The System76 Lemur Pro is a thin and light Linux laptop that ships with either Ubuntu or Pop!_OS software, weighs just 2.54 pounds, and measures just 0.65 inches thick. But despite its compact size, it has a reasonably high capacity 73 Wh battery.
System76 has been selling Lemur Pro models for a few years, but now the company has launched a new model powered by 13th-gen Intel Core chips. It’s available now for $1149 and up.
The starting price gets you a laptop with an Intel Core i5-1335U processor, 8GB of DDR5-4800 memory, and a 250GB PCIe Gen 3 SSD. But you can pay extra for:
- Up to a Core i7-1355U processor
- Up to 40GB of memory
- Up to 4TB of PCIe Gen 4 storage + 4TB of PCIe Gen 3 storage
All versions of the laptop feature a 14.1 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel non-touch display with a matte finish, a backlit keyboard, stereo speakers, a 1080p webcam, and a set of ports that includes:
- 1 x Thunderbolt 4
- 1 x HDMI
- 1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A
- 1 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A
- 1 x 3.5mm audio jack
- 1 x microSD card reader
The laptop comes with a 65W USB Type-C charger and the Lemur Pro has a wireless card with support for WiFi 6E and Bluetooth 5.3.
If the $1149 starting price seems a little high, System76 does offer a slightly cheaper option: you can pick up last year’s model for $1,099 and up. It’s nearly identical in most respects, but the previous-gen model ships with a choice of Intel Core i5-1235U or Core i7-1255U processors rather than 13th-gen chips and features DDR4-3200 memory instead of DDR5-4800 RAM.
I hope System76 becomes more successful. Maybe then they can take risks in experimenting with more niche form factors like UMPC clam shells.
The only company serving this niche is GPD (primarily targeting gaming) but their Linux support isn’t great despite them advertising it: sleep/wake issues, volume buttons not working, BIOS updates can break things (for Windows too) and various other issues.
They even market their GPD OS which is slightly modified Manjaro (similar to the older tweaked Ubuntu MATE images).
Before they go that niche, I’d like to see them give a laptop a 360 degree hinge. I say “before” mostly because anyone who wants a laptop can use a laptop with a 360 degree hinge, and currently, no one is making a linux-focused laptop with one, so that would just expand their current niche.
What about a detachable?
A. there are other linux tablets, not many but some, and B. I like being able to type with the computer sitting on my lap.
What you said makes the most sense.
Given that System76 is highly unlikely to offer anything cheap so might as well cover all the possible use-case scenarios.
Cosmic is already looking more aesthetically pleasing than Gnome. It is as if Budgie and Nobara had a baby with the intolerant Gnome and is suddenly ok with allowing more flexibility with extensions that hopefully won’t break with every update.
It’s one thing to list things from a spec sheet, it’s another to actually use the device. We need to remember who will be using this device and for what purpose!
If you want Apps and general use, an iPad Pro is going to be superior. It is more portable, lasts longer, looks better, the works.
If you want to play Video Games, then it’ll be running Windows 10/11 OS. Sure there’s SteamOS, Proton, and Lutris, but they’re meh. I can admit that as a Linux fan because it’s the truth.
So that leaves out the other segment: working.
Here it’s mostly dominated by Lenovo ThinkPad devices, most can run Linux. So that’s likely to be the target. Linux developers usually don’t use laptops, they stay home, have multi-monitor setup and use a Full Desktop Tower. It will be a very constricted niche adapting to Linux Developers who are on-the-go. But that seems to be what System76 is doing here, and I don’t think they’re wrong.
But I don’t think they’re right either. They should rock the boat, think outside the box, or get their hands dirty. That means making devices people don’t ask for, in the hopes that you make something that people do ask for. In that case, I would make the most User Friendly interface known to man, put that into a good Laptop, that transforms into a Desktop PC at home, and cross my fingers.
I agree with you but Apple is still kind of gross monstrosity. I’d rather have a fraction of the functionality than have to deal with Microsoft or Apple.
A System76 tablet could potentially be a good Wacom replacement with Foss apps like Krita on a 14in, but no smaller. Linux has a lot to offer.
As someone who has been gaming on System76 for the last 4 years, I am not sure what you are talking about vis a vis games. That gap was closed some time back.
As a NLE video person, Resolve gets it done. The only gap in my workflow currently is a general manager for photos and associated metadata. I think there was something on OS X called Mylio or something like that.
Waiting for the Bonobo refresh, but might make do for 3-4 years with the Oryx Pro until S76 gets their home-grown laptops moving.
They should make a cheap14in touch tablet option for people who want to try Cosmic Poop Os on System 76 compatible hardware. Until then hard pass on Poop!os.
And don’t forget it comes with coreboot and a nixed Intel ME. I just wish it came with a dipswitch to make the BIOS read only for increased security, like purism does. Too bad I’ve read MANY bad things about purism.
Come on System76, if you’re reading this, please release a laptop with a BIOS dipswitch to make it read-only. Some of us care about security!
I’m with you. Currently, laptops from System76 are modified versions of hardware from Clevo and other manufacturers. Going forward, System76 plans to introduce their own laptops, designed and built in-house. Who knows—perhaps they’ll include hardware kill switches.
Title check: I think you mean 2.5 pound, not inch 🙂