A $99 Laptop?! - Pinebook

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Comments • 5 828

  • Derek Rodriguez
    Derek Rodriguez  5 hours back

    Linus is over heat saying $134 isn’t low enough, goes to $99 while Lew from unbox therapy for a laptop for $34 from Amazon. Soooo

    • Roy Wright
      Roy Wright  2 days back

      who built the glass desktop PC in the pinebook video

      • Vecent
        Vecent  2 days back

        Google services (like YouTube and Gmail) work slower in general in the Firefox browser

        • DrCognitive
          DrCognitive  2 days back

          Because we just don't have enough shit in our landfills...

          • Jayblue873
            Jayblue873  3 days back

            It will perform like a MacBook from 2010.

            • Stefan Rink
              Stefan Rink  3 days back

              The Mali GPU is indeed a real pain in the *ss I have the Pine64 and SoPine(s).
              Pine64 uses an Allwinner A64 CPU, that is not really compatible with the RPI's broadcom CPU you need at least another bootloader!
              Also there is no BIOS on ARM so pressing a key will not help unless the bootloader is customized but don't count on that.
              There is also a hardware bug in the A64 you need to work around; The main timer is broken and it makes threads hang, on FreeBSD we made a workaround that uses the 64bit counter as the system timer and it seems the only way to make it stable.

              • Michael Larsen
                Michael Larsen  3 days back

                Could it be use as a music player,server like spotify and a usb sound with active speakers?

                • Charles Aiden De Leon
                  Charles Aiden De Leon  4 days back

                  You should have installed Android on it. More usable.

                  • Chimpy Earl Grey Shayo

                    One more word about my short shifts and i'll kill

                    • ThriftyAV
                      ThriftyAV  5 days back

                      One more budget laptop option is "clearance" laptops at stores like Office Depot / Office Max. These are the models that are being discontinued when they get replaced with the latest and greatest... Prices are often slashed considerably, sometimes 50% off or more, on last year's models.

                      • Crypto Que
                        Crypto Que  5 days back

                        It's $142 with tax & shipping.

                        • Матвей Андриенко

                          Manjaro is shit with lots of vulnerabilities

                          • nin1ten1do
                            nin1ten1do  1 weeks back

                            !ets LAUDLY.. actualy say what HW is realy in aplle product! XD yea..- everyone get imediately greedy... SW is well big part of HW what respond also.. for big chung of preformance..

                            • SICKNICK
                              SICKNICK  1 weeks back

                              As soon as Linus said this has the power of about the original Xbox my phone quality dropped to 480.

                              • osiris merck
                                osiris merck  1 weeks back

                                i love the lights on your pc XD

                                • Ravi Kumar Sharma
                                  Ravi Kumar Sharma  2 weeks back

                                  You are doing so many ads now.. it feels like I am watching TV.. dude I am watching Youtube because I don't want to see ads.. Keep them to a minimum please...

                                  • Jonathan Brooks
                                    Jonathan Brooks  2 weeks back

                                    Could be good as USB Oscilloscope scope machine to read off voltage levels.

                                    • Lucas
                                      Lucas  2 weeks back

                                      Uses the wrong audio out of the box umm no? U just installed manjaro kde so ofc it's gunna use a different audio if u used the original is it most likely would have been configured correctly

                                      • Eric P
                                        Eric P  2 weeks back

                                        $99.00 USD for Linux? Sounds good if you’re willing to overcome the learning curve.

                                        • Goral 90
                                          Goral 90  2 weeks back

                                          Which Manjaro desktop did you use on this device? Was it a live boot? Or did you install it on the harddrive?

                                          • Trym Sætren Hauge
                                            Trym Sætren Hauge  2 weeks back

                                            in norway our shift buttone is just the same size as any other lether key

                                            • Wilmer L
                                              Wilmer L  2 weeks back

                                              What case is that in the background???

                                              • Michael Anthony
                                                Michael Anthony  2 weeks back


                                                [Revulsion and gutteral fear-tinged disgust]

                                                [Nasally caterwauling]

                                                Get it away.

                                                • RectalDiscourse
                                                  RectalDiscourse  2 weeks back

                                                  Why yes, I do agree with you. Bestiality SHOULD be legalized. When dogs are in heat they WANT sex, I'm just sayin'.

                                                  • Warp Speed
                                                    Warp Speed  2 weeks back

                                                    LOL if it's slow in Linux in Windows it's going to be terrible

                                                    • Warp Speed
                                                      Warp Speed  2 weeks back

                                                      It's possible to buy better used laptop for smaller price. Something around $70. 2Gb RAM and intel x86 CPU

                                                      • T B
                                                        T B  2 weeks back

                                                        It's funny how you post the video on a $99 laptop, the sellers immediately jack up the price another $30.

                                                        • Michael McAllister
                                                          Michael McAllister  2 weeks back

                                                          Keep in mind Linus remember when Chromebooks first came out and everybody said that they would never catch on. That and I laughed when he said that 'Windows should help this horrible laptop.' XD Windows wouldn't even be able to help smart toasters(IoT Bashing).

                                                          • yamspaine
                                                            yamspaine  2 weeks back

                                                            I gotta be able to play youtube at 2x speed.. If the proprietary drivers are available it's not a big deal...

                                                            • yamspaine
                                                              yamspaine  2 weeks back

                                                              Well, more important than that is having real mouse buttons. I am amazed that people pay for macbooks

                                                          • En Win
                                                            En Win  2 weeks back

                                                            It has a better keyboard than a MacBook Pro.

                                                            • dombrox
                                                              dombrox  2 weeks back

                                                              This is just laptop for movies as prop XD

                                                              • error_YouTuber_Not_Found_

                                                                I was going to say - Just use your phone the experience will be better... but I remembered that it's very likely for your phone to be more expensive 😂

                                                                • Mr Tea & Crumpets
                                                                  Mr Tea & Crumpets  2 weeks back

                                                                  Which country is he one about when he mentioned the size of the shift key?

                                                                  • Takumi Yamamiya
                                                                    Takumi Yamamiya  2 weeks back

                                                                    Most of Europe and French Canada, probably. It's the ISO format which is apparently widely used outside of the US. I have a keyboard in said format myself.

                                                                • Real LuigiTheBest
                                                                  Real LuigiTheBest  2 weeks back

                                                                  Dell Inspiron 5500 really old it's what I use to play fortnite

                                                                  • Legend 27
                                                                    Legend 27  2 weeks back

                                                                    I'm on that shitty 1st cheapest computer linus looked up on amazon....

                                                                    • Paul Donaghy
                                                                      Paul Donaghy  2 weeks back

                                                                      To be fair, the mali gpu if it was the mp4 not mp2 it would be much better. heck, the Pi's videocore is actually very good for many things especially video decoding.

                                                                      • Mikolaj Mandziejewicz
                                                                        Mikolaj Mandziejewicz  2 weeks back

                                                                        Short left shifts are standard in Germany, no I do not live there, l live in Central Europe and accidentally ordered a German layout keyboard from amazon, and then I bought a razor keyboard from the store because short left shifts suck and it was a gaming keyboard anyways.

                                                                        • The Niwo
                                                                          The Niwo  2 weeks back

                                                                          compiling a kernel on this? Good luck with that.

                                                                          • Vankata BG GDV
                                                                            Vankata BG GDV  2 weeks back

                                                                            Better than my pc

                                                                            • Haze Baze
                                                                              Haze Baze  2 weeks back

                                                                              I only searching for an Laptop that runs Cabal Online, so i can play in my bed :D

                                                                              • Bastet Furry
                                                                                Bastet Furry  2 weeks back

                                                                                Well, depends on the expectations then. I bet that, with some love, that machine would be quite capable as a daily driver. Heck, i have a friend that used an EeePC4G with an external display, keyboard and mouse as his daily driver until recently.

                                                                                • rigers muco
                                                                                  rigers muco  2 weeks back

                                                                                  Pretty sure that thing is nowhere near ps3. It could at least play 1080p youtube.

                                                                                  • InDreamsYourMine
                                                                                    InDreamsYourMine  2 weeks back

                                                                                    No attempt at running Android? Possible to upgrade it to a Raspberry Pi?

                                                                                    • Renan Lira
                                                                                      Renan Lira  3 weeks back

                                                                                      What if I intend to use it just to access the terminal and connect to a remote computer using SSH, edit programs using a text editor (and run them in the aforementioned computer) and plot some graphs from .dat files while on the go? Would you recommend it?

                                                                                      • OP's OC
                                                                                        OP's OC  3 weeks back

                                                                                        I tried to buy this but after waiting on the wait list for like 2 years upon checking up on it there's nowhere on the website I can find to even re-apply.

                                                                                        • theflamingpi
                                                                                          theflamingpi  3 weeks back

                                                                                          Linus sets it down on the table before the sponsored content. You can hear how cheap the laptop is.

                                                                                          • Adam RDL
                                                                                            Adam RDL  3 weeks back

                                                                                            short left hand shift is UK standard, don't think its Europeon standard, just us. Although we get an elongated right shift to make up for it, and also more useful symbols too.

                                                                                            • Fredde Modin
                                                                                              Fredde Modin  3 weeks back

                                                                                              Did Linus com when he open the laptop?