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Ready to drool over new Linux hardware? Star Labs are ready for you to open your wallets to the 14" StarBook Mk V. Now this is the type of laptop model I can get into. A screen that's not too big, a sleek chasis and a reasonable price backed up by some powerful internals along with it being designed for Linux.

With the new StarBook Mk V, you get quite a lot more choice too. When it comes to the BIOS, they're now letting you choose between AMI (American Megatrends Inc.) Aptio V and the open source Coreboot. Not only that, you can switch between them any time you want.

A nice matte screen as standard too with the 14-inch ARC display, with anti-reflective coating that should provide a good experience whever you are. Star Labs say it comes with a hard coating to prevent damage too.

Some of the specifications on offer:

Chassis Type II matte black anodised aluminium
   
Display 14-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit matte display with IPS technology
1920x1080 resolution at 157 pixels per inch
16:9 aspect ratio
Processor

2.4GHz dual-core Intel® Core® i3-1110G4
Turbo Boost up to 4.1GHz, with 6MB Cache

Configurable to:
2.8GHz quad-core Intel® Core® i7-1165G7
Turbo Boost up to 4.7GHz, with 12MB Cache

Storage

240GB Over-Provisioned SATA SSD

Configurable to:
480GB Over-Provisioned PCIe SSD

Configurable to:
960GB Over-Provisioned PCIe SSD

Configurable to:
1920GB Over-Provisioned PCIe SSD

Configurable to:
500GB Over-Provisioned Gen4 PCIe SSD

Configurable to:
1000GB Over-Provisioned Gen4 PCIe SSD

RAM

8GB of 3200MHz DDR4 memory

Configurable to: 64GB of 3200MHz DDR4 memory

Graphics

Intel® UHD G4 Graphics

Intel® Iris® Xe Graphics

When it comes to operating systems you get a lot choice there too between: Ubuntu 20.04.2 LTS (64-bit) or later, elementary OS 5.1.7 (64-bit) or later, Linux Mint 20.1 (64-bit) or later, Manjaro 21.0 (64-bit) or later, MX Linux AHS 19.3 (64-bit) or later, Zorin OS 15.2 (64-bit) or later and even Windows.

Available from £777.00. Check out the official page to find out more and order.

While it has technically launched, it's currently in production, which may be delayed due to component shortages worldwide right now. They offer a 5% discount if you order a laptop that's in production and not yet ready.

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M@GOid 5 May
I hadn't heard about ElementaryOS for a while. I go check them out and I discover they are behind a paywall now. So is not surprising that they disappeared from the news lately.
libgradev 5 May
Quoting: M@GOidI hadn't heard about ElementaryOS for a while. I go check them out and I discover they are behind a paywall now. So is not surprising that they disappeared from the news lately.

You can click Custom and enter zero: the Purchase button changes to Download...
iiari 5 May
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Bummer, 16:9 screen... I can't go back to it after having had many years of 3:2 laptop screens. I think the only vertically larger native option are the Lenovo Thinkpads and the Dells....
minkiu 5 May
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I wonder why Star Labs don't do any AMD laptops? This same machine with an AMD could sell cheaper (I believe) and to me it would be more appealing. Also maybe get rid of that 2.0 USB and add another USB-C Thunderbolt 4 :D
pageround 5 May
What's the gaming like on the Xe graphics?
Quoting: pageroundWhat's the gaming like on the Xe graphics?
It should be on par with currently competing Vega graphics. On AMD you get up to eight cores with a comparable power envelope though…
Dorrit 5 May
Quoting: iiariBummer, 16:9 screen...
Quite
16:9 has no place in smaller screens. 3:2 or 16:10 all the way.
Even in larger monitors 16:10 is much superior to 16:9.


Last edited by Dorrit on 5 May 2021 at 3:58 pm UTC
Quoting: iiariBummer, 16:9 screen... I can't go back to it after having had many years of 3:2 laptop screens. I think the only vertically larger native option are the Lenovo Thinkpads and the Dells....
That gives me a bizarro-world idea. So, for a lot of things you want to read/look at on a computer screen, you actually would want it to be taller than it is wide. Part of the reason they go with wider-than-tall is tradition dating back from TVs, and on laptops part is that they have to match the bottom half, with keyboard layouts having natural reasons to be wider than they are tall, at least if you're doing any fast touch-typing.
But how about a laptop design with a screen whose primary orientation was vertical? I can think of a few ways to manage it:
1. Strange keyboard layout. The screen simply hinges on a short side, and you have a keyboard that's laid out much more vertically. Not going to be winning any typing competitions, but if you're OK with that you've got this tall screen.
2. Screen opens on the short side, but has a narrow attachment to the base which you can slide around the edge to the middle of the long side, where it locks again and has contacts to power and so forth. You have a normally oriented keyboard with an odd looking vertical screen rising from it; to close it properly you slide it around again (because if you just folded it down from where it is the screen rectangle would be at right angles to the keyboard rectangle). Finicky, probably not durable.
3. Screen is detachable, basically a tablet, which you can have vertical or horizontal. But there's attachment points/clamps so that it will stand up, and be charged when attached to the keyboard.
4. Screen is attached on the long side, but it's actually attached to a hinged arm, not directly to the bottom half. So you open the laptop and it's a normal screen, but you can slide it up the arm and then pivot it vertical. The result is slightly "lumpy" when it's closed because you have this arm running down the back of the screen, but you could make the thing pretty flat.


Last edited by Purple Library Guy on 5 May 2021 at 5:04 pm UTC
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Quoting: Dorrit
Quoting: iiariBummer, 16:9 screen...
Quite
16:9 has no place in smaller screens. 3:2 or 16:10 all the way.
Even in larger monitors 16:10 is much superior to 16:9.
I quite like my 32:10. Just wish more games supported it.
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Quoting: Purple Library Guy
Quoting: iiariBummer, 16:9 screen... I can't go back to it after having had many years of 3:2 laptop screens. I think the only vertically larger native option are the Lenovo Thinkpads and the Dells....
That gives me a bizarro-world idea. So, for a lot of things you want to read/look at on a computer screen, you actually would want it to be taller than it is wide. Part of the reason they go with wider-than-tall is tradition dating back from TVs, and on laptops part is that they have to match the bottom half, with keyboard layouts having natural reasons to be wider than they are tall, at least if you're doing any fast touch-typing.
But how about a laptop design with a screen whose primary orientation was vertical? I can think of a few ways to manage it:
1. Strange keyboard layout. The screen simply hinges on a short side, and you have a keyboard that's laid out much more vertically. Not going to be winning any typing competitions, but if you're OK with that you've got this tall screen.
2. Screen opens on the short side, but has a narrow attachment to the base which you can slide around the edge to the middle of the long side, where it locks again and has contacts to power and so forth. You have a normally oriented keyboard with an odd looking vertical screen rising from it; to close it properly you slide it around again (because if you just folded it down from where it is the screen rectangle would be at right angles to the keyboard rectangle). Finicky, probably not durable.
3. Screen is detachable, basically a tablet, which you can have vertical or horizontal. But there's attachment points/clamps so that it will stand up, and be charged when attached to the keyboard.
4. Screen is attached on the long side, but it's actually attached to a hinged arm, not directly to the bottom half. So you open the laptop and it's a normal screen, but you can slide it up the arm and then pivot it vertical. The result is slightly "lumpy" when it's closed because you have this arm running down the back of the screen, but you could make the thing pretty flat.
Here is the thing that bugs me...
So the movie industry and others all 'plot' to do away with 4:3 displays, or 5:4. Which we that are picky KNOW are better for actual work, as 16:9 is really only good for movie consumption. And even then, more and more movies do things like use 2.35:1, or you know Snyder doing 4:3 again... coders usually enjoy turning their monitors so they are 9:16.
Yet, someone, somewhere decided we should ditch optical drives on our computers, and forcing us to stream instead (via whatever methods, legal or not) so buying physical media is waning and they can get us on subscriptions... sorry, rambled a bit..

Anyhow, web sites, and documents in general usually have a specific margin and characters per line count which basically wastes space on wide screen displays. Basically, if you eliminate movie consumption (and video games in a sense, they also can be better with more horizontal space) then rea)y computer monitors should be taller, not wider.

Anyhkw, end of rant. These laptops look nice.
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