Star Labs, maker of custom Linux hardware have revealed the Star LabTop Mk IV and it looks like quite the little powerhouse. They only currently offer two laptop models, with this new version replacing the LabTop Mk III.
With a price starting at £699, the Star LabTop Mk IV features a 13 inch 1080p ARC matte screen with Anti-Reflective Coating and it's built to take a few knocks without breaking too. It's also an IPS screen, so you should get some decent viewing angles on it. The rest of the specs sound good too!
No slouch on the processor either. Featuring 10th-generation Intel processors with Intel UHD graphics, this little 13 inch laptop can be damn useful for a lot of things, including some light gaming and streaming. The standard it comes with is a 2.1GHz dual-core Intel® Core® i3-10110u but it can be configured with a 1.1GHz hexa-core Intel® Core® i7-10710u.
For storage it comes with an 'Over Provisioned Star Drive' 240GB SSD as standard configurable up to 1920GB, with a sequential read speed of up to 3400MB/s. They say this extra capacity with the over-provisioning gives it a performance boost to help the SSD controller during read and write tasks.
It also comes with 16GB of 2400MHz LPDDR4 onboard memory, a Glass trackpad for precise cursor control and Multi-Touch gestures, Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201, Bluetooth 5.1 and a 720p webcam. As for the battery they say it's a '45.6-watt-hour' lithium-polymer battery that can give about 7 hours life with a 65w USB-C Power Adapter.
They might not perhaps be as big as US-based System76, but the UK-based Star Labs appear to be doing well. Unlike many other suppliers, they're not a Clevo reseller. According to their info, they started with Clevo initially and then in 2018 started building their own. Hopefully they will continue building interesting hardware with great Linux support.
Star Labs are taking pre-orders for it now, with shipping expected in July. They've currently tested and built it working with Ubuntu 20.04 LTS and Manjaro 20.0. See more about it here.