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Need a new PC? Slimbook have a pretty fancy and sleek looking compact mini-PC called the Slimbook One powered by an AMD RYZEN 7 4800H and AMD Radeon Graphics Vega 7. Since it's coming from Slimbook, you can expect full Linux support and you can buy it with Linux pre-installed.

Maybe this is the One for you?

Coming in at €599 EUR for the base model, for such a compact unit sporting a good AMD processor the price is actually pretty reasonable. Looking around, there's models out there that are more expensive with a weaker processor, so they seem to have a good price-point on it.

On the front it sports two USB 2.0 ports, along with the Power LED plus a Power Button. On the back you're getting 2 x USB 2.0 ports, 2 x USB 3.0 ports, Ethernet, audio out and microphone input, USB-C, HDMI, DC Power, DisplayPort and a Wireless Antenna. For a tiny box, it stacks together quite a bit.

Tech Specs:

CPU

AMD Ryzen 7 4800H

RAM

2 SODIMM slots for up to 64GB DDR4@3200Mhz
8GB Base Model

Storage

SSD M.2 NVMe 250GB, 500GB, 1TB or 2TB
250GB Base Model
Space for a second drive

Graphics

AMD Radeon™ Graphics Vega 7
1600 MHz
Compatible with kernels > 5.5

USB

2 x USB 3.0
4 x USB 2.0
1x USB Type C with video out support (DisplayPort)

Video Ports 

1 x HDMI
1 x DisplayPort
1 x USB Type C

OS

Linux, Windows or Dual Boot

Exterior Material

Aluminum

Wireless LAN

WIFI 6: Intel AX200

Bluetooth

Bluetooth 5.0

Red RJ45

10/100/1000 Mb

Audio

3.5mm output and input jacks

Size

19.7cm x 19.7cm x 5cm

You can pick between Ubuntu (and derivates like Kubuntu and Ubuntu MATE), Linux Mint, Manjaro, KDE neon, Fedora and there's options for a dual-boot with Windows 10 to if that is an essential for you.

Check out the One on the Slimbook website.

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Pit 27 May, 2021
Quoting: stanSo you both have no idea what you are talking about. Great.

Then better you explain what you're mumbling about.
I opted in particular for a unit with both 2 and 3 versions of USB, as there are USB2 devices that dislike being on USB3 shared with other USB3 devices.
doomwarriorx 27 May, 2021
Quoting: Pit
Quoting: stanSo you both have no idea what you are talking about. Great.

Then better you explain what you're mumbling about.
I opted in particular for a unit with both 2 and 3 versions of USB, as there are USB2 devices that dislike being on USB3 shared with other USB3 devices.

Even worst than that - he has no idea what he is talking about. The amount of USB ports is limited by the Chipset. If they use a A320 chip only one 3.2 Gen 1 and two Gen 2 are possible without an additional USB-PCIe-bridge (i doubt a USB-PCI-PCIe bridge is possible with USB3). Because this is a 4800H it is not unreasonable that they even use a chipset without a single USB3.2 like X300. It is not documented but I would expect Slimbook uses a 560 chipset.
See:
https://www.amd.com/de/products/chipsets-am4
furaxhornyx 27 May, 2021
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Quoting: stanWhy do they insist on putting USB 2 ports on computers? It’s so annoying, I never know if I am plugging into a USB 2 or 3 port. Is USB 3 so much more expensive?

Some peripherals will not work well on a USB 3 port ; especially, some, older, USB 1 peripherals, that will not be detected on USB 3 ports most of the time.
mirv 27 May, 2021
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Quoting: LoftyId wait for the RDNA Ryzen APU to come out unless you are in desperate need of a SFF PC as that should be a significant performance boost.

As for their website it claims that the AMD RYZEN 7 4800H is 57% faster than the new Apple M1 ..
When clicking on the source of the claim that website the comparison is between an Intel CPU vs AMD.
When Linux gets good on the M1 or even in future on the M2, i would choose one of those over an X86 for a small form factor system as your not going to be AAA gaming or VR gaming on them anyway and the power usage is so much lower.

Im hoping that the next Raspberry Pi or Rockchip boards are enough of a boost to run a full PC desktop, they are close right now just a little bit more performance and then i can use a dedicated machine/console/streaming just for gaming.

The M1 likely won't be available outside of Apple devices, so I don't see them getting into generic small form factor system. Likely another company might have to take up the slack.

Raspberry Pi4 hardware is strong enough for quite a lot of things, but for anything other than light gaming they would need some more serious GPU hardware. Then there's the matter of finding games for arm platforms, but that will depend on which games you'd like to run. Streaming is already fine - or would be, if the software took proper advantage of the existing hardware.
Lofty 27 May, 2021
Quoting: mirvThe M1 likely won't be available outside of Apple devices, so I don't see them getting into generic small form factor system. Likely another company might have to take up the slack.

True, i was more thinking about buying one and running Linux on it. Well more likely an M2 that is. Ubuntu already can run on the M1 afaik.

QuoteRaspberry Pi4 hardware is strong enough for quite a lot of things, but for anything other than light gaming they would need some more serious GPU hardware. Then there's the matter of finding games for arm platforms, but that will depend on which games you'd like to run. Streaming is already fine - or would be, if the software took proper advantage of the existing hardware.

Also true, which is why I alluded to running a dedicated machine just for gaming/streaming and a separate ultra-low power 'box' for all other desktop stuff. Which for me is just the typical browsing,music,retro gaming stuff. id just make sure my next monitor has a built in KVM to swap between the two.

(although, it will be interesting to see if AMD bring a big/little core design in future where by for the casual stuff two low power cores are used. this might mean i would not use the Pi for that purpose)


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Interknet 28 May, 2021
Seems similarly spec'd to a Lenovo M75q Gen 2, which the best model sports a 4750GE (which aren't being shipped yet cause covid afaik). Not sure how much of a difference it is in performance, and it's probably around the same price (again, if it were available).

One thing about this though with Slimbook's One, it comes with Linux which is pretty cool to see alongside such a price tag.

I've been eyeing up the M75q gen 2 for a while but not really needing it, but if I were to buy either I'd probably pick Lenovo, just because of the colour and familiarity with the type of chassis it uses.

However if it was going to be a main PC (4800H is quite capable in games, but less so for modern titles depending on if you care about high graphic settings), then Slimbook's One would be a VERY solid choice for the price tag. Heck, I almost want that now having typed all this...
14 30 May, 2021
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That's a nice, little box. Others I've seen over the years are not so attractive due to price, but this guy is a lot more appetizing.
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