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Top 5 Best Linux Laptops to Buy in 2022

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Linux is free and open-source, it can run faster than Windows 10 on weaker hardware, and since it’s not nearly as much of a target for malware as Windows, you might find it more secure as well. There are also many different versions of Linux known as distros. You can choose a specific operating system that best suits your needs. In this guide, we will review the top 5 Linux laptops to buy in 2022.

Most of the best Linux laptops offer the same durability and premium design as their Windows counterparts. And they will be affordable since there’s no Windows 10 license included with the laptop. This also means that you’re not stuck with a proprietary operating system.

However, buying a Linux laptop can be complicated. You can install Linux on a Chromebook, but the process is long and complicated (despite Chrome OS itself being based on the Gentoo Linux distro). And while it’s easier to switch a Windows laptop over to Linux, it still requires some tinkering in the BIOS: which not everyone will be comfortable attempting.

The best solution is to purchase a laptop with a Linux distro pre-installed and ready right out of the box. However, such laptops are rare because major manufacturers focus on the more popular Windows 10 and Chrome OS platforms. Therefore, this guide collates the best laptops built explicitly for the open-source operating system.

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The Best Linux Laptops You Can Buy

We have selected five of the best Linux laptops on the market right now, all of which have been fine-tuned to run some of the best Linux distros. That means they’re guaranteed to run the open-source OS out of the box without tinkering.

1. Dell XPS 13 7390

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Suitable for those looking for a sleek-and-chic portable

REASONS TO BUY

  • Gorgeous design
  • Plenty of connectivity options

REASONS TO AVOID

  • Limited customizations

The XPS 13 is still one of the best Ultrabooks out there, making the Dell XPS 13 7390 one of the best Linux laptops. The laptop has several customizations you can opt for, but with all Dell products presently, the number of configurable options is quite limited. The main model comes with 8GB of LPDDR3 RAM at 2133 MHz, but can be upgraded to 16GB RAM for an extra $100.

Additionally, there are also two main hard drive options, both solid-state, that offer a capacity of either 256GB or 512GB of storage. There are also two more expensive screen options, like the 4K (3,840 x 2,160) InfinityEdge touchscreen. Note that the higher-res screen will charge the GPU and CPU more and adversely affect battery life. The more wallet-friendly configuration runs with a Full HD (1,920 x 1,080) 13.3-inch InfinityEdge non-touch display.

Although Dell’s website offers three different style options for the XPS 13 when it comes to Windows, for the Ubuntu edition, there’s only the single style option of the platinum silver with the black carbon fiber palm rest possibly the most stylish option.

2. Juno Neptune 15-inch (One of the best Linux laptops)

The best laptop for gaming on Linux

SPECIFICATIONS

  • CPU: Intel Core i7-10875H
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060
  • RAM: 16GB
  • Storage: 512GB SSD
  • Display: 15.6-inch, 1080p
  • Size: 14.1 x 9.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Weight: 4.4 pounds

REASONS TO BUY

  • Dedicated GPU
  • 144Hz refresh rate
  • Thunderbolt 3 connectivity

REASONS TO AVOID

  • SSD could fill up quickly with games
  • Higher power consumption

Linux gaming was a nightmare of incompatible graphics drivers and almost non-existent native support for the actual games. However, the state of play is much better in 2022 as there are thousands of natively Linux-supporting games on Steam alone.

All you need, then, is the exact hardware. The Neptune 15-inch is a Ubuntu system built specifically to get Linux games running smoothly. The beefy, octa-core Intel Core i7 processor, a powerful GPU in the RTX 2060, and a 144Hz IPS display will make the most out of high frame rates.

Nvidia’s RTX 2070 and RTX 2080 Max-Q also are available as optional GPU upgrades. Connectivity is a highlight, too, thanks to its Wi-Fi 6 support and Thunderbolt 3 data socket on the rear.

3. System76 Serval WS

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A powerhouse of a laptop, but a hefty beast

REASONS TO BUY

  • Desktop CPU
  • Up to 64GB of system RAM

REASONS TO AVOID

  • Hefty price

System76’s Serval WS is the ultimate laptop powerhouse. It is available with a 15-inch or 17-inch display and offers a range of options from the 9th Gen Intel Core processors commonly found in desktop machines.

Serval WS is highly customizable, with up to 64GB of system RAM and 12TB of storage extra. A variety of Nvidia GeForce RTX GPUs are also available, and gamers will further appreciate the choice of either a Full HD or 4K display.

Like all System76 models, the laptop comes preinstalled with either the firm’s custom POP!_OS, based on Ubuntu, or Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (64-bit).

More advantage is the impressive connectivity in terms of ports, but note that this laptop is a fairly hefty beast, with the basic 15-inch model weighing 7.5 lbs (3.4 kg) and the 17-inch version tipping the scales at 8.6 lbs (3.9 kg). The basic design model starts from $1,999.

4. Purism Librem 13 Laptop

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Great for privacy fanatics

REASONS TO BUY

  • Designed to be ultra-secure
  • Upgrade option to a three-year warranty

REASONS TO AVOID

  • Rather expensive

In terms of specifications, Purism comes with seventh-generation Intel processors and graphics chips and 8-32 GB of DDR4 RAM. It is the only notebook vendor to offer physical kill switches as standard on its laptops. Rather than going mainstream, the company tapped into the crowdfunding community to gain more than $430,000 (around £300,000, AU$550,000) worth of funding, allowing it to adopt a stricter ethos than most firms when it comes to privacy, rights to free software and security.

The Librem 13 designed its motherboards. In addition, Purism’s commitment to Linux (and security in general) certainly goes beyond most vendors on this list.

5. Clevo NL41LU

A highly customizable Linux laptop

SPECIFICATIONS

CPU: Intel Core i3-1005G1GPU: Intel UHD Graphics G1RAM: 8GBStorage: 250GB SSDDisplay: 15.6-inch, 4KSize: 12.8 x 8.6 x 0.8 inchesWeight: 2.9 pounds

REASONS TO BUY

  • Extensively customizable
  • Lots of Linux distro options

REASONS TO AVOID

  • Slightly dull design
  • Basic display and ports

The Clevo NL41LU’s most outstanding feature is its incredible wealth of customization options. All the key internals and which Linux version comes pre-installed can be cut and altered before reaching the checkout.

That means a choice of 10th Gen Intel Core i3, i5 and i7 chips, up to 32GB of RAM, an SSD between a 250GB SATA drive, and a 2TB NVMe model.

The NL41LU is thin or stylish, and the 14-inch, 1080p (60Hz) is arguably best suited for simple office software.

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