|Specs at a look: System76 Pangolin|
|OS||Pop!_OS 21.04 or Ubuntu Linux 20.04|
|CPU||Ryzen 5 5500U or Ryzen 7 5700U|
|RAM||8GiB DDR4 (upgradable to 64GiB)|
|GPU||AMD Vega 7 built-in|
|SSD||240GB to 2TB NVMe|
|Battery||49 Wh LiOn|
|Wi-Fi||Intel dual-band Wi-Fi 6|
|Show||15-inch 1080p matte|
|Entry-level value||$1,200 (Ryzen 5500U, 8GiB RAM, 240GB NVMe)|
This week, System76—most likely the best-known Linux-only laptop computer vendor—announced the newest replace to its light-weight 15-inch Pangolin laptop computer collection. The most recent fashions of Pangolin can be found and transport right this moment; prospects have a alternative between a six-core Ryzen 5 5500U and an eight-core Ryzen 7 5700U processor.
Pangolin was already the primary System76 laptop computer mannequin to supply AMD Ryzen processors, with last-generation Ryzen 4500U and 4700U fashions introduced last December. This yr’s mannequin bumps up each the processor technology and asking value considerably—final yr’s Ryzen 4500U Pangolin began at $850, providing 8GiB of RAM and a 240GiB SSD within the entry-level trim. The brand new 5500U-powered Pangolin runs $1,200 for a similar specs.
AMD Ryzen + Linux for the win
The rise in value doubtless displays extra public consciousness of cellular Ryzen’s excellent Linux kernel assist in addition to its vital uncooked efficiency benefit over most competing Intel CPUs. Though we did not get the possibility to check System76’s Ryzen 7 4700U, Acer’s 4700U-powered Swift 3—which is not even designed as an OEM Linux laptop computer—stays one in all our all-time favourite programs for devoted Linux customers.
The Ryzen 4700U-powered Acer Swift 3 supplied higher battery life per uncooked watt-hour beneath Linux than almost any Intel-powered competitor we have examined, along with Ryzen’s already-impressive uncooked efficiency.
We broadly count on the Pangolin to proceed and even enhance upon that pattern—System76 usually begins with present designs from upstream distributors like Sager and Clevo, however its engineers do extra integration work to considerably enhance the Linux expertise on its machines.
Specs and transport
The brand new Pangolin weighs in at 3.6 kilos (1.65 kg) and—as at all times for System76—ships together with your alternative of System 76’s personal Pop!_OS Linux or the better-known Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. It features a 1080p matte show, a 720p webcam, gigabit Ethernet, Intel dual-band Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5, a headphone/mic combo jack, and a 49 Wh battery with a 65 W (DC barrel) charger.
Base-model Pangolins begin at $1,200 and include a Ryzen 5 5500U CPU, 8GiB of RAM, and a 240GB NVMe SSD. These with deeper pockets can improve to a beefier Ryzen 7 5700U processor, as much as 64GiB of RAM, and as much as a 2TB NVMe SSD. The RGB-backlit keyboard can be upgraded with a alternative of “clicky” Kailh Field Jade or “tactile” Kailh Field Royal switches—although deciding on both keyboard improve bumps up the associated fee by $285 and (at present) delays transport for that order till October.
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