Best Linux laptop for 2021: Which one should you buy?

If you happen to’re searching for a brand new laptop computer that ships with Linux pre-installed, learn Jack Wallen’s high 5 picks.

I keep in mind, again in my early days of Linux, discovering a laptop computer that might run the open-source working system was tough enterprise. You would possibly get a distribution to work with the video chipset. You would possibly even discover one which interacts together with your soundcard. If you happen to may handle to get wi-fi working, you had been one thing particular.

That was then, and it is a very completely different time. Now, you’ll find Linux pre-installed laptops in every single place. Corporations like System76, Tuxedo Computer systems, Juno Computer systems, Dell, Lenovo and HP are all producing laptops that assist or are even absolutely licensed to run Linux. 

In these early days, if you happen to had been to discover a firm that offered a laptop computer pre-installed with Linux, the selection was straightforward. Now? Not a lot. With increasingly more corporations promoting much more units, the selection has turn out to be a bit extra sophisticated. I’d say, nonetheless, that is an excellent downside to have.

However if you do must make that call, which laptop computer do you go together with? Let’s check out 5 potential entries, one among which is for certain to satisfy (and exceed) your wants.

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The System76 Lemur Professional tops my checklist of Linux pre-installed laptops, not simply because the machine is a beast, however as a result of System76 assist is the most effective I’ve ever skilled. The corporate cares not simply concerning the merchandise they create, nevertheless it cares for the customers who buy and use its {hardware}. Past the best-in-class assist, this System76 laptop computer could be configured with both an Intel i5-1135G7 (at 4.2 GHz with 4 Cores, eight Threads, and 8MB of Cache) or an Intel i7-11657G (at 4.7 GHz with 4 Cores, eight Threads, and 12MB of Cache), 8-40GB of DDR4 RAM, and from a 240GB SSD to a 1TB PCIe Gen4 SSD. Claimed battery life is as much as 14 hours, weight is 2.4 kilos, the chassis could be folded to 180 levels, and the show is a 14.1″ 1920×1080 FHD with a matte end. To make the Lemur Professional much more enticing, it consists of open-source, embedded controller firmware and the open-source coreboot bootloader. Worth begins at $1,299 and could be specced out to $2,897. The Lemur Professional ships with their in-house Pop!_OS, which is predicated on Ubuntu.

System76

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One other absolute beast of a laptop computer is the Tuxedo InfinityBook Professional 14. This laptop computer is all about enterprise with a 16:10 Omnia show that includes 3K excessive decision working at 2880 x 1800 decision, a 16:10 facet ratio, and an especially skinny bezel. The chassis is all magnesium, and the CPU is an Intel Eleventh gen Tiger Lake H35. Due to the warmth generated by the CPU, this laptop computer consists of two followers and two heatpipes to maintain the system cool. You possibly can optionally choose an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti GPU (with 4GB GDDR6 graphics reminiscence) to show the laptop computer into a strong cell gaming console. And with an outsized glass trackpad and backlit keyboard, your productiveness will skyrocket. You possibly can count on as much as 12 hours of battery life from the InfinityBook Professional. As for ports, the gadget features a Thunderbolt 4, and HDMI 2.0, two USB-A, a full-sized SD card reader, a headphone jack and mic enter. The price of the InfinityBook Professional 14 begins at slightly below $1,400 and could be configured as much as round $3,500. The InfinityBook Professional could be bought with both its default TUXEDO_OS (primarily based on Ubuntu) or your selection of Ubuntu, Kubuntu or Ubuntu Budgie.

Tuxedo Computer systems

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The Juno Neptune 15 V3 is a stupendous laptop computer that’s supercharged for no matter work (or play) you throw at it. What’s actually wonderful concerning the Neptune 15 is the graphics. You will not discover a smoother show on a Linux laptop computer. The bottom unit ships with an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 MAX-Q graphics chip with 8GB of GDDR6 reminiscence. You possibly can bump that as much as an RTX 3080 with 16GB of GDDR6 reminiscence for a good higher expertise. Both approach, you would be hard-pressed to discover a higher show on a Linux laptop computer. Talking of base-model specs, the Neptune ships with an Intel i7 with eight Cores at 2.3 GHz, 16GB of SODIMM RAM, a 256 GB SSD drive, a backlit keyboard, three USB-A ports, each mic and headphone jacks, and a microSD card reader, and an ethernet jack. The bottom value is $2,199, however if you happen to bump up the graphics card and RAM, you may get that child as much as $3,172. 

Juno Computer systems

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You may discover the Dell XPS 13 Developer Version on nearly each “finest Linux laptop computer checklist” of the previous few years. With good purpose. This laptop computer is modern. The carbon fiber chassis is to die for. In reality, you will not discover a extra elegant-looking piece of {hardware} on this checklist. That alone is definitely worth the value of entry. Add an Eleventh-gen Intel i5 (at 4.2 GHz with an 8MB cache) as much as an Eleventh-gen Intel i7 (at 5GHz with a 12MB cache) and that stunning machine turns into a strong workhorse in a really transportable kind issue. The bottom unit ships with Intel Iris Xe graphics, 8GB of LPDDR4x Reminiscence, a 256 GB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD, a 13.4″ FHD+ (at 1920 x 1200) anti-glare show and a four-cell 52Whr battery. You possibly can bump the specs as much as 32GB of RAM, a 2TB SSD, and a UHD+ 3840 x 2400) contact display screen show. The machine begins at $1059 as much as $2419.99. The XPS 13 Developer Version ships with Ubuntu.

Dell

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The KDE Slimbook is gorgeous. The 17mm skinny, silver magnesium case is harking back to many an ultrabook from again within the day. It is not the lightest on the checklist (coming in at 3.3 kilos), nevertheless it’s rugged sufficient to pack round with out a lot concern. And with KDE Plasma, the working system is simply as elegant because the {hardware} it runs on. The bottom KDE Slimbook ships with an AMD Ryzen 7 4800H with eight Cores and 16 Threads (as much as 4.3GHz), 8GB 3200 MHz RAM,  and a 250GB SSD NVMe inner storage. The show is a 14-inch IPS LED cowl 100 sRGB. So far as ports, you will discover two USB 3.0, one USB-C, one USB 2.0, one HDMI, and one RJ45. The OS that ships with the KDE Slimbook is KDE Neon. You possibly can bump the specs as much as 64GB of RAM, and a 2TB NVMe SSD drive. The bottom value is $988. Totally specced, the associated fee is available in at $1,977.

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