The opposite factor I seen is the European-style keyboard. Tuxedo despatched me a German keyboard, which is ok, I contact sort anyway, so as soon as I set the structure to US within the settings, the keyboard was largely effective. Apart from the Enter key. Most US keyboards use what’s referred to as an ANSI design, which contains a lengthy skinny Enter key. Tuxedo makes use of an ISO-format keyboard, which has a taller Enter key with one other key to the left of it. That is useful for European customers as a result of it supplies one other accent key, but it surely’s positively one thing that may journey you up for a bit should you’re used to US keyboards. I obtained round this by remapping the additional accent key to Enter (utilizing Enter Remapper), in order that even when I mistyped, I obtained the end result I meant.
In any other case the keyboard was fairly good. The keys are on the tall aspect for a chiclet-style keyboard and have a satisfying quantity of journey. I used to be capable of sort simply as quick as I do on my Thinkpad T14.
Tuxedo additionally presents a wealth of keyboard customization choices. You’ll be able to put just about something you need on the keyboard, together with nothing. You can even have your customized emblem etched within the lid.
The InfinityBook Professional is constructed round an Intel Core i7-13700H. The mannequin I examined had built-in graphics, however there may be an choice to configure your InfinityBook Professional with a high-end Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 graphics card. I by no means felt the necessity for it, however should you plan to do something greater than mild gaming, that’s in all probability the best way to go. (The display refresh tops out at 90 Hz, which is ok for gaming however not fairly as quick as some shows.) I did a superb little bit of video enhancing on this machine, and whereas that did get the fan spinning, it was lots quick for my wants.
Talking of followers, the InfinityBook Professional 14 is supplied with a dual-fan cooling system, which is double what you’ll get in most skinny laptops of this design. It really works nicely, too. Whilst I exported massive 5.2K video footage all the way down to 4K, the laptop computer by no means obtained too sizzling to have in my lap.
As with most Linux laptops, battery life is nice, however cannot match new MacBooks. Doing our traditional battery drain take a look at (looping a Full HD video at 75 p.c brightness), the InfinityBook Professional managed 6.5 hours. I have never felt constrained by battery life within the months I’ve examined the InfinityBook Professional. I appreciated the brightness at about 40 p.c for internet shopping and doc, in order that’s typically the place I left it until I used to be enhancing images or video. Common use, at 40 p.c brightness, typically obtained me between 9 and ten hours. A full day’s work and a few change. This may be additional improved and tweaked utilizing Tuxedo’s glorious Management Middle app (extra on that under).
The InfinityBook presents extra ports than you may suppose. There’s a Thunderbolt 4/USB-C port that may cost as nicely, a USB-C 3.2 Gen2 port, two USB-A ports, a full-size SD card reader, HDMI port, headphone/mic port, and a separate energy plug. The latter is the quickest solution to cost up, although you should use an ordinary USB-C wire to cost. You may need desire a 100-watt charger, although. My 60-watt charger labored, however below heavy load—exporting video for instance—the laptop computer drained energy quicker than it might cost. Tuxedo’s web site has an entire web page dedicated to the very best settings to cost from USB-C.
The trackpad on the InfinityBook Professional is massive and responsive. It did often decide up my palms as contact occasions whereas I used to be typing, however I desire to show off tapping anyway.
It Runs Tuxedo OS, or Different Linux Distros
Like System76, Tuxedo laptops ship with a custom-made OS based mostly on Ubuntu Linux, although they may run nearly any Linux distribution. (I examined Fedora to see if it labored and Arch as a result of that’s what I exploit more often than not.) Tuxedo OS, which is constructed across the KDE desktop, supplies a superb, beginner-friendly Linux expertise.