After install, the console was a reasonable size. Upon logging in to X and opening a terminal window, I had to bump up the font size just to see what's going on. I opted to just decrease the resolution of my display to solve this problem. Using xrandr to experiment with different 16x9 resolutions, I settled on x, though plain old p is also quite pleasant. I added this lovely gem to my. I think this may be hardware-level wrist-detection stuff at work, but backing completely off the computer and trying to use the touchpad doesn't fix it.
I often have to use two or three fingers at a time and repeatedly tap the touchpad to get it to come back. Thinking about it now, I should probably see if it works after I just leave it alone for a few seconds. If you know what's going on with the touchpad, let me know.
This didn't work by default -- center button is "paste" by default under X. I was able to make some more additions to the beginning of my. The audio sounded a little tinny and not all that loud when I first played audio over them. ThinkPads get a lot of praise from the developers I follow, and in one of jcs 's recent-ish blog posts about the previous generation of X1 Carbon, there was some concern about the audio output.
I noticed that while sound was coming out of the "bass" speakers on the bottom of the wrist rest and the "treble" speakers on top near the screen hinges, the tone of the sound coming out of all of the speakers seemed amiss -- and muting the small speakers made it sound better. When this laptop's audio is firing on all cylinders, it sounds positively amazing given its size.
I've had big old chunky gaming laptops with big old woofers inside them that didn't sound this good. What it has in audio quality, it lacks, just a little, in maximum volume, but it's more than loud enough to fill my workspace with sound, whether I'm in the back of my camper-van or hacking away in my home office.
YouTube, Discord and some other sites will TRY to use the webcam and microphone - and take note of the kern. Video capture tools such as ffmpeg and vlc work quite well with the webcam. Given that, I believe there's probably a simple fix to make it work flawlessly, I just haven't found it yet. I'm looking forward to a time, hopefully soon, when I can use an official package or port of OBS Studio , maybe even with working virtual camera support.
It doesn't bother me in the least. Maybe it'd be neat to log in to OpenBSD with a fingerprint, but I've been using OpenBSD for 21 years without it, so I don't miss the functionality and it's only barely worth mentioning. Bluetooth has been unsupported by OpenBSD for many years. I don't miss it, but if you decide to try OpenBSD, you might notice that there is no Bluetooth stack.
Battery life seems good. I have been using this laptop for about 3 and a half hours before and during the writing of this review, with moderate screen brightness, several "hungry" tabs open in Firefox and with pianobar a CLI Pandora client blasting my "Orbital" inspired playlist. I have two OpenBSD virtual machines running in vmm, though I'm not currently doing anything intense with them. I can deal with 6 hours of untethered run-time under my usual working conditions.
The cooling fan has remained off almost the entire time, but when it's running, it's still very quiet. Labels: laptop , openbsd , unix. The resolution is just too high. The TrackPoint doesn't scroll by default under X. Webcam support in the browser YouTube, Discord and some other sites will TRY to use the webcam and microphone - and take note of the kern.
This post will compare the two side by side. The display color accuracy is noticeably improved over the T and T14 I have here, both of which have the low-end x panel offered those years. I have it running Ubuntu Right off the bat, you will notice that this is a heavier laptop than the x X1, and all of that weight is in the display.
But that is a price worth paying because the display is stunning, with excellent sharpness and dazzling color accuracy. After years of staring at ThinkPad etch-a-sketch quality displays, they have finally given us a display worth looking at.
Less nice is the keyboard lottery. The company X1 has a truly brilliant keyboard. The keys are soft but have a very tactile snap and do not wiggle at all. My X1's keyboard is apparently from a different supplier update: not true, see below. The keys have much less of a tactile feel when pressed, and they wiggle somewhat when touched lightly.
I can get used to this--and it is still a good keyboard--but after using the company X1, it is noticeably worse, and annoying. Come on Lenovo. And before you suggest it, no I am not going to just swap keyboards with the work laptop. For one thing, it would be unethical, and for another, removing the keyboard in these is quite the surgical operation. Gone are the old days when a ThinkPad keyboard could be removed with a couple screws, at least for the X1.
While the keyboard is apparently still a hit or miss affair with Lenovo, they did improve the touchpad. It has a glassy feel reminiscent of Macs, and is pleasant to use. I have been using these caps for years and they are quite simply the best upgrade you can do with your ThinkPad. The amount of pressure required is greatly reduced with the concave design, and they fit perfectly. I have no idea why Lenovo doesn't ship with this design from the factory.
The AX wifi is supported by the iwx driver.
This is why we have taken this next step to offer Linux-ready devices right out of the box [ The Arch Linux wiki pages for the 7th  and 8th  generation of this laptop had been a great source of information. As well as ThinkWiki . Use fwupdmgr to update your systems firmware. Note to USEflags section. System must be started in efi mode and efivarfs mounted. Run alsamixer , tune up the volume master and all microphones to maximum and store the settings.
If you choose legacy BIOS, you will not be able to update firmware and some hardware will not work. Note Some hardware is known to only function properly under Linux, after firmware updates, including the touchpad and the fingerprint reader. Warning If you forget to include the uefi thunderbolt nvme and co.
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To review, open the file in an editor that reveals hidden Unicode characters. Learn more about bidirectional Unicode characters Show hidden characters. Copy link. Overall, it is a very nice, light, and fast laptop. I really like it. Wireless iwm 4 is supported with the latest driver changes by stsp. The connection is sometimes not stable or the firmware shows errors when switching the AP configuration. But stsp is actively working on improving it!
My laptop has a NVMe disk which is supported by dlg 's new nvme 4 driver and works just fine I'm using it with softraid crypto which partially undoes the performance benefits but it is still amazingly fast. Booting from UEFI is supported and recommended to get efifb 4 see below.
USB3 via xhci 4 works. I didn't test video 4 and I'm not aware of any other issues. Problems: There is a bug with the timers in relation to power management: if the laptop boots up in low performance mode the AC is not plugged in , the kernel runs into a timeout when polling the CPU information on startup which prevents it from fetching all the CPU information that is required by vmm 4 to attach.
Bumping the timeout helps but a real solution hasn't been found yet is delay 9 not working correctly? I highly recommend wsfb 4 over vesa 4 as it doesn't need direct hardware access machdep. The same situation happened with every previous generation of inteldrm 4 so I expect it to be supported any time soon.
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