The KDE Slimbook III is available now with a Ryzen 4800H in a thin body
The KDE Slimbook III is based on the Slimbook ProX body but swaps the ultrabook-class Intel i7-10510U (4C/8T) and Nvidia MX250 for a laptop-class AMD Ryzen 4800H (8C/16T) with integrated Vega 7 graphics. Between the two models, Ryzen 4800H has roughly three times higher CPU performance, and around 10-20% slower GPU performance — each category is dependent on the benchmark used.
Both the 14-inch and 15.6-inch Ryzen versions allow for a maximum of 64 GB RAM compared to 32 GB on the Intel models, meaning this CPU and RAM combo is particularly attractive for power users. Storage is configurable with up to a 2 TB NVMe SSD.
Content creators on Linux that use software such as Kdenlive (video production), Darktable/RAWTherapee (RAW photo management), GIMP (photo editing), Krita (painting) or Blender (3D modelling) will appreciate the 100% sRGB rating of the display panel in both the 14-inch and 15.6-inch models. Both are 60 Hz panels with no high refresh rate availability. The powerful CPU mixed with portable form-factor also makes this an appealing option for developers on-the-go, who wish to still be able to compile larger projects.
The regular Intel Slimbook models can be configured with several different Linux distros or with Windows 10. However, the Ryzen-powered KDE Slimbook III is an exclusive partnership with the KDE project, and as such is only available with KDE Neon pre-installed.
Rounding out the specifications for the 14-inch variation is a 47 Wh battery and 1.1 kg weight, while the 15.6-inch has a 92 Wh battery and 1.5 kg weight.
Pricing starts at 899 Euro (14-inch) or 930 Euro (15.6-inch) for 8 GB RAM and 250 GB SSD, available from the KDE Slimbook website.