When comparing System76 Galago UltraPro vs Lenovo ThinkPad T460s, the Slant community recommends Lenovo ThinkPad T460s for most people. In the question“What is the best laptop for programming?” Lenovo ThinkPad T460s is ranked 5th while System76 Galago UltraPro is ranked 16th. The most important reason people chose Lenovo ThinkPad T460s is:
The Thinkpad T460s is more than adequate at performing daily mainstream tasks. It achieved a Geekbench 3 score of 6796 which is way ahead of the average for this laptop category (6271). The 256GB SSD is also very fast and is able to copy 4.97GB worth of data in just 33 seconds. Even though the GPU does not support any heavy gaming or CAD work, it's still possible to do some picture or video editing comfortably.
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Pro Committed to Linux
System76 makes their computers specifically for Ubuntu and Linux.
Pro Ubuntu comes pre-installed with auto updates
All of the hardware has been selected and tested for compatibility with Ubuntu, without headaches. That usually means it works flawlessly on other distros too.
Pro Powerful CPU
Has a quad-core i7-4770HQ CPU.
Pro Iris Pro Graphics
Four times the graphics power of other i7 ultrabooks.
Pro Lots of connectivity
WiFi, Bluetooth, 3x USB 3 ports, HDMI, Mini DisplayPort, Ethernet, headphone jack, mic jack. It has everything you need to work on the go or hook up to a bigger display.
Pro Great screen
Comes with a 1080P IPS matte display which also lets you use the Galago UltraPro outside in the open without being afraid of any annoying glare.
Pro Great performance for daily mainstream tasks
The Thinkpad T460s is more than adequate at performing daily mainstream tasks. It achieved a Geekbench 3 score of 6796 which is way ahead of the average for this laptop category (6271). The 256GB SSD is also very fast and is able to copy 4.97GB worth of data in just 33 seconds.
Even though the GPU does not support any heavy gaming or CAD work, it's still possible to do some picture or video editing comfortably.
Pro Great build quality
The body is made of magnesium and the lid is reinforced by carbon fiber which makes it extremely durable as well. Lenovo claims that the laptop has passed MIL-STD 810G durability tests for extreme temperatures, high altitudes, humidity and vibrations.
Pro Great minimalistic design
The chassis has a simple matte black coating that surrounds the whole laptop. The only dashes of color are provided by the red trackpoint on the keyboard and the red dot on the logo on the back of the lid.
Pro Good touchpad
The T460s has a 3.9x2.2inch buttonless touchpad which provides relatively accurate navigation without lag or stuttering. It has a matte surface which has the right amount of friction to be enjoyable to use. The touchpad also supports multi-touch gestures and two-finger swiping.
Pro Very portable
At 3lbs and at 13 x 8.9 x.74 inches it's a very small, lightweight, and portable laptop.
Con Touchpad is not as accurate as on windows
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 kernel. With time the mouse should get better, but is no help currently.
Con The build quality does not accurately reflect the price for this laptop
The Galago UltraPro is made of plastic. Even though it feels relatively good considering the materials it's built with, there's still some flex in the screen.
Con Poor battery life
In order to make this laptop thinner Lenovo have opted to remove the extended and removable batteries which in turn has decreased the overall battery life of this laptop. Simple web surfing using Wi-Fi at a screen brightness of 100 nits caused a full battery to be drained in just 7 hours.
Con Stiff and shallow keyboard
The keys are relatively stiff and require too little actuation force which in turn makes users "bottom out" rather often which can get quite annoying.