Slimbook is selling the laptop for 729 € ($780) and up.
The notebook has decent, but largely unremarkable hardware. A base model is powered by a Core i5-6200U processor and has 4GB of RAM, a 120GB SSD, 802.11n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, and a 1920 x 1080 pixel display.
It has an aluminum case, a backlit keyboard, two USB 3.0 ports, a mini HDMI port, SD card slot, and a 6,800 mAh battery. There’s also an “external” Ethernet adapter, which sounds like it’ll probably be a USB dongle. The notebook comes with a 2-year warranty.
But you can also pay extra for a model with a Core i7-6500U CPU, up to 16GB of RAM, up to 500GB of solid state storage, and 802.11ac WiFi.
The SlimBook measures about 0.7 inches thick and weighs about 3 pounds.
But it’s not really the hardware that makes this laptop special. It’s the software.
KDE is a desktop environment that works with a range of Linux-based operating systems, but the KDE Slimbook ships with an Ubuntu-based OS called KDE Neon which has been optimized for the experience. And the developers say the KDE Slimbook is “a laptop which has been tested directly by KDE developers, on the exact same hardware and software configuration that users get.”
So while you can install the software on any number of laptop or desktop computers, you may run into hardware compatibility issues with some systems. That shouldn’t be a problem with this laptop… and if/when issues do arise, it’ll help developers diagnose problems if they know that some users are running the software on virtually identical hardware.
This isn’t the first time the KDE team has ventured into hardware. The company tried to launch a tablet a few years ago, but things didn’t go very well for that project.