|ThinkPad T420||Pinebook Pro|
|Open display firmware||✓||✗|
|Open wireless firmware||✗||✗|
|Wireless kill switch||✓||✓|
|Battery life||3.5-5.8 hours||6-8 hours|
|Replacable battery||✓||requires screwdriver|
|HD video playback||✓||good luck|
|Usable web browsing||✓||good luck|
|Price||$150 (eBay)||$200 (Pine store)|
The Pinebook Pro is a decent laptop. It is lightweight, has a good display, and a good battery life. I am happy with Pine64 as a company and think that it is a good product. There is a place for it in my life. Pine64 has their heart in the right place and I support them and buy their products because I want them to succeed.
But, is this the best the modern laptop industry can come up with? As a workstation, it doesn't compete. The performance of the ARM CPU is absolutely put to shame by the 8 year old T420, even for basic tasks. Is this 8 years of advancement in the state of the art?
Get your shit together, laptop vendors. Fuck's sake.
1: Aftermarket via coreboot
2: Limited release, full release in 2020