Disclaimer: This is a (too) long post, my (obviously) opinion but if can it save time and sweat to new Linux users it will be worth it! Please no hostile answers if you do not agree, I am not an Antergos fanboy but this post is just my experience of linux distro hoping spanning over 15 years.
Note: Arch by itself is not included in this round up because I never installed it but obviously Antergos/Manjaro benefit from it. I have tried Ubuntu, Mint, Fedora, Manjaro, Antergos, Skylinux, Opensuse (superficially some time ago), Kali and Debian (very superficially)
Requirements/limitations: I have one intel I7 6700K/Nvidia GTX1060 laptop (Clevo based P750DM2 from Metabox) and multiple AMD Ryzen 1st/2nd generation desktops but my main one is an AMD Ryzen 2600X/X370/Nvidia GTX1060. Some PCs are in in dual boot with Win10. I do not have any Mac so in this regard I will be passing on what an IT professional owning some has told me. I use Cinnamon. I want updated software and a large software base installed because I am looking at doing some (web) development. I would say I have an average knowledge of Linux.
1. Hardware compatibility
(Mac?) > Windows > Antergos=Manjaro > or = to every other distros.
Mac being a closed hardware/software system leads the pack, period. Windows does quite well as it has the widest users base making harware manufacturers worth their investment in drivers but maybe because of something like the law of diminishing returns it has not been getting better in this area as opposed to Linux distros which have made a huge progress in getting workable device drivers for the past 2 to 4 years. There is this special issue with video drivers and linux (open vs proprietary ones) that can make installers/linux distro (e.g. Fedora, Unbuntu, debian etc…) unstable/freezing/crashing or unable to wake up from suspend/hibernation states etc…, in my case i need(ed) proprietay Nvidia drivers to make it work, Antergos/Manjaro do this very well out of the box. Some linux gurus are going to straight away argue that this not a distro issue but a kernel one and this is generally true but i have tried debian and RedHat derivatives using the same kernel and having different issues because of how the installer is scripted.
2. Installer stability
(Mac?) > Manjaro> Windows = most linux distros > Antergos.
Sorry guys, I am yet to find a Linux installer software crashing randomly that ofen, not to mention I had to burn a DVD to install Antergos on my Laptop because it could not enumerate the USB ports. I know it is in Beta version and you get warned beforehand but potential users need to know this and that is somehow the type of comment you can find online. Some debugging may be needed with Antergos installer but what it installs it does it well except ZFS.
3. Installer options/ease of use (free vs proprietary video drivers, packages repositories, pre-installed applications, choice of LTS Kernel, disk partitioning, and formatting, Grub location etc…)
Antergos>Manjaro>most other Linux distros>>Windows>(?Mac)
Antergos offers all the options listed above between brackets, even ZFS (never worked for me though). That saves so much time: select what you want and do something else for the one to 2 hours of setup time. A counter example: Ubuntu has often been struggling with GRUB installation among other things.
4. Package management/repositories/applications base
Antergos>Manjaro>most other distro>Windows
Although Windows users can access more applications than everyone else, the installation process (not to mention the potential cost of buying some apps) is not always that simple and there is a reason behind MS moving towards their App store like linux and Apple. Antergos has access to timely-updated-dependency-checked-huge-Arch/AUR repositories within the add/remove software app. There is very rarely the need to chase packages, PPAs and the like as well as missing DLL online with their security and upating related risk/concerns. After Antergos installation I stacked 3 GB of apps to install in a row and after answering a few questions Add/Remove software did everything without me sticking to my chair. Try to do so with Ubuntu: the add/remove software app. does not allow you to preselect packages and install them in bulk. It will often crash over 5 - 10 packages in the pipeline. You have to do this with Synaptic but the ergonomy is not as good as with the Add/Remove app.
5. Stability and updating process
Once again this is not a general debate, I know for instance that debian stable is very stable. This is about rolling against versioning updating process and its consequences on stability. As my IT friend says: “Mac never crashes”. On the other hand for instance Windows 10 1900build update managed to corrupt one of my laptop’s SSD because it tried too many times to update unsuccessfully. In contrast, you control if and when the updating process takes places in linux. Unfortunately and too often in my experience full version updating has always been risky, with Ubuntu for instance, and lately with Fedora. Having a more unified repository system with good dependency check and incremental updates does minimize the risks of issues, it has been my experience and makes sense.
Finally and this is probably the main bias of this post, only time will tell if in the long ruin Antergos lives to this reputation as i have not been using it long enough. Feel free to post constructive comments that will help potential users to decide whether to choose Antergos keeping in mind the above-mentioned requirements and limitations.