All essential things, like network connectivity, ports and sound, work right “out-of-the-box” with a Linux operating system. There is a compatibility issue on the new 9560 model with its graphics card but the laptop is still very usable with its integrated Intel graphics card.
Two display choices are available for the XPS 15, an Ultra HD touchscreen or a Full HD non-touch screen. Both screens have a very wide array of colors as they cover approximately 100% of sRGB color space. The viewing angle is around 170 degrees. However, at 45 degrees, slight color change can be n...
You can configure the XPS 13 to come with Linux out of the box. Even if you pick the Windows version, the XPS 13 has Linux drivers for all of its features and most users have reported that the whole process of installing a Linux distribution on a Dell XPS 13 is very simple.
Before buying you can choose between the 1080p display and an Ultra HD touch screen. However, Linux compatibility for super high resolution displays can be spotty at times, so you might be better off sticking with the 1080p if you plan on running Linux. Display quality is very good as far as viewi...
The screen for the touch-screen model is glossy instead of matte (non-touch screen). For what is a Linux notebook this does not make a lot of sense since most Linux users are the more tech savy who program. A glossy screen is more for multimedia, something Linux is not really known for excelling i...
OSX is based on XNU (Darwin) kernel, it's certified Unix and arguably a lot more developer friendly than Windows. Development for Unix is native on OS X. There's a large selection of great development tools available for OSX. The operating system itself comes bundled with a powerful termi...
The MacBook Pro has a sharp, color accurate 2560 x 1600 IPS display. It's bright at 500 nits, has great viewing angles (viewable at up to 178 degrees) and capable of displaying 87.3% of sRGB color gamut.
Compared to other ultrabooks such as the Dell XPS 13, the MacBook Pro is very expensive. For the latest (as of July 2017) MacBook Pro and Dell XPS 13 with dual-core i5 Processor, 8GB RAM, 256 SSD, the prices are $1.1k for the Dell XPS 13 and $1.5k for the MacBook Pro.
The 2016 hardware has zero Linux compatibility due to new standards used by Apple. Until drivers are released for Linux, which there has been no news of, the 2016 Macbooks cannot be used for Linux at all.
My last Thinkpad lasted me 7 years (it's still up and running a year later, but no longer my main), and if my first year of use is any indication, the X1 Carbon 5th generation should last me as long or longer. The build quality is super solid and everything feels very high quality and even higher than my...
Two full PCIe Thunderbolt 3 USB-C ports
Requires a 45W minimum input to charge while powered on
Has both a good trackpad and trackpoint mouse input
Very thin display bezel
HDMI output port
Current gen and high specs
Great discounts through perks website
Great battery life and fast charging
Plays nice with Linux
High quality construction
Rubberized coating finish may get smudged or scratched
All surfaces are coated with a rubberized finish that makes it easier to hold, but makes it a bit harder to clean and can leave marks if scratched. The touchpad coating quickly shows wear and wears unevenly.
Developer tools under Windows are lacking compared to OSX and Linux. And while it's possible to replace the OS, dual-boot or run a VM environment for development, it's extra hassle that you have to deal with.
All System76 laptops come with Linux out of the box. The Oryx Pro comes with either Ubuntu 16.04 LTS or Ubuntu 16.10. But that does not mean that other Linux distributions are not supported, quite the contrary. Most Linux distros should work without any major problems with the Oryx pro and most (...
It lacks the option to have a 4K display. While not a deal breaker, it's a shame that a laptop with a display as good as Oryx Pro's does not have a 4K option which would also be a great plus for gamers.
One of the most useful features of the Yoga 2 Pro is how vertistle the design is. It can be used as a standard laptop, as a tablet and in the stand/tent configurations. The solid hinge means there's no fear in adjusting it to find whatever position feels best.
Sadly like most newer laptops with Linux the touchpad sensitivity is too much, causing jumping mouse issues as well as inaccurate mouse actions. This of curse is caused by the lack of mouse drivers from the mousepad manufacturers leaving Linux devs to backwards engineer the drivers into the kerne...
Chromebooks are known for their battery life. Though this model does use an i3 CPU, something that will use more battery than most Chromebooks, compared to other ultrabooks and similar sized machines, 8.5 hours is still great.
The Surface Pro 3 has heat issues as well as loud fan noise. Obviously one is the cause of the other. Truthfully to have such a thin device with an i5 or i7 it is only a matter of time before there are heat issues.
Unlike the majority of ultrabooks that use the Intel 4400 HD, the Zenbook can be configured with the Intel 5100 HD. It also has fantastic overall performance that edges out pretty much all of the current competition.
Not being much of a surprise, Linux has battery and fan issues with this device (in reality Linux has these problem across the board in varying degrees). If the user is unwilling to compromise on battery issues and fan noise, Linux may not be the best choice for them. While not totally being Linux&...