Laptops come in many shapes and sizes (just like people).
|Luggable||6lbs||Good performance, portable||Heavy|
For years, I skewed towards portables and ultraportables. They were cool looking. Examples are MacBook Pro/Air and the Del XPS series and my current Galaxy Book Pro 360. The only drawback was price. They were very expensive and not very powerful, especially for graphics.
During the pandemic, I have found that I do not travel often with my laptop. My iPad Pro has done a great job of giving me what I need for occasional trip. (Email, browsing, note taking) This means I have been using my ultraportable as a glorified desktop. It hardly ever leaves my desk.
I decided to trade in my Galaxy Book Pro 360. I thought about how Figma has been slow on this device and if I opened too many apps things started to glitch. I realized that I should get something with more power. I still need to take it with me occasionally somewhere, but it happens seldom enough that I thought I should try a completely different form factor.
I know some people will say “Why not use a Mac? It works fast, especially for Figma!” This is true. However, I like the Windows 11 OS experience a little more and Windows does have some programs that are exclusive, especially games.
The Lenovo T15g
This is a heavy laptop at 6lbs, but I noticed a version of it on sale for Labor Day. It was 60% of list. I was surprised by the power. Here are the specs:
|Processor||Intel® Xeon® W-10855M Processor with vPro™ (2.80 GHz, up to 5.10 GHz with Turbo Boost, 6 Cores, 12 Threads, 12 MB Cache)|
|Operating System||Windows 10 Pro 64 for Workstations|
|Graphics||NVIDIA® GeForce® RTX™ 2080 Super with Max-Q 8GB|
|Memory||32 GB DDR4 2933MHz (2 x 16 GB)|
|Storage||1 TB PCIe SSD|
|Display||15.6″ UHD (3840 x 2160) OLED, anti-reflective, anti-smudge, touchscreen with Dolby Vision™, HDR 400, 500 nits|
|Camera||IR & 720p HD (MS Hello compatible)|
|WLAN||Intel® Wi-Fi 6 AX201 802.11AX (2 x 2) & Bluetooth® 5.1 with vPro™|
|Price||$2400 (Including tax, shipping, and 3yr warranty)|
All things considered, this is alot for $2400. Fast Xeon chip, lots of ram and hard drive, great video card.
Unboxing was unexotic. Just the barebones. No Apple-like ooh and ahh experience. The first 2 hours of a laptop is updating drivers and whatnot. Then I joined the Windows Insider Beta program so it would install Windows 11. All went smoothly.
One thing I notice is the fan is very loud. I think it might interfere with the audio of my microphone. I can hear it from across the room. I can probably change the bios settings to lower performance and make it quieter. It is a nice feature of the Galaxy 360 that it has “modes” like “Silent fan”.
After everything is installed it quieted down significantly. I tried loading a seriously big file in Figma. I am happy to report that it loaded VERY quickly. Much quicker than I ever experienced before, even on a MacBook Pro.
Realistically, it’s very, very ugly. However, so is a desktop. At least this is something I can put in the car and take to an office if I needed to. So far, performance is spectacular. I look forward to seeing how it does under heavy load.