I recently bought a Lenovo X201. I tried installing Ubuntu on it, but one thing shocked me: horrible power management performance. Powertop, module tweak, I did a lot... and still the same thing: heat and short battery.
So, with a bit more heat and much lower battery time (like 30% shorter at least), I was wondering if Linux still didn't catch up, or at least more than what I saw. After all, it's arguably the most standard hardware out there... intel GPU/CPU, standard everything. And my previous notebook was not a good reference anyway (hot and old 15,4")...
Any recommendations? Powertop comes to a point that it won't give me any other suggestion (I believe that continuously asking for USB autosuspend means I ran through it all).
How do you guys use your notebook with Linux? Don't you miss a better battery life and less heat?
ps.: about Thinkpads... well, second to none IMO. I never dropped a notebook before. But I did on the first day with this. It completely crashed on the floor and nothing happened. Sure the battery popped out, but no damage. Not even a scratch (really)! Wow. Now I only miss Ubuntu for the perfect hardware + software duo.