I am very picky.
I need a laptop which I will carry with myself on my journey accross Poland and then to the Netherlands. It should have screen with a nice resolution, lots of memory, large enough hard drive, and several other things. So far I picked up three candidates, which are incidentally more or less the same price (19k czk):
17″ 1680×1050, ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3430, 4gb ram, 250gb hd, Intel Dual Core T1600, Intel 802.11abgn, keyboard with numpad
15″ 1680×1050, Intel GMA 4500MHD, 4gb ram, 250gb hd, Intel Dual Core T1600, Intel 802.11abgn
Clevo M765TU (Verified By Intel)
15″ 1680×1050 glare display, nVidia 9300GS, 4gb ram, 320gb hd, Intel Core Duo T3200, Intel 802.11abgn
So, while I’d like the 17″ display, I’m scared of the ATI graphics. And I hate numpads.
And I’d like the faster processor and bigger hard disk offered by VBI, but I’m unsure whether nVidia or Intel is better. And I absolutely hate glare displays.
I tried finding more about ati, nvidia, and intel on linux laptops, and among other things I found a very interesting benchmark. Reading all the discussions, I can see that everyone complains about ATI, some people complain about nVidia’s 2d capabilities (I also had some problems with that), and some other people complain that Intel cards are “not nearly as good as nVidia and ATI”). Intel seems like the safe choice — maybe it’s slightly worse, but it should work, and could be more energy-efficient.
Please do tell me if you know anything about current graphic cards in linux. Even better if you know something about the particular ones mentioned above.