Dell XPS 13 9350 - Gnome 40 + Wayland Sluggish

Hey Everyone,

I have an XPS 13 9350 with Skylake i5 Processor, 8GB of Memory, and 256GB SSD. I’ve been using Manjaro Linux (Gnome) for the past few months and I’ve noticed that my system tends to feel a bit sluggish at times.

I mainly use my machine for light tasks (music, web browsing using Brave) and have a few eye-candy things turned on.

Is there an easy way to do some tuning or possibly make my XPS run a bit smoother? I thought with my ‘middle of the road’ specs, I shouldn’t have too many lag issues running Linux, but so far it seems that I do somewhat.

Any help would be greatly appreciated. TIA.

With top / htop you can see which processes may be using a lot of resources.
That’s where I would start looking.

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Here is a small sample htop I took this morning:

This is just with a few tabs open in Brave (including a YouTube video) and the terminal application. No other apps are running unless they are background processes / tasks.

Good? Bad? Average?

An interesting thing I noticed is is that there are a few “Pulseaudio” processes. I thought I read everything recently got switched to Pipewire for audio/video tasks in Manjaro? Do I need to do some updates on my system to fix this?

Any feedback anyone may have on how to tune things appropriately would be SUPER appreciated. Thanks!