Actually, I just remembered that when I moved to US the terrible state of mobile and internet speeds in general, and the absurd prices were the greatest disappointments.
They have a very slick design and a good battery life, but are well known to mount crappy SSD with a proprietary interface. It seems they not last very long (see comments in the link below), and because of the proprietary interface, a replacement SSD is 2-3 times more expensive than disks with comparable size. Mine died a few weeks ago and I found way more convenient to buy a special adapters to mount a cheaper disk, even if it creates a small bulge at the bottom of the laptop.
I would discourage also the Macbook Pro's because of the fair amount of work that's required to have a reasonable percent of the hardware working fine. In particular, with Linux you would lose one of the main advantages they have that's battery life.
I'm going to buy myself an XPS13 Dev edition, even though I don't think it has the absolute best hardware.
standalone tool currently runnuing on a x86 laptop loaded with Linux Fedora Core 3
while exploitable targets include:
Win2k, WinXP, WinXPSP1, WinXPSP2 running Internet Explorer versions 5.0-6.0
The GINSU software application to control the hardware implant BULLDOZER or the software one KONGUR:
supports any desktop PC system that contains at least one PCI connector (for BULLDOZER installation) and Microsoft Windows 9x, 2000, 2003, XP, or Vista.[...] If KONGUR is removed from the system as a result of an operating system upgrade or reinstall, GINSU can be set to trigger one the next reboot of the system to restore the software implant.
So after all, Microsoft is not really helping them, if they have to protect themselves from system updates
We will have solar energy as soon as the utility companies solve one technical problem -- how to run a sunbeam through a meter.