Looking to build a laptop, though would consider buying a pre-built.

My requirements are:

1) $300 - $500 price tag
2) Linux OS (Debian or Ubuntu)
3) Decent Processing 
4) Light Weight/ low profile

This doesn't need to be super computer. I'm mainly looking for something to play around with programming and some statistical analysis. This would also be a chance to step into the realms of a full blown linux distribution. Trying to get off the microsoft/apple bandwagons as my experience with their products continue to get worse and worse every year. Additionally I have become a big fan of Linux though my experience is limited.

I will consider buying a pre built but do enjoy tinkering with RaspberryPis and would enjoy the project of assembly and modification.

I use a Dell for work and have been very happy, but I have no preference on brand.

A bonus here would be the ability to upgrade down the road. Ease of compatibility would also be a plus, but may not even be something worth heavy consideration.

  • 1
    Well, I am running an MSI gaming laptop (low end, cost me 1kUSD last August, needed a new system for fall semester. Now it is around....near half that. Had a few issues with GPU/dGPU when I tried installing Debian for one course. Apparently the older kernel did not take kindly to the system having both a low power, and a high power GPU in the system (Optimus System in my case) Newer kernels have addressed that for the most part. I will look into systems in the morning, I am totally exhausted. Unpaid internships are evil. Jan 27, 2017 at 3:17

1 Answer 1


I would recommend: Acer Laptop Aspire E5-553G

This is within budget restrictions @ $459.99 (199.99 @ off newegg until 2/1/2017)

8GB ram can be upgraded to 32Gb

Weight is 5.27Lbs

It does come with windows 10 (use a Debian/Ubuntu LiveUSB and install over it)

128Gb SSD (OS drive usually)

1Tb HDD (only 5400rpm, may want to upgrade to 7200rpm or another SSD)

Dimensions: 15.02" x 10.20" x 0.94"-1.19"

1 x USB 3.1 Type-C

2 x USB 3.0 (1 with Power-off Charging)

1 x USB 2.0

1 x HDMI Port with HDCP support

1 x Docking Connector

1 x Headphone/Speaker/Line-Out Jack


Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge that you have read and understand our privacy policy and code of conduct.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.