My Laptop - Daily Driver

My Laptop - Daily Driver

  • mdo  k3tan
  •   General
  •   July 1, 2023

Unfortunately, my daily driver laptop (StarLabs Starbook MkV) died randomly after 1.5 years of use a few weeks ago.

I was looking for something that I could use whilst it was being repaired.

I stumbled across a Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 6 on Facebook Marketplace for $270AUD. I'm very impressed with it.

Here are the specs.

  • CPU: Intel i5-8350U (3.6Ghz)
  • RAM: 16GB DDR3 (soldered)
  • M.2 SSD: Came with a 256GB SSD. But, I replaced it with one from my Starbook, worked perfectly.

Here are some features I like about it

  • Nice UHD touch screen
  • Great linux compatibility
  • Fingerprint reader
  • microSD card slot (for expansion or airgapped hardware wallet use)
  • Good port selection - 2 USB-C, 2 USB-A, HDMI, headphone jack
  • Super lightweight and thin, solid build
  • Great keyboard (as expected from a ThinkPad)
  • Nice trackpad
  • Built-in webcam shutter
  • Great battery life
  • It has good resale value (there's a large market for second hand ThinkPad's)
  • Does not overheat, fans stay quiet

What it lacks

  • Coreboot (can't disable Intel Management Engine)
  • the microSD card slot could be a bit more accessible (the cover requires a paperclip to open)
  • speakers aren't great
  • can't upgrade RAM

Even if I get 1 year out of this, it's still a great deal, but I'm quietly confident it'll be more.

I'd recommend a laptop like this for anyone who is just starting on their Linux journey. It is a great machine.

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