Finally thinking of replacing my old Sony Vaio Pro 11. It has worked fine for almost three years, but there are better laptops out there now..
Since I build kernels on this thing, it needs to be a real Core i5 or i7, but my target weight is still around 1kg/2lbs. And I want a real keyboard, not some kind of silly convertible tablet.
I'm ok with 8GB/256GB of RAM/SSD. I've lived with 4GB when on the road for several years, I don't want to do that any more, but I also don't need huge amounts of RAM. I compile the kernel, I don't run big VM's or other odd things.
I've looked at the Asus UX305UA, and it looks almost perfect, except the QHD+ panel seems to be impossible to actually buy. And while a backlit keyboard isn't an absolute must, it is very much in the "good to have" category (unlike, say, a touchscreen, which is a complete waste of money for me).
The XPS13 always comes up, but Dell continues to destroy that laptop with the stupid "Dell Wireless", which is just a nasty OEM Broadcom solution. Yes, I'm aware of the developer edition, and yes, I'm aware that I can just fix it by switching out the wireless card myself.
But the developer edition doesn't actually have - or it is very well hidden - the "add to cart" on Dell.com (which negates the whole "look, Dell is a good guy, buy it!" argument) , and the "but you can switch it out" argument still doesn't fix the fact that I feel bad about buying crap. Sue me.
Dell, please get rid of the crappy "DW" wireless entirely. Or at least allow me to pick a good replacement at build time. Because as-is, your laptop choices look just nasty.
The Lenovo Yoga 900 still looks fairly good, but there are definitely quality assurance concerns when looking at all the reviews.
Suggestions? But please, keep the weight issue and the CPU requirements in mind - they aren't negotiable. If it's even a hair over 3lbs or has a Core-m CPU in it, just shut up about it and don't look like a fool. Ok?
Update: if you search for "xps13" and "linux" on dell.com
, you get the old Developer Edition one. Which they don't sell any more. Changing the search terms to "ubuntu" instead of "linux" gets you the new one that they sell.
And on the xps13 page, the developer edition doesn't show up at all, because it's apparently a whole different SKU. Lovely. Anyway, I did finally find where Dell actually sells it, but for a while I thought they had stopped it entirely.