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System76 reveal their new and improved Thelio desktop design

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Linux hardware vendor and Pop!_OS distro maker System76 have today revealed their brand new Thelio desktop design, and I must admit I continue to be jealous and feel like I just need to own this case.

There's multiple different versions of the Thelio with this new redesign so far (according to their press info) only available for the Thelio, Thelio Mira and Thelio Major. So what's new? They've replaced the whole wood veneer that wrapped around the chassis with a slimmer and sleeker accent panel. It gives the Thelio a refreshed standout look.

The inspiration for the design came from a peculiar place. "I was waiting in line for a COVID test," says Carl Richell, CEO of System76, "and I was staring at the wood trim in my car, wondering how long it would all take. I stared hard enough to the point where I started thinking about the wood-to-metal ratio, and how modern the design felt with only a little bit of wood." With the wood-to-metal ratio leaning more metal, a second etching of the Rocky Mountains has been added on the new metal side-panel.

We also have a fancy little commercial to go with the launch, which System76 say "shows how multifaceted the Linux community is"

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System76 also provided a couple of quick B-roll videos which I spliced together to give you another look at it:

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Check it all out on the System76 store.

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rcrit 20 Sep
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The case looks pretty but makes me really wonder how it gets any air into it at all. Maybe from the lower side panels. Oh, and no doors. The whole top appears to slide upwards. The accept panel seems cool though.
ahoneybun 20 Sep
Quoting: rcritThe case looks pretty but makes me really wonder how it gets any air into it at all. Maybe from the lower side panels. Oh, and no doors. The whole top appears to slide upwards. The accept panel seems cool though.

The air is pulled in from the bottom and pushed out though the back of the system.
I rather liked the woody look. I've had a computer since I was a kid (and I'm in my 50s); they're not a new whizzbang futuristic idea any more. A computer case is basically furniture. Most of my other furniture is wood. So I thought it was kind of refreshing for a computer case to go for that woody warmth.
denyasis 20 Sep
I think it looks nice. I'm a bit partial to the red and pink ones. I think it would go well with my furniture (splash off color can't hurt)
slaapliedje 21 Sep
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I still love the wood grain model, but could never justify the price. Also, last time I tried Pop_OS, it was a dumpster fire...
nPHYN1T3 21 Sep
"New" and "Improved" Eeet has tiny stripe you can change while you wait for task to finish because of last gen processor...

Sorry I wish I could be more positive about this but this is super lame. Terrible options (like their keyboard layout)...more like Puke_OS!...System76 seems to consistently make some really weird decisions that resonate with me like a backed up septic tank.


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nPHYN1T3 21 Sep
Quoting: Purple Library GuyI rather liked the woody look. I've had a computer since I was a kid (and I'm in my 50s); they're not a new whizzbang futuristic idea any more. A computer case is basically furniture. Most of my other furniture is wood. So I thought it was kind of refreshing for a computer case to go for that woody warmth.

While I can kinda relate to this there is also an element of "Oh gawd...it's a Buick Roadmaster!" or some throw up paneling from a rumpus room remodeled in the 70's.


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slaapliedje 22 Sep
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Quoting: nPHYN1T3
Quoting: Purple Library GuyI rather liked the woody look. I've had a computer since I was a kid (and I'm in my 50s); they're not a new whizzbang futuristic idea any more. A computer case is basically furniture. Most of my other furniture is wood. So I thought it was kind of refreshing for a computer case to go for that woody warmth.

While I can kinda relate to this there is also an element of "Oh gawd...it's a Buick Roadmaster!" or some throw up paneling from a rumpus room remodeled in the 70's.
I'm probably not one to talk, as even though there are many models and styles of the old 2600, I refuse to own any except the wood paneled heavy sixer, which I now have a second on the way :P


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slaapliedje 22 Sep
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Quoting: rcritThe case looks pretty but makes me really wonder how it gets any air into it at all. Maybe from the lower side panels. Oh, and no doors. The whole top appears to slide upwards. The accept panel seems cool though.

I think my problem with these things is that they don't provide a standard ATX back that you can pop out in case you want to upgrade the motherboard a few years from now when the current models are out of date.
nPHYN1T3 22 Sep
Quoting: slaapliedje
Quoting: nPHYN1T3
Quoting: Purple Library GuyI rather liked the woody look. I've had a computer since I was a kid (and I'm in my 50s); they're not a new whizzbang futuristic idea any more. A computer case is basically furniture. Most of my other furniture is wood. So I thought it was kind of refreshing for a computer case to go for that woody warmth.

While I can kinda relate to this there is also an element of "Oh gawd...it's a Buick Roadmaster!" or some throw up paneling from a rumpus room remodeled in the 70's.
I'm probably not one to talk, as even though there are many models and styles of the old 2600, I refuse to own any except the wood paneled heavy sixer, which I now have a second on the way :P

I don't have anything against the wood, I like wood. Problem is the original s76 wood just looks like crappy printed vaneer. It has that cheap tacky thing going on.
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