When comparing Novena Laptop vs Librem 15, the Slant community recommends Librem 15 for most people. In the question“What are the best laptops for Linux?” Librem 15 is ranked 14th while Novena Laptop is ranked 18th.
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Pro Optional heirloom case
There is an optional heirloom case available that comes with a built in keybpoard. The majority of the case is made out of wood.
Pro Built with security in mind starting from each chip placed onto the motherboard
Pro Runs privacy focused software
Librem runs PureOS, a privacy focused operating system, and runs software that respects your rights.
Pro Optional physical kill switches for microphone/camera and wireless/bluetooth
Con Processor is ARM based and slow
The device processor is ARM based which means it will be quite slow and will have limited Linux support.
Con Would be difficult to actually use in a lap
Being that the screen is on the outside of the device, a portable keyboard is necessary. Thus using on ones lap would entirely too difficult.
Con It's quite expensive
You'll be paying a higher price for Purism's commitment to secure, privacy, and freedom respecting electronics.
Con Touchpad not centered
Touchpad is not centered due to addition of little used numeric keypad keys on the right.