Linux laptop maker Star Labs is updating its entry-level StarLite laptop with a new Mk IV model that packs an 11.6 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel display, an Intel Pentium Silver N5030 processor, and 8GB of RAM.

The new StarLite Mk IV is available for order from Star Labs with prices starting under $500, but you’ll probably have to wait until January for the laptop to be delivered because it’s still in production.

Star Labs is offering a 5% discount for folks who orders now though, which effectively brings the starting price down to $455 for a model with a 240GB SSD. You can also pay extra for additional storage or optional accessories.

The StarLite Mk IV is a modest upgrade over last year’s Mk III model in some ways, with only a slightly faster processor and no significant change to the display, memory, or storage. But Star Labs has upgraded the webcam from a 480p model to a 2MP camera, added a redesigned trackpad, and included a contoured heat plate for improved cooling.

The notebook can be configured with one of several different Linux-based operating systems pre-installed, including Ubuntu, Elementary OS, Linux Mint, Manjaro, MX Linux, or Zorin OS and customers can choose between American Megatrends BIOS/firmware or the open source Coreboot.

With a 6-watt, quad-core processor based on Intel Gemini Lake Refresh architecture, the laptop isn’t exactly a speed demon. But it’s a step above some budget Chromebooks or Windows laptops thanks to a 560MB/s SSD, backlit keyboard, glass-covered trackpad, and full HD display.

Unlike most laptop makers, Star Labs also sells spare parts and offers disassembly guides.

Other features include USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 Type-A ports, a micro HDMI port, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and a microSD card reader plus a USB 3.0 Type-C port that can be used for charging, data, and video output. The notebook comes with a 60 watt USB-C power adapter.

via OMG Ubuntu

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6 replies on “StarLite Mk IV is budget Linux laptop with an 11.6 inch FHD display”

  1. It is about time Intel laptops with preinstalled Linux became affordable.
    It was always cheaper to buy a Windows laptop and hope Linux runs correctly.

  2. where phup down?
    where home, insert…
    I use terminal I need good mechanic keyboard and FULL LAYOUT

    1. Hm. Yeah, those are useful keys. It’s a very annoying trend in laptop keyboards these days, to omit functions that could be achieved using the Fn key, when there’s plenty of space that could be used. I once had a 13″ laptop with a full number pad integrated into the keyboard, you just pressed Fn and some of the letters to use it. I actually needed that for one program, where you had to press * to do something and shift+8 didn’t work.
      I think the “copy apple” mentality is likely responsible for the decline of the utility of Fn.

  3. Oh, my dream laptop expect for the screen size, please upscale to 14″ – 15″ inch.
    (CPU/RAM, Cooling, Resolution, Keyboard layout, ports selection, price).
    P.S Can it run … Windows ;p in multi-boot setup.

    1. sure it can dual boot windows … looks like a standard bios/hardware and the drivers are on the website …

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