These laptops are gorgeous new, but they are SO fragile. One of the screen hinges is broken, I've replaced numerous keys, the keyboard is now developing some debounce/key registration issue all over the right-hand side, the speakers are both blown (left first then the right), the trackpad sits 0.5cm above the case (needs replaced), the glue holding the rubber to the bottom of the case expanded with heat and leaked out everywhere. Probably more I've forgotten
I'd still consider buying another, but I'd also strongly consider changing vendors once this machine finally dies
Dell OTOH asked for the original receipt of purchase, that of course I didn't have because that also was an used laptop.
Also, the latitude series is way better than the xps line. I've got the latitude 7390 from dell and it's just marvelous.
So yeah, if you're buying new, dell or Lenovo ThinkPad (I'd recommend a ThinkPad though).
If you're buying second hand, ThinkPad is the way.
Im not sure the X1 Extreme is part of the biz line... it's marketed at gaming or more accurately people that want a Work/Play device.
I kind of want to buy a new model but this thing just keeps going so I have no legitimate reason to do so. Honestly, I really love the machine. The fact that I'll get at least eight years out of it, as I did from my last MBP, means I'll definitely buy another MacBook Pro.
I was in the UK on business when my keyboard broke, and the next day a chap showed up with a UK keyboard. When I pointed out it was a US keyboard. Didn't bat an eye, just walked back out to his van and came back with a US one.
Lenovo doesn’t hold a candle to Apple still but Dell is still bottom barrel. Have you ever tried calling Dell to get something fixed? Good luck!
Thinkpads are tanks and with Lenovo they either fix a hardware issue by having you send it to them or you can request a customer replaceable part and fix it yourself.
Their strength is in quality peripherals, ie screen etc, but their weakness is garbage quality control and it's so overpriced for that.
If you can, avoid XPS! If you can't well .. purchase extended warranty with the on-site option, you're gonna need it ..
I finally decided to go with proven option and ordered Lenovo T14 with 48GB RAM. It works flawlessly with Linux 5.8 because Lenovo added "legacy" S3 power state mode toggle in BIOS setup specially for non-Windows OSes.
32GB+ RAM on laptop lets me run complete micro-services production-like environment (Java, VM, Docker) locally with efficient development/debug capabilities.
And that is at any place where I can get electricity and LTE/4G/3G which is enough to git pull/push or check on-line docs few times a day.
Running a Docker container for SQL Server and doing some work with pandas will eat up my 16gb pretty easily.
This leads to random black external screens and network/usb disconnects. It is so unreliable that I stopped using it for real time communication.
(Note: I have the xps 13 2-in1 2019 laptop, i7-1065G7)
The x13 has an almost acceptable screen but non-touch, and single channel ram issues if I remember right.
There just doesn't seem to be a really good ryzen laptop on the market. I'm vaguely hoping the MS surface laptop 4 releases with a nice surprise of reduced bezels and two pcie ssd slots!
memory tagging is like a hardware based ASAN that eliminates many memory bugs and improves memory debugging. So its potential is well beyond mitigating ROP (though all these benchmarks will change with memory tagging enabled :-))).
Intel patent document "US2020/0125502 Low memory overhead heap management for memory tagging", has more info on how this might work: https://www.freepatentsonline.com/20200125502.pdf
For a great background primer on why to use this see the brilliant work of Konstantin Serebryany https://arxiv.org/ftp/arxiv/papers/1802/1802.09517.pdf
IMO this is long overdue on Intel architecture and the main reason why one might want to be excited about Tiger Lake
I can imagine it will lead to a lot of effort for Linux: malloc implementation, glibc, compilers, toolchains and debugging tools ... and lots of discussions about why and when it should be enabled. (IMO you want this in production always)
Tiger Lake has Control-flow Enforcement Technology, which allows the compiler to tag proper targets of control-flow changes.
> Given the core advantage of AMD Renoir, for those doing software development / frequently compiling code on your laptop will find even the Ryzen 5 outperforming Tiger Lake on Linux.
As people have mentioned elsewhere, maybe you’re looking at the XPS for the form factor, but it’s getting blown away in terms of compiling code.
This is the advantage of good competition. I still wonder if Dell would push a model with Zen in the next say 6 months before starting to look elsewhere.
As personal workstation OS, I all my JetBrain (GoLand, IntelliJ) development tools, VMWare Workstation, a mess of databases, and... Steam on my home desktop. Getting video drivers set to work nicely with proton is really what drives the laptop and I sorted that last year with the AMD cards on my threadripper last year. (now, it is silly easy, but last December...ye gods) If I can ever get my hands on a 3080, I assume the driver setup for NVidia will be similar for the 2060 in the laptop.
Hoping the Surface Laptop 4 will be the premium Ryzen laptop that I've been waiting for (if I ever need to use a laptop again ...)
long time fan anf consumer, but bye....
Pro tip: don't confuse "XPS 13" (amazing linux support) with "XPS 13 2in1" (horrible linux support, with issues ranging from bootup/shutdown to webcam simply not working, and it likely never will)