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Entroware have released another beast of a Laptop, worth looking into

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Entroware, the British (hooray!) Linux-focused hardware supplier have released the Athena and it's a bit of a beast.

It comes as standard with:
- Nvidia 970m (can upgrade to a 980m!)
- Intel Core i7 6700HQ
- 16GB DDR4 RAM
- 500GB HDD
- Backlit keyboard
- 15.6" 1920x1080 HD LED IPS screen (can be changed to a 17.3" screen!)

It starts at £1,099 with a range of options to make it even more powerful. If that's not your thing, they do have other cheaper models as well of course.

What's so special about Entroware? They ship with either Ubuntu, Ubuntu Mate, or no operating system. They fully test and support their products with Linux, which is fantastic to see. They previously sent me the Proteus to look at and it was very impressive.

It annoyed me in the past when ordering a laptop from other stores that had some terrible wifi chips inside and generally acted weirdly with Linux, so it's fantastic to see Entroware stick around in the Linux space so I know exactly where I will be going for a laptop in future. They do also sell desktops and servers too, if that's what you're in the mood for.

Check out the Athena on Entroware. Article taken from GamingOnLinux.com.
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Mountain Man 17 June 2016 at 12:41 pm UTC
I would love to replace my desktop with a high-end gaming laptop simply for the convenience and space-saving, but the fact that laptops are generally not upgradable is always the deal-killer. I can afford to upgrade my graphics card or CPU every few years. I can't afford a whole a new computer every few years.
Miqueye 17 June 2016 at 1:03 pm UTC
laptops might save some space, but the ergonomics are compromised. use some extra gear to help that and the space is used up again. portability is really the only point for me (mostly bedroom <--> kitchen to be honest), I am quite happy with my mainframe being room sized and stationary.
a mobile VR gaming rig would be sweet though 8D

cheers,
Michael
jasondaigo 17 June 2016 at 1:18 pm UTC
i worked a couple of years for dell and i really tried to get into that touchpad and notebook keyboard thing; but i just cant; it would not safe any space for me as i still want my roccat kybd and mouse. a barebone would safe space maybe :-) naah im fine; notebooks suck...
mrmango 17 June 2016 at 1:21 pm UTC
I have the Athena, which is essentially a Clevo. Like the ones other Linux computer sellers use. It has a 970 and it doesn't chug for me. Yeah in a few the card will not seem that fast. But if you want laptop that works with Linux and is decent with games. The range looks like a good range in general
Cybolic 17 June 2016 at 1:21 pm UTC
Great to see that they have a proper European ISO keyboard! It's become quite the hunt these days to avoid the American miniature enter key!
ZekThePenguin 17 June 2016 at 1:51 pm UTC
Mountain ManI would love to replace my desktop with a high-end gaming laptop simply for the convenience and space-saving, but the fact that laptops are generally not upgradable is always the deal-killer. I can afford to upgrade my graphics card or CPU every few years. I can't afford a whole a new computer every few years.

Hopefully with the new improvements coming from AMD's Zen we'll see laptops with desktop-grade processors soon. My dream laptop would be a small 12" laptop with an SSD, 16gb of RAM, and the ability to upgrade to the strongest APU available.
PublicNuisance 17 June 2016 at 3:15 pm UTC
What I love about their laptops is the fact that they are not throwaways. The RAM and hard drive can be replaced. So many laptops these days are using LP RAM that is soldered to the board and storage that can't be upgraded or replaced. I wish they had some models with an AMD APU but that's not a deal breaker. I'll keep them in mind when I need a laptop.
Mohandevir 17 June 2016 at 3:30 pm UTC
mrmangoI have the Athena, which is essentially a Clevo. Like the ones other Linux computer sellers use. It has a 970 and it doesn't chug for me. Yeah in a few the card will not seem that fast. But if you want laptop that works with Linux and is decent with games. The range looks like a good range in general

Yep! I got the same exact laptop but in the 17in version. I recognize the bezels on the top of the screen, the case texture and the power button look and position. Got the same hardware too but with the GTX980m. In fact, it's the computer I'm using to type this message.

For my part, it works great and the perfs are awesome. Just had to make a rollback on the gpu driver because of texture applications problems (SoM where characters had no bodies, just a floating head...) and it didn't work with Ubuntu 16.04 ootb. Mir or KDE refused to start and I was left with the desktop background without any menus. KDE was even worst, I was left with a frozen screen with an underscore. Could'nt even access the terminal. So I decided to stick to Ubuntu 14.04. Has it been fixed?
GNUzel 17 June 2016 at 3:33 pm UTC
I like how the super key is an Ubuntu logo!
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