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10 Best Linux Laptops of 2019

Best Linux Laptops of 2019
Written by Martins D. Okoi

With the provision of installation media formats like ISO images and Live CDs, running new installations of operating systems is as easy as a walk on the beach, especially in cases with our favorite open-source desktop operating system, GNU/Linux.

Linux distributions like Ubuntu, Linux Mint, and Manjaro are readily downloadable from their official websites to be easily installed on dual-boot systems or as a complete replacement on some computers.

One common issue, even though it is becoming less rampant, is driver/hardware incompatibility. Without going into any details, it suffices to say that there are several options you can choose from if you want to purchase a laptop that runs Linux from the factory or one on which it is extremely easy to install Linux.

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Today, we bring you a list of the best Linux laptops to purchase in 2019 starting from the best overall and then the rest in no particular order. I hope it helps you find the right Linux computer for your work.

1. Dell XPS 13″ Developer Edition

The developer edition of the Dell XPS 13 has a base model that ships with 128GB SSD, 4GB RAM, and an 8th-gen Intel Core i5 processor. It weighs 2.671bs and can have its features extended to 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD, and an 8th-gen Intel Core i7 processor.

Dell XPS 13″ Developer Edition

Dell XPS 13″ Developer Edition

As is customary of most Dell laptops, it has a sleek design with a 1920 x 1080 resolution and 13.3-inch infinity display which you can update to 4K and it also runs Ubuntu 18.04 LTS right out of the box.

If you’re looking for a stylish and lightweight but yet, powerful Linux laptop to flex with, the Dell XPS 13 developer edition is the best there is and you can buy from Dell.

2. System76 Serval WS Laptop

The Serval WS system76 laptop is a performance-driven quality build computer intended for use in performance-dependent computing fields such as gaming, graphics editing, and environment simulation. It has up to 64 GB Dual-channel DDR4 @ 3000 MHz, and storage of up to 12TB in total.

System76 Serval WS Laptop

System76 Serval WS Laptop

Among features like a multi-color backlit keyboard, a 1080p HD webcam, 9th Gen Intell Core processor, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060, 2070, or 2080 graphics, it offers users different build options when buying the laptop such as whether to use a 15.6″ or 17.3″ display, USB and Thunderbolt ports, etc.

You can also run Pop!_OS 18.04 or Ubuntu 18.04 64-bit operating systems so if you’re searching for a computing powerhouse, this is a good option and you can purchase it from the system76 store.

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3. Purism Librem 13

Purism Librem 13 is a security-centric Linux laptop specifically designed with a kill switch to turn off its microphone, camera, Bluetooth, and wireless functionality in order to protect its user’s files and privacy. Its features also include a 13.3″ matte display with 1920 x 1080 resolution, Intel Core i7 7500U, Intel HD Graphics 620, at least 8GB RAM and 250GB SSD.

Purism Librem 13

Purism Librem 13

The Liberem 13 ships with the latest version of PureOS, which like it, is also developed by the security and privacy enthusiastic company, system76. If you want a laptop built to respect your right to data privacy, this is a good choice and you can purchase the Librem 13 from the Puri.sm store.

4. System76 Oryx Pro

The System76 Oryx Pro is a configurable Linux notebook and also one of the pricy recommendations in this list. It is available in two sizes, 16.1 inches, and 17.3 inches, and you can select for it to run Pop!_OS 18.04 LTS with full disk encryption or Ubuntu 18.04 LTS for no extra cost during purchase.

System76 Oryx Pro

System76 Oryx Pro

It is powered by a 9th Generation Intel Core i7 processor coupled with Ethernet and wireless networking capabilities, Bluetooth 5, a multitouch touchpad, etc. It is available for sale directly from the system76 online store.

5. ASUS ZenBook 3 UX390UA

The ASUS ZenBook 3 UX390UA is an ultraportable laptop that runs an Intel Core i5-7200U KabyLake 8GB RAM with 256GB SSD combined with a fingerprint sensor and Harman Karson Audio. It is praised for its portability, cooling performance, and look & feel.

ASUS ZenBook 3 UX390UA

ASUS ZenBook 3 UX390UA

Boasting a 12.5-inch Full HD screen with superb color reproduction, this Zenbook’s sound quality, battery performance, and overall good quality build make it an excellent laptop for running any Linux distribution. It is available for sale directly from the asus online store.

6. Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Carbon (6th Gen)

The Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Carbon 6th Generation version is a sleek and pricey Linux notebook that runs Intel UHD 620 graphics, an 8 0r 16GB RAM, and an Intel Core i5-8250U or Intel Core i7-8650U CPU.

Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Carbon

Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Carbon

The 2 best Linux distributions to enjoy on this laptop are Ubuntu by virtue of its certification as detailed in the post here, and Arch Linux, given that it has extensive documentation in the Arch Wiki here.

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It is available for sale directly from the lenovo online store.

7. System76 Darter Pro

The System76 Darter Pro is another notebook produced by system76 and it is designed to offer users a portable computing environment and at least 6 – 7 hours of battery life. With it, you have the choice to run either an Intel Core i5-8265U or an Intel Core i7-8565U CPU, a range of 8 – 32GB RAM, Intel UHD Graphics 620, and a 15.6-inch display with a 1920 x 1080 resolution.

System76 Darter Pro

System76 Darter Pro

Right out of the box you can either run Pop!_OS 19.10, Pop!_OS 18.04 LTS, or Ubuntu 18.04 LTS as listed in the system76 store.

8. Pine64 11.6″ Pinebook

The Pine64 Pinebook is a powerful 11.6” Linux laptop that holds the record for one of the best Linux laptops selling for under $200. Its features include a 1.2GHz 64-bit Quad-Core ARM Cortex A53, 10000mAH Lithium battery, 2GB LPDDR3 RAM, 16GB flash storage (upgradable to 64GB), and a multi-touch touchpad.

Pine64 Pinebook

Pine64 Pinebook

Being only 299mm x 200mm x 12mm in width, diagonal, and height, this slim laptop weighs only 1.04jg (2.30 lbs) and is perfect for those who always need a reliable computer while being always on the move. It has a base price of $99.99 and you can purchase it from the Pine64 store.

9. System76 Galago Pro

The System76 Galago Pro is almost a direct rival to the Dell XPS 13″ having boasting an aluminum chassis with a 3200 x 1800 13.3-inch display, a RAM of up to 32GB, and 120GB SSD which can be upgraded to 2TB during purchase and even up to 4TB by installing a second SSD.

System76 Galago Pro

System76 Galago Pro

If you’re able to work without setbacks from its poor battery life, the System76 Galago Pro is powerful with a total weight of 1.3kg, Intel HD Graphics 620, and ports for USB 3.1 with Thunderbolt, HDMI, Gigabit Ethernet, an SD card reader, mic, headset jack, etc.

10. ZaReason UltraLap 6440 i5

The ZaReason UltraLap 6440 is among the most easily customizable notebooks that you can purchase with the option to configure your hardware options and preferred Linux version.

ZaReason UltraLap 6440 i5

ZaReason UltraLap 6440 i5

Its main features include a 14″ FHD 1920 x 1080 LCD backlit display, an SD card reader, a multi-gesture touchpad, ports for HDMI, a Kensignton lock, USB-C, USB 3.0, an HD webcam, Bluetooth, up to 8 hours of battery life, and Intel HD Graphics, among others.

That’s all folks. You now know the coolest options you have to choose from when you want to purchase your first or next Linux laptop. Which one have you chosen? Drop your comments in the discussion section below.

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Martins D. Okoi

Martins Divine Okoi is a graduate of Computer Science with a passion for Linux and the Open Source community. He works as a Graphic Designer, Web Developer, and programmer.