The latest Linux laptop from UK-based Star Labs is a 3.1 pound notebook with a 14 inch full HD display, support for super-speedy storage, and an 11th-gen Intel Tiger Lake-U processor.
The starting price gets you a notebook with fairly modest specs including an Intel Core i3-1110G4 processor, 8GB of DDR4-3200 RAM, and a 240GB SATA SSD. But you can configure the system with up to a Core i7-1165G7 processor, 64GB of memory, and up to 1TB of PCIe Gen 4 NVMe storage (which is over-provisioned to support sequential read/write speeds up to 6,850 MB/s and 6,500 MB/s, respectively).
Other hardware features include quad speakers, a 720p webcam, WiFi 6, Bluetooth 5.1, a backlit keyboard (available with a choice of US or UK layouts), a glass-covered trackpad, a 50.9 Wh battery and a 60W USB-C power adapter.
- 1 x USB–C/Thunderbolt 4 port
- 2 x USB 3.0
- 1 x USB 2.0
- 1 x HDMI
- 1 x 3.5mm mic/headphone combo jack
- 1 x micrSD card reader
- 1 x DC charging dock
In addition to shipping with an open source, Linux-based operating system the StarBook Mk V is available with two firmware options: American Megatrends Aptio V or the open source coreboot. You can also switch from one firmware to the other at any time – Star Labs notes that the Aptio V firmware is more full-featured, but coreboot is more open.
Unlike some PC makers, Star Labs also offers a 1-year warranty that explicitly allows users to open up the laptop, replace or upgrade parts, or change the operating system without voiding the warranty.