Bringing back something of a fan favourite, hardware vendor and Linux distribution maker System76 have announced the brand new Galago Pro.
"The Galago Pro has always been a fan favorite of our laptop offerings," says Carl Richell, Founder and CEO. "The extremely light chassis and well balanced mix of components, all for a very good price, make the Galago an all around excellent computer choice for gamers and engineers alike."
Much like other recent hardware from System76, the new Galago Pro comes with System76 Open Firmware and the System76 Embedded Controller Firmware. This means you get a more FOSS-friendly unit, along with fast boot times and "code-level access over important functionality such as the keyboard, fans, and battery".
Check out some fancy specifications:
Pop!_OS 20.10 (64-bit), Pop!_OS 20.04 LTS (64-bit), or Ubuntu 20.04 LTS (64-bit)
11th Gen Intel® Core i5-1135G7: 2.4 up to 4.2 GHz - 8MB Cache - 4 Cores - 8 Threads
11th Gen Intel® Core i7-1165G7: 2.8 up to 4.7 GHz - 12MB Cache - 4 Cores - 8 Threads
14.1″ 1920×1080 FHD, Matte Finish
Intel® Iris Xe Graphics, Optional NVIDIA GTX 1650
Up to 64GB dual-channel DDR4 @ 3200MHz
1 × M.2 PCIe Gen4 NVMe. Up to 2TB total.
1 × USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C / Thunderbolt™ 4, 1 × USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C, 2 × USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A, MicroSD Card Reader
Multitouch Touchpad, Backlit Chiclet US QWERTY Keyboard
Gigabit Ethernet, Intel® Dual Band Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5
HDMI, USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C w/ DisplayPort 1.2
Stereo Speakers, 1× Headphone/Microphone Combo
1.0M 720p HD Webcam
Disabled ME, Kensington® Lock
Li-Ion - 49 Wh
Dependent on Graphics:
Intel Graphics: 65 Watts, AC-in 100~240V, 50~60Hz, DC-out 19V, 3.42A
GTX 1650: 90 Watts, AC-in 100~240V, 50~60Hz, DC-out 19V, 4.74A
12.79″ × 8.86″ × 0.69″ (32.49 × 2.50 × 1.75cm)
3.1 lbs (1.41kg)
Base weight. Varies on configuration.
Sounds like it's actually quite a nice little unit and with a good amount of horsepower backing it up too. Unlike a lot of offerings, it's not super expensive either with a minimum $999 price tag. However, the initial RAM only being 8GB for that price is a bit of a sore spot, it's about time we had 16GB as a minimum because 8GB really doesn't last long. Apart from that though for a thoroughly well supported Linux laptop with modern specifications it's quite reasonable and System76 are a company well worth supporting.
Writing on Twitter, System76 CEO Carl Richell mentioned "An interesting side-note for the new Galago: we’re able to yield higher watts and performance thanks to a cooling system that’s over-sized compared to most Intel 11th gen U class products." which sounds great.
System76 mentioned that the builds with an NVIDIA GPU aren't going to be ready until December (Intel Xe is fine) but you can still order them ready now.
You can buy it here.