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Star Labs new StarFighter sounds like a great Linux laptop

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Star Labs announced their new StarFighter a little while ago, but it seems it only just recently went live on their actual store with the full info on what to expect from it.

However, they don't seem to have quite settled on what screen it will have. Currently, it advertises a 16-inch 2560x1600 QHD 165 Hz IPS matte screen, but writing on Twitter it seems they are split between that or a 4K version and so the final build might end up with a 4K 60Hz screen instead.

It features a choice between Intel Core 12th generation and AMD Ryzen 7 processors, up to 64GB RAM, up to 18 hrs battery life, a removable webcam, a wireless killswitch, a backlit keyboard, a full-glass haptic trackpad, WiFi 6E, Bluetooth 5.3, USB-C With Thunderbolt 4/USB 4 for charging and expansion, HDMI, 3 x full-size USB 3.0 port, Micro SD slot, coreboot and EDK II support, a 65 watts over USB-C charger and easy Firmware updates.

As usual, you'll also be able to configure it with various Linux distributions including Ubuntu, elementaryOS, Linux Mint and more. It's not available for a few months yet with no exact date set it seems.

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grigi 4 Nov
A Linux targeted notebook with Coreboot and a 16:10 display and no Nvidia...

This looks like a great fit for me!
I'm getting tired fighting bios bugs with my current MSI notebook.

Will look at it again early next year when available.
Termy 4 Nov
Why the fuck would you want 4k on a 16" screen? Especially as fractional scaling isn't exactly issue-free yet either...
Other than that, it indeed looks like a nice little machine!
grigi 4 Nov
I gotta agree, please stick to the lower res display. 189 DPI is PLENTY.
poiuz 4 Nov
Quoting: TermyWhy the fuck would you want 4k on a 16" screen? Especially as fractional scaling isn't exactly issue-free yet either...
There's your answer: 4K is 1080p, but any higher or lower resolution should work, too.

With 2560x1600 you're forced to use fractional scaling at a "relative" low resolution (e.g. Apple is closer to 4K, too).

Does it say anywhere if they're using the Ryzen 6000-series?
Quoting: poiuzDoes it say anywhere if they're using the Ryzen 6000-series?
Yes, they are using Ryzen 7 6800H. Hit the Get Notified button and you can see all the spec combinations available.
As expected, pretty dashed expensive . . . but not really that bad, considering.
Kill switches; Removable webcam; Coreboot; IPS; and a backlit keyboard are all fantastic features. If they give me a choice on the screen i'll take the 165hz any day as I prefer high refresh over 4K.
Termy 4 Nov
Quoting: poiuzWith 2560x1600 you're forced to use fractional scaling at a "relative" low resolution (e.g. Apple is closer to 4K, too).

With 2560x1600 you are not forced to use scaling at all. But your point isn't invalid, haven't thought of that.
Still, i think the vast majority would prefer 165hz 1600p over meager 60hz 4k that is scaled down to 1080p ;)

Quoting: Purple Library Guypretty dashed expensive

i must say - for what is offered i was rather surprised the price isn't considerably higher.
Boldos 4 Nov
Oh boy. Seems tempting...
But outside of EU? That will be quite expensive...

I will stick with https://www.tuxedocomputers.com/ for now...
sarmad 4 Nov
You forgot to mention Coreboot.

Perfect laptop.

Meanwhile, System76 is busy with PopOS 🤦
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