The System76 Pangolin Linux laptops now come with Ryzen 5000U APU options
System76 is updating its Pangolin lineup of Linux laptops with AMD’s Ryzen 5000U processors. These are not the Zen 3 models, unfortunately, so instead of the previous R5 4500U and R7 4700U, System76 now offers the Zen 2-based R5 5500U and R7 5700U with integrated Vega graphics. Still, the upgrade should provide a noticeable performance boost especially in multi-core workloads, as the new models enable hyperthreading and come with an improved memory controller.
Users can opt for an Ubuntu or a Pop!_OS distro. The list of features includes:
- 15.6-inch FHD display with matte finish
- support for up to 64 GB of DDR4-3200 RAM
- an M.2 slot for SATA or NVMe SSDs with max 2 TB capacity
- GbE NIC + Wi-Fi 6 + BT 5
- 720p webcam
- port selection: 1x USB-A 3.2 Gen 1, 1x USB 2.0, 1x USB-C 3.2 Gen 2, micro SD card reader, HDMI 2.0 video output, GbE jack, headphone/mic combo audio jack, Kensington lock
- multi-color backlit keyboard (mechanical switches optional)
- 49 Wh battery
- 2 cm (0.78 inch) profile and 1.65 kg (3.64 lbs) weight
The base model with R5 5500U, 8 GB RAM and 240 GB SSD costs $1,199, while a full option model that includes an extra charger, external DVD-RW drive, mechanical keyboard switches, 17-inch laptop bag, plus a 3-year warranty can be ordered for $3,399. Some optional features will only be available in October.