One of the questions in the recent QA video was about affordable Linux laptops. I don't think that TLG did a great job answering that one. System76 and Purism aren't cheap and ChromeBooks feels like a crap answer. There's the PInebook, but it's laughably low end. My personal solution was to buy a refurb laptop with Windows, upgrade the disk and put Linux on the new disk.
The other (American) option I'm aware of is AvaDirect. They share some laptops with System76, often with wildly different prices (some lower, some higher). They also offer Linux, but you have to contact them and make a special request (Or just order with no OS and install Linux yourself). The only downsides I see are no disabled ME and you don't get the excellent support System76 offers. But on the upside AvaDirect tends to have more extensive customization options and gives out so many nerdy details on those options that they make System76 look like a hipster brand.
I'm also a bit annoyed at the America-centric view on Linux laptops that tends to get presented by pundits like TLG and Lunduke. There are also comptent European options like StationX and StarLabs.