TUXEDO Computers continue to push out new and more powerful hardware, with their focus on the Linux market. Today, they announced two laptops with a choice of CPU vendor. Yes, that's right. Two new models and both let you pick between Intel and AMD for the CPU. Giving you more choice is always good! However, it's only NVIDIA for the GPU.
Available to order now, with stock expected later next month they've launched TUXEDO Polaris 15 and TUXEDO 17, with the main obvious difference being the screen sizes. Other than that, the rest of the specifications are mostly the same. The Polaris 15 starts with a 60hz screen but the Polaris 17 can only come with 144Hz - both screens are 1080p mat (so less glare) and IPS.
Here's some of the specs, split between the two where needed.
IPS mat 15,6" 1920 x 1080 60Hz, up to 144Hz
IPS mat 17,3" 1920 x 1080 144Hz
|Processor + GPU||
AMD Ryzen 5 4600H | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti
AMD Ryzen 5 4600H | NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Polaris 15 only)
AMD Ryzen 7 4800H | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti
AMD Ryzen 7 4800H | NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060
Intel Core i7-10750H | NVIDIA GeForce RTX 1650Ti (Polaris 17 only)
Intel Core i7-10750H | NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060
8 GB (1x 8GB) 2666MHz Samsung
Up to 64 GB (2x 32GB) 3200MHz CL22 Samsung
250 GB Samsung 860 EVO (M.2 SATAIII)
Up to 2000 GB Samsung 970 EVO Plus (NVMe PCIe)
+ Space and options for a second drive
|Ports (both)||1x USB 3.2 Gen1 Typ-C (DisplayPort: no; Power Delivery: no)
2x USB 3.2 Gen1 Typ-A
1x USB 2.0 Typ-A
2x Mini DisplayPort 1.4 (G-SYNC), 1x HDMI 2.0 (HDCP 2.2)
1x Gigabit LAN/network RJ45
1x Card reader (SD/SDHC/SDXC)
I think they're doing a lot of things right, but it seems too many hardware vendors are stuck into having 8GB RAM as the standard and TUXEDO have done it again here. Games are sucking up more and more RAM, and for the types of games you're going to want the CPU/GPU combo power offered here, going for less than 16GB RAM is a bit crazy. So keep that in mind. Definitely go for higher RAM. Other than that, they seem like ideal Linux machines for gaming on the go be it a train, coach or in bed.
As standard, they come with TUXEDO_OS 20.04 LTS 64Bit. This is their tweaked Linux distribution based on Ubuntu with the Budgie desktop environment.
The Polaris 15 starts at €1,124.45 and the Polaris 17 starts at €1,174.45.
Find out more in their press release.