At the moment, I'm still running a 2011 MacBook Pro 13" in what used to be called — and maybe it's still called — desktop replacement mode: that is, plugged in, and with an external monitor, keyboard, and mouse connected.
So far, the hardware is still working, but the battery (a replacement I bought back in 2016) is clearly pretty well toasty fried, and while I could replace it (again) I'm really none too happy about the third-party options. I'm also not particularly keen to spend $129+tax (because here in America, we don't like to include tax in the price because it makes things seem less expensive) for Apple to replace it.
Besides, it's eight year old hardware, and who knows when the thing may just go belly-up. Additionally, it would be nice to have a better graphics subsystem.
Catweazel's thread also got me to thinking about the potential pitfalls of new hardware. It's not that I want to run anything bleeding-edge, because I don't. The totality of my use case long ago became pedestrian (this isn't the 1980s any more where anything less than the best you could buy just didn't really have the oomph you needed or wanted) so I'm really just looking for decent, current-generation hardware.
In my ideal world, I would buy a Purism laptop, and who knows: I may well still so so. However, is really like to find sub $1000 (921€ / £824) hardware. I've thought about getting a Lenovo ThinkPad because they have been a standard for reliable business hardware for years, but I recently ran into some articles suggesting there are GNU+Linux supportability issues with some of them.
Since this is not a time-critical decision right now, I wanted to throw this open to the LM community for your thoughts and feedback.
Here's what I'd like fire base hardware:
- Intel i7 CPU
- Really good Intel integrated graphics or
- ATI/AMD discrete graphics if they actually have good libre support
- USB 3 (with whatever is the latest dot release of that standard) with 3 or more USB ports
- b/g/n/ac WiFi
- Normal swappable battery
- GigE port (none of this Ethernet-over-USB b.s.)
- Fully supported touchpad that's actually nice to use