Best Linux Laptops 2017 – Which is the Best Linux Laptop to go for?
Always thinking of buying a new PC for youself and business, but don’t know which is best to go for? Or are you in the market for a Laptop that delivers quality performance?
Top Best Linux Laptops
Here we’ve got you the best Linux Laptops of the moment all listed according to our ranking. We take into account the specs and details of each Laptops.
The XPS 13 retains its crown as the undisputed champion of the Ultrabook market, and one can only admire Dell for its unwavering Linux support on a flagship machine. The laptop is customisable so you can configure it to be suitable for everything from routine office tasks to gaming, depending on how much you’re willing to pay.
If you wish, you can plump for one of the more expensive models which have a QHD+ (3,200 x 1,800 resolution) display. The slightly more wallet-friendly configurations run with a Full HD (1,920 x 1,080) 13.3-inch InfinityEdge display. Obviously the latter will give you better battery life relative to a larger more pixel-packed display, but users will never know the joy of the vibrant colour reproduction the super-sharp QHD+ screen delivers.
Purism Librem 13
Purism on the verge to build the most secure laptop ever and (obviously) chose Linux (PureOS) to power the device – it is the only notebook vendor on the market to offer physical kill switches as standard on its laptops.
The company tapped into the crowdfunding community to gain more than $430,000 (around £330,000, AU$545,000) worth of funding, allowing it to adopt a stricter ethos than most firms when it comes to privacy, rights to free software and security.
The Librem 13 might look and feel like a bog-standard laptop but there’s far more to it than meets the eye (for example, the company designed its own motherboards).
In addition, Purism’s commitment to Linux (and security in general) certainly goes beyond most of the vendors on this list.
Google and its armada of Chromebooks seem to have cornered the bottom end of the laptop market, much to the chagrin of traditional Linux users who demand far better value for money. However, one small vendor has pledged to change the way things work.
Alpha Universal uses Elementary OS to power its Litebook laptop which costs roughly the same as a Chromebook, but has twice the system memory, far more expansion capabilities, a faster than average CPU (an Intel Celeron N3150 quad-core processor clocked at 1.6GHz), a Full HD display and 512GB of ‘replaceable’ storage (a traditional hard disk drive) plus a 32GB SSD (that’s the ‘hybrid’ option). With a very tempting budget price tag, this is a great way for a beginner to explore the world of Linux.
System76 Galago Pro
This is a notebook that rivals the Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition, featuring an aluminium chassis, and managing to make space for up to 32GB of RAM (yes, 32GB) and up to 6TB of solid-state storage space.
If that wasn’t enough, it has a 13.3-inch display with a resolution of 3,200 x 1,800, an Ethernet port, an SD card reader, two USB ports and a Thunderbolt 3/USB Type-C/mini-DisplayPort connector. In a nutshell, you will be hard pressed to get anything in Windows-land that can deliver this sort of compute power and storage capacity.
Dell Precision 17 7720
Hailed by Dell as the world’s most powerful workstation with a 17-inch display, the Precision 17 7720 has one hidden feature – it can be configured with Ubuntu 16.04 out of the box (don’t forget to remove the Energy Star rating). As expected, it comes with a significant price tag that approaches five figures when it is loaded with all bells and whistles.
It’s comforting to know that even the latest hardware (Xeon Skylake, Quadro P5000 GPU, 64GB RAM etc) officially supports Ubuntu (albeit the LTS edition) and is backed by one of the largest players in the market. It’s a shame that Dell, as it stands, is the only major vendor offering Ubuntu across a wide range of laptops catering for multiple segments.