The Fedora Slimbook 16 is a 3.3 pound laptop with a 16 inch, 2560 x 1600 pixel, 90 Hz display, an Intel Core i7-12700H processor, and NVIDIA RTX 3050 Ti discrete graphics.

But what really makes it unlike most notebooks with those specs is the software: rather than Windows, the Fedora Slimbook ships with the latest version of the Linux-based Fedora operating system installed. It’s available for purchase now… if you can afford it.

The Fedora Slimbook 16 comes from a partnership between the developers of the Fedora GNU/Linux distribution and Slimbook, a Spanish PC maker that has been offering Linux as an option on its computers for the better part of a decade.

Slimbook also partners with the developers behind the free and open source KDE desktop environment to offer a KDE Slimbook line of laptops.

But as a niche device with semi-premium hardware, the company’s laptops aren’t cheap. Prices for the Fedora Slimbook start at 1799€ for a model with 16GB of RAM and a 500GB SSD, and that price only include shipping within Spain. International customers will have to pay another 120 120€ for shipping.

That said, 3% of the revenue generated from Fedora Slimbook sales goes to the GNOME Foundation to help further development of Fedora’s default desktop environment.

Other Fedora Slimbook features include support for up to 64GB of total DDR4-3200 memory (there are two SODIMM slots), up to 4TB of PCIe NVMe solid state storage (there are two M.2 2280 slots), an 82 Wh battery, 1080p webcam, and an Intel AX200 wireless card with support for WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5.2.

Ports include:

  • 1 x HDMI 2.0
  • 1 x Thunderbolt 4
  • 1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 (with DisplayPort 1.4 Alt Mode)
  • 2 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A

The laptop has an aluminum and magnesium alloy chassis that measures 355 x 245 x 20mm (14″ x 9.6″ x 0.8″) and weighs 1.5 kg (3.3 pounds). It comes with a 120W power adapter.

via Fedora Magazine

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  1. Remember – If it’s a laptop or SFF computer and it comes out-of-the-box running Linux, expect to pay SIGNIFICANTLY MORE money for it!

  2. Apparently Dedo (Dedoimedo) likes his slimbook. I’ve read a couple of his reviews. But other than that, it personally didn’t appeal to me.

  3. For the life of me I cannot understand why all of these manufacturers assume that what everone wants is a MacBook Air or MacBook Pro. After THREE YEARS of hype over their ARM Macs they are still sitting at 8% market share, which is no more than the upper range of what it was before. Gaming laptops outsell Macs by a huge margin, and there are even years when CHROMEBOOKS outsell Macs despite 80% of their sales being in North America and Japan due their not being available in much of the world. Giving this a rudimentary Wintel device build would have allowed them to make these things far cheaper. And yes, it would give better performance as “thin device” plus “Intel Core i7 and Nvidia GPU” means a ton of power.

    The Mac crowd is mostly media professionals and people who want to project a cosmopolitan chic image. Those guys aren’t going to go anywhere near Linux, least of all Fedora. This device is going to be for developers – especially ML/AI types – plus software engineers and data scientists and that is what it needs to look like it is for.

    1. I don’t think they really had much of a choice, given that this is almost certainly a rebranded Compal or Clevo device whose exact model I can’t be bothered to look up.
      But do I wish they or anyone else would make midrange laptops in colors other than shades between black and white, and with more variety in controls. For some reason, stuff like that is almost totally confined to the low end.
      I have some thoughts about why that is, but they’re nothing pleasant.

  4. I’m sure I must be being silly and just not reading into the specifications enough but something I don’t understand when manufacturers, or distributors, state “support for up to …” where in this case for example, it’s up to 4Tb SSD.

    Given that it has two M.2 PCIe NVMe slots and given that individual such SSDs are now being sold with 8Tb capacity, why can’t this laptop support up to, e.g. 16Tb SSD?

    It makes me think about the “supports up to 32Gb” limit on mobile phone microSD cards, which it seems wasn’t really correct because it was related to FAT formatting, but now we see “supports up to 2Tb” or “supports up to 1Tb”.