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System76 releases two new Comet-Lake-powered laptops with Linux Coreboot firmware

The Galago Pro and Darter Pro models with Comet Lake CPUs are among the most compact Linux-based laptops out there. (Source: System76)
The Galago Pro and Darter Pro models with Comet Lake CPUs are among the most compact Linux-based laptops out there. (Source: System76)
Both the 14-inch Galago Pro and the 15.6-inch Darter pro models can be equipped with up to a Comet Lake Core i7-10510U quad-core CPU coupled with up to 32 GB of RAM and up to 2 TB of storage (6 TB for the 14-incher). Standard features include a Thunderbolt 3 connector and 1080p matte display.
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OEMs have already announced a bunch of Intel 10th gen CPU upgrades for the most popular Windows-based laptop series, but what about Linux-based ones? System76 has us covered with two 14 and 15-inch models sporting mid-range to premium Comet Lake configurations, and, as an added bonus, these systems feature the highly tunable Coreboot open source firmware.
 
The 14-inch model is part of the Galago Pro family, while the 15-incher joins the Darter Pro series. Both models can be configured with mid-range specs comprising an Intel Core I5-10210U CPU coupled with 8 GB of RAM and a 240 GB M.2 SSD, along with a 1080p matte display. If budget is not a problem, users can further max out the specs to include a quad-core i7-10510U, up to 32 GB of RAM and up to 6 TB of SSD+HDD storage. Standard features for both models also include a GbE NIC with jack, dual-band Wi-Fi + Bluetooth 5.0, a Thunderbolt 3 port, USB-A 3.0 ports, MiniDisplayPort and HDMI outs, and an SD card reader.
 
Notable differences between the two models beyond the obvious display size difference include:

  • Total weight: 2.9 pounds (14-inch) VS 3.6 pounds (15.6-inch)
  • Battery capacity: 35.3 Wh (14-inch) VS 54.5 Wh (15.6-inch)
  • Storage options: M.2 slot + HDD -> 6 TB total (14-inch) VS M.2 slot -> 2 TB total (15.6-inch)
  • Keyboard: no numpad (14-inch) VS numpad (15.6-inch)

 
Prices for the 14-incher start at $US949, while the 15-incher starts at US$999, and both fully maxed version can set you back in excess of US$2,000 (almost US$3,000 for the double storage 14-incher). System76 will begin shipping the new laptops in late October running either Ubuntu or the proprietary Pop!_OS.

Darter Pro 15.6-inch model (Source: System76)
Darter Pro 15.6-inch model (Source: System76)
Full keyboard with numpad (Source: System76)
Full keyboard with numpad (Source: System76)
Galago Pro 14-inch model (Source: System76)
Galago Pro 14-inch model (Source: System76)
Keyboard without numpad (Source: System76)
Keyboard without numpad (Source: System76)
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Bogdan Solca
Bogdan Solca - Senior Tech Writer - 1535 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2017
I first stepped into the wondrous IT&C world when I was around seven years old. I was instantly fascinated by computerized graphics, whether they were from games or 3D applications like 3D Max. I'm also an avid reader of science fiction, an astrophysics aficionado, and a crypto geek. I started writing PC-related articles for Softpedia and a few blogs back in 2006. I joined the Notebookcheck team in the summer of 2017 and am currently a senior tech writer mostly covering processor, GPU, and laptop news.
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Bogdan Solca, 2019-10-11 (Update: 2019-10-11)