Laptop Recommendations

Paul Schulz paul at
Wed Nov 29 13:38:38 CST 2017

Have setup a couple of their laptops for engineering users, an have not had
any complaints of anything not working as expected.

On Wed, 29 Nov 2017 at 11:34 James McLean <james.mclean at> wrote:

> Hi Piers,
> I run Arch full time on a Dell XPS15 9560, and it's fantastic. Wayland and
> Gnome3 didn't even need manual configuration for the 4k display.
> Hibernation works perfectly, touch screen is perfect, 4k display is
> incredible. I haven't used Bluetooth on it yet but it's all detected and
> gnome knows about it, so I don't expect any real issues.
> The only downside is that the Nvidia card needs to be disabled, that's not
> a problem unless you're gaming, plus it improves the battery life.
> Touchscreen can be disabled too for even more battery life savings.
> I've been getting 6-8hrs from a charge while coding / browsing.
> The killer wifi card has been known to cause issues on some networks, but
> I haven't had any problems. A replacement Intel card is $30, DIY install if
> you have any issues.
> Some kernel boot flags are required but that's not really an issue.
> Cannot recommend it highly enough.
> Downside : build quality and the feel of the trackpad is nowhere near a
> Macbook Pro (it's excessively sensitive on the XPS). It feels cheap
> compared to the MBP.
> Cheers
> On Wed, 29 Nov 2017 at 9:04 am, Piers Rowan <
> piers.rowan at> wrote:
>> I recently posted out fixing a Macbook Pro. So far it over heats, has
>> bad RAM and the disk is hosed. I am thinking it is toa$t.
>> I am keen to hear about other people's recommendations for laptops.
>> What I would like is:
>> - *everything* works with Linux
>> - Really good keyboard
>> - Good battery life
>> - 8GB RAM + SSD (I have a brand new SSD I can swap in so that isn't an
>> issue).
>> Cheers
>> Piers
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