The KDE Slimbook is a thin and light laptop that comes from a partnership between Spanish PC maker Slimbook and the developers of KDE, a free and open source desktop environment for GNU/Linux distributions.

The two groups have been releasing KDE Slimbook models since 2017, but the new KDE Slimbook V is a big step up from the 4th-gen model in a few key ways. It has a much more powerful processor and it’s the first laptop to ship KDE’s new Plasma 6 desktop enabled out of the box. The KDE Slimbook 5 is up for pre-order for €999 (about $1080) and up, and it’s expected to begin shipping in April.

What you get for the starting price, which includes taxes, is a notebook with 16GB of DDR5-5600 memory, a 250GB PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSD, and the KDE Neon operating system. But you can pay extra for up to 64GB of dual-channel memory and up to 8TB of storage (there are two M.2 2280 slots) or bring your own upgrades.

Customers can also choose from a wide variety of keyboard layouts including Spanish, US or UK English, and a number of other (mostly European) languages.

All models feature a 16 inch, 2560 x 1600 pixel, 165 Hz, 400-nit IPS LCD display and an an AMD Ryzen 7 7840HS processor with 8 Zen 4 CPU cores and Radeon 780M integrated graphics with 12 RDNA 3 GPU cores.

Ports include:

  • 2 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-C (with USB PD 3.0 charging support and 4K/60Hz video output)
  • 3 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A
  • 1 x HDMI
  • 1 x 3.5mm audio
  • 1 x DC power input

The laptop has a 720p webcam with a privacy cover, stereo 2W speakers, an aluminum body with a backlit keyboard and a number pad, a Realtek RTL8852BE-CG wireless card with support for WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5.2, and a 68 Wh battery that Slimbook says is good for up to 11 hours of run time (although it’s always a good idea to take battery life estimates with a grain of salt, as they vary depending on usage).

The KDE Slimbook V measures 356 x 249 x 20mm (14″ x 9.8″ x 0.8″) and weighs 1.86 kg (4.1 pounds).

via 9to5Linux

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  1. 16 inch, 2560 x 1600 pixel, 165 Hzl, 2 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-C
    should be
    16 inch, 4k, 144 Hzl, 2 x USB 4 Type-C (with alt-mode, DP 2.1)

  2. “The KDE Slimbook 5 is up for pre-order for €999 (about $1080) and up…”

    OOF, another Linux laptop built for the rich elites. Try starting with an N100 and get the price below $300. That should be doable as long as there’s no Windows tax and the matte display is conventional non-touch.

    1. N100 is a dog. Spend a little more to get a better processor. I expect the prices are higher on Linux laptops because sales are relatively low. Oh how I wish that would change. I am tired of buying Windows laptops and installing Linux without ever booting up Windows. It is not difficult or time consuming to install Linux, it just seems wasteful to overwrite on OS with another right put of the box.

      1. I’m right with you. Can’t count the times any more how often I have done that. I don’t mind doing it. What I do mind is having to pay over and over again ridiculous amounts of money to M$. Whenever I can I also try to avoid Intel and Nvidia… just my 2 cents.

    2. Intel? You mean those guys?

      https://www.techspot.com/news/101925-intel-appears-have-pulled-fast-one-benchmark-tests.html

      https://www.radgametools.com/oodleintel.htm

      Just the news of the last 3 days or so.

      I rather pay a little more and support a good cause (i.e. breaking the WIntel monopoly, getting long-living high-quality products in return ) than engaging in cheap electronic scrap fandom. One of my laptops that I take care of is over 10 years old… did cost me 3 grants back then… others (friends, family, etc) choose to go the cheaper way.. bought laptops every 2 to 3 years for 500 in the meantime.. none off them are working any more.. I’m still using mine at home for most stuff (except gaming)..