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Friday, March 26, 2021
No apparent screen flickering when dimming, easy on the eyes. Ubuntu 20.10 with kernel 5.8 runs beautifully. M.2 and 3.5" hd slots. dual ram slots. good keyboard feel. USB-C gen 2 slot. USB-C charging capabilities (sold separately). Cleaner font rendering than Lenovo that this machine replaced. Only 5% reduction in battery from overnight sleep on Ubuntu with powertop (best I've experienced so far outside of macbooks). Boots fast. Lots of control in the bios.
Windows drivers for keyboard hotkeys don't work after a fresh windows install. HP driver installers show blank black screens with zero feedback as to whether they worked or not and log files will say drivers successfully installed but hardware doesnt' work. lithium polymer battery won't have the same long-term longevity as a lithium ion. USB-C charger not included, includes proprietary charger instead. Works with Ubuntu 20.10 but 20.10 doesn't have long term support so will require a nail biting upgrade to 21.04 when it's released.
Rating as bad because the majority of purchasers are not going to want to have to install Ubuntu and it requires a version of Ubuntu which doesn't have long term support/updates. Received the machine as an IPR replacement for a lenovo that Memory Express didn't have a replacement for any more. Used to run windows host with an Ubuntu VM to work around native linux support for hardware typical to laptops. This time around, Ubuntu works better than windows. The original install had a lot of bloatware so I reinstalled a fresh copy of windows but the official HP driver installers are pretty bad and I couldn't get all of the hardware working. Installed Ubuntu 20.10 because it has kernel 5.8 which supports the AMD GPU and it worked great. Installed powertop and enabled powertop on boot.