System76 and Tuxedo Computers are both taking orders for new thin and light laptops with 15.6 inch displays and support for up to a 28 watt Intel Core i7-1165G7 Tiger Lake processor.

As far as I can tell, the new System76 Darter Pro and Tuxedo InfinityBook S 15 are based on the same OEM design, since the laptops are the same size, shape, and weight. They’re also priced similarly: the former sells for $1099 and up while the latter is available for 937 Euros (about $1140) and up.

But there are a few differences aside from the language and the country of origin.

System76 Darter Pro

One of the biggest difference is that System76 offers to install Ubuntu or the company’s own Pop!_OS operating system, while Tuxedo sells its laptops with a choice of Ubuntu, OpenSUSE, or Tuxedo OS.

Tuxedo also offers a lot of different keyboard layout options including German, English (US or UK), Italian, French, Spanish, and even Dvorak.

But both laptops are 14.1″ x 8.7″ x 0.8″ notebooks that weigh 3.84 pounds with a 15.6 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel matte display and:

  • 28W Intel Core i5-1135G7 or Core i7-1165G7 processor options
  • Up to 64GB DDR-3200 memory
  • 1 x M.2 2280 PCIe Gen 4 slot
  • 1 x M.2 2280 PCIe Gen3 or SATA slot
  • 1 x Thunderbolt 4 port
  • 1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C port
  • 1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A port
  • 1 x USB 2.0 Type-A port
  • 1 x microSD card reader
  • 1 x  Gigabit Ethernet jack
  • 1 x HDMI port
  • 1 x 3.5mm audio jack

The laptops have backlit keyboards, stereo speakers, and 720p webcam. They’re powered by 73Wh batteries and come with 65W USB-C power adapters and the notebooks support WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5.

 

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  1. These Linux laptops cost over $1k I could buy a Windows laptop at Wal-Mart for 1/3 that price and install Linux myself.

    1. That true, and if you are satisfied with the kind of laptop you can buy at Wal-Mart, I don’t know why you wouldn’t buy Walmart laptop.

      That said, I own at System76 laptop from about 7 years ago and my former employer evaluated one about 3 years ago. The build quality wasn’t great: the fan was loud and the keyboard was mediocre. They used to rebrand some other vendor’s laptops but I think they manufacture their own line. Has anyone here tried one of their more recent models?

      1. Both of these appear to be a Clevo NS50MU. The Galago Pro looks a lot like a Clevo NV41ME. The main difference with system 76 at least is they got rid of much of the intel management engine so you don’t have to buy hardware to do that yourself.