What are the best Laptops for Linux?

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    #1Dell XPS 13-9343

    Dell XPS 13-9343

    This is the smallest 13-inch on the planet and counts with the world’s first InfinityEdge display. The XPS 13 Developer Edition combines the performance and mobility of the XPS 13 with Ubuntu 14.04 LTS to create a client-to-cloud solution for developers.

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    Kimberly Hill
    Written on June 27, 2017
    "The Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition may be a popular laptop choice for the regular consumer, but in terms of Linux users, who tend to be a bit more advanced, there is no reason to overpay and get this laptop that doesn't have as powerful or advanced of a chip as other machines. There are plenty of options available for Linux users that easily top what the Dell XPS 13 offers."
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    #2System76 Galago UltraPro

    System76 Galago UltraPro

    It allows you to customize every aspect of the interface to reflect your personal needs and preferences. It counts with a 13″ HiDPI display encased in an all-aluminum body.

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    $959

    Jesse Butler
    Written on February 10, 2017
    "It was a neat idea but most Linux diehards are not going to be lured in with cheap gimmicks that supposedly add functionality. We already have our best ways to operate our machines and these little add-ons unfortunately just get in the way. I do not recommend."
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    #3Dell XPS 15

    Dell XPS 15

    Dell XPS 15 is a high-performance touchscreen laptop with a 15.6-inch 4K Ultra HD display. It has an i7 Intel Core, with a 16GB RAM and 512GB SSD memory. It is equipped with a 4GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti graphics.

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    Chris Tang
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "Depending on the type of computer you are looking to use, this might not be the best one. I was looking for a more affordable option, as this model is being sold for almost $2000, which I feel like I could find one that will work for me that is a bit cheaper. Depending on what you need it for and what you will be doing on it though, this laptop might be the one for you!"
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    #4HP Spectre x360

    HP Spectre x360
    The HP Spectre x360 is an excellent 2-in-1 laptop with long battery life and an amazing display. It's very slim and lightweight, which makes it perfect for people that use their laptop on-the-go.
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    Shirley Mason
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "Great laptop but the price mark is kind of expensive for it to be a refurbished laptop. I love the fact that is a convertible laptop and you can even bend it to make it into a tablet."
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    #5MacBook Pro

    MacBook Pro

    MacBook Pro is the latest ultimate pro notebook with 15.4-inch LED-backlit Retina display, Touch Bar and Touch ID, and can even last up to 10 hours of battery life. It also now boasts eye-opening graphics performance. 

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    Miriam Palma
    Written on May 26, 2017
    "As somebody that has experience using Linux, Windows and OS, I can definitely say, that this is not a good solution since Apple has their own operating system that works the best with their hardware. It's not impossible though. You can run a virtualization software to make it work but the MacBook is definitely not the best laptop for Linux. For somebody that is not tech savvy, this solution is not helpful since it does not even tell you if Linux would work on a Macbook."
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    #6Lenovo ThinkPad T460s

    Lenovo ThinkPad T460s

    This sturdy and portable laptop suitable for business and development boasts the latest processing power; MILSPEC-tested durability; effortless manageability; and all-day battery life.

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    Raymond Franklin
    Written on March 3, 2017
    "Lenovo is a rock solid company that makes some of the best tablets and PCs in today's market and this laptop will not be a letdown with rock solid specs and killer battery performance."
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    #7MSI CX62 6QD-047US

    MSI CX62 6QD-047US

    Lightweight and fairly cheap, this gaming laptop will allow you to take your games and gaming passion whenever you go.Thanks to its 17-inches screen, you will get fully immersive gaming experiences. 

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    Bryan Miller
    Written on May 18, 2018
    "MSI CX62 6QD-047US is the best laptops for Linux developer"
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    #8MSI GP62MVR248

    MSI GP62MVR248

    MSI GP62MVR248 is a 15.6-inch laptop with Quad-Core Intel Core i7-6700HQ processor, 8 GB RAM, and 1TB HDD, which runs with the Windows 10 Home operating system. 

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    Lorenzo Arreola
    Written on May 22, 2018
    "This is a great laptop for young professionals and college students. It's highly functional and has a lot of processing power for multiple programs. I have to use mine in a business setting as well as online classes and this does well on both ends. It's not too large though it's pretty fast and can keep up with a multitude of tasks and heavy programs that tie up the memory. So far I haven't had any real problems with this laptop and it's always been reliable especially with its long battery life. If you're looking for a good quality laptops then I highly recommend getting this one."
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    #9Alienware AAW17R4-7002SLV-PUS

    Alienware AAW17R4-7002SLV-PUS

    The Alienware 17" gaming laptop is specially created for those who love Virtual Reality! This device contains a 7th Generation Intel Core i7-7700HQ, and comes with Windows 10 operating system.

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    Elizabeth Lawson
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "I would love to try this out especially because it is big on virtual reality.I am however not a fan of Windows 10 operating system."
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    #10Dell XPS 15

    Dell XPS 15
    Dell XPS9560-5000SLV-PUS is a powerful gaming laptop equipped with a 7th Generation Intel Core i5-7300HQ Quad Core processor and NVIDIA GTX 1050 graphics. It features an UltraSharp 4K Ultra HD touch display that lets you interact naturally with the device.
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    Scott Rios
    Written on May 23, 2018
    "Add: Powerful i5-7300HQ Quad Core Processor 6M cache, up to 3.5 GHz. The most powerful XPS laptop Dell has ever built! The Killer 1535 Wireless-AC adapter provides a strong and reliable Wi-Fi connection. It automatically detects, classifies and prioritizes network traffic ensuring your most important data takes priority over your other less urgent applications. The world's smallest 15.6-inch laptop!"
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    #11Alienware AAW17R4-7004SLV-PUS

    Alienware AAW17R4-7004SLV-PUS

    Built with the best materials and designed to fulfill the gamer's standards, this laptop has everything a gamer will need to play from daylight to late night. 

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    Roger Elliott
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "This laptop is great. I wanted something with a lot of raw power for development, and this does the trick nicely."
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    #12MacBook Air (13.3")

    MacBook Air (13.3")

    The Apple MacBook Air is a light and powerful 13.3-Inch laptop equipped with the 1.4 GHz Dual-Core Intel Core i5 processor, Intel HD graphics 5000 and OS X Mavericks operative system. It offers you up to 12 hours of battery life.

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    $999.99

    Paul Stevens
    Written on May 23, 2018
    "The MacBook Air is one of the best laptops for a Linux developer. The battery life is outstanding and it's extremely portable. The Core i5 processor is fast enough to handle anything you can throw at it too."
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    #13MacBook Pro MPXT2LL/A

    MacBook Pro MPXT2LL/A

    The 13-inch MacBook Pro MPXT2LL/A by Apple is a revolutionary laptop computer available in different configurations and designed for both professionals and plain users. It features the astonishing Touch Bar. 

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    Andrew Ortega
    Written on May 20, 2018
    "The MacBook Pro MPXT2LL/A is certainly a top of the line laptop, however, those focused on Linux developing may want to explore other options. It may be possible to install Linux on the MacBook depending on the model you receive, and some workarounds have been put in place. Other laptops may be better suited to assist you. This MacBook Pro, is nonetheless, a great option for basic computing needs at all levels."
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    #14HP Envy 13

    HP Envy 13

    This laptop counts with an immersive 8 million pixel display and an aluminum chassis for a design is all about high-end style. It combines elegance and efficiency with a 13.3" or 17.3" diagonal display and a full-size keyboard.

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    Randy Guerrero
    Written on January 11, 2018
    " Do not ever buy brand-specific or Branded laptops for Linux. Ever. Don't do it. You WILL run into driver issues. You WILL run into processing limitations. You WILL run into app crashes, incompatabilities, and massive, soul-grinding disappointment. If you insist on laptopping Linux, choose from the plethora of more generic or lower-branded offerings."
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    #15Dell XPS9360-4841SLV (13.3")

    Dell XPS9360-4841SLV (13.3")
    This gaming laptop manages to fit a 13-inch display in a 11-inch size laptop: thanks to a 5.2mm bezel on the top and both sides, this laptop maximizes screen space, which makes it the smallest gaming laptop in the market. 




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    Rakesh Venkatesan
    Written on May 23, 2018
    "This laptop has mixed reviews all over so that's a concern. I do see that one review proclaimed it as one of the best for a Linux developer, but I am concerned on that based on lack of other comments and general mixed reviews for product. "
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    #16HP Envy 13-ab016nr

    HP Envy 13-ab016nr

    The HP ENVY 13t is a 13.3-inch laptop computer equipped with a 2.5GHz Intel Core i5-7200U processor. It has an 8GB DDR3 SDRAM, a 256GB flash memory solid-state drive, and an integrated graphics co-processor.

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    Juan Fisher
    Written on May 25, 2018
    "The Hp envy 13t is a great laptop. The linux platform installs easily on this. The 256 ssd drive is fast and very reliable. I highly recommend it!"
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    #17Microsoft Surface Pro FJR-00001

    Microsoft Surface Pro FJR-00001

    The Microsoft Surface Pro FJR-00001 is a laptop computer equipped with a 2.6GHz Apple A4 processor. It has a 4GB RAM, a 128GB flash memory solid-state hard drive, an Intel Graphics co-processor, and runs on Windows 10 Professional.

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    David James
    Written on May 24, 2018
    "I use this surface laptop for Windows and Linux development. It has not let me down and I've been using it for a variety of tasks, pretty excellent overall."
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    #18Alienware AW17R4-7003SLV-PUS

    Alienware AW17R4-7003SLV-PUS

    This gaming laptop has everything a true gamer will need to enjoy his favorite games: 17" LCD screen, a ventilation system to prevent overheats, built-in speaker box, realisitc gaming functions... 

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    Ashley Lee
    Written on May 22, 2018
    "Alienware has always been a rough and sturdy laptop that I recommend. It's highly upgradable and not only great for developers, but gamers too. It's a bit pricey up front but it is made of superior hardware. With the 1TB hard drive, you'll have plenty of room to install Linux over the Windows or even replace the Windows 10."

Summary

Best What are the best Laptops for Linux
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Dell XPS 13-9343Electronics 3 Paid
2System76 Galago UltraProElectronics 1 Paid
3Dell XPS 15Electronics 1 Paid
4HP Spectre x360Electronics 1 Paid
5MacBook ProElectronics 1 Paid
6Lenovo ThinkPad T460sElectronics 1 Paid
7MSI CX62 6QD-047US Electronics 0 Paid
8MSI GP62MVR248Electronics 0 Paid
9Alienware AAW17R4-7002SLV-PUS Electronics 0 Paid
10Dell XPS 15Electronics 0 Paid
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