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I am looking for a laptop that can run debian/ubuntu out of the box without going nuts over wifi drivers and I could use your suggestions. I need:

  • Modern intel processor
  • 16GB - 32GB Ram
  • 256GB+ SSD
  • Acceptable battery life
  • Does not overheat

But I am concerned with privacy. The computer must not have:

  • Bluetooth
  • Camera
  • Microphone
  • Biometrics

Other nice things I don't need:

  • No full hd screen or pixel-dense-screen. I can't see that many pixels anyway.
  • No touch screen
  • Not 2-in-1 screen

In plain words, I want an old-fashioned laptop equipped with a modern processor and ssd harddrive that is debian/ubuntu verified, without all the intrusive hardware that inevitably comes with modern laptops and seems impossible to get rid of.

I wonder if any company creates laptops with this flavor.

Thanks in advance.

  • What is "Acceptable battery life" for you? Are you willing to void your warranty in order to remove unwanted components (mic, webcam, bluetooth card) ? What screen size do you want? (A 17.3" screen is almost always 1080p, 15.6" is also often 1080p..., how dense is too dense?) – Romen Oct 29 '19 at 20:18
  • Hi Romen! Battery life? 6 hours? I'd rather these components were not included in the first place. I thought there would be a laptop brand offering laptops like these but there are none. However there is a market for refurbished old laptops like the one I require. I'd like a 14' screen if possible. A desktop resolution of 1920x is good enough, I don't require more. And 72pix/inch is good too. – flaab Oct 29 '19 at 22:40
  • Hi flaab! "I'd like a 14' screen if possible. A desktop resolution of 1920x is good enough, I don't require more. And 72pix/inch is good too. " -- screen resolution, size, and PPI are all related. a 14" 1920x1080 screen will be ~157 PPI. A 14" screen at ~72 PPI would have a resolution of 880x495. I'm not sure that combination even exists... What is the max PPI that you find acceptable? – Romen Oct 30 '19 at 13:12
  • Thanks! I just don't want a retina display or a huge pixel density. Any regular screen will do. – flaab Oct 30 '19 at 18:35

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