$1299.99 and they only give you 6 GB of ram? I'm not impressed by the 32 GB mSata either, not at that price because those drives are selling pretty low now and many laptops come with a slot for an extra drive to pop them into. I know for a fact that a laptop can be had (3rd gen i5/16 GB ram, 4 USB 2.0 ports/2 USB 3.0) for half the price with more or less the same specs.
The biggest deal on the Dell system is the WLED screen. How's the performance on that and the expected lifetime on that technology? Those kinds of screens aren't too uncommon and it seems like DELL is playing it up to justify the price. But again, there are less expensive laptops with similar or better configurations that also sport similar led backlit screens.
Their system doesn't allow you to choose more RAM. If you're going to buy this laptop you really need to know how much of it the motherboard will accept (the maximum generally ranges from 8 to 16 GB) and if it's possible/easy to open up the box and install it to the max amount yourself, since the website doesn't allow you to add more. I suspect the max is 16GB, but you really should find out for sure. The DELL web page for that system doesn't seem to offer those specs, so you're kind of buying it blind except to know that it's DDR3 1600MHz (which is good). Find that out first.
I've been running wheezy for a while now on an old Dell latitude with no probs. (actually now I remember setting up wifi drivers was a pain) Was running squeeze prior to that. I would certainly recommend it for my hardware set up. I also run it on a fairly new high spec pc.
I know for a fact that a laptop can be had (3rd gen i5/16 GB ram, 4 USB 2.0 ports/2 USB 3.0) for half the price with more or less the same specs.
Any tips ?
I have a Dell Studio xps since 2009 and allthough its not a "bomb" it works very good and regular I run it on dual boot Win7 and Ubuntu 11.4 Unfortunately its not possible to get the driver for the HD Radeon card working on Deb/Wheezy It seems that AMD has not got around to it. So my concern is getting a lap top that will have a graphic card compatible..
It depends on the graphics card and what you want to do with it. I don't game on laptops, however TigerDirect has an Asus 3rd gen i7 machine with a 2 GB NVIDIA GeForce GT 635M, a graphics card that does have linux drivers available for it. That machine, ASUS N56VJ-DH71, is currently for sale for $899. It comes stock with 8 GB of ram, upgradeable to 16 GB.
Asus is a reliable manufacturer, a very good brand. I've been very happy with their products for years. So for $400 less you get a better core i7 processor plus a better graphics cards than the Dell product.
Well I always used them so far, but I would shop around now If I wanted a new. I saw that Asus makes good ones. Dell used to sell certain models with Ubuntu installed but I do no not see them any more, any way I do not use Ubuntu any more, It has become heavy like a windows OS and it can be buggy also The problem comes back again to forced selling of an OS (windows) with a PC I know these people in Atlanta [emperorlinux.com ] but the problem is with the US keyboard as I am in the EU.Anyway the whole point with open source is to install it your self I got my 5 year old Dell Studio XPS running now with wheezy so I have stopped shopping around.