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mainstream PC makers like Dell and Lenovo offer laptops with Linux preinstalled these days. In most cases they’re great laptops, but I’ve found that smaller manufacturers dedicated to creating hardware optimized for Linux often provide a better experience, especially if you run into problems with their machines.
Perhaps the best example of this is System76 machines, which have consistently been among the best Linux laptops we’ve tested.
Tuxedo, based in Germany, is like a European System76. The company makes a variety of laptops, but the one that caught my eye was the InfinityBook Pro 14, which looks somewhat like a MacBook or Dell XPS and delivers an excellent Linux experience made better by some of the custom tools Tuxedo has developed.
The InfinityBook Pro 14 is a sleek, slim 14-inch laptop. At 17 millimeters thick, it’s not quite as thin as something like the Dell XPS 13, but it’s not bulky. It’s reasonably small, too, at 12.2 inches by 8.2 inches (31 cm by 21.5 cm), weighing in at 2.2 pounds. I carried it around comfortably in my Mountainsmith shoulder bag, and it never felt overly heavy.