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Linux vendor System76 releases the Pangolin, a full AMD laptop

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Ready for an all-AMD solution to your hardware problems? Not long after announcing their new Thelio Mira desktop, System76 believe they hold the AMD answer with the new Pangolin. The first System76 laptop that comes with both an AMD CPU and AMD graphics, along with it also being their first AMD CPU powered laptop in the line designed specifically for "everyday computing". This is the same unit they teased out late last year, with it now becoming available.

"Our customers have long been asking for a lightweight, versatile laptop fully powered by AMD," says Sam Mondlick, VP of Sales. "We believe the Pangolin answers this demand with its sleek lightweight design and easily upgradable components. It’s definitely a fantastic addition to our line."

Operating System

Pop!_OS 20.10 (64-bit), Pop!_OS 20.04 LTS (64-bit), or Ubuntu 20.04 LTS (64-bit)

Processor

AMD Ryzen™ 5 4500U: 2.3 up to 4.0 GHz - 6 Cores - 6 Threads

AMD Ryzen™ 7 4700U: 2.0 up to 4.1 GHz - 8 Cores - 8 Threads

Display

15.6″ 1920×1080 FHD, Matte Finish

Graphics

AMD Radeon™ Graphics

Memory

Up to 64 GB DDR4 @ 3200 MHz

Storage

1 x M.2 SSD. Up to 8TB total.

Expansion

1× USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A, 1 × USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C, 2× USB 2.0 Type-A, MicroSD Card Reader

Input

Multitouch Clickpad, Multi-Color Backlit US QWERTY Keyboard

Networking

Gigabit Ethernet, Intel® Dual Band Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5

Video Ports

HDMI(w/HDCP)

Audio

Stereo Speakers, 1× Headphone/Microphone Combo

Camera

1.0M 720p HD Webcam

Security

Kensington® Lock

Battery

Li-Ion - 49 Wh

Charger

65 W, AC-in 100–240 V, 50–60 Hz

Dimensions

14.19″ × 9.42″ × 0.78″ (36.0 × 23.9 × 1.99 cm)

Weight

3.65 lbs (1.65kg)

This is the lightest 15" laptop that System76 has available, and since they're a Linux vendor you can expect obviously top-class support for your favourite operating system. System76 have their own Linux distribution with Pop!_OS, so you get plenty of enhancements out of the box like their seriously cool auto-tiling window system.

Not only is it one of their lightest, it's also now their cheapest. Pricing starts at $849, but price all depends on how you configure it. Swapping to the more powerful processor alone has the price jump to $1,048.

Check out the System76 Pangolin.

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micha 16 Mar
"AMD Radeon™ Graphics" sounds badly generic somehow.
So maybe this is a good place to enquire; I'm a Linux enthusiast living in the United States and I have an ancient gaming laptop that I just as a software lab machine for development that I'm thinking of upgrading. I'm looking for a 17 inch laptop with a dedicated AMD gpu to take advantage of those open source drivers; I'm shocked by the lack of options. I see an MSI that fits my profile but the reviews say the fans are loud(I have a pet that may be a problem for). There aren't that many laptops out there with dedicated AMD gpus.
Quoting: micha"AMD Radeon™ Graphics" sounds badly generic somehow.

Totally, I'm sure it's fine for desktop use but as someone who plays games I don't think it's for me.
Hamish 16 Mar
I am assuming they mean RX Vega graphics.

Does System76 solder in the RAM like Lenovo does now? Because that just horrifies me.

EDIT: Nope, RAM is fully upgradeable with two DDR4 slots. Sounds great.


Last edited by Hamish on 16 March 2021 at 11:03 pm UTC
sgtnasty369 17 Mar
Does anyone know if its easy to replace/swap out the M.2 SSD? Are there extra bays for more cards?
lectrode 17 Mar
Quoting: HamishI am assuming they mean RX Vega graphics.

This laptop does not have discrete graphics - only integrated. Whatever comes in the CPU is what you get.

Not a bad device. Bit pricey, but could be worth it for fully supported hardware and firmware updates.

Personally, I'm still waiting for them to have a keyboard with a trackpoint. I can't stand using touchpads.
Hamish 17 Mar
Quoting: lectrode
Quoting: HamishI am assuming they mean RX Vega graphics.
This laptop does not have discrete graphics - only integrated. Whatever comes in the CPU is what you get.
So yeah, RX Vega graphics like I said.


Last edited by Hamish on 17 March 2021 at 1:14 am UTC
hm11 17 Mar
I really like that they seperated the boards, it makes for more possibilities.. I would have been more impressed with something like an extra pcie slot for like a 2243 m2 drive since this looks like it only supports one storage option. I also dont like the small whr battery i think they could have gone with a more potent one just to make the laptop last longer. I wonder how is the build quality, unfortunetly ive been spoiled by thinkpads in this department... but i cant say its a bad thing though, specially for a laptop which would be subject to beatings lol, The laptop looks quite similar to some of their other laptops but idk..lets see what happens I'm keeping an eye for some reviews.. hopefully.
Audi 17 Mar
Quoting: sgtnasty369Does anyone know if its easy to replace/swap out the M.2 SSD? Are there extra bays for more cards?

Yes. System76 actually shows an open picture of it, and says how easy it is to access the common internals to replace if desired.

QuoteThe Pangolin leaves you budget to spare on upgrades—now or in the future. Our laptops’ guts are fully accessible! Equip your AMD-powered laptop with up to 64GB of RAM and up to 2TB of NVMe storage.
Shmerl 17 Mar
Is it using Coreboot or some other open firmware?
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