@joekamprad Disclaimer: this will be just my opinion, with no solid background.
For many years I used to use Ubuntu on various machines, not caring much of graphics drivers, and it includes at least first year of use of my current laptop, equipped with optimus Intel + Nvidia combo. Ubuntu, at least those days, would let me use as well proprietary as open source Nvidia drivers, but none of them worked well. Since I’m not a gamer, I was just using Intel graphics, which was sufficient to edit documents, work with Android Studio, and sometimes watch a movie.
First time I actually needed Nvidia was when I started working on a game on the JavaFX platform. Integrated Intel graphics was absolutely insufficient to run anything at all fluently. I started checking numerous Linux distributions. The only which allowed me to run Nvidia with proprietary drivers were Mint, and Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. Newer Ubuntu versions refused to install at all. In both cases the graphics performance was crappy. Also Manjaro, which was my daily driver those days, was unable to make Nvidia work in any configuration. The one and only distro which performed well was Antergos running Bumblebee, installed according to the Wiki guidance.
If you want my advice:
- Either check if the laptop you’re about to buy includes optimus graphics, and do not buy if so,
- check if you can install Antergos + Bumblebee on the machine before buying.
I’d focus more on the 1st solution, if I were you.