Linux laptop maker Star Labs is updating its entry-level StarLite laptop with a new Mk IV model that packs an 11.6 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel display, an Intel Pentium Silver N5030 processor, and 8GB of RAM.

The new StarLite Mk IV is available for order from Star Labs with prices starting under $500, but you’ll probably have to wait until January for the laptop to be delivered because it’s still in production.

Star Labs is offering a 5% discount for folks who orders now though, which effectively brings the starting price down to $455 for a model with a 240GB SSD. You can also pay extra for additional storage or optional accessories.

The StarLite Mk IV is a modest upgrade over last year’s Mk III model in some ways, with only a slightly faster processor and no significant change to the display, memory, or storage. But Star Labs has upgraded the webcam from a 480p model to a 2MP camera, added a redesigned trackpad, and included a contoured heat plate for improved cooling.

The notebook can be configured with one of several different Linux-based operating systems pre-installed, including Ubuntu, Elementary OS, Linux Mint, Manjaro, MX Linux, or Zorin OS and customers can choose between American Megatrends BIOS/firmware or the open source Coreboot.

With a 6-watt, quad-core processor based on Intel Gemini Lake Refresh architecture, the laptop isn’t exactly a speed demon. But it’s a step above some budget Chromebooks or Windows laptops thanks to a 560MB/s SSD, backlit keyboard, glass-covered trackpad, and full HD display.

Unlike most laptop makers, Star Labs also sells spare parts and offers disassembly guides.

Other features include USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 Type-A ports, a micro HDMI port, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and a microSD card reader plus a USB 3.0 Type-C port that can be used for charging, data, and video output. The notebook comes with a 60 watt USB-C power adapter.

via OMG Ubuntu

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  1. It is about time Intel laptops with preinstalled Linux became affordable.
    It was always cheaper to buy a Windows laptop and hope Linux runs correctly.

  2. where phup down?
    where home, insert…
    I use terminal I need good mechanic keyboard and FULL LAYOUT

    1. Hm. Yeah, those are useful keys. It’s a very annoying trend in laptop keyboards these days, to omit functions that could be achieved using the Fn key, when there’s plenty of space that could be used. I once had a 13″ laptop with a full number pad integrated into the keyboard, you just pressed Fn and some of the letters to use it. I actually needed that for one program, where you had to press * to do something and shift+8 didn’t work.
      I think the “copy apple” mentality is likely responsible for the decline of the utility of Fn.

  3. Oh, my dream laptop expect for the screen size, please upscale to 14″ – 15″ inch.
    (CPU/RAM, Cooling, Resolution, Keyboard layout, ports selection, price).
    P.S Can it run … Windows ;p in multi-boot setup.

    1. sure it can dual boot windows … looks like a standard bios/hardware and the drivers are on the website …