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My Tuxedo laptop

It’s been more than a year since I have my new laptop, and I feel I  can give it  a onest review now.

The equation was simple: I needed a very light and a very fast 15” laptop. That meant 512 G ssd hdd (no more spinning disks), an IPS Full HD Display, 4th generation Intel processor and arround 2Kg. Of course, with 3 years warranty.

It exists, but for most producers (Dell, Lenovo, Sony, Apple etc.) it is the most expensive (or at least it was a year ago). At Apple I needed  to sell a kidney for the 3 year warranty.

Then on some Ubuntu forums I learned about System76 laptops (rebrended Clevo laptops manufactured in China – as the other  expensive laptops on the market) I wrote them an email, they do not ship to Romania, and  it would be complicated to quickly fix any warranty issue. But from some online forums I found the equivalent in Europe, the Tuxedo laptops:

http://www.tuxedocomputers.com/

They have an online configurator (in german, but google translates well), more versatile than Dell in their good years, and the high-end features (512 SSD, IPS Display) do not double or triple the laptop value.  Warranty, even 4 years. Time to deliver in Romania: 5 working days. They have a good contract with Deutsche Post so the deliveries are fast most times free.

The only downside, the 15” case has a numpad (which for me is totally useless), but it’s so hard this days to find a simple and efficient keyboard. If I were a writer, I would not have bought it. The numpad moves all the “good” keys to the left, so the hands and touchpad do not stay aligned with the center of the screen, which is quite annoying.

But I gave it a try, made the order, and one week later I received my laptop. Than, I noticed the screen was not IPS, so I send it back and received it changed. It was very hard to adjust to the keyboard, so hard that eventually I asked for a replacement, and I received it free of charge (I was able to change the keyboard myself, it was very easy).

What can I say, after using it for more than an year:

- it is incredibly fast (only SSD,  16G Ram)

- it is so quiet.

- the sound is not that great, but I have a good pair of profi Behringer external speakers that compensate.

- no problems installing Linux

- the IPS display is great. the contrast is fabulous.

- I do not miss at all the Nvidia graphics. (I was not playing any games anyway)

- It is so great not to have a spinning disk. Especially when carrying the laptop arround a lot (in the car, on the bicycle, etc. ) And so quiet. And so fast.

- I missed not having a CD/DVD Reader only once. It’s worth having a lighter laptop, I think. I can always buy an external CD Reader. And they have such a short lifespan.

If I would buy it again, I would choose the 2 year warranty and so that I can get the newer model faster. Replacing the laptop is a lot cheaper than for the old Dells. The new models always have better display, more hard space and more memory. I was just looking at the up-to-date Tuxedo configs, you can by a 1000G SSD, and the 500G SSD has a very decent price these days.

 

 

 

 

 

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