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Power, style and what looks like a pretty good price too. KDE and Slimbook team up to announce the KDE Slimbook, powered by a beefy AMD Ryzen processor. They're not the first to announce a Linux laptop with a newer AMD Ryzen processor though, as we only just had TUXEDO announce their Pulse 15 too.

This isn't actually a brand new initiative either, KDE and Slimbook have actually been good partners for a few years now. This is the third generation, so hopefully together they've been able to craft something special and it certainly looks that way. If you're in the market for a new laptop with Linux, this could be what you need.

It's interesting to see multiple vendors announce AMD Ryzen lately. Not a surprise though, as historically you had to go Intel if you wanted the best performance but AMD have truly had a resurgence thanks to the Zen architecture and they're proving to be popular with all types of computing needs from compiling to gaming and more. The AMD Ryzen 4800H chip in the new KDE Slimbook III is certainly no slouch, in fact it's actually a pretty powerful CPU.

Tech specs:

Processor AMD Ryzen 4800H
8 CPU cores
7 GPU cores
16 threads
Screen size / Model 15.6" IPS FullHD display or 14" IPS FullHD display
1920x1080 (16:9)
SRGB 100%
60Hz
Storage SSD m.2 2280, NVME
Up to 2Tb SSD storage
250GB base config
RAM Up to 64Gb RAM (8 base config, 16, 32, 64 available)
3200 MHz RAM
Has 2 sockets, supports dual channel
Battery 47‑watt‑hour battery for 14"
92.6‑watt‑hour battery for 15.6"
Ports 3 USB slots
1 USB-C slot
HDMI
Ethernet (RJ45)
Intel Wifi 6 AX200 (max speed 2.4Gbps)
OS Choices Ubuntu, Kubuntu, KDE Neon, Ubuntu MATE, Manjaro, Linux Mint and more
Pricing Starts at:
€899 for 14"
€929 for 15.6"

Available to order now with shipping expected after 2-3 weeks assembly time, Slimbook appear to ship worldwide. You can also configure it with a few different keyboards including English UK, English US, Spanish, French and German. You can find the official announcement over on the KDE news post.

In related news Slimbook's other line, the PRO X is also getting AMD Ryzen so you're getting even more choice. Check out the Slimbook store if you're interested.

Over the last few years, we've definitely seen a small surge in the amount of vendors coming along to do Linux. We have System76, TUXEDO, Entroware, Laptop With Linux, Purism, Slimbook and more. We even have Lenovo adding Ubuntu to a bunch of theirs too. Great to see.

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7 comments

kit89 22 Jul
It looks like a nice laptop, but I can't find what the weight of the machine is. Being advertised as a SlimBook I can only imagine it's not heavy, their website is somewhat light on information.
Ehvis 22 Jul
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Quoting: kit89It looks like a nice laptop, but I can't find what the weight of the machine is. Being advertised as a SlimBook I can only imagine it's not heavy, their website is somewhat light on information.

The weight is there on the pages. Written in very big numbers

Seems very similar to the Pulse in both specs and pricing. Nice to have choice.

Edit: oh wait, technically a different model for the weight. Can't imagine it's much different though since the Pro X 15 looks pretty slim to me as well.


Last edited by Ehvis on 22 July 2020 at 10:36 am UTC
Liam Dawe 22 Jul
Quoting: kit89It looks like a nice laptop, but I can't find what the weight of the machine is. Being advertised as a SlimBook I can only imagine it's not heavy, their website is somewhat light on information.
1KG for Slimbook 14" and 1.5KG for the Slimbook 15.6" according to the spec.
Dedale 22 Jul
Quoting: Liam Dawe
Quoting: kit89It looks like a nice laptop, but I can't find what the weight of the machine is. Being advertised as a SlimBook I can only imagine it's not heavy, their website is somewhat light on information.
1KG for Slimbook 14" and 1.5KG for the Slimbook 15.6" according to the spec.

Oh nice ! My netbook weights 900 grams and i really like that. Cool for a student on a bicycle for example. Go figure i manage to still use that 32 bits netbook. It makes for a neat graphic calculator.

A modern rig for one kilogram sounds really cool provided it is reasonably sturdy for a nomad use.
kit89 22 Jul
Ah, found it! Cheers.
drlamb 22 Jul
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This is the most enticing Ryzen laptop I've seen yet and it's not even from a major manufacturer. It seems that all major manufacturers (in the USA at least) cut corners on their AMD models compared to their Intel counterparts.

  • All AMD
  • Metal
  • NVMe storage
  • Colour-Accurate screen
  • Upgradable Ram


If there was a thicker model with a discrete RX 5600M/5700M I'd be sold. The only laptop like that is the Dell G5 SE, a mostly plastic machine that runs rather hot.


Last edited by drlamb on 22 July 2020 at 1:25 pm UTC
Boldos 26 Jul
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Ummmm....
15" and no numpad??
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