I am lucky enough to have someone buying me a laptop as a present from a specific online store that stocks specific laptops. So the choice is only between the two laptops:
Asus Zenbook Prime UX31A i7, 4gig RAM, 128SSHD - weight 1.3kg
HP Envy Spectre i5, 4gig RAM, 128SSHD - weight 1.8kg
They are both exactly the same price. I am a first time Ubuntu user and the first time I install and use Ubuntu will be on this laptop. I will not use windows or dual boot on these laptops, and intend to only have Ubuntu on the laptop. It is really important that Ubuntu works on each laptop, that it is highly portable, light and can last ~5 hours without charging.
I was about to order the HP Envy, but I checked around these boards and can't find any information about the compatibility of Ubuntu with the HP envy *Spectre* model specifically. A search does not even find it named on these boards. The Zenbook however has it's own Ubuntu community page and threads (ie http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.p...ok+Prime+UX31A) that confirms certain things as working.
I want to get the Spectre, but I have serious concerns because of the lack of testing on Ubuntu. Should I play safe and get the Zenbook? I prefer the Spectre as a laptop but it seems to be new and not a kind of laptop most people install Ubuntu on. Please help!