Top 5 Linux Laptop You Can Buy in 2021

  • Post last modified:April 27, 2021
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In 2021 you are deciding to buy a laptop, but you are dubious about choosing which laptop you should purchase to use for your day-to-day work with the Linux preinstall.

A number of manufacturers that manufacture the best laptop for Linux compatibilities such as Dell, Hp, Lenovo, Acer, and completed dedicated for Linux are System 76, Lambda, Pine Pro.

You can install GNU/Linux Environment over Windows or Chromebook. Still, the process is a little bit tricky, and sometimes hardware is not compatible with the System then also Linux Kernel is trying its best to support all hardware.

Not to worry much we have shortlisted some of the top Linux laptops that are specially built for the Linux eco-system.

Why buy Linux Laptop?

I’ll give you three main reason to buy Linux Laptop over Window Laptops.

  • Linux is a free and open-source operating system you don’t need to pay any charges for Operating System to use compare to Windows you need to purchase a license and all.
  • No-fuss for Hardware support, Sometimes if you install Linux on Windows PC you will scratch your head to fix the issue as a beginner.
  • You will get the Linux Distribution pre-Installed like Ubuntu with your Laptop.

I think so the main reason is enough to purchase Linux laptop over Pre-Install Windows Laptops.

Without taking your further moment Let’s dive to end hunting for Linux Laptops.

1. Dell XPS 13

Dell XPS 13 9300 
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Dell XPS 13

Specifications

  • CPU: 11th Generation Intel® Core™ i5-1135G7 Processor (8MB Cache, up to 4.2 GHz)
  • RAM: 8GB 4267MHz LPDDR4x Memory Onboard
  • Graphics: Intel® Iris® Xe Graphics with the shared graphics memory
  • Storage: 256GB M.2 PCIe NVMe Solid State Drive
  • Display: 13.4″ FHD+ (1920 x 1200) InfinityEdge Non-Touch Anti-Glare 500-Nit Display
  • Battery: 4-Cell Battery, 52 Whr (Integrated)
  • Operating System: Ubuntu Linux 20.04.
  • Size: 13.4”inches
  • Availability: Globally
  • Price: US$1,049.00
  • Buy: Dell

Pros

  • You can buy the Customise Model
  • Superb Build Quality
  • Attractive Display
  • Low Bezel
  • Great customer and Linux Support

Cons

  • Soldered Ram
  • WebCam placement

The overall laptop is good enough to purchase while purchasing select the high variant ram after purchasing you cannot upgrade RAM easily.

2. NEPTUNE 15

Neptune 15 Image credit Juno Computers
Neptune 15

Specifications

  • CPU: Intel Eight-core i7-10875H (2.3GHz, 5.1GHz Turbo)
  • RAM: 16GB 3200MHz SODIMM (2X8GB)
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GEFORCE RTX 2060 – 6GB GDDR6
  • Storage: 2x m.2 SSD – PCIe Gen3x4, Up to 4TB (2x2TB) total
  • Display: 15.6″ FHD+ (1920 x 1200) FHD Panel 1920 x 1200, 72% NTSC
  • Refresh Rate: 144 HZ
  • Keyboard Style: Multi-Color Backlit
  • Battery: 4-Cell Battery, 52 Whr (Integrated)
  • Operating System: Ubuntu Linux 20.04.
  • Size: 0.78″ x 14.07″ x 9.37″
  • Weight: 4.39 lbs
  • Availability: Globally
  • Price: US$1,599.00
  • Buy: Junocomputers

Pros

  • Dedicated GPU
  • High refresh rate 144Hz
  • Configuration customize
  • KeyBoard as per your region

Cons

  • Higher power consumption

This is basically for Gaming Laptop If you want to have a gaming pc along with Linux then go for this product.

In this Laptop, you can configure everything except the processor by default it will ship with an Intel i7 processor, and you have the options to extend RAM to 64 GB, and Graphic Card chooses till 8GB RTX 2080.

When you purchase this Laptop come and read this article How to Install Steam on Linux.

3. Serval WS 15

Serval WS 15 Image credit official System76
Serval WS 15

Specifications

  • CPU: Ryzen 5 3600 (3.6 up to 4.2 GHz – 6 Cores – 12 Threads)
  • RAM: DDR4 at 3200 MHz (1× 8GB)
  • Graphics: 6GB GDDR6 GTX 1660 Ti w/ 1536 CUDA Cores
  • Storage: 2 x M.2 (SATA or PCIe NVMe)
  • Display: 15.6” FHD (1920×1080) Matte Finished
  • Refresh Rate: 144 HZ
  • Keyboard Style: Multi-Color Backlit Chiclet US QWERTY Keyboard
  • Battery: Removable 6 cell Smart Lithium-Ion battery pack 62Wh
  • Operating System: Pop!_OS 20.04 LTS (64-bit)
  • Size: 1.28″ x 14.21″ x 10.16″
  • Weight: 5.95 lbs
  • Availability: Check Shipping Info
  • Price: US$1,599.00
  • Buy: System76

Pros

  • Extend RAM up to 64GB
  • Support storage till 8TB
  • Multi NVMe slot

Cons

  • Bulky Laptop

Before purchasing check whether they ship the product to your Region, click here to check availability in your country.

4. Lambda Tensorbook

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Lamda Tensorbook

Specifications

  • CPU: Intel Core i7-10875H with 16 threads, 5.10 GHz turbo, and 16 MB cache
  • RAM: 64 GB of 2666 MHz DDR4 SO-DIMM
  • Graphics: 6GB GDDR6 RTX 2080 Super Max-Q
  • Storage: 2 TB SAMSUNG SSD
  • Display: 15.6″ (1920×1080) Full HD,Matte, 72% NTSC
  • Battery: 73 watt-hours 3-cell polymer battery
  • Keyboard: Backlit
  • Operating System: Pop!_OS 20.04 LTS (64-bit)
  • Size: 14.07″ x 0.78″ x 9.37″
  • Weight: 4.39 lbs (2 kgs)
  • Availability: Globally
  • Price: US$3,300.00
  • Buy: Official Site or Amazon

Pros

  • High-performance PC capable of machine learning
  • Pre-Install Tensor flow, Pytorch
  • You can use this machine for AI development

Cons

  • Missing Built-In speaker and webcam

This Laptop is best for those who have work with machine Learning modules to train machines. While purchasing you can choose the operating system, you require if you want Windows Operating as well as Ubuntu you need to select those options. Otherwise, Laptop will ship with the Default Ubuntu 64 bit.

5. HP 17 Business Laptop

HP 17 Business Laptop Image credit amazon
HP 17 Business Laptop

Specifications

  • CPU: Intel Core i5-8265U (up to 3.9GHz) 
  • RAM: 16 GB of 2666 MHz DDR4 SDRAM
  • Graphics: Intel UHD Graphic 620
  • Storage: 500 GB SSD
  • Display: 17.3″ (1600×900) Full HD,
  • Battery: 73 watt-hours 3-cell polymer battery
  • Keyboard: Spill-Resistant Key Board
  • Operating System: Linux Mint Cinnamon 64-bit
  • Size: 14.07″ x 0.78″ x 9.37″
  • Weight: 5.84 lbs (2 kgs)
  • Availability: Globally
  • Price: US$1449.99
  • Buy: Amazon

Pros

  • Wifi-6 support
  • Dvd-writer available
  • Linux cinnamon mint default Operating System

Cons

  • It is expensive compare to hardware

By the way laptop is decent but the price range is bit higher compare to hardware HP providing and you will miss the Dedicated graphic card.

Wrap-Up

It is not like that you can Install Linux over Windows laptop but sake of hardware compatibility you should go for the Linux Dedicated machine.

If you are still unsure from the above listed laptop model you can do Internet search with the Laptop model name and “Linux support”

For example, I want to search Linux compatibility for Dell XPS 13 900 I’ll type on the Internet like dell XPS 13 9300 linux support.

If you know any other laptop which is best for Linux then please share with us.

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This Post Has 10 Comments

  1. Nick

    I have just ordered a Sytem76……..

    1. Gagan Mishra

      Congratulation Nick, by the way, which model you have purchased?

  2. Nonya

    Sorry but Dell is completely out of the question here due to poor build quality, and hardware designed to be thrown away instead of repaired. I cannot speak about current Lenovo laptops and desktops, but those only a few years old (T430S, M92P) are completely hardware compatible with Debian based Linux distros such as Linux SolydK. Lenovo machines that I am familiar with are easy to upgrade and are designed to repaired easily with readily available parts.

  3. ExperiencedAdmin

    Where is Tuxedocomputers? They have machines that are fully compatible with Linux and prices are fair. Check them out @ http://www.tuxedocomputers.com

    1. Gagan Mishra

      Thanks for sharing, I’ll append them soon.

  4. John

    I was half expecting the whole list to be System 76 honestly. Not sure why other well known Linux laptop makers aren’t on the list though… StarLabs makes Linux laptops. Pine64 also has a model or two.

    1. Gagan Mishra

      Extremely sorry john we didn’t fulfil the expectation, We thought to add 5 laptops Only but as per the feedback, I’ll make a new post in that I’ll cover missing Laptop brands.

  5. Ade Malsasa Akbar

    Thanks, I really like articles of this kind. I already have ThinkPad but if I could afford it, I want either Purism Librem or Kubuntu Focus, but unfortunately not mentioned above.

    1. Gagan Mishra

      Thanks, Anirudh I’ll check it out.

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