The German Linux PC manufacturer has recently announced the third revision of its Tuxedo Polaris 15 and 17 gaming laptops.
The laptops primarily come in two different display sizes – 15.6 and 17.3 inches – hence the names. Featuring mid to high range specifications, these PCs come in various configurations, including an option to install Windows 10 other than the flagship Tuxedo OS 20.04 that’s based on Ubuntu 20.04.
Let’s take a quick look at what these laptops have to offer.
What’s on the inside?
The most notable specification is the use of the latest AMD Ryzen 7 5800H and Intel Core i7-11800H processors. This is a big upgrade from the previous model’s Ryzen 7 4800H and Core i7-10870H. While both offer 8 cores and 16 threads, Intel is the way to go if you want to game, otherwise AMD will get your job done. This is based on the tests uploaded on their websites.
Another feature gamers will certainly love is the new RTX 3060 that was also used in the previous revision. Combined with 6GB GDDR6 VRAM and TGP upto 115W, 1080p gaming will certainly be enjoyable.
The cooling system design has been improved and the laptop is equipped with a 62 Wh Lithium battery, the laptops are believed to last upto 6 hours under normal working conditions.
As for the memory is concerned, a 3200 MHz DDR4 RAM up to 64 GB is available. There is ample space for (fast) storage due to the presence of two SSD slots in M.2 form-factor totaling up to 2 TB.
Both IPS display sizes come with a standard ratio of 16:9 upto 165Hz. Moreover, you can choose between a 2K Full-HD and 3K WQHD displays with a brightness of 300 nits and 350 nits receptively. Do keep in mind that AMD and Intel models along with the screen sizes will offer different refresh rates – a max of 240Hz for AMD and 165Hz for Intel.
There are plenty of I/O ports available – two USB-A 3.2 Gen1, a USB-A 2.0, HDMI 2.1, headphone jack, mic-in, RJ45 Port 2.5 GB and card reader. Also note that the AMD models come with an additional USB-C 3.2 port while the Intel ones come with Thunderbolt 4.
The keyboard is backlit with four levels of RGB colours and also includes a numpad.
The Intel Dual-Band AX 200 comes with WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1 for faster wireless connectivity.
Lastly, moving on to the physical specifications of the laptops, the Polaris 15 weighs 2.1 kg while the Polaris 17 weighs 2.5. Both model chassis are made from plastic along with aluminium for the display lid and base for the Polaris 15.
Pricing and availability
Both the Polaris 15 and Polaris 17 will be ready for shipping from the 15th of September. If you are eager to get your hands on them, you can pre-order them right now. Considering only the base configurations, the Linux gaming laptops start at 1499 EUR with AMD and 1699 EUR with Intel.
As mentioned in the beginning, these gaming laptops offer quite a lot for their price. They certainly seem to perform up-to expectations for gamers and content creators based on the specs.
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