Linux system builder System76 is now taking pre-orders for its first portable notebook with a touchscreen display. The Darter UltraThin is a 14 inch notebook with a full HD touchscreen display, an Intel Haswell processor, and a starting price of $899.
It’s expected to ship starting October 28th.
The laptop measures 13.4″ x 9.5″ x 0.9″ and weighs about 4.6 pounds, making it a bit on the thick and heavy side for an ultrabook, but generally pretty thin and light for a laptop.
The base model features a 1920 x 1080 pixel glossy touchscreen display, an Intel Core i5-4200U processor with Intel HD 4400 graphics, a 500GB hard drive, and 4GB of RAM. It comes with Ubuntu 13.10 64-bit preloaded.
System76 says the Darter UltraThin laptop should get about 5 hours of battery life from the 44.6Whr battery.
Other specs include 2 USB 3.0 ports, HDMI and Ethernet jacks, an SD card reader, a 1MP webcam, and mic and headphone jacks. You can also configure the laptop with options including a Core i7-4500U chip, up to 16GB of RAM, and between 120GB and 1TB of solid state storage.
The notebook ships with 802.11b/g/n WiFi and Bluetooth, but you can pay a bit extra if you need 802.11a or 802.11ac. And while the basic model comes with a 1 year warranty and a year of technical support, System76 offers warranty plans for up to 3 years — something which helps set this type of notebook apart from a Windows laptop you buy and install Ubuntu on all by your lonesome.
via OMG Ubuntu