I selected a Dell Inspiron 13:5000 with 4GB RAM and a 128GB SSD.
My choice was based on the following factors:
- Dell offer Linux installations on their more expensive XPS laptops and these share many components with the Inspiron series.
- WWW search revealed that other users report running Ubuntu successfully on this model
- The Intel® Dual Band Wireless-AC 3165 is fully supported
- The laptop is light, slim and I like the overall design.
- I wanted to see how well the touch screen and tablet mode work
- Although modest, the i3 processor and 4GB RAM are more than adequate for a standard Linux installation and Office based use.
- Additional RAM can be added quite easily if required.
I installed Mint 18.2 and have been very pleased with the results. Virtually everything works as expected with a standard installation.
Minor issues include:
- Screen doesn’t auto rotate – not sure if this is a feature in Windows either
- Finger touch window scrolling works in most apps but not Firefox – but you can still use the scrollbar with your finger
- The cursor does not follow finger movements on the touch screen when it is rotated and the trackpad output is mirrored
Good points include
- Accurate point and click using the touchscreen
- Keypad disabled when in tablet mode
- Drawing with the touchscreen works well
- Movie display mode (with the keyboard folded underneath) makes screen scrolling through documents and Newsfeeds a dream
- Overall performance is very impressive