If you're looking for an alternative to a laptop running Windows or MacOS you'll find there are a few options available with the Linux operating system. Most of the big name computer manufacturers aren't making Linux laptops, so it's helpful to know exactly what smaller companies have available. Thankfully, there are some great options from smaller players who have great reputations when it comes to standing behind their products.

Pure Power: Lenovo Business 330S

Staff Pick

Lenovo is targeting the enterprise power user who wants Linux with the powerhouse that is the 330S. With an Intel Core i7, 20GB of RAM, a 2TB SSD, and Linux Mint 64-bit, this is a developer's dream machine. The 1080p display is its only drawback.

$1,450 at Amazon

One Sexy Beast: Dell XPS 13 Developers Edition

Dell offers a Ubuntu-powered version of the amazing 13-inch XPS model, and it's stunning. It's also filled with top of the line specs like a 13-inch 4K display, an Intel i7 CPU, and 512GB SSD. There's nothing this laptop can't handle.

$1,550 at Dell

Complete security: Purism Librem 13

Purism set out to build the most secure laptop ever, and the result is the Librem 13. Every hardware chip was not only chosen for Linux compatibility but with privacy in mind by using PureOS — software that starts at the bootloader and is built line-by-line to keep you secure.

$1,400 at Purism

For the gamers: System 76 Oryx Pro

Most high-end Linux laptops offer fast processors and plenty of RAM, but System 76 adds an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 20-series graphics card into the mix. Play games at ultra settings or develop them with power and style.

$1,700 at System 76

Over the pond: Star LabTop Mk III

Star Labs UK has one of the fastest ultrabooks available today with the Mk III. Using an over-provisioned 480GB SSD OS drive as the centerpiece, this laptop comes in Ubuntu or Linux Mint flavors. Both models feature a proper Queen's English keyboard, too.

$997 at Amazon

A budget option: ASUS C302 Chromebook

Chrome OS is Linux, and you can now run any Linux application natively on Intel Chromebooks — provided they're powerful enough. ASUS' great Flip C302 is plenty powerful enough for everyday use and most Linux apps, and the price hits the sweet spot.

$470 at Amazon

Which laptop is right for you?

Buying a Linux laptop is just like buying any other; you need to find one that fits both what what you need it to do and your price range. That's a bit of a sticking point compared to Windows-powered laptops.

Linux has been a niche "product" since its beginnings in 1991. Companies like Acer or Toshiba aren't cranking out inexpensive sub-$500 laptops that run Linux and probably never will. Finding a great Linux laptop is easy; companies like Dell and Lenovo cater to the enterprise crowd, while small but very reputable companies like System 76 cater to the enthusiasts. In theory, you can install Linux on any laptop if you're willing to go through the headache of finding the right configuration for the hardware inside, and that's a good option if you're technically inclined to do it. And lucky enough for it to work.

Chromebooks offer a bit of an in-between. ChromeOS is actually a locked down Linux distribution in it's own right (as is Android) and Google has enabled Chromebooks using Intel processors to actually run any correctly packaged Linux application in a native container.

If you know you want a great Linux laptop, any on this list will serve you well. However, we recommend the Lenovo Business 330S. It has everything you could possibly need from a company that builds for enterprise users.

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