Requesting help finding a good computer. Too many options!


I am in the market for a new computer. I would like to get some computer recommendations based on my requirements below.

Hard requirements:

  • Can install and run Linux (preferably Linuc Mint) with little effort! It does not need to come with linux out of the box though.
  • Minimum of 16GB of ram.
  • Relatively light weight and portable.
  • Relatively rugged, reliable, and well made.
  • USB A ports.
  • 13 to 15 inch display.
  • Bright enough to see screen outdoors with sunglasses on.
  • Must be able to see screen clearly without distortion when using polarized glasses.
  • No less than 8 hours (not based on specs, but on real world use)
  • Backlit keys
  • Price between $1000 and $2000

Desired attributes:

  • Dedicated graphics card (preferably Nvidia)
  • User replaceable battery, RAM, and hard drive 
  • USB C ports
  • USB C charging
  • Headphone jack
  • One or more HDMI ports for external screens

NOTE: Touch screen and 4K are nice, but not required if they drastically affect battery life, reliability, or cost!

I have previously considered Dell Inspiron, Dell XPS, HP Envy, Lenovo Yoga, Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Extreme, Lenovo Thinkpad P1, but have been told by some people to avoid HP and Lenovo. I have heard a lot of good about Dell.

I just need help reducing the list of manufacturers and product lines. There are just too many options!!

Thank you for your help!

Best Answer

  • Ian
    Ian admin
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    Greetings, for laptop recommendations, especially with specific screen requirements like this, that question would be quite hard for our Community staff to answer as we are not located in a store. I can advise you that we would not have any laptops that are set up with Linux available in-store.

    I would suggest to visit your local Micro Center and work with one of the knowledgeable sales people in store, they can look over the the on-display laptops with you to help find a great laptop for you. Salespeople are available in-store without an appointment any time during store hours.

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