Kindly suggest a laptop model with the following parameters? 1. Display 1a- 15” or bigger; 1b- Bright (350 nits or more); 1c- Causes very less eyestrain (i.e. with practice of the same amount of eyestrain reducing measures, the one that causes less eyestrain): 2. Hardware 2a- Non-intel processors, Ryzen would be nice, however mediocre setup will do; 2b- Linux compatible setup- I would be installing Linux as the sole operating system: 3. Body- Less flex: 4. Cheap (Less than $1000)
It is broad question from two views:
What notebook/laptop hardware support Linux? Nowadays Linux is supported on almost all possible notebook configurations, but there are some caveats with external devices like printers or scanners, which may not work at all.
Answer is: buy any affordable, but always check for peripherials compatibility.
Which hardware will work for 7-8 years? It is unknown, but business lines of notebooks usually are more robust than home lines which are i.e.:
a) minimum HP Probook or better HP Elitebook serie
b) Dell Latitude
c) Lenovo Thinkpad or even better Thinkpad T serie
Answer is: Most desired should be Thinkpad T serie notebook, then HP Elitebook or Dell Latitude and then other business. You may not fit in desired budget, because it could be above that. Buy best and highest model which you can afford. Also you can search for older higher models (like Thinkpad T) in your local shops.
Of course most of these notebooks have not top notch parameters, but they will last longer than home series.
Asus, Acer, Samsung and many others usually do not offer business series with robustness in mind, you're paying price for better parameters, but less longevity. Of course there could be some models which are properly designed resulting in better robustness, but I can't find series with that in mind.
P.S. Pay in mind, that proper care of hardware can make miracles when talking about longevity.
- Clean notebook using vacuum cleaner with brush once a month.
- Do not eat and drink over keyboard. Reading jokes when eating or drinking is a recipe for disaster.
- Discharge accumulator to 20-40% and then charge or even better use custom vendor software which do not charge it more than 80% when using powered all the time.