InfinityBook Pro 14 Specs
14-inch 16:10 IPS
|GPU:||Intel Iris Xe|
8 GB (base)
up to 64GB
250GB NVMe (base)
up to 4TB (dual SSD)
1× USB Type-C (4.0)
1× USB Type-C (3.2)
2x USB Type-A
SD card slot
A Linux laptop with a super sharp 3k screen? Well, hello!
Don’t get me wrong, FHD isn’t terrible (and it’s not as thought fractional scaling is super perfect on some distros anyway) but it feels like regular HD panels have been the stock option for too long.
Which is why I am excited to hear that European computer company TUXEDO — which is stylised in all caps; that’s not me shouting — offers higher-resolution displays in its 6th-generation InfinityBook Pro 14 laptop.
It’s not a typical 3K screen either, but an LTPS IPS in a 16:10 ratio at 2880×1800 pixels running at 90 Hz.
Yes, tall screens are back in vogue! Even Apple and Microsoft are using them in their higher-end, productivity-focused devices. Who knew being able to see more of what you’re doing was beneficial!
Admittedly TUXEDO’s 3K screen isn’t the default option. Instead, its base model comes with a 2K screen pushing a 1920×1200 resolution at 60 Hz and ~95% sRGB coverage.
But here’s where things get pretty weird — the 3K display only costs €50 more than the base 2K model. In my world that makes it a no-brainer of an upgrade.
However, laptops with nice screens aren’t worth their salt if they’re not performant. So TUXEDO has Intel’s Tiger Lake chips purring away inside of its InfinityBook Pro refresh.
The entry-level model touts a quad-core Intel i5-1135G7 running @ 4.2 GHz max, and there’s an option to upgrade to a quad-core Intel i7-1165G7 running @ 4.7 Ghz max.
Now for perhaps the relative ‘weak’ point: these chips are paired with Intel Iris Xe graphics and just 8GB RAM as standard (upgradeable to 64GB). Storage is provided by a single 250 GB NVMe PCIe drive (upgradeable to 2 TB), though there’s room for two if you fancy that.
Despite being a 14-inch laptop the InfinityBook Pro 14 remains thin (1.5 cm) and light (1 kg). It comes housed in a deep grey magnesium chassis to offer protection and a high-quality finish.
Port options include a full-featured USB Type-C 4.0 port offering Thunderbolt 4 with Display Port 1.4, and fast data transfers of up to 40 Gbit/s. There’s also a full-sized HDMI port, a USB Type-C 3.2, two standard USB Type-A ports, 3.5mm audio combo jack, and — hurrah — a regular sized SD card slot.
There’s also Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200 Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.1 (up to 2400Mbps), and a pair of built-in speakers. Intel Management Engine can be disabled via the BIOS, as can the built-in webcam and microphone, wi-fi and bluetooth, and the TPM 2.0 chip.
TUXEDO say the built-in 53 Wh battery is good for up to 12 hours of light usage, or around 8 hours of regular office usage. Milage will, naturally, vary.
TUXEDO InfinityBook Pro 14: Price
So how much does the 6th-gen TUXEDO InfinityBook Pro 14 cost?
The base model starts at €1,249. This is equipped with 2K display, 8GB RAM, 250GB SSD, and an Intel i5 processor.
A 3K model with Intel i7 processor, 16GB RAM, and a 500GB SSD (a config I’d be comfortable with) is only marginally more expensive at €1,479. While this isn’t trivially cheap it feels competitive with Windows and macOS laptops of similar specs (and keeping in mind the greater economies of scale mainstream OEMs have).
TUXEDO’s Ubuntu-based OS is preloaded as standard, though a vanilla Ubuntu 20.04 LTS option is available too. Other Linux distros will likely work fine, but buyers will need to install those manually.
Interested? You can spec out dream config on the TUXEDO website. Laptops begin shipping from May 31, 2021.