I'm considering buying a laptop computer this year

January 24, 2022

I have never in my life owned a laptop computer, but I’m considering buying one this year. I think it would be nice to have something portable that I can carry around with me. Something that I can simply hook up to a battletop station at home, where I have access to a proper keyboard.

My current desktop computer is getting old and while there’s nothing wrong with it, it’s quite a bulky dust magnet that takes up a lot of space. It would be nice if I could replace it with something that’s portable and takes up a lot less space.

I’m not doing any heavy tasks these days anyway, which is especially true since I replaced Gentoo with Fedora, which is why the limited performance and cooling on a laptop isn’t going to cause any issues for me anyway. And honestly, any modern AMD mobile CPU is probably way faster than my—more than decade old—CPU now anyway.

And with some modern laptop computers you’re also able to connect an external monitor via USB-C and charge the computer via the same cable. I can only imagine how clean my potential battletop setup would look like.

My requirements

Feel free to recommend me anything you think would be a good fit for me. My requirements are few and simple:

  • High quality 13-14” screen
    • High resolution (1080p or more)
    • Matte finish
  • Reasonably lightweight
  • Reasonable repairability
  • Decent keyboard
  • USB-C with DisplayPort and charging capabilities

I’m fully aware of the Framework laptop computer, but it features a blank screen that requires fractional scaling, which doesn’t seem to be working that good in Linux based operating system. It’s also important that it’s usable around any sort of light sources, which is why I don’t want a blank screen.

Another thing that’s important for me, is reasonable repairability. I want to be able to replace both the battery and the disk when they go bad and need to be replaced. Any other repairability is a plus, buy not a requirement.

I’m also aware of the fact that a laptop keyboard can’t compare to a proper mechanical keyboard, so I don’t have high expectations here. I just want something that’s decent in terms of laptop computer keyboards.


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