Ryzen 4000H-powered Pulse 14 Linux ultrabooks launched by Tuxedo
Ultrabooks powered by AMD’s Renoir-H APUs do not seem to be on the short list of priorities for most big brand OEMs, at least now that the supply chains are a bit overwhelmed. The only true ultrabooks we have seen thus far are coming from Honor, but these will have limited availability within the SEA region for now. Luckily, there are smaller OEMs like Tuxedo that try to offer slim and light notebooks with the Renoir-H APUs like the newly announced Pulse 14 model that comes preinstalled with a Linux distro.
Just last month, Tuxedo was launching the 15-inch version, and the company now offers an even more compact version with the Pulse 14 model that is only 0.66 inches thick and weighs 2.3 pounds (1 Kg) thanks to a magnesium alloy chassis. APU options are the same from the 15-inch versions, so users can opt for a 6-core Ryzen 5 4600H with Vega 6 iGPU or an 8-core Ryzen 7 4800H with Vega 8 iGPU. Furthermore, users can add up to 64 GB of DDR4-3200 RAM plus up to 2 TB of SATA III or PCIe NVMe M.2 2280 SSD storage.
The new Pulse 14 also integrates FHD IPS screens with 60 Hz refresh rate, 100% sRGB color gamut and 300 nit peak luminance. There is support for Wi-Fi 6 + Bluetooth 5.1, an HD webcam, an SD card reader, and white backlit keyboard. Port selection includes: 1x USB-C 3.2 Gen 1 (with Power Delivery), 2x USB-A 3.2 Gen 1, 1x USB-A 2.0, HDMI 2.0 output, GbE jack, and a 2-in-1 audio jack.
The only downside to this 14-inch model is that Tuxedo decided to include a smaller 46 Wh battery that only lasts around 6 hours in standard mode (11 h in power saving mode), but, apparently, this was necessary in order to keep the weight as low as possible. The default operating system option is the custom Tuxedo_OS Linux distro, but users can pay a bit extra to get Windows 10 installed,as well.
Prices for the Ryzen 5 4600H model start at 824 EUR (~US$973) and this includes 8 GB RAM and a Samsung 860 EVO 250 GB SATA III SSD, while the Ryzen 7 4800H default model costs 894 EUR (~US$1,056). Tuxedo will begin shipping the new Pulse 14 models on October 15.