View Full Version : [all variants] Recommend a good Ubuntu laptop!

December 2nd, 2008, 06:30 AM
I am trading my overkill desktop for something more portable. I use Uubuntu full time now, so obviously I want it to work! My use includes:

I want the following features if at all possible.

1) Large, high-res display 16+", at least 900 pixels wide
2) Discrete graphics, no integrated garbage
3) An Intel processor.

Beyond that, i'm open to suggestion.

December 2nd, 2008, 06:45 AM


December 2nd, 2008, 06:49 AM


Thanks for the quick response!

Unfortunately, something like that is FAR out of my price range. I see similarly equipped laptops going for $799 on Newegg.

Any ideas for a mass-market alternative?

December 2nd, 2008, 06:51 AM
I have a Dell XPS M1530, works great in Ubuntu and Gentoo. They offer screen resolutions up to 1900x1200 on a 15" laptop.

December 2nd, 2008, 06:58 AM
I've installed Ubuntu on both a Dell Inspiron 9300 and an HP dv9999us (part of the dv9700 series). Both installs went very well, but both required some minor tweaks to make everything work. As a Linux noob, I found those tweaks a little tough at first, but am now becoming much more comfortable and still prefer it over the Windoze OS.

But heck, if you want a laptop out of the box that runs Ubuntu, it doesn't get much better than Dell since they started selling some of their systems pre-loaded with Ubuntu. Laptops start in the $500 range. Check it out:


I might note both the HP and Dell I installed Ubuntu on had 17" screens and resolution of 1440x900, very beautiful. I'd either go 15.4" or 17" and avoid the specialty 16" market. I love the bigger screen and told myself when I upgraded from the Dell I was going with a 15.4" due to weight alone. And I would have stuck to that plan except I stumbled onto a deal on this HP for $400ish. It just happened to have a 17" screen, which made the deal even sweeter at the sacrifice of weight.

December 2nd, 2008, 10:59 AM
the price is valid until 07.12.2008