The developers of the KDE suite of open source software and Spanish PC maker Slimbook have been collaborating on a line of Linux laptops since 2017. Now the latest version is here, and it’s a Linux laptop with an AMD Ryzen 7 5700U processor, KDE Neon software, and a starting price of €1000 (about $1025).

Actually, it’s two laptops, because the 4th-gen KDE Slimbook is available with a choice of 14 or 15.6 inch displays.

KDE Slimbook (4th-gen)

Both models feature the same basic specs, including magnesium-aluminum chassis, a full HD display, AMD’s 8-core, 16-thread chip with Radeon Vega 8 graphics, support for up to 64GB of user-upgradeable RAM, up to 4TB of user-replaceable solid state storage, and a selection of ports that includes full-sized HDMI and Ethernet jacks, plus four USB ports including one USB 3.1 Type-C port that can be used for charging, data, our video output.

The key differences between the 14 and 15.6 inch models (aside from the larger display) is that the smaller version has a starting weight of just 2.3 pounds, but also has just a 47 Wh battery that Slimbook says provides up to 7 hours of run time, while the 15.6 inch model has a 92.6 Wh battery for up to 12 hours of run time.

Here’s a run down of key specs for the new KDE Slimbook:

KDE Slimbook (4th-gen) specs
Display14 inches
1920 x 1080 pixels
IPS LCD
60 Hz
100% sRGB color gamut
15.6 inch
1920 x 1080 pixels
IPS LCD
60 Hz
100% sRGB color gamut
ProcessorAMD Ryzen 7 5700U
8-cores /  16 threads
1.98 GHz base / 4.3 GHz max
1.9 GHz AMD Radeon Vega 8 graphics
RAMUp to 64GB
DDR4-3200
Dual channel
2 x SODIMM slots
StorageUp to 4TB
2 x PCIe NVMe SSD slots (M.2 sockets)
Ports1 x USB 3.1 Type-C (video and power delivery supported)
2 x USB 3.1 Type-A
1 x USB 2.0 Type-A
1 x HDMI 2.0
1 x Gigabit Ethernet
WirelessIntel AX200
WiFi 6
Bluetooth 5.2
Battery47 Wh
Up to 7 hours
92.6 Wh
Up to 12 hours
WebcamHD webcam
IR camera
Audio2 x 2W speakers
2 x microphones
Dimensions320.2 x 214.5 x 16.8mm
12.61″ x 8.44″ x 0.66″
356.4 x 233.7 x 16.8mm
14.03″ x 9.2″ x 0.66″
Weight1.05 kg
2.31 pounds
1.55 kg
3.42 pounds
Starting Price€1000€1,005

Starting prices include 8GB of RAM and a 250GB SSD, but you can pay extra for more of each (or add your own after you receive the notebook).

The laptop ships with KDE Neon pre-installed. That’s a GNU/Linux distribution based on Ubuntu LTS which features the KDE Plasma desktop environment suite of apps. While there’s nothing stopping you from replacing that operating system with a different distro (or even Windows), I imagine one of the main reasons to buy a KDE Slimbook is because of the software that comes pre-installed.

via @kdecommunity

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  1. I love that it supports dual nvme m.2 sockets… this was a must for me when I bought a desktop motherboard.