TB SSDs, and the potential to upgrade to 32GB of the latest DDR4 memory (single DIMM only).

We kept eye on your feedback for the Litebook v1’s touchpad, keyboard, and screen, and know you’ll see our improvements right away. The Nano’s matte 13.3” 1080p HD screen is vibrant and undistracting. Its backlit keyboard and polished clickpad sing to the touch, and its sculpted aluminum case is a visual delight.

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Best of all, the Nano’s RAM, and network adapter are replaceable, and the bottom panel is as easy to remove as the Litebook’s.

Starting at $699, the Nano is an on-call workstation that takes the burden out of working on-the-go.

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Our second release is the Centurion Ultra, a 15.6” laptop that runs full blast in each category. The Ultra comes with an Intel Kaby Lake i5-7200, and can be upgraded to an i7-7500U. Like the Nano, the Ultra comes with 8-16GB of RAM, and can also support up to 32GB of DDR4 memory (single DIMM only). Storage maxes out at 1TB SSDs, and an NVIDIA 940m makes the graphics just as formidable.

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The Ultra shares the Nano’s screen, keyboard, clickpad, and case improvements, and can also have its RAM and network adapter easily upgraded. Where the Ultra goes one step further is with its second drive bay. Whether you want to beef up your storage or install a separate system, the Ultra will have a second drive installed in minutes.

Though it’s our new flagship, prices for the Ultra start at $749. If you need raw power, the Ultra is an unlimited source.

 

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With these on the market, our next goal is is to make Alpha OS, our fork of elementary and Ubuntu, publicly available. Stayed tuned for this release and expect an announcement in the near future. Some of its largest changes from elementary will be Numix Themes, the Numix Icon Set, External Deb and PPA Support, Desktop Icons, a Minimize Button, and the inclusion of LibreOffice along with a preinstalled GNOME App Suite.

How to create and boot USB ISOs

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As much as this topic comes up, I figured it should have its own post. It’s very easy to boot ISOs for testing or installing other distros, but things can go wrong just as easily. Read this overview, follow the links provided, and take extra precaution with new installs, and you’ll be rocking a new system in no time.
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I have to make this clear before I start: do not use Unetbootin to burn your ISO. I repeat, do not use Unetbootin to burn your ISO.

Unetbootin is the cause of countless problems with bad ISO burns, and despite all its infamy, it’s still a go-to recommendation. Avoid this program. Cutting Unetbootin out of the equation will save you a lot of trouble.

Now, to start this proper.
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Burning the ISO

These links cover several different tools, so use whichever you’re most comfortable with.

—– Create a bootable USB from Windows —–

(compliments of @NewLitebook) https://www.lifewire.com/create-uefi-bootable-linux-mint-usb-2202084 (using Win32 Disk Imager)

https://www.ubuntu.com/download/desktop/create-a-usb-stick-on-windows (using Rufus)
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—– Create a bootable USB from Linux —–

https://www.ubuntu.com/download/desktop/create-a-usb-stick-on-ubuntu (using Startup Disk Creator)

http://howtoubuntu.org/how-to-burn-an-iso-to-a-cd-or-dvd-in-ubuntu (using Brasero)

(if using a terminal) download gddrescue from the repos and execute sudo ddrescue -f <image.ISO> <USB location> <optional log file to resume half-finished burns>

If using the above terminal command, do not mix the ISO and USB order up! Also, make absolutely sure you have the correct USB location, or you will permanently overwrite something on your system.
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Booting the ISO

Now that you have a bootable USB, plug it in, restart your Litebook, and hit escape as soon as you see the Alpha logo come up. This will take you to the Insyde BIOS overview.

From here, select Boot Manager, and then select your USB ISO (the existing two options will say ubuntu (BIGND3R) and ubuntu linpus lite, so don’t select those). You should now be booting your USB file.

If you’re booting a file instead of an ISO (i.e. you downloaded the Memtest86+ binary or some other diagnostic tool), you have to enter the BIOS overview and select Boot from File. From there, you should again see your USB, but this time you can navigate the folders within it. Simply find the file you want to boot, press enter, and your file will boot.

The above step is only for binaries. You don’t need to use Boot from File for a properly burned ISO.
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I think that covers everything. Let me know if I left anything out or if anything needs clarification.

Alpha Litebox and Alpha Centurion!

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Hi, everyone.

 

We made some huge changes this past month, and wouldn’t be surprised if you had to double check the URL at some point.  We updated the site’s layout, revamped the forums, and put more information at your fingertips on the Litebook product page.

 

Of all our changes, the biggest of all was adding the Litebox and Centurion.  You’ve helped us make the Litebook a success, and we wanted to see how else our beautiful, capable, and inexpensive hardware could suit your needs. We’ve learned a lot from the launch of the Litebook and have made several improvements with our newest products including the use of Hardware that doesn’t require additional drivers.

 

Like the Litebook, the Litebox brings tons of potential for a fraction of what others charge.  It runs Linux and elementary OS, includes a highly efficient Intel Celeron CPU with integrated graphics, and has 4GB of RAM.  The Litebox starts with a 500GB hard drive, and can be ordered with up to a Terabyte of storage, 8GBs of ram and an Intel i5 processor.  It also includes HDMI and DisplayPort connectivity, three USB 3.0 ports, and a high-quality aluminum case. 

 

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For $249, the Litebox has gaming, home theater, and everyday use written all over it.  Kodi, Steam, and your favorite web browser were made for this!

 

 

We decided to take a more direct approach with the Centurion.  While the Litebook is mobile and the Litebox is playful, the Centurion is pure power.  It boasts a dual-core Intel i7 with a maximum clock rate of 3.0 GHz, 8GB of RAM, a full-size keyboard, and a 15.6” 1080P HD screen.  It also comes with a 1TB hard drive, 3 USB ports (1 USB 3.0 and 2 USB 2.0), HDMI and VGA ports, and an onboard SD card reader.

 

 

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Best of all, all that power and capability is given without the weight.  The Centurion’s case is largely made of durable aluminum, and won’t be taken down by drops, knocks, and other dangers of traveling.  We’re starting this product at $429, less than double the Litebook’s cost for all that extra strength.

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Christmas Deals are Here! $50 off all Centurion Ultra and Centurion Nano Models Plus $50 off all Litebooks with 120GB SSDs. Dismiss