I’ve written before about my own search for The Ultimate Developer Laptop back in 2019. I chose to buy a Dell Precision 5510, but I also mentioned a few other laptop models that work really well with Ubuntu. Laptop series like Dell XPS, Dell Latitude, and Lenovo ThinkPad. Well, I actually own a Dell Latitude E7450, and I’ve recently started using it a lot more often. It’s a small, lightweight laptop made with high-quality parts, and it runs Ubuntu flawlessly. Mine doesn’t have a discrete graphics card either, so I don’t have to bother with graphics drivers in Ubuntu. The overall experience is super-smooth, and it puts a smile on my face to use this computer!
If you’ve ever asked yourself, “What laptop should I buy to run Ubuntu?”, any Dell Latitude is probably a great choice. Whether you want to spend thousands of dollars on the newest hardware or get a cheap laptop to experiment with Ubuntu, there’s probably some variant of a Dell Latitude that’s exactly what you’re looking for. I specifically recommend Dell Latitude 7xxx series computers (more on that below), but any Latitude made in the last 8 years or so will probably run Ubuntu very well.
Official Support – Dell supports using Linux on most Latitude laptops. New Latitude laptops are listed on Dell’s Linux systems page. Moreover, many Dell Latitude laptops are listed as being certified with Ubuntu. And even if a model isn’t officially certified, most Latitude models work flawlessly anyway because they share most hardware with other models that are certified.