I have the System76 Lemur (2016, lemu7). I’m basically waiting to save up and see what comes out with Ryzen mobile, but until then, I have a lot to say…
It’s terrible. 6 months or so on I still mistype stuff because the keys don’t actuate when they should. Never in my life have I used a worse keyboard.
It’s pretty small compared the last few laptops I owned, and pretty unreliable. Better disable tap to click!
This is what’s pretty cool about the laptop. You can THEORETICALLY have 3 drives – 2 SATA/NVMe M.2 and one 2.5".
I say theoretically because since I didn’t configure my system with 2 M.2s, they didn’t solder the second M.2 connection onto the board… Good thing I checked before buying another drive!
It’s mediocre. Can be about 3 - 4 hours on average, but with tweaking (low brightness, configuring TLP, etc) you can stretch it out to at least 7 hours.
What’s a shame is that with some moving things around, maybe removing some of the storage options, this mediocre battery life could be doubled, if not tripled easily. It’s pretty empty inside.
The Build Quality
is bad. Cheap plastic that flexes easily.
Easily the single worst thing about the laptop (okay, maybe a close second to the keyboard). It’s pretty quiet. Cranking the volume up to 75 - 100% results in this annoying clipping sometimes.
The only good thing about the laptop. It comes with a 1080p 14" IPS display.
It has an obnoxious blue light next to the power button. Under normal circumstances using the laptop indoors, the blue light is distracting. Using it in darker areas is outright painful.
Easy solution is to remove it outright, since it’s already redundant with the LEDs on the front of the laptop. Other easy solution is to tie it to screen brightness. But seriously, just remove it.
I took it apart and put several layers of electrical tape over the light, and still a considerable amount leaks through that’s visible everywhere except in the sunlight… at least it’s dimmer, I guess.
Also, this probably isn’t a S76 thing as much as an Intel thing, but I tried to install Windows to test a Source mod I work on… and running said mod results in flickering and screen corruption that sometimes continues to make the system unusable until rebooting. So don’t get this if you plan to run Windows.
This shitstain as configured cost about $900. Boo.