Update: Sold the HP laptop and purchased an Acer Swift 3 Intel variant. Running macOS and Windows 10 at the moment.
My Lenovo ThinkPad X230 is no more. Lost it to a motherboard issue caused by electrical surge. I’ve been using that laptop connected to direct AC.
Got hold of an HP 14q-cs0029tu i3 8th gen variant. The laptop comes with i3 8130u CPU, Samsung 8GB DDR4 2666MHZ Memory & 256GB WD SN750 NVMe™ SSD. They shipped the laptop with Windows 10 Home.
But, meh…I don’t have a good internet connection at home, which means I can’t install Steam and play lightweight indie games. So ultimately, except for FL Studio, Windows 10 is useless to me at this point.
Installed Linux Mint 19.1 Xfce right away. I’ve installed LMMS as the backup DAW for the time being. I really don’t feel like going to back Windows just for FL Studio. I haven’t installed GIMP yet.
And if you’re planning to install Linux on this HP laptop, keep in mind that WiFi won’t work OOB. You’ve to install the Realtek RTL8723DE module for Linux and restart the Machine.