Buying laptop for Ubuntu that does not heat up too much - form filled

Dec 10, 2018
1. What is your budget? Up to 300-400$

2. What is the size of the notebook that you are considering? 12-15”

3. What screen resolution do you want? Not important, but the higher the better

4. Do you need a portable or desktop replacement laptop? Portable

5. How much battery life do you need? 3 hours

6. Do you want to play games with your laptop? If so then please list the games that you want to with the settings that you want for these games. (Low,Medium or High)? No games.

7. What other tasks do you want to do with your laptop? (Photo/Video editing, Etc.) Normal web browsing, some typing.

8. How much storage (Hard Drive capacity) do you need? Not important.

9. If you are considering specific sites to buy from, please post their links. Not important. I want to buy in Poland or at least EU to avoid taxation.

10. How long do you want to keep your laptop? 2-4 years

11. What kind of Optical drive do you need? DVD ROM/Writer,Bluray ROM/Writer,Etc ? Not important.

12. Please tell us about the brands that you prefer to buy from them and the brands that you don't like and explain the reasons. Not important

13. What country do you live in? Poland

14. Please tell us any additional information if needed.
I'm looking for a laptop for typing and standard web browsing on Ubuntu. My main focus is on the comfortable keyboard and that the laptop does not heat up. I will use this laptop mostly in public transport on my knees and I want it to be as cold as it can be.
My requirements:
• good keyboard
• not heating up
• I'm happy to sacrifice performance for the temperature & battery life
• good value for money, I can buy used laptop, but no older than 3 years
• I will be using Ubuntu on it, so Chromium OS hardware is out
• I don't need touchscreen
Currently I'm using HP EliteBook 2560p (i5, 6GB RAM) and I am quite happy with it, but it's getting old, battery life is now weak and I need something new.


Mar 17, 2017
to be honest, a 300-400 dollar computer isn't going to get you comfortably through 2-4 years. 2 maybe, 3+ no. Unless you on a really tight budget and barely squeezing out money for this laptop, you should consider spending up to $800 to last 3+years.
But if thats not a possibility, the ideapad 330 from lenovo looks pretty good, you just have to upgrade storage and ram down the line