I would like to ask for your help with purchasing a new (or second hand) laptop.
My ideal choice is a 14’’ business laptop which is strong enough to constantly and smoothly run a windows VM with high load and several other VMs (usually two Whonix VMs, sys-net, sys-firewall, and some other). It has to be durable and portable. It would be nice to have coreboot or open-source firmware and IME disabled.
I am currently using a Lenovo X230 which is a very good laptop, but it has two serious limitations:
- the display is small
Based on the above my choice is Dell Latitude (7490 or 5490) or Lenovo Thinkpad (T480s, T490s or T495s). However there is no coreboot or other similar opensource firmware for these.
The T495s has AMD CPU with a dedicated GPU which (as far as I understand) is not very useful with Qubes.
The T480s (and probably T490s) has some kind of throttling issues (CPU Frequency Scaling Broken · Issue #4604 · QubesOS/qubes-issues · GitHub). I am not sure if Dell Latitude 7490 has the same issue (it uses the same CPU)
I was also looking at Purism and System76 but those are not business laptops and I am afraid those aren’t durable enough for day-to-day use (and do not have keyboard with the language i prefer).
Do you have any experience with any of the above?
Do you think that there will be coreboot for any of those business laptops?
Can you advise me any other laptop with the above specification?