No search for drivers or compatibility issues. Anyone looking for a Linux laptop with solid performance and experimentation when you install shy, could be found in the KDE Slimbook.

The open-source team KDE has released the KDE Slimbook 2 together with the Spanish hardware manufacturers Slimbook. The 13.3-inch laptop is based on the Linux distribution Ubuntu and moves in the middle price segment.

About a year ago, the first edition of the KDE Slimbooks has been already presented. The successor is slightly thinner and more powerful than the first variant.

Like the previous version, the current model with Intel Core i5 or i7 is to have, however, used the new version of the seventh generation of the CPU (Kaby Lake) and also upgraded to DDR4 RAM with 4, 8 or 16 GB. As a result, the new Slimbook is slightly better than its predecessor.

In addition to a 1080p HD display, the laptop offers storage capacity of between 120GB and 500GB. Users can also choose a secondary storage in the form of a 2.5 inch SSD drive with 500 GB, 1 TB or 2 TB. New are also a more powerful Wi-Fi antenna and a trackpad with tactile feedback.

But the biggest advantage of the Slimbook 2 is that it’s not a Windows optimized laptop that has installed Linux, but that the hardware is already tuned to Linux. This eliminates headability issues or driver downloads.

LibreOffice in the interface of KDE neon on the Slimbook 2 (Image: KDE)

The Slimbook 2 also brings it with it, which is based on Ubuntu Linux. In addition to LibreOffice, the KDE applications are also included, tact for mail and calendars, DigiKam and the video tool Kdenlive. In addition to the file manager Dolphin, the browser Mozilla Firefox is also pre-installed.

However, the Slimbook 2, like its predecessor, is not to be found in the Ramschecke, the version with Core i5 costs 699 euros and the Core i7 model 799 euros. However, compared to Dell’s Ubuntu laptop XPS 13 Developer Edition, which is available from $1400, the slimbook is significantly cheaper.


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