The Vikings X200 - RYF (Respects Your Freedom) edition
is a refurbished, ultra-portable and durable business-grade laptop that respects your freedom and your privacy. It comes preinstalled with a fully libre software BIOS replacement (Libreboot). Enjoy the freedom of having control of your computing, improve your privacy and security by using this great laptop.
For a business notebook, the look of the Vikings X200 works as it is clean and professional. It features a magnesium alloy casing on both the top and bottom of the body. To go along with the external magnesium alloy casing is an internal magnesium roll-cage skeleton that reinforces the overall feel of the notebook, there’s little flex to be found anywhere.
For upgrades and repairs that might come up down the road, the Vikings X200 keeps the user in mind with easy to remove access panels and covers. The most frequent upgrade items being the hard disk and RAM, are accessed through panels on the bottom and side. Other items such as the keyboard and wireless cards can be reached by removing a handful of labeled screws on the bottom, and easily pop out.
The Free Software Foundation's "Respects Your Freedom" hardware product certification
The Vikings X200 laptop fully meets the criteria for the FSF's hardware endorsement program and was certified on 2017-03-03
"The desire to own a computer or device and have full control over it, to know that you are not being spied on or tracked, to run any software you wish without asking permission, and to share with friends without worrying about Digital Restrictions Management (DRM) —these are the desires of millions of people who care about the future of technology and our society.
Unfortunately, hardware manufacturers have until now relied on close cooperation with proprietary software companies that demanded control over their users. As citizens and their customers, we need to promote our desires for a new class of hardware — hardware that anyone can support because it respects your freedom."
Two years of legal guarantee included
Though the Vikings X200 is a refurbished item it comes with the two year legal guarantee, exceeding the legal requirement by one year.
No malicious software or back doors
The Vikings X200 does not contain any known back doors. It comes with the Intel Management Engine and Intel Active Management Technology fully removed. The boot firmware is fully free software (Libreboot) and as such the source code is fully auditable.
Now with Trisquel GNU/Linux preinstalled!
Trisquel GNU/Linux (a fully libre Ubuntu derivative) comes preinstalled included in the price*. Parabola GNU/Linux (a fully libre Arch Linux derivative) is available optionally.
Both require a drive to install it on, so if you decide ordering the Vikings X200 without an SSD or HDD we will of course not install an operating system for you.
Keyboard and touchpoint
The keyboard on the Vikings X200 is a standout in the field of ultraportables. It’s entirely comfortable for typing with no adjustments necessary for smaller keys you often find on ultraportables. Each key is individual, there’s no sink to the keyboard no matter how hard you push, and the feedback you get from each key is so perfect it’s just plain satisfying for a laptop. It’s also quiet and won’t click or rattle to annoy others.
To save space the Vikings X200 omits the touchpad system in favor of a touchpoint. The touchpoint is easy to use and allows you to move a cursor around the screen more efficiently as you can keep your fingers placed on the keys and use it without lifting a hand down to a touchpad.
The mouse buttons just below the space bar are easy to use with a nice travel distance, good smooth feedback, and no stiffness or annoying click noisiness.
The Vikings X200 is available with ANSI and ISO layouts (subject to availability).
The X200 is equipped with a widescreen LCD with a resolution of 1280x800. This means there is more horizontal desktop space available at no cost to vertical desktop space. The Vikings X200 200nit screen is also brighter than it's predecessor's (X61) 150nit screen. The Vikings X200 screen offers a good number of levels of brightness adjustment and is very bright at the highest level. The screen also has very good contrast levels and produces decent blacks. Its viewing angle capability and the usable vertical viewing angle is is standard among laptops. Overall, we think the screen pleasant to look at indoors in both high and low light conditions. It isn't quite bright enough for use outdoors on a very sunny day.
Because the Vikings X200 is a refurbished laptop, the display that comes built-in is also in a refurbished condition. We can not guarantee a specific condition of the display. It may have blemishes/cuffs/marks. We'll use the best display we have available at the time of the order.
The Vikings X200 has one mono speaker located on the bottom of the laptop. System sounds are mostly fine and audible, but you will want to use headphones for a decent listening experience. You can also use the docking station (see info below), which provides for stereo sound and slightly better sound quality.
The Vikings X200 Laptop can be used with one battery at a time. 6 and 4 cell batteries don't protrude and are a good option for traveling. 9 cell batteries offer the maximum of battery life available with 7800 mAh, 9 cells protrude a little and are a bit heavier.
The original Thinkpad X200 has shown an impressive performance when it's been sold as new between 2008 and 2010. Today, the performance is still good enough for the most common use-cases and even occasional graphics design. Especially together with 8 GB of RAM (4 GB of RAM are included in the base price) and a solid-state drive (SSD), the system is fit for some more years of work. You get 2.26 GHz or better (in fact most of the laptops we source have a 2.40 GHz CPU, few 2.5 or 2.66 GHz)) of dual core power and a 3MB L2 cache, Intel Turbo Memory and RAM running at 1066 MHz. We deem an SSD drive necessary for best performance, but also offer tested/used HDDs for the price conscious. Alternatively you can order the Vikings X200 without any drive and install a hard drive or solid state disc yourself.
Heat and noise
The fan is quiet when it runs and does its job well. You’ll appreciate the fact there’s simply no areas of noticeable heat on the Vikings X200 for normal use-cases. Even if you put your hand up to the heat vent area it’s hard to feel anything more than a bit of warm air coming out. Oftentimes with ultraportables heat will build up and the fan can become noisy, the Vikings X200 proves this does not have to be the case if the right type of engineering is used. Reducing the heat buildup is important to both your comfort and also ensuring that the system doesn’t cook itself and break down under the heat stress.
The Vikings X200 comes with an Atheros 802.11n wireless card, ensuring full compatibility with libre driver software in GNU/Linux. It provides a data rate of 450Mbps net in 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz wireless networks.
Expansion capabilities/docking station
Partner the Vikings X200 with the optional 'UltraBase' docking station and it can be your desktop replacement. The docking station allows you to use the following ports: UltraBay Slim (SATA), 4x USB 2.0 ports, VGA, DisplayPort (maximum resolution: 2560x1600 or 4,096,000 pixels) Microphone in, Headphone out, Stereo Speakers, RJ-45 Ethernet, Cable lock slot, 2nd battery charger. The UltraBase is available from the options menu and most recommended. A key is not necessary to operate the docking station and is not included. Optical drive and power supply for the docking station are optionally available.
Refurbished? Isn't that just another word for "used"?
We take great pride in delivering a perfect laptop in relation to its age. All parts are thoroughly cleaned and tested for function. We remove dust and disinfect each laptop, from the inside and the outside. All laptops are stress tested for approximately 24 hours with sysbench and the RAM is tested with memtest with 3 passes minimum. In short, we only ship a laptop that we'd like to use ourselves.
Please keep in in mind that even though we sell only refurbished laptops in good condition, they have been in use before for many years; you're not buying a new laptop. Most were produced between 2008 and 2010. There may be blemishes on your laptop. Laptops below our high standards are used for parts only. The time we take to refurbish each laptop make this product a service to the community - we're not making profits on the VIkings X200. So if you think that a minor dissatisfaction will prompt you to send your laptop back for a refund we kindly ask you not to order.
Usually ships within 2-10 business days**. You should receive automatic status update by email once your payments arrives and when the order has been shipped (shipping then can be tracked).
* since 1 August 2020
** Monday to Friday, excluding nationwide and North Rhine-Westphalian public holidays
|Processor/System Bus||Intel Core 2 Duo P8400 2.26GHz (or better)|
|Graphics||Intel GMA 4500MHD|
|Memory Type||DDR3 1066 MT/s PC3-8500 SODIMM|
|Memory Size||4 GB included, 8GB RAM option|
|Display||12.1 inch (30.734 cm) 1280×800 pixel LCD|
|Wired Network||Gigabit Ethernet|
|Wireless Network||Atheros AR5BXB112 PCI-E MIMO Wireless Card, 802.11 a/b/g/n 450Mbps dual-band, MIMO 3x3:3, 2.4GHz/5GHz (libre-friendly). For an lspci dump, please look here: https://wikidevi.com/wiki/Vikings_Atheros450|
|ExpressCard/54 expansion slot||1x|
|Card reader||5-in-1 card reader slot|
|Battery||4, 6 or 9 cell batteries with a capacity of 2000 mAh to 7800 mAh. We also offer used and thoroughly tested batteries and list the electric charge in mAh.|
|X200 UltraBase (optional)||UltraBay Slim (SATA), 4 USB 2.0 ports, VGA, DisplayPort (maximum resolution: 2560x1600 or 4,096,000 pixels), Microphone in, Headphone out, Stereo Speakers, RJ-45 Ethernet, Cable lock slot, 2nd battery charger. A key is not necessary to operate the docking station and is not included. Does not contain an UltraBay HDD adapter/optical drive/battery. Does not contain a power supply, power supplies are available optionally.|
|GNU/Linux Operating System|
|Trisquel GNU/Linux (optional)||The "X200 RYF edition" comes preinstalled with Trisquel or Parabola GNU/Linux on request.|
Vikings X200 ultraportable laptop - FSF RYF certified
- Product Code: VKGS-LAP-X200RYF
- Availability: In Stock