UK-based Star Labs is taking pre-orders for a brand new Linux laptop computer with finances specs. The Star Lite Mk III is an 11.6 inch pocket book with an Intel Pentium Silver N5000 processor, 8GB of RAM, and at the least 240GB of storage.
The Star Lite Mk III is scheduled to start transport in September, however it’s out there for pre-order now for $426 and up.
That places this little pc in finances/low-mid vary laptop computer class, which is smart once you take a look at its specs.
The Pentium Silver N5000 processor is a 6-watt, 4-core/4-thread processor that makes use of Intel’s Atom-based “Gemini Lake” structure. It’s not precisely a pace demon, however it is likely one of the higher Gemini Lake chips launched in 2017. And it’s an x86 processor which ought to have wider software program compatibility than the ARM-based chips utilized in different finances Linux laptops just like the $100 PineBook or $200 PineBook Professional.
With an 11.6 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel show, a backlit keyboard, glass touchpad, stereo audio system, a SATA SSD, DDR4-2400 RAM, and WiFi 5 and Bluetooth 5.1 assist, the pocket book additionally has respectable hardware for a pc on this worth vary.
It additionally has an honest collection of ports together with a USB-C port, USB 3.0 and USB 2.Zero Sort-A ports, a micro HDMI port, a headphone jack, and a microSD card reader. The Star Lite Mk III comes with a 60W USB-C energy adapter and Star Labs provides US, EU, AU, and UK plug kinds.
The Star Lite Mk III measures about 11.1″ x 7.6″ x 0.5″ and weighs about 2 kilos, making it a reasonably compact pocket book.
However there are a number of underwhelming options on the spec sheet. The pc solely has a 480p webcam, and the RAM can’t be upgraded. The 30.Four Wh battery can also be solely anticipated to supply as much as 7 hours of battery life.
By way of software program, the Star Lite Mk III may be configured with one among six working programs:
- Ubuntu 20.04 LTS
- Linux Mint 20 “Ulyana”
- Manjaro 20.0 “Lysia”
- elementary OS 5.1.5 “Hera”
- Zorin OS 15.2 Core or Final
- MX Linux 19.2 “Patito Feo”
In case you’re in search of one thing with slightly extra horsepower, the Star Labs LapbTop Mk IV is up for pre-order for $745 and up, and anticipated to ship in August. This mannequin encompasses a 13.Three inch show, a 10th-gen Intel Comet Lake processor, 16GB of RAM, and WiFi 6 assist.
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