Found this excellent blog post: https://liam-on-linux.livejournal.com/82328.html
This echoes most of what I’ve been feeling about the state of “Linux Laptops”. They’re mostly a scam. Dell slaps stock Ubuntu, plus some preloaded drivers, onto a laptop and calls it “Linux Edition”. System76 isn’t any better. They also slap a custom Ubuntu derivative distro on there, which serves no purpose other than to serve up a prettier UI. Because that’s what the Linux world wants, right? A prettier UI? Not better drivers? Not rock-solid sleep/hibernate/lid/monitor support? Not better update functionality?