System76 is banging away on designing its own laptop and keyboards from scratch, but that final product could be years away. Thankfully the Linux hardware manufacturer has plenty of other systems to fill the void. The Lemur Pro — launching today — is the latest laptop in the company’s portfolio, and it looks like the sleekest one yet.
The System76 Lemur Pro
Clocking in at 2.2 pounds (or .99kg), the 14.1” / 1080p System76 Lemur Pro is noticeably lighter than even the Galago Pro (and only half the heft of my Oryx Pro). It’s a comfortable weight for people who want to keep things lean and light, but perhaps the most compelling bullet points about this system begin with the battery life:
“With the Lemur Pro, we wanted to create a laptop that would appeal to both developers and to the broader user. The result is a 2.2lbs laptop that delivers 14 hours of battery life or more in one charge depending on your activity, truly allowing you to work from anywhere without worrying about plugging in.”
I do wonder if 14 hours is even the ceiling. That’s likely a “light to average” usage scenario, because System76 painted an interesting picture of the Lemur Pro’s battery life, saying it can provide:
- 10 hours to watch the Lord of the Rings trilogy
- 6 hours for reading Wikipedia
- 21 hours for coding with VIM
In models with Intel’s 10th-generation Core i5 CPU and an NVMe drive, perhaps that 21 hours is achievable? I’d be content with half of that time away from the wall.
The other noteworthy feature of the Lemur Pro is the inclusion of the System76 Open EC Firmware. It’s a good step forward in the company’s mission to completely eliminate proprietary code from its hardware. The Open EC Firmware is GPLv3 licensed code that gives the user complete access and control over functionality like the keyboard, fans and 73Wh battery.
The laptop also sports a 180-degree hinge and a neat little trick called “Monitor Docking,” allowing you to connect to one or two external monitors via USB-C while also charging the Lemur Pro.
Fortunately the lengthy battery life claim and light footprint doesn’t come at the expense of impressive specs. The Lemur Pro can ship with up to 40GB of DDR4 RAM, a 10th-gen Intel Core-i7 CPU, and a whopping 4TB of NVMe storage.
It’s available right now over at System76.com with a base price of $1099.