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screen diagonal x res y res aspect ratio screen height screen area mega- pixels dpi weigh (kg) height / weight CPU GPU battery hrs (linux max w/ wifi) battery / weight linux mouse score linux ioport score max RAM max SSD rmable battery rmable ssd linux ext monitors # MIMO antennas mouse buttons notes

LG Gram 15 15.6 1920 1080 1.78 7.65 104 2.07 141 0.98 7.80 i5/i7 6 6.12 -1 1 8 256 0 0 1 2 1 poor trackpad; some users report physical flimsiness

Macbook Retina 12 2304 1440 1.60 6.36 65 3.32 226 0.92 6.91 10 10.87 -1 -1 16 512 0 0 1 2 1 Keyboard is reportedly very bad. Only one USB 3 port (!?!) for charging, ext monitors, keyboards, etc

ThinkPad X1 Carbon gen 7 (2019) 14 3840 2160 1.78 6.86 84 8.29 315 1.09 6.30 18 16.51 3 2 16 2048 -1 -1 2 2 3

Google Pixelbook 12.3 2400 1600 1.50 6.82 70 3.84 235 1.1 6.20 i5 / i7 10 9.09 1 0 16 512 0 0 ChromeOS now includes crostini linux VMs without enabling dev mode and turning off hardware security features, though IO performance on them is quite bad, and there are lots of rough edges

Vaio pro 13 13.3 1920 1080 1.78 6.52 76 2.07 166 1.06 6.15 6 5.66 0 2 8 512 -1 -1 1 2 1 reportedly terrible wifi: http://www.notebookcheck.net/Review-Sony-Vaio-Pro-13-SVP-1321C5ER-Ultrabook.98624.0.html

ThinkPad X1 Carbon gen 5 (2017) 14 2560 1440 1.78 6.86 84 3.69 210 1.13 6.07 12 10.62 3 2 16 1024 -1 -1 2 2 3 Amazing battery life (once saw 17 hours, though 10-12 is more typical). Power consumption can get really low, ~3W or less with low screen brightnesss. Also a much nicer keyboard & mouse setup than the early x1 carbons (though maybe this was already true in gen 3/4?)

XPS 13 (9300) 13.4 3840 2400 1.60 7.10 81 9.22 338 1.2 5.92 i5/i7 10thg 12 10.00 32 2048 -1 0 2 2 1

Samsung Notebook 9 15.5 1920 1080 1.78 7.60 103 2.07 142 1.3 5.85 nvidia 940mx 10 7.69 2 8 256 0 0 3 2 1

huawei matebook pro x 13.9 3000 2000 1.50 7.71 89 6.00 259 1.33 5.80 i7-8550U / i5 GeForce MX150 2GB / i620 9 6.77 -1 0 16 512 -1 -1 2 1 https://old.reddit.com/r/Huawei/comments/8ofckj/matebook_pro_x_battery_life_with_linux/

thinkpad x1 carbon 2016 (gen 4) 14 2560 1440 1.78 6.86 84 3.69 210 1.2 5.72 10.5 8.75 0 1 16 1024 -1 -1 2 2 3

samsung series 9 NP900X3C-A04US 13.3 1600 900 1.78 6.52 76 1.44 138 1.16 5.62 5 4.31 0 1 4 256 -1 0 1 2 1

samsung series 9 NP900X3E-A02US 13.3 1920 1080 1.78 6.52 76 2.07 166 1.16 5.62 5 4.31 0 1 4 128 -1 0 1 1 1 http://blog.jospoortvliet.com/2012/09/linux-and-samsung-series-9-np900x3c.html

Vaio Z 2012 13.1 1920 1080 1.78 6.42 73 2.07 168 1.16 5.54 6 5.17 0 2 8 512 1 2 1

ASUS Zenbook UX305FA-ASM1 13.3 1920 1080 1.78 6.52 76 2.07 1.2 5.43 0.00 8 256

toshiba z30 13.3 1366 768 1.78 6.52 76 1.05 118 1.2 5.43 8 6.67 1 2 16 512 -1 -1 1 2 1

thinkpad x1 carbon 2014 14 2560 1440 1.78 6.86 84 3.69 210 1.27 5.40 8 6.30 0 1 8 512 -1 -1 2 2 1 mouse requires lots of conf file hacking in linux http://who-t.blogspot.com.au/2014/03/xorg-synaptics-support-for-lenovo-t440.html nipple mouse much much worse than previous thinkpads

thinkpad x1 carbon 2015 14 2560 1440 1.78 6.86 84 3.69 210 1.3 5.28 10.5 8.08 0 1 8 512 -1 -1 2 2 3 keyboard & tpad slightly less crazy than 2014 model, unsure about nipple mouse

macbook air 11 11.6 1366 768 1.78 5.68 57 1.05 135 1.08 5.26 4.5 4.17 -1 0 8 1000 -1 -1 1 1 waaay too shortscreen

macbook air 13 13.3 1440 900 1.60 7.05 80 1.30 128 1.35 5.22 9 6.67 -1 0 8 512 -1 -1 2 1 http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1269168

samsung chromebook 11.6 1366 768 1.78 5.68 57 1.05 135 1.1 5.17 6.5 5.91 0 1 2 16 -1 -1 0 1 1 https://github.com/dnschneid/crouton/issues/310 https://github.com/dnschneid/crouton/issues/68‎ linux chroots are extremely easy to install on this cheap, light ARM device, but there are some gotchas

Macbook pro 13" 2017 (no touch bar) 13.3 2560 1600 1.60 7.05 80 4.10 227 1.37 5.15 intel i7 dual 2.5GHz intel iris plus graphics 640 10 7.30 16 1024

Dell XPS 13 2015 13.3 3200 1800 1.78 6.52 76 5.76 276 1.27 5.13 20 15.75 0 1 8 256 -1 -1 1 2 1 ships with Ubuntu! https://konklone.com/post/im-blogging-again-about-linux

thinkpad x1 carbon 2013 14 1600 900 1.78 6.86 84 1.44 131 1.35 5.08 7 5.19 2 1 8 256 -1 -1 1 2 3 possibly too shortscreen? 7 hours battery seems realistic: http://askubuntu.com/questions/286490/thinkpad-x1-carbon-terrible-battery-life-on-raring

System76 Galago 13.3 3200 1800 1.78 6.52 76 5.76 276 1.3 5.02 intel i7-7500 Intel Graphics 620 0.00 32 6144 Comes with Ubuntu 16.04 preinstalled

Dell XPS 13 2016 13.3 3200 1800 1.78 6.52 76 5.76 276 1.3 5.02 0.00 16 1024 People overwriting the default Ubuntu installation report a lot of problems. Dell also has released a number of firmware patches for the laptop that are only installable through windows. https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Dell_XPS_13_(2016) The webcam is at the bottom. Fix: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006JH8T3S?tag=laptop-magazine-20

HP Chromebook X2 12.3 2400 1600 1.50 6.82 70 3.84 235 1.39 4.91 intel m3 2.6Ghz intel hd 615 12.5 8.99 1 0 4 32 0 0 2 2 touch screen, stylus, converts to tablet, runs ChromeOS w/ Android apps

Razer Blade Stealth 13.3 3200 1800 1.78 6.52 76 5.76 276 1.33 4.90 intel i7-7500 2.7GHz Intel Graphics 620 0.00 16 1024

ThinkPad T460s 14 2560 1440 1.78 6.86 84 3.69 210 1.4 4.90 4 2.86 20 1024 0.2-0.3 kg heavier than the carbon, but cheaper. Unfortunately the battery life is really bad on linux.

thinkpad x61s (very old) 12.1 1024 768 1.33 7.26 70 0.79 106 1.5 4.84 5.5 3.67 3 2 4 1 1 1 1 3

toshiba kirabook 13.3 2560 1440 1.78 6.52 76 3.69 221 1.35 4.83 4.5 3.33 0-1 2 8 256 -1 1 2 1

thinkpad x240s 12.5 1920 1080 1.78 6.13 67 2.07 176 1.28 4.79 20 15.63 3 2 16 2 3? much too shortscreen, linux battery unverified

Thinkpad x270 12.5 1920 1080 1.78 6.13 67 2.07 176 1.3 4.71 16 12.31 16 512

Chuwi 12.3 12.3 2736 1824 1.50 6.82 70 4.99 267 1.45 4.71 N3450 5.5 3.79 1 1 6 64/192 1

samsung ativ book 9 13.3 3200 1800 1.78 6.52 76 5.76 276 1.39 4.69 10 7.19 0 1 8 256 -1 0 1 2 1

Yoga 2 Pro 13.3 3200 1800 1.78 6.52 76 5.76 276 1.39 4.69 6 4.32 8 512 -1 -1 1 2

chromebook pixel 2 12.85 2560 1700 1.51 7.11 76 4.35 239 1.52 4.68 12 7.89 1 -1 16 64 -1 -2 1 2 1

macbook pro 13 13.3 2560 1600 1.60 7.05 80 4.10 227 1.57 4.49 0.00 -1 0 16 1024 -1 -1 3 1

samsung series 9 NP900X4C-A03US 15 1600 900 1.78 7.35 96 1.44 122 1.64 4.48 0.00 0 1 8 256 -1 0 1 2 1

Acer Chromebook C720 11.6 1366 768 1.78 5.68 57 1.05 135 1.27 4.48 0.00 2 32 $199 - DC Celeron, 2/4GB, 16GB SSD (upgradable, but voids warranty). Comes with ChromeOS, but runs Ubuntu nicely without binary drivers.

Macbook pro 15" 2017 15.4 2880 1800 1.60 8.16 107 5.18 221 1.83 4.46 intel i7 quad 2.8 GHz Radeon Pro 555/560 0.00 16 2048

thinkpad t440s 14 1920 1080 1.78 6.86 84 2.07 157 1.58 4.34 5 3.16 2 3 12 512 1 -1 2 2 3

thinkpad 25 (anniversary edition) 14 1920 1080 1.78 6.86 84 2.07 157 1.6 4.29 i7 nvia 940MX 7 4.38 3 3 16 512 1 1 1 2 3 nice retro keyboard, nvidia gpu, lots of ports. Still 16:9 though :(

Lenovo X1 Extreme 15.6 3840 2160 1.78 7.65 104 8.29 282 1.8 4.25 intel i7 8th gen 4.3ghz nvidia gtx 1050 ti 15 8.33 1 2 64 1024 -1 -1 4 2 3

thinkpad t431s 14 1600 900 1.78 6.86 84 1.44 131 1.64 4.19 3 1.83 3 2 12 256 -1 -1 2 2 3

Purism Librem 15 (w/battery) 15 1920 1080 1.78 7.35 96 1.8 4.09 i7-6500U, dual core 3.1 GHz Intel HD Graphics 520 7.5 4.17 16 6144 1 1 Comes with PureOS pre-installed (Debianvariant configured for privacy). Physical switch to mic, camera, wifi

tpad x230, 6 cell 12.5 1366 768 1.78 6.13 67 1.05 125 1.5 4.08 6 4.00 3 2 16 512 1 1 2 3 3 much too shortscreen Just get a secondary screen you panzy ass.

macbook pro 15 15.4 2880 1800 1.60 8.16 107 5.18 221 2.02 4.04 0.00 -1 0 16 768 -1 -1 3 1

thinkpad yoga chromebook C630 15.6 3840 2160 1.78 7.65 104 8.29 282 1.9 4.03 9 4.74 0 2 8 128 -1 -1 2 2 1

thinkpad t410s+battery (old) 14 1440 900 1.60 7.42 88 1.30 121 2 3.71 5 2.50 3 3 8 160 1 1 2 3 3

Pine64 Pinebook 14" 14 1366 768 1.78 6.86 84 0.3 2 3.43 ARM Cortex A53, Quad-core, 64-bit @ 1.2GHz ? 2 64 (eMMC module) ? ? 1 ? 2 Summary: cheap, lightweight Raspberry Pi 1.5 performance in a fairly sleek laptop package, plus a bit more RAM, plus a keyboard+LCD screen, minus video decoding. It's SLOW. Best for word processing/lightweight coding(/robotics?) use cases, or you may be disappointed. This is not a good Youtube/Internet browsing machine. I would've bought a used Thinkpad, but I needed something thin & light. - Cheap and cheerful. You get a bit more than what you pay for, and it's acceptable for basic text processing. Total price + shipping + extortion customs fees and VAT = 140 GBP, which is decent. - Keyboard - quirky but can be gotten used to. Main complaint is wonky spacebar. - Touchpad - decent, but buttons occasionally can get stuck if you bend the case near them. Don't do that, but it's easy to fix if you do. Not precise enough for Linux-style middle-click emulation to work. - Default OS shipped is quite well put-together, software wise. - Micro SD slot - yes, bootable. Alternate distro SD images are provided. - CPU architecture - Aarch64. In practice, proprietary "native Linux ARM" binaries may not work, or require more effort to get running. - No logo on the outer case, only an unobtrusive logo underneath the LCD. - Bluetooth - flaky. Couldn't set up my BT headphones (KitSound Arcade). - Backlight - sometimes flickery, depending on brightness setting. 100%, close to 0% and a handful of other settings are stable, rest will flicker annoyingly. - Runtime - 6h or so with WiFi off and brightness turned all the way down. +/- 2h. - Takes ages to charge, I think at least 2-4h from zero to full. Plug it in overnight. - Video support - flaky, at best, if any. Should have HW 1080p decode, but I've given up. Supposedly a common probl

Lightweight linux laptops for hackers (edits disabled due to vandalism :( request access if you'd like to make changes)
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Published 12/09/2020, 03:16:02