Last week, I was looking for a new laptop to replace my current setup and simplify my computing experience. I currently have a 2015 MacBook Retina and a 2017 iMac 5k, but I would rather move to a single device for various reasons.
Due to the nature of my lifestyle and being on the road quite often, I was looking for a desktop replacement laptop. Something with as large of a screen as possible, while still being somewhat portable and having a deal of repairability.
Initially, I looked for a 17" ThinkPad. I have owned several of these in the past -- W700, W701, P70, and currently a P71. However, the price of these have skyrocketed for whatever pandemic-related reason, and I couldn't find one with the configuration that I wanted, for a decent price.
I ended up finding a System76 Serval WS for sale. I have never used a System76 laptop before, but for the price it could not be beat. So I took the pluge and bought it. 64GB of RAM, 12 Cores, nVidia GPU (ugh). It is on the way, but the mail system overseas being what it is, I do not expect to see it until sometime next month.
I also ordered a 4TB Western Digital SSD for the laptop. This is probably the minimum that I would go with for longevity, since I am on the road a lot. I would have considered 8TB drives, but after reading on the QLC technology, I'm not sold on it yet.
I will update once I have the device with pictures and a brief review. I am hoping that the laptop arrives in one piece. I plan on running Debian Bullseye when it is available.