Monday 1 May 2017

Best Ubuntu Laptops to buy

There is not much in the list, as most of the manufacturers prefer to ship their product with Windows. Lately, some of them are launching both Windows and Linux OS and in coming days, we might see some more of these in the markets.

If you are looking for a dedicated Laptop running Ubuntu out of the box, we have selected 3 of the best brands that is available in market. These are the best Ubuntu laptops you can buy. 

1. System76

System76 has been known to provide powerful systems running Ubuntu from a long time. The technical specifications reads: 

Operating System   Ubuntu 16.04.2 LTS (64-bit) or Ubuntu 17.04 (64-bit)
Processor   7th Gen Intel® Core i3-7100U or i7-7500U
i3-7100U: 2.4 GHz – 3 MB cache – 2 cores – 4 threads
i7-7500U: 2.7 up to 3.5 GHz – 4 MB cache – 2 cores – 4 threads
Display   14.″ 1920×1080 IPS, Matte Finish
Graphics   Intel® HD Graphics 620
Memory   Up to 32 GB Dual Channel DDR4 @ 2133 MHz
Storage   M.2 SSD, 2.5″ 7mm height drive. Up to 5 TB total.
Expansion    USB 3.1 Type-C, USB 3.0 Type-A, USB 2.0 Type-A, SD Card Reader
Input    Multitouch Touchpad, Chiclet Keyboard
Networking    Gigabit Ethernet, Intel® Wireless-AC, Bluetooth
Video Ports   HDMI, VGA
Audio   Stereo Speakers, Stereo Mic, Headphone Jack, Mic Jack, 5.1 channel (HDMI)
Camera   720p (1280×960) HD Webcam
Security   Kensington® Lock
Battery   Removable 4 Cell Smart Li-Ion – 44 Wh
Charger   40 W, AC-in 100–240 V, 50–60 Hz
Dimensions   13.4″ × 9.5″ × 0.9″ (34.01 × 24.21 × 2.21 cm)
Weight   3.6 lbs. (1.6 kg.) Base weight. Varies on configuration.
Model   lemu7

System76 laptops are a bit over-priced as compared to others but provides a powerful systems. I customized one for myself running on 3.5 GHz i3-7100U processor (as I do not need it for video editing and rendering tasks), 16 GB Dual Channel DDR4 RAM, 120 GB SSD for OS drive and an additional 1 TB storage hard disk for saving my favorite files and movies and it costs me around $913. These System76 laptops make it to the best Ubuntu laptops which you can choose for yourself.

You can customize and buy one for yourself from the official website :

2. Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition 

Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition is the pick of the lot for me and the best Ubuntu laptop you can buy. Dell has got both Windows and Ubuntu version and there are options to customize according to your needs. Powered with InfinityEdge display, these 13-inch laptops are exceptionally thin and light and weighs only 2.7 pounds. The display is powered with UltraSharp QHD+ resolution with 276 ppi and a viewing angle of up to 170 degree. The laptops are touch friendly and provide a nice 13 hours battery life when using YouTube and browsing web. The build quality is awesome and the Corning Gorilla Glass NBT touch display option is up to 10 times more scratch resistant than others. 

I went to check the price for XPS 13 Developer Edition with 7th Gen Intel Core i5-7200U processor coupled with 8 GB of memory and 256 GB of solid state hard drive and it was $ 1,049. The color options available were silver and rose gold with rose gold costing an additional $49. Theres a Intel HD graphics card inclided and 1 year ProSupport Warranty from Dell. 

You can check out the complete specification and buy one for yourself from the Official Dell Website.

3. ZaReason UltraLap 5330

ZaReason is another Ubuntu laptops provider providing customization to the buyers. ZaReason UltraLap 5330 is one such laptop running Ubuntu out of the box. Running 7th generation Intel Core processor, the 14" laptop provides a FHD display with 1920x1080 resolution and weighs 3.6 lbs. There are 3 USB ports, 1 USB-C port, 1 USB 3.0 port and a USB 2.0 port. Again, when I customized UltraLap 5330 with i3-7100U processor with 16 GB RAM and 120 GB SSD and an additional 1 TB HDD for storing my files, the cost went up to $ 1,047. If you are looking for the detailed specification and buying one for yourself, here's the official ZaReason website.

If you would ask me, at any day I would prefer Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition. It is sleek, provides a good battery back up, is easily available in all the markets and support system is awesome. However, if you are not new to the Linux world, I would recommend you to buy a cheap Laptop of any manufacturer, replace the Windows with Ubuntu and feel the same experience.

Do you know any other Laptop that comes with pre-installed Linux Ubuntu? Let me know in the comments, I will update this article. 


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