I've recently obtained a Dell XPS 13 Model 9343 which came preinstalled with Ubuntu (ca. 1000 €). I wiped that and installed Fedora 21. Since Major Hayden's review was quite horrible which i could not confirm in all cases I decided to do my own review.
$ cat /proc/cpuinfo Version: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-5200U CPU @ 2.20GHz
$ lspci 00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Broadwell-U Host Bridge -OPI (rev 09) 00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation Broadwell-U Integrated Graphics (rev 09) 00:03.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation Broadwell-U Audio Controller (rev 09) 00:04.0 Signal processing controller: Intel Corporation Broadwell-U Camarillo Device (rev 09) 00:14.0 USB controller: Intel Corporation Wildcat Point-LP USB xHCI Controller (rev 03) 00:16.0 Communication controller: Intel Corporation Wildcat Point-LP MEI Controller #1 (rev 03) 00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation Wildcat Point-LP High Definition Audio Controller (rev 03) 00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation Wildcat Point-LP PCI Express Root Port #1 (rev e3) 00:1c.3 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation Wildcat Point-LP PCI Express Root Port #4 (rev e3) 00:1d.0 USB controller: Intel Corporation Wildcat Point-LP USB EHCI Controller (rev 03) 00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation Wildcat Point-LP LPC Controller (rev 03) 00:1f.2 SATA controller: Intel Corporation Wildcat Point-LP SATA Controller [AHCI Mode] (rev 03) 00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation Wildcat Point-LP SMBus Controller (rev 03) 00:1f.6 Signal processing controller: Intel Corporation Wildcat Point-LP Thermal Management Controller (rev 03) 01:00.0 Unassigned class [ff00]: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTS5249 PCI Express Card Reader (rev 01) 02:00.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4352 802.11ac Wireless Network Adapter (rev 03)
Everything including audio worked out of the box. I just had to enable rpmfusion and install the mod-wl package to make WiFi work. Some proplems persists when the laptop switches often between standby (closed) and opened I had to Ctrl + Alt + F2 and F1 to fix touchpad button issues. But that occures pretty rarely.
The quality of the display panel and overall performance is amazing. I used my laptop all day at the OpenStack Summit in Vancouver in May and came over more than the whole day without running out of juice. I doubt a MacBook Air can compete with that.
But be aware: You won't get any docking station or the DisplayLink adapter to work with Linux. That might change in the future but right now, if you need one, stick with another laptop. The Mini-DisplayPort works, btw.
But I noticed some additional glitches with Kernel 4.0.4 with a flickering display after deep sleep which seems to fix itself if left untouched.
If you're looking for a reasonable priced laptop compatible with Linux you might consider this one. If you have any comments, leave them below. Thanks.