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10 Best Cheap Linux Laptops to Buy on a Budget

In comparison to other operating systems, Linux offers a dedicated environment for programmers that is free and more dedicated to user’s privacy and security. This is why Linux’s popularity has increased drastically over the years.

Whether you’re looking at buy a laptop with pre-installed Linux or want to run it on parallel with a Windows operating system, you’ve come to the right place. Read on below to find out some interesting specifications of the top ten Linux laptops you can buy at the most affordable prices.

1.   Acer Aspire E 15

  • CPU: 8th generation Intel Core i3-8130u processor, i5 and i7 upgrades available
  • Graphics: NVidia GeForce MX150 Graphics card
  • RAM: 6 GB
  • Storage: Up to 1 TB SSD space
  • Display: 6-inch Full HD LED Display
  • Screen Resolution: 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Battery Life: Up to 8 hours and 45 minutes when fully charged
  • OS: In built Windows 10 home, compatible with Ubuntu 16.04 and higher versions.
  • Size: 15 x 10.2 x 1.2 inches
  • Availability: Globally
  • Price: US$ 379.99
  • Buy: amazon

Acer Aspire E 15

2.   HP Chromebook 14

  • CPU: Dual Core Intel Celeron N3350 processor, also available for AMD A4-9210 CPUs
  • RAM: 4 GB
  • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 500
  • Storage: Up to 32GB eMMC storage
  • Display: 14-inch HD Display
  • Screen Resolution: 1366 x 768 pixels. With full HD versions, you can get 1920 x 1080 p display as well
  • Battery Life: Up to 5 hours when fully charged
  • OS: In built Windows 10 home, compatible with Ubuntu 16.04 and higher versions.
  • Availability: Globally
  • Price: US$ 203.59. For Full HD, the price is $330.
  • Buy: amazon

HP Chromebook 14

3.   System76 Galago Pro

  • CPU: 10th generation Intel Core i7-8565u 1.8GHz, Quad Core Processor up to 4.6GHz, also available in Core i5
  • Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 620
  • RAM: 8 GB DDR4 2400MHz RAM – extendable up to 32GB
  • Storage: Up to 240 GB SSD space
  • Display: 14 -inch Matte Full HD Display
  • Screen Resolution: 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Battery Life: Up to 5 hours when fully charged
  • OS: Ubuntu Linux 18.04 LTS and higher versions.
  • Weight:87 lbs
  • Availability: Globally
  • Price: US$ 999.99
  • Buy: system76

System76 Galago Pro

4.   Pinebook Pro

  • CPU: ARM Cortex A 72 1.8GHz, 64 bit Dual-Core Processor
  • Graphics: Integrated Graphics Card
  • RAM: 4 GB LPDDR4 RAM
  • Body: Magnesium Alloy Shell
  • Storage: 64 GB eMMC, which is upgradable
  • Display: 1-inch Full HD IPS Display
  • Screen Resolution: 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Battery Life: Up to 6 hours when fully charged
  • OS: Ubuntu 16.04 and higher versions or any other Linux Distro.
  • Weight: 9lbs
  • Availability: Globally
  • Price: US$ 200
  • Buy: pine64

Pinebook Pro

5.   ASUS Zen book UX331UA

  • CPU: 8th generation Intel Core i5-8250u processor
  • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 620
  • RAM: 8 GB
  • Storage: 256GB SSD space
  • Display: 3-inch Full HD Display
  • Screen Resolution: 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Battery Life: Up to 14 hours
  • OS: In built Windows 10 home, compatible with Ubuntu 16.04 and higher versions.
  • Price: US$ 799.99
  • Buy: amazon

ASUS Zen book UX331UA

6.   HP Stream 14

  • CPU: AMD A4-9120E 1.5 GHz Dual-Core processor (Turbo up to 2.2GHz)
  • Graphics: AMD Radeon R3
  • RAM: 4GB Non Expandable RAM
  • Storage: 64GB
  • Display: 14-inch Diagonal HD Display with a Bright View WLED
  • Screen Resolution: 1336 x 768 pixels
  • Battery Life: Up to 14 hours
  • Weight: 8lbs
  • OS: You can install either Windows or Linux OS. You cannot dual boot the two because of low space.
  • Price: US$ 230
  • Buy: amazon

HP Stream 14

7.   Acer Chromebook 514

  • CPU: Intel Celeron N3350 Dual-Core processor (Turbo up to 2.4GHz)
  • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics
  • RAM: 4GB LPDDR4 RAM
  • Storage: 32GB expandable storage
  • Display: 14-inch Full HD Display with an IPS LED-backlit keyboard
  • Battery Life: Up to 12 hours
  • Weight: 0 lbs
  • OS: Chrome OS with any Linux distros on dual boot
  • Price: US$ 345.43
  • Buy: amazon

Acer Chromebook 514

8.   Acer Aspire 1 A114

  • CPU: Intel Celeron N4000 Dual-Core processor
  • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics
  • RAM: 4GB RAM
  • Storage: 64 GB eMMC
  • Display: 14-inch Full HD Widescreen LED-backlit Display
  • Screen Resolution: 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Battery Life: Up to 6.5 hours
  • OS: Windows 10 OS with any Linux distros on dual boot
  • Price: US$ 229.99
  • Buy: amazon

Acer Aspire 1 A114

8.   Acer Chromebook 13

  • CPU: 8th Generation Intel Core i3-8130u 2.2GHz processor
  • Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 620
  • RAM: 8 GB LPDDR3 RAM
  • Storage: 32 GB eMMC, expandable via SD card
  • Display: 3-inch IPS LED Display
  • Screen Resolution: 2256 x 1504 pixels
  • Battery Life: Solid life up to 10 hours
  • Weight:0 lbs
  • OS: Chrome OS with any Linux distros on dual boot
  • Price: US$ 699.99
  • Buy: acerrecertified

Acer Chromebook 13

10.   ASUS Vivo Book S15

  • CPU: 8th Generation Intel Core i5-8265u 1.6 GHz Quad-Core Processor with Turbo up to 3.9 GHZ
  • Graphics: NVidia GeForce MX250 GPU with 2GB DDR5 Graphics Memory
  • RAM: 8 GB DDR4 RAM
  • Storage: 256 GB M2 Solid State Drive, expandable via SD card
  • Display: 6-inch Full HD NanoEdge Display with 180 degree viewing angle
  • Battery Life: Up to 6 hours but strong charging capability
  • Weight:97 lbs
  • OS: Windows 10 Home 64-bit with any Linux distros on dual boot
  • Price: US$ 749.99
  • Buy: amazon

ASUS Vivo Book S15

Conclusion

With the above list concluded these were our top ten recommended Linux Laptops to buy if you’re on a budget. These PCs cater to different processor, budget and hardware requirements of users who use Linux operating systems for daily usage. These are also the newest models with either pre-installed Linux or come with full support for dual-booting it with Windows.

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Zeeman Memon

Zeeman Memon

Zeeman is a freelance content marketer, software engineer and tech blogger who loves to blog on his tech blog in his free time.