Recently I got into Linux again after a long hiatus.

I fell in love with Pop!_OS by System76.

Ubuntu 20.04 also looks gorgeous and made me want to go back to the Linux side.

So I started looking for a worthy laptop for the job, with excellent support for Linux, and these are my findings.

The notebooks are grouped by the following vendors:

Prices are in Euro.

CPU Mark and Values are from cpubenchmark.net

Purposely excluded Purism and their Librem line for their niche product (privacy oriented), value for the buck and potential to later re-sell.

Let me know if you have better alternatives by getting in touch @christian_fei

I have put together a publicly available spreadsheet that contains all these information.

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Clevo

aka laptopwithlinux.com

a dear friend of mine shared with me his findings, and suggested to check out laptopwithlinux.com

Clevo NL41CU 14-inch Metal Design

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The specs of this notebook are quite a bargain for 469€+!

  • Portability: 14-inch display - battery up to 6 hours - 1.8kg
  • Storage: Max. 1x M.2 PCIe SSD
  • Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 620
  • CPU: Intel Core i3, i5 or i7 - Max. 32GB memory

I'm really thinking about getting one of these!

Dell

I went straight to the XPS Developer Edition, without looking much at the other models to be honest.

Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition

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Price 1429 € (with touch-screen 1628 €)

Weight 1.23 kg

Thickness 1,56 cm

CPU Intel Core i7-10510U 10th gen (8 MB cache, up to 4,9 GHz, quad-core)

CPU Mark and Value 7294 / 17,86

RAM 16 GB, LPDDR3, 2.133 MHz

Disk SSD 512 GB PCIe NVMe M.2

Display Display non touch-screen InfinityEdge FHD (1.920 x 1.080), 13,3"

Networking Killer AX1650 (2x2) integrated with Intel Wi-Fi 6 + Bluetooth 5.1

Battery 4 cells, 52 Wh

Charging Port Thunderbolt 3 Type-C

Warranty 1 year

Supports fingerprint

Ubuntu certified

Link

Lenovo

ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 8

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Price 1929 €

Weight 1,09 kg

Thickness 1,49cm

CPU Intel Core i7-10510U (1,80 GHz - 4,90 GHz Turbo Boost, 4 core, cache 8 MB)

CPU Mark and Value 7294 / 17,88

RAM 16 GB LPDDR3 2.133 MHz

Disk SSD 512 GB, M.2 2280, PCIe-NVMe, OPAL, TLC

Display 14", FHD (1.920 x 1.080), IPS, anti-reflection, 400 nit, non-touch

Networking wireless 6, bluetooth 5

Battery lithium 4 cells, 51 Wh

Charging CA adapter 65 W (3 pin) + USB Type C (Italy)

Integrated Mobile Broadband

Supports fingerprint

Warranty 3 years

Ubuntu certified

Link

ThinkPad X1 Yoga (Gen 4)

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Price 2496 €

Weight 1,35 kg

Thickness 1,55 cm

CPU Intel Core i7-8665U (1,9 GHz, up to 4,8 GHz con Turbo Boost, 4 core, cache 8 MB)

CPU Mark and Value 6672 / 16,31

RAM 16 GB LPDDR3 2.133 MHz

Disk SSD 512 GB, M.2 2280, PCIe-NVMe, OPAL, TLC

Display 14" UHD (3.840 x 2.160), IPS, AR/AS, 500 nit, multi-touch

Networking Intel Wireless-AC 9560 2x2 AC, Bluetooth version 5.0 vPro

Battery Lithium 4 cells, 51 Wh

Charging CA adapter 65 W (3 pin) + USB Type C (Italy)

Supports fingerprint

Warranty 3 years

Not Ubuntu certified

Link

ThinkPad X390

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Price 1924 €

Weight 1,22 kg

Thickness 1,69 cm

CPU Intel Core i7-8665U (1,9 GHz, 4,8 GHz Turbo Boost, 4 core, cache 8 MB)

CPU Mark and Value 6626 / 16,2

RAM 16 GB DDR4 2.400 MHz

Disk SSD 512 GB, M.2 2280, PCIe-NVMe, OPAL, TLC

Display 13,3" FHD (1.920 x 1.080), IPS, anti-reflection, 300 nit, multi-touch

Networking Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200 2x2 AX, Bluetooth 5.0 vPro

Battery lithium 6 cells, 48 Wh

Charging CA adapter 65 W (3 pin) + USB Type C (Italy)

Supports fingerprint

Warranty 3 years

Ubuntu certified

Link

ThinkPad T490s

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Price 1724 €

Weight 1,3 kg

Thickness 1,72 cm

CPU Intel Core i7-8665U (1,9 GHz, 4,8 GHz Turbo Boost, 4 core, cache 8 MB)

CPU Mark and Value 6626 / 16,2

RAM 16 GB DDR4 2.400 MHz

Disk SSD 512 GB, M.2 2280, NVMe, Opal

Display 14" FHD (1.920 x 1.080), IPS, anti-reflection, 300 nit, multi-touch

Networking Intel Wireless-AC 9560 2x2 AC, Bluetooth 5.0 vPro

Battery lithium 3 cells, 57 Wh

Charging CA adapter 65 W (3 pin) + USB Type C (Italy)

Supports fingerprint

Warranty 3 years

Ubuntu certified

Link

ThinkPad L13

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Price 1244 €

Weight 1,38 kg

Thickness 1,76 cm

CPU Intel Core i7-10510U (1,80 GHz, 4,90 GHz Turbo Boost, 4 core, cache 8 MB)

CPU Mark and Value 7,294 / 17,83

RAM 16 GB DDR4 2.666 MHz

Disk SSD 512 GB, M.2 2280, PCIe-NVMe, OPAL, TLC

Display 13,3" FHD (1.920 x 1.080), IPS, anti-reflection, 300 nit, multi-touch

Networking Intel Wireless-AC 9560 2x2 AC, Bluetooth 5.0

Battery lithium 4 cells, 46 Wh

Charging CA adapter 65 W (3 pin) + USB Type C (Italy)

Supports fingerprint

Warranty 1 year

Ubuntu certified

Link

ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 2

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Price 2073 €

Weight 1,7 kg

Thickness 1,84

CPU Intel Core i7-9750H (cache 12 MB, up to 4,5 GHz Turbo Boost)

CPU Mark and Value 11503 / 29,12

RAM 16 GB SoDIMM DDR4 2.666 MHz

Disk SSD 512 GB, M.2 2280, NVMe, Opal

Screen 15,6" FHD (1.920 x 1.080), IPS, anti-reflection, 500 nit, non-touch

Networking Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200 2x2 AX, Bluetooth versione 5.0

Battery lithium 4 cells, 80 Wh

Charging CA adapter 135 W (3 pin)

Supports fingerprint

Not Ubuntu certified

Link

ThinkPad P53s

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Price 1820 €

Weight 1,78 kg

Thickness 1,91 cm

CPU Intel Core i7-8665U (1,9 GHz, 4,8 GHz Turbo Boost, 4 core, cache 8 MB)

CPU Mark and Value 6626 / 16,2

RAM 24 GB DDR4 2.400 MHz (8 GB integrated + SoDIMM 16 GB)

Disk SSD 512 GB, M.2 2280, NVMe, Opal

Display 15,6" FHD (1.920 x 1.080), IPS, anti-reflection, 250 nit, multi-touch NVIDIA Quadro P520 2 GB GDDR5 64 bit

Networking Intel Wireless-AC 9560 2x2 AC, Bluetooth 5.0 vPro

Battery lithium 3 cells, 57 Wh

Charging CA adapter 65 W PCC (3 pin) - USB Type C (Italy)

Supports fingerprint

Warranty 3 years

Ubuntu certified

Link

ThinkPad L490

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Price 1386 €

Weight 1,69 kg

Thickness 2,25 cm

CPU Intel Core i7-8665U (1,9 GHz, 4,8 GHz Turbo Boost, 4 core, cache 8 MB)

CPU Mark and Value 6626 / 16,2

RAM 16 GB SoDIMM DDR4 2.666 MHz

Disk SSD 512 GB, M.2 2280, NVMe, Opal

Display 14"" HD (1.366 x 768), TN, 220 nit, anti-reflection, non touch

Networking Intel Wireless-AC 9260 2x2 AC, Bluetooth 5.0 vPro

Battery lithium 3 cells, 45 Wh

Charging CA adapter 65 W PCC (3 pin) - USB Type C (Italy)

Supports fingerprint

Warrany 1 year

Ubuntu certified

Link

System76

Lemur pro

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Price 1377 €

Weight 0,99 kg

Thickness 1,55 cm

CPU Intel Core i7-10510U (1.8 up to 4.9 GHz - 8MB Cache - 4 Cores - 8 Threads)

CPU Mark and Value 7294 / 17,85

RAM 16 GB DDR4 at 2666 MHz (8GB+8GB)

Disk SSD 500GB Seq Read: 3,500 MB/s, Seq Write: 3,200 MB/s

Display 14.1″ 1920×1080 FHD, Matte Finish, non-touch

Networking Upgrade to WiFi 6 + Bluetooth

Battery Li-Ion - 73 Wh

Charging 65 W, AC-in 100–240 V, 50–60 Hz and 65W+ USB Type-C Charging Compatible

Warranty 1 year

Not Ubuntu certified

Link

Darter pro

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Price 1288 €

Weight 1,6 kg

Thickness 2,44 cm

CPU Intel Core i7-10510U (1.8 up to 4.9 GHz - 8MB Cache - 4 Cores - 8 Threads)

CPU Mark and Value 7294 / 17,84

RAM 16 GB Dual Channel DDR4 at 2666 MHz (2x8GB)

Disk SSD 500GB Seq Read: 3,500 MB/s, Seq Write: 3,200 MB/s

Display 15.6" 1920x1080 Matte FHD IPS

Networking Upgrade to WiFi 6 + Bluetooth

Battery Li-Ion - 54.5 Wh

Charging 65 W, AC-in 100–240 V, 50–60 Hz

Warranty 1 year

Not Ubuntu certified

Link