I regret not doing my homework… as a 10 year user of Ubuntu, I decided 2022 would be the year to get a new laptop on the bleeding edge of technology (Razer Blade 15 Advanced Intel + Nvidia RTX 7030) and give me a good excuse to try out some new Distros, specifically Arch based.
After putting Manjaro on a few machines I thought that was where I would settle. Until I discovered Endeavour OS. I installed it (Gnome edition) on my Dell 7706 (Intel Iris XE GPU) and everything was screaming fast and smooth as silk. I dialed in a custom theme, extensions, icons, cursors, custom GRUB, GDM login greeter, etc.
I figured this will be awesome on my new Razer laptop. Mind you, I went all in on Razer… Thunderbolt 4 RGB Chroma Dock, Razer Ornata Chroma keyboard, Razer Viper Ultimate mouse to accompany my triple monitor setup. Move over custom desktop PC and make way for the laptop!
Installing Endeavour OS went off without a hitch with F2FS partition and dual-boot for the factory installed Windows 11 (requirement for company work).
Then came the setup and configuring (“ricing”). After installing my standard web development apps and software that makes Linux so nice, I began to run into things not loading after start. Code OSS hangs on the Get Started window tile and the GUI doesn’t appear. Right-click context menus are solid black upon first click. The Nvidia settings app shows very little configuration settings (unlike on my Dell 7706), same 510 drivers. The resolution options are nill (2560x1440 @ 60hz). I’m not able to get Optimus to load.
All of this frustration led me to discover and conclude that the root issue lies with the combination of Gnome + Wayland + Nvidia.
Now I begin the homework I should have done prior to getting a new laptop on the “bleeding edge of technology.”
Now to answer the OP’s question. The Razer Blade laptop series are very nice machines with excellent build quality and high-end components and hardware. That being said, I would not make the same decision, hindsight being 2020. I’d suggest looking at laptops with AMD Ryzen CPU with AMD GPU. As long as you avoid the lower priced models offered by Asus, Lenovo, MSI, or Dell, you’ll find some great options from any of those brands. That is the route I will be going down for any future laptops.
Oh, and this is my first post to EndeavourOS forum. Thank you to the Endeavour OS community. You’ve been very helpful in my transition from Ubuntu into the world of Arch Linux. I look forward the journey.