Laptop for EnOS

What do you think about this laptop Notebook XPS 13 Plus ?
Better than ASUS Zenbook S 13 OLED (UX5304) ?

Prices are very similar around here and I need one for work, company which I’m working for is going to help me buying it.

Dell uses Intel 1360p and Zenbook uses the 1335u which is slower, but it weights 1kg and it is pretty slim…

Edit: I need battery life, I won’t edit videos, won’t be compiling anything, won’t be playing.
It is basically to travel, troubleshoot networks, go up in cellular telephone site, align antennas and things like that.
But, this will be my personal laptop too, where I’ll watch videos and etc…

(This is entirely anecdotal)
We bought a couple XPS models at work and I was not impressed at all. Build quality was sub par and 2 out of the 5 we bought had faulty motherboards. It’s not as bad as the Vostro series, but it’s definitely on the low end of quality for Dell products. I don’t have much experience with Asus products, but my mother uses one with an AMD gpu that has been very reliable in the past 2 years. In general, my go to for laptop purchases (mostly at work) is Lenovo. The reliability and build quality has just been way better since we switched.

Edit: I don’t want to come off as bashing Dell, their Latitude products are solid.

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hmmmm, that is a game changer…
I’ll check Lenovo’s site, thanks!!

Lenovo is too expensive, at least here in my country.
Intel 11th gen is the same price of Dell’s 13th gen, same can be said about Asus’s 13th gen laptops.

I’m trying to choose one for the last 2 days, if I keep in this rhythm, it will take forever… I don’t even know the brand so far…

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Yeah, I can see that although Lenovo usually has some decent stuff on sale. I would still go with the Zenbook, although from my web store they both seem quite pricey for what you’re getting.

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If it’s available, I can speak to the quality of the Dell Latitude 5440. Well build, good performance, reasonable efficiency. It’s not as slim and light as the XPS, but I also got mine very cheap for how new it still is.


Asus Zenbook S 13 (1335U with 16GB RAM and 2880 x 1800 screen resolution) costs R$ 8.999,10
XPS 13 Plus (1360p with 16GB RAM and 1920x1200), selected Ubuntu costs R$ 9.497,00 (faster but it is heavier, more expensive).

Now, a similar one in Lenovo (Lenovo is not selling their newest things here yet),

ThinkPad X1 Carbon 9ª gen (i5-1145G7 with 8 GB LPDDR4X-4266MHz costs R$ 11.699,99

Screen resolution is not something that I care… I mean, it is a 13" screen.
Edit: This Lenovo has a 14" screen

I’ll check the Dell Latitude options

Notebook 2 in 1 Latitude 5340 ← Very interesting …

Only things I don’t like about the 5340 are:

  1. That it uses LPDDR5x, so is soldered, and has options only for 8GB or 16GB. While 16GB is still sufficient for most any workflow, I prefer to get at least 32GB nowadays.
  2. The non 2-in-1 has a REALLY sucktastic screen. The 2-in-1 screen isn’t HORRID, but still isnt’ amazing.
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Older Lenovos are excellent for Linux in general. I haven’t bought a new laptop in over 20 years because the inexpensive used ones on eBay are pretty solid. I’m currently on a ThinkPad X395 that was $250 – Ryzen 5 3500U, 8GB DDR4, 13" 1080p display, 1.28 kg, came with a 512GB NVMe SSD but I swapped a 1TB NVMe SSD into it when I upgraded my main desktop. Not sure how big of a player eBay is in your country, or if there is something similar that you can trust, but that’s always worth a look.

Generally, business laptops are easier to repair than consumer ones as well. Lenovo makes the ThinkPad hardware repair manuals available on their website, and if I’m not mistaken, Dell does the same for the Latitude models.

I’ve worked with Asus laptops in the past and their build quality up until the Broadwell series of CPUs was awful. The display hinges wore out very quickly, the keyboards felt mushy, the touchpad surface wore out very quickly, they shipped with the slowest possible hard disks, and the batteries didn’t last particularly long. Similar situation with MSI, though I went up to Rocket Lake with those – the Skylake ones I worked with tended to just stop functioning one day, and the fans in the Rocket Lake ones started to sound like lawn mowers shortly after the manufacturer’s warranty expired.

The sixth generation of Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga (Rocket Lake) is a problem child, in that its mainboards tend to spontaneously fail as well. That is a 2-in-1, though, and may not be what you’re looking for.


Just 1 correction, you mean Tiger Lake, not Rocket Lake. Same generation, but Tiger Lake (Williow Cove Intel 10nm++ aka 10nm super finfet) was mobile only, Rocket Lake (Sunny Cove backported to 14nm++++++++++++++++++++ or thereabouts) was desktop only.


Yep, you’re right, my bad! The model in question was running an i9-11900H which was indeed Tiger Lake.


I gave up on that job.
I would have to be traveling to some very weird places, in the middle of nowhere…

Now I understood why nobody wanted that job, the payment is pretty good but it doesn’t worth it…

No laptop for me :sob: