Tuxedo Pulse 15 Gen 1 Review
So some of you already know from my last article “KDE is love” that I got a new device from my employer. I was allowed to select this device on my own and install my preferred Linux distribution on it.
Now I want to give some feedback on the device itself.
The device is a 15,6 inch notebook with measurements 35,6cm width, 1,7cm height and 23,4cm depth. It weights about 1,5 kg with battery (all manufacturer specs). It also comes with a nice and large 114,5 x 70 mm touchpad and without a numblock, which was really important for me as I think numblocks are just a waste of space.
The build is very solid. I really like touching the device, it feels very well done and even compact, although it is the biggest form factor in a notebook that I owned to date.
The fans blow hot air out to the back of the device, which makes working on your lap possible without burning your thights. The power switch is next to the keyboard, not on the side of the device as it is on my previous/private tuxedo (a InfinityBook 14 Pro v4). That, I assume, resulted directly from the feedback TuxedoComputers got about this... the power button on the side was not that practical.
On the left side of the device there is the Kensington lock, one USB 3.2 (Gen1) and one USB 2.0 slot as well as your headphone jack and a micro SD card reader. On the right side, there's another USB 3.2 (Gen1) slot as well as a USB 3.2 (Gen 1) type C slot next to your power plug and the HDMI out plug.
My device came with a 1 TB Samsung NVMe SSD, 32 GiB of DDR4 3200 MHz Samsung memory and a AMD Ryzen 7 4800H which runs 8 cores from 2.9 to 4.2 GHz with 16 threads and 12 MB L3 Cache.
I really have to say, this beast is a powerhouse.
Still, I get very decent battery lifetime out of it. That's because there's a 91,25 Wh battery built in, which can even be replaced. How crazy is that? TuxedoComputers advertises this beast with 20 hours of battery life under absolutely optimal conditions (lowest screen brightness and so on)... we all know that this is never true for a real world usage. Still, they advertise 11 hours of battery life with moderate usage (Screen half bright, WLAN on). I must say that this might be about right. Right now I am using this device on the third day without having it plugged in. I only did a bit of browsing during that time, with screen between 5% and 35% of brightness. I only compiled once for about 5 minutes. So there's that.
If I run out of battery, though, I have got a power bank from TuxedoComputers as well, so I can make sure that I have a full workday of battery power with me when working somewhere outdoors!
The screen is “only” a HD screen. Yes, but it is completely enough for me. Your milage may differ, of course. What strikes me is that you get a crazy view angle out of that screen. And, you may have guessed, even with 5% of screen brightness, I can work without issues. 35% screen brightness are totally fine for everyday work.
I am looking forward trying out this device outside under sunlight. Right now it is too cold for me to sit outside, though.
The keyboard is the only point that could be a bit better. Maybe I am spoiled by the InfinityBook, where the keyboard is really good (IMO, of course) or even my old X220 Thinkpad.
Don't get me wrong, the keyboard is not bad. The pressure points are decent, the keys are of course large enough. But as they are embedded into the case, I cannot feel them properly when sliding over the keyboard with my fingers. So I have to look down from time to time. Could be much worse, yes.
So, to conclude this: The device is a powerhouse, the build quality is really nice and the keyboard could be a bit better. I don't know how, though. The specs are phenomenal (for me).
Of course, I had absolutely no problems getting Linux (NixOS) running on it, since it comes from a Linux manufacturer. My KDE Plasma 5 setup runs as smooth as I could wish on it.
All in all, after working with it for about one week I cannot complain at all and I am really looking forward working with this device long-term.