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System76 reveal the true monster desktop-class laptop 'Bonobo WS'

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Need a desktop PC crammed into a laptop powered by Linux? Linux hardware and Pop!_OS distribution maker System76 have you covered, with the reveal of their new absolute behemoth the Bonobo WS.

What can you expect from it? You get the latest 10th generation Intel Core i5, i7, or the mighty i9 processors. You can pair it up with a top-end memory capacity of 128GB so you can make it handle pretty much anything you throw at it. System76 said the NVMe M.2 storage takes advantage of the PCI lanes, resulting in fast load times and a fluid OS experience. If there’s a need for larger files, up to 3 separate drives totaling in 24TB in NVMe storage will handle the load.

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It's no slouch on the GPU side either with options including an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060, 2070 Super or the massive 2080 Super. You're going to need that power though, as you're able to equip it with a gorgeous and big 4k 17.3" matte display. All that power, which you can carry around with you, absolute madness. It's not really targeting gamers though:

"We’re excited for the possibilities that the Bonobo WS opens up for anyone who needs a portable Machine Learning tool," says Carl Richell, Founder and CEO. "The ultra-powerful CPU and GPU options when paired with the vast amount of NVMe storage make this a desktop-performance computer in laptop form."

That said, there's nothing stopping you using this as a movable power-house of Linux gaming. With those specifications, you should be able to get a huge amount of gaming done with it. What's also exciting is that System76 are continuing their push for open source too, with the Bonobo WS launching with System76 Open Firmware and the System76 Embedded Controller Firmware. This should give you speedy power and boot times and they give "code-level access" to low level functionality for things like keyboard, fans and battery.

Some tech specs for you to drool over:

Operating System

Pop!_OS 20.04 LTS (64-bit) or Ubuntu 20.04 LTS (64-bit)


System76 Open Firmware (coreboot, EDK2, System76 Firmware Apps)

System76 Open Source Embedded Controller Firmware


10th Gen Intel® Core i5-10600k: 4.10 up to 4.8 GHz - 12MB Cache - 6 Cores - 12 Threads

10th Gen Intel® Core i7-10700k: 3.8 up to 5.1 GHz - 16MB Cache - 8 Cores - 16 Threads

10th Gen Intel® Core i9-10900k: 3.7 up to 5.3 GHz - 20MB Cache - 10 Cores - 20 Threads


17.3” 144Hz Full HD (1920x1080) Matte Display

17.3” 4K UHD (3840x2160) Matte Display


NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060, RTX 2070 SUPER, or RTX 2080 SUPER


Up to 128 GB of 3200MHz quad-channel DDR4
16GB DDR4 as standard


4 x M.2 (2 x PCIe/SATA + 1 x PCIe + 1 x SATA), Up to 26 TB total
240GB M.2 SSD as standard


1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 / Thunderbolt™ 3 Port (Type-C), 3 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 (Type-A), MicroSD Card Reader


Multitouch Touchpad, N-Key Rollover RGB Per Key Illuminated Chiclet US QWERTY Keyboard


Gigabit Ethernet, Intel® Dual Band Wi-Fi 6 AX + Bluetooth

Video Ports

1 x HDMI (w/HDCP), 2 x Mini DisplayPort (1.4), 1 x DisplayPort (1.4) over USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C


8.38 lbs (3.80 kg) - Base weight. Varies on configuration.

You can find the Bonobo WS here. System76 told us it will be available today as part of their "Launch into Learning" sale with $100 off the base price which starts at a hefty $2,399.

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Shmerl 20 Aug
Is it from Clevo? I've heard lack of AMD laptops is due to actual ODMs lagging behind with making them. Though support for Coreboot would be another issue for System76.

Last edited by Shmerl on 20 August 2020 at 4:23 pm UTC
Linuxer 20 Aug
The only thing making me NOT want this monster: NVIDIA!
Dedale 20 Aug
Interesting choice of animal for a name.
pete910 20 Aug
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Quoting: LinuxerThe only thing making me NOT want this monster: NVIDIA!

Second thing for me is Intel.
Swiftpaw 20 Aug
Quoting: DedaleInteresting choice of animal for a name.

Viva la sexual revolution! Freedom for all to share love with everyone!

Also I immediately thought "Bonobo Water Sports" X3
Alm888 20 Aug
QuoteNeed a desktop PC crammed into a laptop powered by Linux?
No. I prefer my desktop PC to be shaped like itself. :)

What I need is lightweight 10" netbook.
Kimyrielle 20 Aug
Is it still a "laptop" when its weight has a chance to crush your legs when putting it on your lap?
Appelsin 21 Aug
16:9 screen ratio

Sticking to my Linux powered Macbook, tyvm :)

*yes, the MBP also have an Intel, but it's 5 years old, so I'll excuse it.

Last edited by Appelsin on 21 August 2020 at 6:09 am UTC
Tuxee 21 Aug
Built myself a rather compact barebone system with a dual slot AMD GPU and CPU, SFX power supply. It's about as portable as this behemoth - in fact it's actually even lighter (and yes it comes without display, but still 4 kilos plus excluding PSU...)
Kyrottimus 21 Aug
Seems well built, though I get the feeling System76 may have engineered themselves into the corner with ONLY offering Intel CPUs and Nvidia GPUs.

If I'm going to buy myself a roided out lapbreaker like that, it better have a beefy AMD Ryzen in it as well as AMD graphics (stand alone, preferably).
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