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Alder Lake-Powered Linux Laptop Arrives With 14 Hours of Battery Life

System76 Lemur Pro laptop
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System76, the Colorado-based Linux laptop, desktop, and server specialist, has announced (opens in new tab) a new highly portable laptop with an Intel Alder Lake processor inside. The new Lemur Pro (opens in new tab) is a "lighter than Air" 14-inch form factor laptop with excellent battery life and attractions such as open firmware (powered by Coreboot) and a 180-degree hinge. In addition, buyers can choose to go with Pop!_OS 22.04 LTS or Ubuntu 22.04 LTS pre-installed.

The new Lemur Pro has many attractive modern features you might see advertised in many rival mainstream thin and light designs. However, the special sauce here is the "System76 Open Firmware with Coreboot."

Coreboot, known initially as LinuxBIOS, is significant as it is an open-source BIOS implementation embraced by Linux users. It is lightweight, flexible, and feature-rich. Sadly, not many modern laptops or desktop PCs support Coreboot, but it seems to have gained momentum in recent times. We reported on Coreboot being made available for MSI Z690-A WiFi motherboards in April. More recently, in a demonstration of Coreboot's flexibility for tinkerers, we reported on a port of Doom being released as a Coreboot payload.

Many users will want to plug this portable 14-incher into a large screen when they get the opportunity, and System76 has designed the Lemur Pro with monitor-based docking in mind. It envisions users connecting to a big screen using the USB-C connection to benefit from the more expansive workspace and laptop charging.

Like Windows, Linux had to have some serious tinkering under the hood to prepare for the mix of Performance and Efficiency cores in Alder Lake chips. However, rest assured, efficient hybrid scheduling is taken care of with the two OS options that can be pre-installed on the Lemur Pro.

SpecSystem76 Lemur Pro

Processor

12th Gen Intel Core i5-1235U: Up to 4.4GHz - 12MB Cache - 10 Cores - 12 Threads, or 12th Gen Intel Core i7-1255U: Up to 4.7GHz - 12MB Cache - 10 Cores - 12 Thread. Both CPUs feature Intel Iris Xe graphics

Screen

14.1-inch 1920×1080 FHD, Matte Finish

Memory

Up to 40 GB DDR4 @ 3200 MHz

Storage

2 x M.2 SSD (1x PCIe gen4 + 1x PCIe gen3 or SATA). Up to 4TB total

Connectivity

1× USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A, 1× USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A, 1 × USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C / Thunderbolt 4, MicroSD Card Reader, 1x audio combi port, HDMI, USB 3.2 Type-C w/ DisplayPort 1.4, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5

Other

Multitouch Clickpad, Backlit US QWERTY Keyboard, Stereo speakers, 1080p webcam, 73WHr battery

OS / firmware

Pop!_OS 22.04 LTS or Ubuntu 22.04 LTS, System76 Open Firmware (coreboot, EDK2, System76 Firmware Apps), System76 Open Source Embedded Controller Firmware

Physical

12.68" x 8.54" x 0.65" (32.2 x 21.7 x 1.65cm), 2.54 lbs (1.15kg)

System76 allows customers to configure and buy Lemur Pro laptops right now. There are many RAM and storage configurations to pick through, and you can add external keyboards and monitors to the bundle. The entry price with an Intel Core i5-1235U, 8GB RAM, 240GB of storage, and no extras is $1,149. However, the Core i7-1255U model is a bit of a stretch, adding $200 to the base price for the faster CPU clocks.

Mark Tyson
Mark Tyson

Mark Tyson is a Freelance News Writer at Tom's Hardware US. He enjoys covering the full breadth of PC tech; from business and semiconductor design to products approaching the edge of reason.

  • BryanFRitt
    "lighter than Air"
    There's light, then there's too light...
    I don't know about you, but I'd prefer a loose laptop to be able to stay on top of a surface, rather than float up into the atmosphere.
    Reply
  • hushnecampus
    BryanFRitt said:
    "lighter than Air"
    There's light, then there's too light...
    I don't know about you, but I'd prefer a loose laptop to be able to stay on top of a surface, rather than float up into the atmosphere.
    I figure they mean it’s lighter than a MacBook Air.
    Reply