And, recently, they just unveiled two monstrous Linux laptops perfectly tailored for games. Here, let’s take a look at what they offer.
TUXEDO Polaris 15 & Polaris 17 Pack in A Lot of Power
The Polaris 15 comes in with a Matt black aluminum chassis and a thin bezel for the display. It looks pretty cool (I love Matt color finishes!).
The Polaris 17 comes in with a soft-touch finish and a little on the heavier side weighing 2.5 kg. The 17.3-inch screens should be an attractive variant for users comfortable with a desktop-like experience on their laptop.
With all the clever decisions for its design and build, it offers the choice of both Ryzen 4000 series of processors (Ryzen 5 4600H and Ryzen 7 4800H) and Intel 10th gen processor (i7-10750H).
That’s great for buyers looking for powerful Linux notebooks with the choice of Intel/Ryzen configuration.
In addition to the choice of chipsets, both laptops comes baked in with 62 Wh battery for a good battery life, a 144Hz display, supports up to 64 GB 3200 MHz RAM, M.2 SSD, and a slot for PCIe NVMe SSD (up to 1 TB).
All of this is powered up by either GTX 1650ti or the RTX 2060 — which is great for a Linux laptop enthusiast.
It is worth noting that the Polaris 15 offers 60 Hz display for its base variant and Polaris 17 offers 144 Hz display across all of its variants.
Sounds good on paper so far — but what about the pricing?
Pricing & Availability
The base configurations with Ryzen 5/Intel i7 coupled with 8 GB of RAM along with GTX 1650ti or RTX 2060 will cost you around 1100-1400 Euros excluding shipping charges.
If you stop thinking about the shipping charges, the pricing looks good enough on paper as per the specifications for a Linux gamer who’s a laptop enthusiast.
But, I’m not too confident about their pricing for the base configurations and the choice of 8 GB RAM for a gaming laptop that costs 1000+ EUR. For instance:
- TUXEDO Polaris 17 with AMD Ryzen 5 4600H | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti | Full-HD IPS mat 144Hz costs 1.174,45 EUR
- TUXEDO Polaris 15 with AMD Ryzen 5 4600H | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti | Full-HD IPS mat 60Hz 100% sRGB costs 1.124,45 EUR
In this case, I would prefer TUXEDO Polaris 17 and I see no reason, apart from the size, to go for TUXEDO Polaris 15 for a small price gap.
Maybe I’m too picky — but I noticed that thing because the base Polaris 15 variant offers a 60 Hz display as well. So, I’d personally want the pricing to go down or a 144 Hz screen instead.
If that doesn’t bother you, you will be happy to know that it will be in stock from September 15 onwards and it’ll take 10 days in average to assemble your configuration and ship it to you worldwide.
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It is always a good thing to see more Linux based gaming laptops in the market. TUXEDO Polaris series is indeed something impressive but I can’t stop worrying about the pricing fluctuations after NVIDIA RTX 3000 series GPU launch.
If you want a Linux gaming laptop immediately, it’s a decent purchase if not the best. But, if you’re looking for the perfect Linux laptop which is future-proof, I’d suggest you to wait for Intel Tiger Lake chipset powered laptops and NVIDIA RTX 3000 series GPUs for your Linux laptop.
What do you think about the TUXEDO Linux gaming laptops? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.