My 4yr old Dell laptop keyboard is failing. I'm thinking of treating myself to a good spec System76 Gazelle laptop. Anybody up for questions about these? Also, about running AutoCAD/Revit on Win10 in a VM vs dual booting (which is what I have to do now). And WTH is PopOS? lol
Was also eyeing an expensive MSI laptop... but I would rather buy something that comes with Linux and Win10 is the add on rather than vice versa.
@rfquerin I think it's written Pop!_OS or some nonsense like that. If you can look past the name it's supposed to be quite good though 🤷
A business class Dell machine?
If so it might be super easy to replace...
@randynose No. The one that's failing is an Inspiron 15". There are two things I regret about it. Keyboard with no numpad (entirely my fault) and hybrid intel/nvidia graphics which were a pain at the time (not so much now). I love my Chromebook for web stuff and YouTube etc.. so I'm not looking for something super portable or thin.
Well, it would be nice to have a built Linux system from the get go.
@randynose It would. But now seriously considering a Lenovo P53. It's configurable with everything I want. It's on sale (but still pricey). It's old school in appearance (tank like) but reviews are very good.
Yea, as it's going on two years since I've done deskside support, I really can't comment on any of the newer hardware. I do know that some of the old Lenovo laptops were WAY WAY much better before they got sold off. I do not like the newer Lenovo hardware. OR HP Laptops.
HP Certification was a real pain in the ass, as well as their way of fixing their bios, etc, etc.
Root Canals are simpler.
Well, there is this one that's on sale... For President's day.
@randynose Hmm.. I didn't realize that Ubuntu was a choice on the Precision laptops. Eyeing a 5540. Seems to have the options I want and seems like a lot nicer fit and finish and less gamer-y than the System76 models. Will have to read some reviews.
@randynose Hmm. Seems like the 5 series precisions cannot be configured with a numpad (that's dumb for what's supposed to be a workstation machine). You can spec up a 3 series with a numpad to the same performance but it seems to end up way more expensive. :-|
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