advice for buying a laptop

Brandon J. Wandersee brandon.wandersee at
Wed Jun 8 19:07:01 UTC 2016

> Do you think that this machine will work well with FreeBSD on it? Is
> there some other machine I should take a look at? While looking around,
> I noticed the T520 and liked it (because I have used it before), but I
> don't know every model out there and thus I am open to suggestions.

I've been using the T520 as my primary machine for almost five years,
and love it. As Niklaas said, make sure you get the model that does not
have Nvidia Optimus; I would add that you should make sure the model(s)
they have for sale feature the Intel WiFi chip, rather than the stock Realtek
chip. Intel wireless has worked flawlessly for me, while the Realtek
that originally came with my machine would drop connections at least a
couple times per day.

If you wish to dual-boot, the machine does allow you to connect multiple
disks to it---the optical drive can be removed and replaced with an
Ultrabay adapter for another 2.5-inch disk, and there's an mSATA port
beneath the keyboard. That would give you a lot more flexibility and
simplicity, and a lot less hassle, than trying to install two operating
systems on one disk. 


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