System76 Serval WS

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 (24 with threads), 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.


Last Updated: 2021-07-21