Orbiting the possibility of a new Linux laptop? If so, check out the StarBook Mk V from UK-based tech outfit Star Labs.

StarBook Mk V

Display: 14-inch (1920×1080)
Anti-Reflective Coating
CPU: Intel Core i3-1110G4 or Intel Core i7-1165G7
GPU: Intel UHD Graphics
Memory: 8GB (up to 64GB)
Storage: 240GB (up to 1TB)
Ports: USB 3.0
USB 2.0
USB Type-C
HDMI
Extra: 720p webcam
microSD slot
3.5mm audio
Battery: 50.9 Wh

Their latest 3.1 pound notebook boasts a 14 inch full HD display, 11th-gen Intel Tiger Lake-U processor, and a range of other options.

Plus like all of their devices it’s available to buy with choice of Linux distribution, including Ubuntu, Linux Mint and Zorin OS. While the StarBook Mk V isn’t the cheapest Linux laptop out there it’s price isn’t astronomical, either.

The StarBook Mk V is available to pre-order for around £777 ($929) for the base model, which packs a hum-drum Intel Core i3-1110G4 processor, 8GB of DDR4 RAM, and a speedy if not exceptional 240GB SATA SSD.

Buyers can can rocket-boost the StarBook Mk V specs to suit their needs, with options on offer including an Intel Core i7-1165G7 processor, 64GB of memory, and over-provisioned 1TB NVMe storage.

The device also touts speakers (though don’t expect them to be out of this world), a 720p webcam, Wi-Fi 6, and Bluetooth 5.1.

There’s a full-size backlit keyboard in a choice of UK or US layout, and a glass-covered trackpad (very swish). Powering the device is a 50.9 Wh battery, which can be charged using the included USB Type-C charger.

As well as running open source software the StarBook Mk V also supports open-source firmware American Megatrends (AMI) Aptio V and coreboot. Owners can switch between them using the fwupd tool.

You can see more of the StarBook Mk V below, though the images are somewhat low-res as StarLabs didn’t provide us with any press materials:

You can pre-order the STarBook Mk V with a limited-time 5% discount from the StarLabs page linked below. Shipping is scheduled for June 2021. Future production runs may be impacted by the ongoing component shortages.

Buy StarLabs’ StarBook Mk V

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