TUXEDO Computers Announces New High-End Polaris "Linux" Gaming Laptops
The German computer company TUXEDO has launched two new high-end "Polaris" gaming laptops aimed at Linux gamers. The machines are available as variants with AMD Ryzen 5 4600H, AMD Ryzen 7 4800H and Intel Core i7-10750H processors combined with either a Nvidia GTX 1650 Ti or a Nvidia RTX 2060 Refresh GPU. The machines are not available without a dedicated Nvidia graphics card so proprietary binary blob drivers are required to use these machines.
TUXEDO is one of the few companies who market laptops toward Linux users. Their new Polaris 15 and 17 "gaming" laptops add to a long list of laptops "made specially" for Linux users. The Polaris 15 comes with a 15.6" 144 Hz display in a matt black aluminum chassis while the Polaris 17 has a 17.3" 144 Hz display in a "robust" soft-touch finish.
Both machines are available in variants powered by a combination of one of a AMD Ryzen 5 4600H, AMD Ryzen 7 4800H or Intel Core i7-10750H CPU and a Nvidia GTX 1650Ti or a Nvidia GeForce® RTX 2060 Refresh GPU.
The base Polaris 15 model with a AMD Ryzen 5 4600H CPU, a Nvidia GTX 1650Ti GPU, 8 GiB RAM and a 250 GiB Samsung 860 EVO SSD is priced at €1.124,45 EUR ($1330). Upgrading that to a Ryzen 7 4800, a Nvidia GeForce® RTX 2060 Refresh GPU, and a 1 TiB Samsung 970 EVO Plus NVMe drive raises the price to €1583.3 ($1873).
The base Polaris 17 model with a AMD Ryzen 5 4600H CPU, a Nvidia GTX 1650Ti GPU and a 250 GiB Samsung 860 EVO SSD will set you back €1.174,45 EUR ($1390). Upgrading that to a Ryzen 7 4800, a Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Refresh GPU, 16 GiB RAM and a 1 TiB Samsung 970 NVMe drive raises the price to €1413.3 ($1673).
None of the machines are available in variants without a Nvidia graphics card. You should look elsewhere if you want to use free software graphics drivers, using these machines will require a proprietary binary blob driver from Nvidia.
It does seem a bit strange that TUXEDO keeps on marketing machines with graphics cards that can not be used without third party closed-source drivers who taint the Linux kernel as "100% Linux compatible".
The machines are available with Ubuntu 20.04 LTS, OpenSUSE 15.1 or something Tuxedo calls "TUXEDO_OS 20.05 LTS" which is, in reality, Ubuntu 20.05 LTS with some custom graphics and some pre-configuration.
The base models with a AMD Ryzen 5 4600H are available from September 15th and the more expensive variants are available from September 29th. You can look at the Polaris 15 here and the Polaris 17 here.