What laptops made in the past 5 years don't suck? I'm 12 years behind on laptop advances because they all sucked for a good long while
@tindall I said good laptops
@sir that seems unconstructive. As far as I know, it satisfies your constraints, which is why I suggested it; what's wrong with it, so I might suggest something better?
@tindall I'm just teasing, I had a bad experience with System76 several years ago. It's out of my budget, I don't need much of its performance features so I don't want to pay for them either
@tindall laptops should balance portability with battery life, have a decent keyboard and screen, and then you should SSH into something with a Real CPU and Lots Of RAM to get your Real Work done
@sir I agree in principle! Unfortunately for me, and many people, I have to move around so much that having a desktop not obstructed from me by a firewall is not a given.
In any case, old thinkpads (esp the T430s) are 👌 great
@sir I'd rather not pay more than a few dollars a month for my VPSes
I think this is a problem that will (somewhat) go away when I consistently make more than $0 per month; for now I'm in college and not having to spend a fixed amount each month to do software dev is kind of important
I've considered setting up some kind of Y-shaped VPN (laptop to VPS, desktop to VPS, VPS to nordVPN), but I haven't had the time to make it robust enough to rely on
@tindall makes sense
@sir super fair. To be honest I don't own one at this point; I have a policy of buying old T-series Thinkpads and it's working well so far
@sir I've had this problem too. Bought a Librem 15 last year and while the hardware itself is really sexy it can certainly be quirky (my battery seems to be dying after a whole 8 months, plus the whole librem 1 stuff...) The pinebook stuff you mentioned looks *really* nice, but the shitty non-standardness ARM kinda ruins it :c
@sir how much of battery life do you expect?
I used to have HP Probook 4340s, which had battery that lasted about 5 hours on Linux and had both VGA and HDMI. There were only two bad things about that laptop: default HDD (changed to Intel SSD) and wifi/bluetooth card (used to be Ralink, changed to a better one). However, it didn't have a decent CPU, it was Intel Core i3 3rd Gen.
@alexcleac as much as I can get. I'll maximize battery life above all other considerations in this case
@sir oh, forgot to mention, that laptop was designed in 2012 :)
@lanodan yeah blob free is a hard requirement
@lanodan though I'm okay with reverse engineered drivers and I can't escape manufacturer rootkits :(
@sir I've been carting around an older Lenovo Yoga 510 for a while now, and it's been a champ. I don't use the "fold it backwards into a tablet" thing really, but it does make it into a decent TV in a pinch. I've used it for theatrical productions, running sound and video cues and it's never let me down.
I have it dual booting Ubuntu and Win10 and everything works in both, battery life is excellent. Dunno for sure about the current models, but this one is great.
@sir what's your budget cap like? I personally got and reaaaaly love my Dell Inspiron 13 https://www.dell.com/en-us/shop/dell-laptops/new-inspiron-13-7000-2-in-1/spd/inspiron-13-7386-2-in-1-laptop
@jalcine hm, looks decent. What's the FOSS situation?
@jalcine battery life?
@sir I get about ~5 hours when fully charged. It came with Windows, threw Kubuntu on there and everything worked out of the box sans screen rotation (which I don't use but found a tool for it)
step 1. purchase panasonic toughbook
step 2. remove extra hardware features, remove ultrabay, etc
step 3. pack 18650 cells into empty space in casing
step 4. throw on a cheap BMS
step 5. ??????
step 6. lorge
@sir want to know too.
@sir honestly I am still using a t60.
If I were to do a modern, non libre machine, I would do a Ryzen machine (good bang for buck, easy drivers) and make sure I have an nvme drive.
@the_gayest_doggo I still love my two X200's but the power issue is ruling them out
@sir with the ultrabay battery and a 3 cell my t60 gets a good 6 hours of continuous use.
I personally am enjoying using my t60 for running about and going to events and a desktop at home that has processing ability. nextcloud takes care of syncing files and contacts and emails and whatnot between them automatically.
@xj9 what's the battery life like? Do you have a kill-a-watt by chance?
@xj9 and how's the keyboard?
The only one that seems to be decent seems to be the Huawei MateBook X Pro. And I believe that one only exists to help them break into the US market (given the fact that you can only buy it in a handful of regions).
I just spent a ridiculous amount of money on a high end Lenovo T490 and while it's OK, I'd have expected more. Such as a touchpad that works properly.
I love my xps, with the 13 running something like sway I got 14-16 hrs coding with light internet. That's SD display, the higher red with touch uses more.
current lazy setup is just ubuntu with gnome, a few shell extensions. Not battery tuning done by me as yet and using about 6.5w idle - 9w while running FF now. This is driving a monitor over thunderbolt as well.
I remember with arch and i3 plus a bit of powertop recommended tuning I was getting about 4w idle.
Just after posting this I checked again and it's back sitting at 6.55w
@sir ThinkPad, particularly the T series, is usually a reliable choice.
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