When comparing Librem 15 vs Dell Precision 7710, the Slant community recommends Librem 15 for most people. In the question“What are the best laptops for Linux?” Librem 15 is ranked 9th while Dell Precision 7710 is ranked 12th.
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Pro Built with security in mind starting from each chip placed onto the motherboard
Pro Optional physical kill switches for microphone/camera and wireless/bluetooth
Pro Good connectivity
3 USB 3.0 (one being type C) and 2 USB 2.0 with the HDMI feels very nice to have on such a lightweight laptop. Sadly no Ethernet port, otherwise it would have been perfect.
Pro Good keyboard
Keyboards are usually bad on laptops, companies reusing small version ones on bigger size laptop with big paddings. Purism managed a good quality and use every bit of space to get a keyboard that feels good to use.
Pro Runs privacy focused software
Librem runs PureOS, a privacy focused operating system, and runs software that respects your rights.
Pro Great Linux support
The hardware is Ubuntu certified. It ensures that it will run well without the need for extensive tinkering. Ubuntu can even be chosen as the preinstalled operating system.
Pro Great for graphics-related work
Workstations are mainly used to efficiently run certain types of applications, like 3D Max or AutoCAD. A big differential between a workstation and a consumer type laptop is the graphics card. They are optimized for stability instead of performance, thus it has a lower chance of failing during high workload situations.
The higher-tier hardware of Precision 7710 score 96 frames per second in 3D Max with the SPECviewperf 12 benchmark application, which proves it to be a powerful, mid-to-high range workstation laptop.
Pro Both display options are solid
Two choices are available for the 17 inch screen. Both of which can provide an expressive picture with their available range of colors. They span almost all 100% of the sRGB color space. And both of them have wide viewing angles.
One is an Ultra HD screen with a high brightness of 400 nits. The display can be comfortably used outdoors during daylight but not to the extent of direct sun exposure.
The other one is a Full HD screen. The screen’s brightness is average at 300 nits but is also quite uneven with its distribution. The corners tend to have lower illumination.
Pro Good battery with the Full HD screen
When using a FHD screen it can idle for upwards of 13 hours and can run for approximately 7 hours with light usage. Choosing the Ultra HD display will, naturally, result in a shorter battery life.
Pro Performant enough for modern games
The hardware can be quite powerful so, naturally, the laptop can also be used to play games. It depends upon the configuration, but the top-of-the-line hardware can comfortably run such highly detailed games, like The Witcher 3 at 60 frames per second. But beware that the screen has a larger-than-normal response time which can create ghosting. It is when the pixels cannot transition between colors fast enough thus retaining a slightly delayed image.
It doesn’t produce any noise under light usage and even keeps itself relatively quiet during high workloads.
Pro Sturdy build
For such an expensive piece of equipment it is expected to have a rigid and solid case which can withstand the test of time.
Con It's quite expensive
You'll be paying a higher price for Purism's commitment to secure, privacy, and freedom respecting electronics.
Con Wifi is weak
Any other laptop or smartphone will have better signal than the Librem 15. Having a strong signal is very rare (you need to be in the same room within 10m of the router), it is still working but a Ethernet port as back-up would have been very much appreciated. This is probably due to the FOSS constraint for the hardware.
Con Speakers are bad
The sound feels really wrong, the trebles are way too high and there is no bass.
Con Touchpad not centered
Touchpad is not centered due to addition of little used numeric keypad keys on the right.
Con High price
It gets very expensive. Workstations are naturally more expensive than regular laptops but the hardware capability and price ratio is simply not good. Need to evaluate whether the price is worth for the product that you’re getting.
Con Big and heavy
It is fairly big and heavy, as to be expected from a powerful workstation. It has the dimensions of 41.7 x 28.1 x 3.5 cm which comes off as pretty bulky and thick.
It weighs 3.6 kg. For comparison, most consumer type laptops weigh around 2 - 2.5kg.