I just wanted to point out that there might be really good laptops that are easily overlooked in the shadow of the big names like Asus, MSI, Dell, Hp, LG, Microsoft and Apple; laptops made by small European or American companies consisting of enthusiasts.
I am talking about laptops specifically designed for Linux, from the likes of System76, Slimbook and Tuxedo Computers. These all have some new laptop models, which are powerful, capable, modern machines.
Feel free to add suggestions to the list and discuss any aspect of these machines, even in the context of models from big brands with similar specs.
System76 Lemur Pro
The Lemur Pro is a thin, professional laptop from System76 somewhat aimed towards developers who would like to code a lot on the go, but it is usable for anyone. It will not game exceptionally, or stand out in heavy video work, but it is a capable machine.
It has i5-10210U and i7-10510U variants with integrated graphics, a matte 14.1" fullHD display, up to 40GB DDR4 memory, 2 M.2 slots, 73Wh battery which is claimed to last 10 hours on light tasks, type-C charging, 2 type-A ports and full-size HDMI, microSD card reader combo Jack, backlit keyboard and a weight just under 1kg. It comes with Pop! OS preinstalled (although there is an Ubuntu option), and starts at $1,099. Have a look at https://system76.com/laptops/lemur
Slimbook Pro X
Slimbook Pro X 15
These beautiful machines come right from Spain, from a manufacturer that cares about its customers. Their magnesium-alloy matte chassis, thin bezels, great keyboard, discrete graphics and IR face recognition hardware make them stand out.
The Pro X is 14" in terms of screen size. It is equipped with an 7-10510U processor, Geforce MX250 2GB GDDR5 dedicated graphics (with the option to switch between internal and dedicated graphics), up to 32GB DDR4 memory, dual M.2 slots, fullHD IPS display (claiming 99% sRGB coverage) and a wide variety of IO: 3 type-A USB ports, full-size HDMI, type-C, Ethernet, combo Jack. Other outstanding features include the 720p webcam with built-in IR face recognition hardware, which has support in Ubuntu-based Linux systems thanks to their Slimbook Face app, the thin, clean aesthetic not unlike Macbooks, the spacious and excellent backlit keyboard, up to 11 hours battery life thanks to the Slimbook Battery app, huge trackpad with gesture support, SoundBlaster Cinema 5 audio, and a weight of 1.08kg. There is a selection of preinstalled OSes: Ubuntu, Debian, Elementary, Mint, Manjaro, KDE Neon, Zorin OS, Windows 10 or even a Windows 10 + Linux dual-boot config. The 14" model starts at $1,115 (before shipping). Have a look at https://slimbook.es/en/pro-x-en
The Pro X 15 has a screen size of 15.6". It features an i7-9750H processor, Geforce GTX 1650 Max-Q Turing dedicated graphics (with the option to switch between integrated and dedicated), a weight of 1,5kg, 100% sRGB coverage, up to 12 hours of battery life, a microSD reader, but otherwise the same specs and features as the Pro X. It starts at $1,300 before shipping. Have a look at https://slimbook.es/en/prox15-en
Tuxedo InfinityBook Pro 14
Tuxedo InfinityBook S 14
Tuxedo InfinityBook Pro 15
Tuxedo Manjaro InfinityBook Pro 15
These are the newest laptops from Tuxedo Computers, a manufacturer originating from Germany. They are powerful, customizable and elegant.
The Pro 14 has either an i5-10210U or an i7-10510U processor, fullHD IPS matte display, up to 64GB DDR4 RAM, up to 2TB NVMe storage, optional LTE, encrypted OS options (their "Tuxedo OS" is based on Ubuntu), optional Windows dual-boot, 1.4kg weight and up to 5-6h battery life. It has 2 type-A ports, 1 type-C with Thunderbolt 3 and charging, 1 mini-DisplayPort, 1 full-size HDMI, microSD card reader, Ethernet, and separate audio jacks. It starts at $1,040.
The S 14 is the same Clevo chassis as the Lemur Pro, the same processor options, same memory options, same battery, same display, same ports, same storage options as the Pro 14, claimed 10-12h battery life, same OS options as the Pro 14, 1.1kg weight, and starts at $1,270.
The Pro 15 and Manjaro Pro 15 have 15.6" fullHD IPS displays, the same processor options, up to 64GB RAM, same storage options, 6-8h battery life, 2 type-A ports, a type-C with Thunderbolt 3 and charging, mini-DisplayPort, full-size HDMI, separate audio jacks, Ethernet and microSD reader. The OS options for the Pro 15 are the same as the Pro 14 and S 14, but the Manjaro edition comes with Manjaro preinstalled, and no Windows option. Both come in silver and red variants. The Pro 15 starts at $1,190 and the Manjaro Pro 15 starts at S1,300.
Have a look at these at https://www.tuxedocomputers.com/en/Linux-Hardware/Linux-Notebooks/Alle.tuxedo#
There are AMD notebooks too from Tuxedo Computers. There are gaming-focused models with GTX or RTX graphics and ones for deep learning and AI.
@LinusTech I would love to see a review of any of these. Don't they sound compelling? Especially the Slimbook Pro 15.