If you’re in the UK and on the hunt for an affordable Linux desktop PC, do take a look at online tech retailer eBuyer.
While shopping for something else from their website, I looked to see if the company sells anything preloaded with Ubuntu.
And to my surprise, they do!
Now, this shouldn’t have been as surprising as it was because eBuyer, currently celebrating its 20th anniversary, sold a range of cheap and cheerful Ubuntu laptops back in 2015.
While there are no Ubuntu laptops on offer this time around, there are several interesting sounding Ubuntu desktop PCs.
“Joey, Mate: I Can Build My Own!”
eBuyer’s selection of “Punch Technology” branded PCs range from modestly-powered machines costing £220 to more meaty ‘gaming’ models closer to £550.
I know what you’re thinking and I agree: most of us probably can assemble a machine of similar specifications for less than what these ready-made rigs cost.
For instance, eBuyer’s mid-range Intel i5 Ubuntu PC costs £370. This model features a 7th Gen Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB DDR4 RAM, a 240GB SSD and Ubuntu 18.04 LTS.
On Amazon.co.uk, a standalone Intel Core i5-7400 will set you back around £170, plus a further £40 for a stick of 8GB DDR4 RAM.
Add in the cost of a cheap mATX case (roughly £30), a decent motherboard (£50), PSU (£30), and a sizeable SSD and the eBuyer RRP isn’t isn’t that far off!
Bonus: the eBuyer PCs all come with 3 years warranty, too.
Cheap ≠ Good, Though
As I have not tested or benchmarked any of these machines I can’t vouch for their performance (or otherwise).
But on paper, given how well the Linux kernel and Ubuntu supports many of the components, I should imagine they deliver on expectations if nothing else.
If you don’t mind paying a little extra for a PC with everything pre-installed and pre-assembled for you, the eBuyer Ubuntu desktop PCs are worth checking out.
Sexy they aren’t, but good value they seem! </yoda>