I “donated” my first gen Thinkpad X1 Extreme to our new bookkeeper (after restoring Win 10, of course), so I’ve been looking for a machine to replace it.
I’ve given up on getting the rumored 16” MacBook Pro anytime soon. Considered the new Dell 13 XPS and HP Spectre 360x, but finally decided to put my money where my mouth is and order another System76.
The news that they were going to start shipping their Darter Pro with Coreboot firmware instead of EFI put me over the top. I’m guessing it will only run Pop_OS for now but I can live with that. It’s my current favorite distro anyway.
Comet Lake 4.9 GHz i7-10510U (1.8 up to 4.9 GHz - 8MB Cache - 4 Cores - 8 Threads)
32 GB Dual Channel DDR4 at 2666MHz (2× 16GB)
2 TB NVMe Seq Read: 3,500 MB/s, Seq Write: 2,500 MB/s
What most interests me is the idea of using free software throughout - including firmware. The Intel ME in this is disabled entirely.
There are some downsides. It’s only crappy Intel UHD graphics but the super fast CPU is more important for what I do. Supposedly good battery life too. That was the main thing that disappointed me about the X1E1. We’ll see how bad/good the screen and thermals are.
It won’t get here until early November, but I’ll let you know how it is when I get back from vacay. In fact, expect a HOT review in late November.