Laptop Recommendations

Steven Pickles thatpixguy at gmail.com
Wed Nov 29 14:40:36 CST 2017


s/tax refers and/tax refund/

Apologies for the spam but it was killing me.

pix

On 29 Nov. 2017 2:26 pm, "Steven Pickles" <thatpixguy at gmail.com> wrote:

> My Thinkpad X220 has been running Linux fairly well for about 6 years. The
> display is starting to give out so I've ordered a Thinkpad X1 which
> probably has a few unsupported bits because of all of the bells and
> whistles. I was going to get the more conservative Thinkpad 13 but then my
> tax refers and came in so I treated myself. I was going to buy through the
> Lenovo black-friday sale but I found an Australian eBay store selling a
> model with a better config than was available through the Lenovo
> configurator.
>
> Anyhow, I'll let you know if its a scam ;)
>
> pix
>
> On 29 Nov. 2017 1:43 pm, "Paul Schulz" <paul at mawsonlakes.org> wrote:
>
>> https://system76.com/
>>
>> 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 gmail.com> 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 $30, DIY
>>> install if you have any issues.
>>>
>>> Some kernel boot flags are required but that's not really an issue.
>>>
>>> Cannot recommend it highly enough.
>>>
>>> Downside : build quality and the feel of the trackpad is nowhere near a
>>> Macbook Pro (it's excessively sensitive on the XPS). It feels cheap
>>> compared to the MBP.
>>>
>>> Cheers
>>>
>>> On Wed, 29 Nov 2017 at 9:04 am, Piers Rowan <
>>> piers.rowan at recruitonline.com.au> wrote:
>>>
>>>>
>>>> I recently posted out fixing a Macbook Pro. So far it over heats, has
>>>> bad RAM and the disk is hosed. I am thinking it is toa$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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