Ubuntu and other distributions based on it dominate the Linux desktop landscape. Ubuntu provides a complete out-of-the-box experience, a modern user interface, and excellent support for most modern hardware components and accessories. Still, some manufacturers are much more Linux-friendly than others. To fully enjoy Ubuntu without running into annoying driver problems and compatibility issues, you should choose a laptop that’s known to work flawlessly with the operating system. In 2017, you have plenty of options when it comes to choosing a laptop for Ubuntu, with the five laptops listed in this article being our favorite.
Best Laptops For Ubuntu
|Dell||Dell XPS 13.3" Laptop||1523.11|
|Asus||ASUS ZenBook Pro UX501VW-US71 15.6-Inch||1299|
|HP||HP Spectre x360||1213.74|
|Samsung||Samsung XE510C24-K01US Chromebook Pro||499|
|Acer||Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575-33BM 15.6-Inch||349.99|
The Dell XPS 13 is the right laptop for anyone who demands a premium Linux desktop experience without any compromises. By eliminating display bezels, Dell squeezed a 13-inch display in an 11-inch frame, creating an ultra-portable laptop with the performance of an expensive PC.
Inside the 9-15 mm thin laptop is Intel’s 12th generation i7-7500u processor clocked at 2.70 GHz, 16 GB of DDR3 RAM, and 512 GB SSD storage. With specifications like these, the Dell XPS 13 is more than a capable secondary computer for when on the go. Dell sells an excellent docking station that you can use to connect the laptop to up to three external monitors and various external devices with a single cable.
Even on paper, the 13-inch IGZO IPS display with the QHD+ resolution, 400-nit brightness, a contrast ratio of 1000:1, and a wide viewing angle of 170° looks fantastic. But the impressive technical details are nothing compared to how stunning the display is in person. And because it supports touch input, it works great for drawing and 3D modeling as well.
The Dell XPS 13 is sleek and well built, with the chassis cut from a single block of aluminum. Almost all parts can be easily recycled or reused, and even the packaging is eco-friendly and fully recyclable.
Linux users have been aware of the advantages of Chromebooks since they first hit the market. With the help of a few clever utilities, anyone can install Ubuntu alongside Chrome OS to run regular Linux applications. The two most popular options right now are ChrUbuntu and Crouton. They both work slightly differently, but they allow you to accomplish the same thing: install Ubuntu on the Samsung Chromebook Pro.
There are several reasons why it would be a shame to not to consider the Samsung Chromebook Pro as a laptop for Ubuntu. First, there’s the design and versatility. The laptop has a 360-degree rotating screen with 2400 x 1600 pixels and touch support. It comes with a built-in pen for drawing and accurate touch input. Second, the Samsung Chromebook Pro features m3-6Y30 processor from Intel, 4 GB of memory, and 32GB of eMMC flash storage. You can get things done without waiting for web pages to load and tasks to finish. Finally, the simplicity and security of Chrome OS makes the laptop suitable for people who see traditional operating systems as too complicated.
Whether you’re looking for an affordable laptop for a student, a versatile computer for home us, or something that you could take with you on business trips, the Samsung Chromebook Pro can do it all.
While Nvidia could arguably do a lot more to support the Linux operating system, Linux users consider Nvidia graphics cards to be a safer choice than graphics cards from AMD. And after using the ASUS ZenBook Pro UX501VW and testing its Nvidia GTX960M GPU, we can see why. As many users have confirmed, the GTX960M runs flawlessly with the latest drivers from Nvidia. From accelerated video playback to computer aided design to Steam games, the graphics card delivers stable performance and rarely causes the cooling fan to spin at maximum RPM.
The “Pro” in the name of the laptop isn’t there without a good reason. The Intel Skylake Core i7-6700HQ processor, 16 GB DDR4 RAM, and 512 GB SSD with transfer speeds of 1400MB/s make the laptop a good choice for professional coders, web developers, graphics artists, and anyone else whose paycheck depends on the performance of their computer.
No expense was spared on the 15.6-inch 10-point touchscreen IPS 4K UHD display with 3840 x 2860 pixels and 74 percent Adobe RGB color reproduction. The display is factory color-calibrated, so you can start editing pictures and designing graphics from the moment you boot into Ubuntu.
The HP Spectre x360 is a well-rounded convertible laptop with excellent performance and a stunning metal body. The Intel Core i7-6500U processor with the Intel HD Graphics 520 integrated graphics card is more affordable than Kaby Lake processors, yet its performance is almost the same.
The laptop has a 13.3-inch display with the Full HD resolution and touch support. The display can be rotated all the way around, transforming the laptop into a tablet. Because the HP Spectre x360 is made from lightweight materials, it’s so light that you can hold it in hands for a long time without getting tired. And it’s not just you who won’t get tired. The long-lasting lithium ion battery lasts up to 12 hours of light use or around 6 hours of heavy use.
The latest version of Ubuntu runs great, and even the HP TrueVision Full HD WVA webcam with integrated dual microphones works right out of the box.
If you’re looking for an affordable laptop that can run Ubuntu, the Acer Aspire E15 is our top recommendation. For around $350, you’re looking at a laptop with the 7th generation Intel Core i3-7100U processor, 4 GB of DDR4 memory, 1TB 5400RPM HDD, a DVD drive, a backlit keyboard, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and a battery life of up to 12 hours.
The laptop also comes with a crisp 15.6-inch display with the Full HD resolution and LED backlighting and Acer ColorBlast technology. Also present are Acer TrueHarmony speakers, which utilize a paper cone design for more accurate sound reproduction. All of this would be enough to make the laptop more than worth its cost, but Acer have done something we don’t see nearly as often as we would like: they’ve made the laptop upgradable and reparable by including a convenient compartment door.