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System76 announces Adder WS Linux workstation with 4K OLED display

Image via System76
Image via System76
Linux laptop seller System76 recently announced a new workstation. The Adder WS, which is set to release on August 8, is the retailer's first laptop with a 15.6-inch 4K OLED display. The laptop will also pack a power Core i7 or Core i9 CPU and an Nvidia RTX 2070 GPU into its chassis.

System76 is one of the leading manufacturers of Linux laptops in the world right now. The company offers a myriad of devices aimed at a variety of use cases from casual office work to intense scientific research. It looks like one more machine will be joining System76’s ranks on August 8th, and with it come powerful RTX graphics and a 4K OLED display. 

The Adder WS is a workstation aimed at “content creators, researchers, and gamers,” according to the product’s splash page. Without a doubt, the headlining feature is the 15.6-inch 4K OLED display, a first for System76 (and all other Linux-centric retailers, to our knowledge). The Adder WS is also equipped with an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 GPU, either an Intel Core i7-9750H or Core i9-9980HK, up to 64 GB DDR4 RAM, up to two PCIe NVMe drives, an optional 2.5” drive, and plenty of ports. 

The Adder WS is essentially a Clevo PB50RC or PB51RC with an RTX 2070 instead of the less-powerful GTX 1660 Ti that Clevo uses in their SKU. The Adder WS will also run System76’s Pop!_OS, which is based on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS. Pop!_OS has recently been praised for its performance in gaming, particularly via Steam’s Proton software, so the Adder WS should be a decent gaming machine.

However, System76’s machines are not known for their affordability; most of the company’s Linux laptops are a fair bit more expensive than an equivalent Windows counterpart. For comparison’s sake, the Clevo PB51RC retails for about US $1420 with a GTX 1660 Ti from boutique sellers like Xotic PC. While System76 hasn’t yet announced a price for the Adder WS, based on their current lineup and considering the substantially more powerful GPU, the Adder WS should start at around $2500.

More information on the Adder WS can be found at System76’s site here.

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Sam Medley, 2019-08- 5 (Update: 2019-08- 5)
Sam Medley
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I've been a "tech-head" my entire life. After graduating college with a degree in Mathematics, I worked in finance and banking a few years before taking a job as a Systems Analyst for my local school district. I started working with Notebookcheck in October of 2016 and have enjoyed writing news articles and notebook reviews. My areas of interest include the business side of technology, retro gaming, Linux, and innovative gadgets. When I'm not hunched over an electronic device or writing code for a new database, I'm either outside with my family, playing a decade-old video game, or sitting behind a drum set.