Especially since it has better external monitor support.
Fixed that for you.
I did not mean to confuse but the laptops have external monitor support but they are limited to 4K @ 30 Hz (HDMI 1.x) at the current time whereas the Mini can do 4K @ 60 Hz (HDMI 2.0), reportedly. You would have to have a 4K HDMI 2.0 monitor before this is even relevant but, for video production work, you might have such a monitor and it therefore might be relevant.
Whether cores and threads are relevant depends on whether the software is written to take advantage of multiple cores/threads. That’s why I gave two comments: one on single-thread comparison and one on multi-thread comparison.
If the purpose of comparing the two CPUs is to compare the Librem laptop v4 with the Librem laptop v5 then that is a bit speculative because noone has said publicly what the CPU will be in the v5.
For the record, for those two CPUs, one benchmark says +80% in multi-thread performance (not surprising since the number of cores doubles from 2 to 4) and +15% in single-thread performance. But take any benchmark with a pinch of salt.
The current laptops appear to be designed around getting good runtime on battery between charges.
As others have said, I think @Jonathanta needs to have a hard think about the use case. Will most usage be on the go? Will most usage be chained to a desk? For hardcore performance you don’t want to have to worry about power consumption or batteries. How does juggling open source, purity, performance, cost, … play out? For most people there are compromises.
For many years, I’ve used an nVidia GPU on a laptop that runs Linux, using the closed source driver (yes, there’s a compromise ). A dedicated GPU is also harder on the battery than Intel integrated graphics (another compromise )
One thing you absolutely need to be confident of is that you can reestablish the proprietary driver in the event that things go south after a version upgrade. It is, unfortunately, quite common that after a version upgrade, the system has reverted to the open source driver (
nouveau) and booted in VGA mode. This is not ideal for a Linux newb. (By version upgrade, I don’t mean the week-after-week minor updates and patches. I mean an actual change of version number.)