They will know if they have wanted buy a laptop with Linux There are not many computers on the market that come without any pre-installed operating system or that finding a computer without Windows is like looking for a needle in a haystack, despite the fact that there is an increasing supply of these computers. Fortunately we have seen how firms such as Spanish VANT and Slimbook have passed, and other foreign ones such as System76 and some other of the large firms that have wanted to launch some computers with the option of having Linux. The ones from UAV and Slimbook are easy to come by here, but others like the System76 ones are more complicated, which also limits the variety.
Without a doubt, the most successful option has been to Google, with its Chromebooks, which have been one of Amazon's best-selling computers and have been sold out on numerous occasions due to their high demand, but ChromeOS is not a GNU / Linux, but rather a Google operating system based on Linux like Android and it does not satisfy many. Therefore, although it has been sold more massively, it is not the solution that most of us are looking for, since many times we have to settle for buying a Windows computer, paying Microsoft for the license and then ending up eliminating its OS ... Or in others cases buy a Mac from Apple and install Linux, which is even more expensive.
And there are alternatives for not doing that, but I think they are still not good enough in some cases, cheap in others or that there is as much choice as when we talk about laptops with Windows ... But here we are going to present a ranking of the best options with Linux regarding laptops:
- Slimbook pro: it is a laptop with a fairly good design, with quality aluminum finishes like all Slimbook equipment. It is ideal to work with and its portability is maximum due to its reduced thickness, weight and size, since it is 13 ″. It can vary between € 699-889 depending on the chosen configuration, with Intel i3, i5 and i7 processors, DDR4 memory up to 32GB, SSD and even choose a second magnetic hard drive or SSD, etc. The operating system is to choose between the preferred distros ...
- Slimbook ExcaliburIf what you want is a somewhat larger laptop, this one has a 15,6 ″ screen, but it still maintains a nice aluminum design and more powerful hardware, since it also integrates a dedicated NVIDIDA 940M graphic. The price, however, is somewhat cheaper than the previous one, from € 799-879.
- System76 Lemur- It's another laptop priced at 649, with 8GB of RAM, Intel's Core i7, 4K, etc. But it has a big problem, and it is the battery life, which is terribly low when having to feed so much power ...
- Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition: we already talked about this equipment that exceeds € 1000 in price. It has a good design (finished with a mixture of carbon fiber, aluminum and magnesium) and it is compact, with a good autonomy. The hardware is quite good, but the disadvantage is found in the included ports ... only a Thunderbold, SD card reader and two USB 3.0 ports, covering the basic needs, but that falls short for some users.
- VANT MOOVE15: it is another lightweight laptop with a 15 ″ IPS screen and a 5th Gen Core i7 or Core i7 to be chosen by the user. Its price is quite cheap, with € 692 based on what you are going to add. Although if we choose the Top configuration, with Core i7 7500L at 2.7Ghz, 32GB of DDR RAM, 240GB SSD + 2TB HDD, the price amounts to € 1169. Among the pre-installed operating system options, we can select Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Ubuntu Mate, and Linux Mint.
As I said, there are alternatives, more and more and better, but I wish there were more ...
4 comments, leave yours
You forgot System76
Well, I'm already going for my second laptop with pre-installed gnu / linux, the first one that is already its years old, a dell inspiron with ubuntu (always updating the wifi card gave some other problem, but everything else was fine), and a couple of months ago I renewed my laptop for a slimbook katana with kdeneon :) very happy with it and highly recommended, the detail of the win key comes with tux is priceless…. :)
I use a VIT-M2420, for 5 years with Canaima GNU / LINUX pre-installed, and it has gone great for me without any problem, to this day the company continues to support me every time I update the distro to the new version now 5.0
I have an Asus Rog Strix with Endless pre-installed like the one in this link https://www.pccomponentes.com/asus-rog-strix-gl753vd-gc032-intel-core-i7-7700hq-16gb-1tb-256gbssd-gtx1050-173