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The KDE Slimbook III is available now with a Ryzen 4800H in a thin body

The KDE Slimbook III is a Ryzen 7 4800H laptop that comes with KDE Neon pre-installed. (Image Source: KDE Slimbook).
The KDE Slimbook III is a Ryzen 7 4800H laptop that comes with KDE Neon pre-installed. (Image Source: KDE Slimbook).
The partnership between Slimbook, the Spanish laptop brand, and the opensource KDE project continues with the new KDE Slimbook III. Slimbook has chosen an OEM design that manages to fit H-series Ryzen 4000 processors into a thin and light 14-inch chassis.

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.

Keyboard language layouts can be configured depending on preference. ISO layout shown here. Note the difference in navigation key layout (arrows, home, etc) (Image Source: KDE Slimbook)
Keyboard language layouts can be configured depending on preference. ISO layout shown here. Note the difference in navigation key layout (arrows, home, etc) (Image Source: KDE Slimbook)
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Craig Ward, 2020-07-25 (Update: 2020-07-25)
Craig Ward
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I grew up in a family surrounded by technology, starting with my father loading up games for me on a Commodore 64, and later on a 486. In the late 90's and early 00's I started learning how to tinker with Windows, while also playing around with Linux distributions, both of which gave me an interest for learning how to make software do what you want it to do, and modifying settings that aren't normally user accessible. After this I started building my own computers, and tearing laptops apart, which gave me an insight into hardware and how it works in a complete system. Now keeping up with the latest in hardware and software news is a passion of mine.