Who I am

Dear reader of this post, my name is Nico Schottelius, I am digital nomad searching for a great notebook. My requirements are (in my opinion) simple, but I struggle to find any vendor marketing a notebook that fulfills my needs.

What I search

It is as easy as this:

  • 12 to 14 inch screen
    • Preferred something that does not have senseless big borders
    • Size should be less or equal than 30cm x 17cm
  • Resolution at least 1600x900
    • 1600x900 allows three terminals next to each other
    • 3200x1800 is ok as well, but needs some high dpi tunings under Linux
  • Screen should be readable in sun light
    • Bright enough
    • Not reflecting too much (like the Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro!)
  • At least 8G RAM
    • 16 GiB RAM is ok as well
  • At least 512 GB SSD
    • 1TB ok as well
    • I store pictures on the notebook
  • Battery lifetime >= 6h
    • Real 6 hours, not vendor claimed 6 hours
    • Preferred 12+ hours, so I can stay without power a day long
  • Linux supported
    • Not needed to be certified, but Linux should be easily installable to it
    • Reference distributions: Archlinux and Debian
  • Good keyboard
    • I know, very subjective, but something that let's me type hours without problems in my hands
    • Thinkpads are usually fine, Mac stuff usually as well
  • Weight: Less than 2 KG (4.4 lbs)
    • Would be great to be in the range of 1.0 KG (2.2 lbs)

Suitable devices

none so far

Unsuitable devices (tested)

  • Mac Book Air 13"
    • Resolution is 1400x900
  • Lenovo X1 Carbon
    • Broken keyboard, no capslock key
    • Old Models: SSD up to 256G only
  • Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro
    • Unreadable in sun light
    • Poor keyboard

Call for help

If you know or own any device that may fit the given description, please contact me or leave a comment on hackernews.