ThinkPad T14 Gen 3
- AMD 6850U
- 1920x1200 sized screen
- 8000/1600 Geek bench score
- 16GB with 512GB
- Cost: 1500 SGD (to get this price I chatted to get a discount)
- Battery life: Terrible
- OS: Archlinux
- Ports: 2xUSBC 2xUSBA + HDMI + Network port
Apple Air M2
- 9000/2000 Geek bench score
- 2560x1664 sized screen
- 8GB with 512 GB
- Cost: 2150 SGD
- Battery life: Fantastic
- OS: MacOS
- Ports: 2xUSBC
As a builder I prefer the T14G3 since it runs Archlinux and I like to use the “Suckless desktop”, the dynamic tiling window manager dwm running on Xorg. Is Xorg better than MacOS? No. I choose it because it’s more open and developer friendly.
I enjoy the piece of mind of having pretty much full control of my Thinkpad.
Would I choose the Lenovo hardware over the Apple hardware? No, a bigger NO if it was running spyware like Windows.
I consciously choose the more open PC hardware since I want to see a more open computing ecosystem.
Why the M2?
It’s actually my wife’s. I recommend Apple to friends and family members who aren’t geeks like myself.
I do use the M2 for editing my videos. If I travel I would take this laptop. It’s easier to recover from. I get a break from my “developer focused” Thinkpad.