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What amounts to ‘Proof of Concept’ for the New Tablet I am Considering! Win 10 on a dual-core Notebook running a VM in Linux!

Originally posted 2016-05-13 01:21:49.

VM is working great!
VM is working great!

So once again this evening I did a bit more testing using my Asus X553SA Notebook to see how well Windows 10 with a VMware server, running on Linux Debian would work.

There were a few minor glitches, such as having to install the php5-gd library and Imagemagick so I could edit images inside WordPress and crop headers, etc.

However all seems well at this time as I write this directly to the Asus notebook based server.

Below is a short video I recorded using my BLU Studio Energy2 phone via screen capture.

So someone buy my Asus Z580CA so I can test this all out on a nice Windows 10 Tablet!

The video below is for those who never visit the Tablet Test site, because by the morning this site will be back in the Dragon Touch X10.

Tim

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Testing Out the Asus Quick Charging Function on The Asus X553SA Today.

Asus-Quick-Charge1The Asus X553SA is a great notebook, which sadly I do not use all that often, and it has a few features that I have never tried. One of those is he USB Quick Charge Function that you can use to charge your smartphone or Tablet.

Today I fully charged up the notebook and proceeded to plug in my BLU Studio Energy 2 phone in, which had a current charge of 65%. The time was 3:09 (15:09)pm and we shall see how long the Asus takes to charge up the monstrous 5000 mAh battery on the phone.

So far we are a little over an hour, (4:22 p CDT) into charging and the results are not all that spectacular. The charge level on the phone has moved only from 65% to roughly 73%.

Final results, after almost 3 hrs of charging, we are now at 85% which means if you have the more typical phone with roughly a 2000 mAh battery you would have picked up roughly a 50% charge. Not bad, but nothing that spectacular. In the meantime the notebook has dropped off to 47% charge. Of course it is a tradeoff, handy yes, but still nothing much to write home about.

Tim

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Did a Little More Benchmark Testing on My Devices Today.

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BLU Studio Energy 2 Results

Last night and this morning I ran some tests on all the platforms I have here at HQ, yes even my smartphone got tested.  I ran them all on Geekbench 3 just out of curiosity and there were no real surprises.

The tests were all run in 32 bit mode since the budget here doesn’t allow for purchasing the 64 bit license, but the results should be indicative of overall comparative speeds either way.

In every case the single core tests ran just about as expected with the BLU Energy2 phone at the bottom of the list, but it also has the slowest processor speed at 1.3GHz. Top of the list for single core testing was the Dell Optiplex PC which was also expected because it is clocked at 2.66GHZ. The Chuwi HiBook was next followed by the Asus X553SA notebook, which seems to not follow logic, because the Asus is actually clocked at 1.6Ghz, versus the 1.44GHz on the HiBook, but the Atom X5 processor can clock up to 1.8Ghz, so this might be the case. The single core scores are list below:

  • Dell Optiplex 745 – 1417
  • Chuwi HiBook – 728
  • Asus X553SA –  685
  • BLU Energy2 – 607

Next we have the multi core scores and there is a bit a change here. The clear winner was the Chuwi HiBook, probably because 4 cores are better than 2. The Optiplex came in well below the Chuwi in second place. Next was the BLU Studio Energy2 phone followed by the Asus X553SA in last place. The scores are listed below.

  • Chuwi HiBook – 2128
  • Dell Optiplex 745 –  1920
  • BLU Energy2 – 1655
  • Asus X553SA – 1516

So overall the results basically follow CPU speed and it is the most important in single core processing and then multi core processing with  4 versus 2 cores is always going to win the day. Below are screen shots of the results, click for full size images (the BLU phone is at the top of the article.

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Dell Optiplex 745
HiBook-Geekbench
Chuwi HiBook
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Asus X553SA

Tim

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Because Two Linux Installs were Not Enough, I Also Tested Out Lubuntu!

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Installing Lubuntu

I was on a roll, so my last and final test was Lubuntu, which isn’t half bad. I am still not going to declare it my favorite because even running in a VM with, 1.7gb RAM it was much slower than Linux Lite 3.0.

Overall I would say if you have an old desktop with at least 3gb RAM it should run fine. But if I were going to choose a replacement for Windows XP or Vista, for myself, I  would pick Linux Lite 3.0.

It’s fast, easy to setup and has zero glitches during the install and the menu is a bit easier to navigate.

Below are a few images of Lubuntu…

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Possibly the best image editor on earth!
Possibly the best image editor on earth!

Incidentally, this post was written on the Lubuntu VM on Chromium within the VM….

Tim

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A Few hours with the Asus X553SA Convince Tim to get a Dual Boot Tablet!

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Yep, VMWare works fine on Windows 10

So after some extensive testing tonight I have determined that I can run a Virtual Machine on Windows 10 so therefore I am going to get a dual boot tablet with Windows 10 on it so I can run this server.

The performance of the Asus laptop was quite impressive! However, I will still need to figure out how to let the tablet sleep and keep the Wifi “always on”, but that can not be as difficult as setting up a VM and configuring Apache server.

Now you may wonder how I am able to run that test considering I having Windows 7 at home? The answer is quite simple, I ran all the tests on my Asus X553SA notebook, with a VMWARE server installed running Debian 8.2.

So that means my Asus Z580CA is now up for sale!

Tim

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