There is a cabinet in my workplace which contains 5 Dell laptops. Now there will be a 6th and probably last Dell laptop going to that cabinet since my new laptop is not a Dell anymore. And this is not for lack of trying. And I’ve tried also Acer, Asus, Lenovo, even Toshiba. This was part of the now standard 3 year cycle of laptop renewal: make a list of requirements, search for a few weeks, get mad, search again, compromise, buy a laptop. The compromise part seemed greater each time as there are fewer and fewer configurable options anymore. Yes, I understand, some research group knows better what laptop everyone needs but I am a stubborn person and my requirements where the following this time:
- 16G, 120SSD + 500GHDD
- 1080p, >= 14”, matte IPS
- dual-band wi-fi ac/n
- i7 4****
- < 2.5kg
This was what I wanted for my new laptop and I am not going to say how I researched or was about to compromise on lot of these things to get a laptop from a big brand. Instead I will say that I found a laptop which did not required any compromise. And this laptop is a Clevo. Haven’t heard of Clevo? Well they are a taiwanese brand which makes a lot of laptops which then get rebranded as System76, Tuxedo, Maguay or many others. So my new laptop is a Tuxedo BU1402/Clevo W740SU. Buying from linux-online.shop.de assures EU warranty and fast delivery, not so fast since it was shopping season but since my laptop arrived on 24th I am not complaining a bit.
Here are the first positive impressions:
- simple design: no extra buttons, no extra/unneeded features
- nice build, shinny aluminum case
- vertical screen angle is much much better than on my previous Dell E6410, horizontal angle and luminosity are about the same. It was quite well calibrated but if you want you can have my .icc profile (please note that icc profile DOES NOT WORK with default xorg-server which uses the fbdev drivers, you have to install xserver-xorg-lts-raring for the latest intel driver, this can mess a bit your packages :).
- preinstalled linux worked great (
except for camera which does not work but I don’t use it anyway.My bad, camera is (de)activated using fn-F10). If you are a bit paranoid you can install it yourself (extra info here)and don’t forget to remove zeitgeist.
- quite a nice improvement in disk speed and usb speed
There is only one item which I don’t like and it bugs me is the
TouchClickPad. There are no buttons, it’s jumpy, I have no middle click, absolutely horrible at first. Since this is the new trend I will have to dig into the options and find a solution.
Update 1: to map the middle click to 3 finger touch you only have to run in the terminal:
or modify /usr/share/X11/xorg.conf.d/50-synaptics.conf
Section "InputClass" Identifier "touchpad catchall" Driver "synaptics" MatchIsTouchpad "on" # This option is recommend on all Linux systems using evdev, but cannot be # enabled by default. See the following link for details: # http://who-t.blogspot.com/2010/11/how-to-ignore-configuration-errors.html MatchDevicePath "/dev/input/event*" Option "TapButton3" "2" EndSection
Now I have: single tap – left click, two finger tap – right click, tree finger tap – middle click.
Update 2: to save brightness config between reboots just set your brightness to a desired value then look at the number in /sys/class/backlight/intel_backlight/brightness. Modify /etc/rc.local to restore this value on reboot:
echo 2638 > /sys/class/backlight/intel_backlight/brightness
# gphoto2 --capture-image *** Error *** PTP I/O error
*** Error *** An error occurred in the io-library ('Unspecified error'): No error description available ERROR: Could not capture image. *** Error (-1: 'Unspecified error') ***
Update 4: metallic sound in skype and other programs, cracking and sizzling sounds can be corrected by editing /etc/pulse/default.pa and adding:
load-module module-hal-detect tsched=0
Update 5: to have sensors (like xfce4-sensors-plugin) display processor core temperature just add the coretemp module to /etc/modules
Update 6: fixed wifi bug by updating to 3.15
All in all it seems to be a great laptop, I’m content with my choice, less content I am with the state of Ubuntu, it seems it’s a continuous way down having to spend hours and days to have everything in good working order.