About a year ago, Slimbook and KDE launched KDE Slimbook, a laptop for Linux enthusiasts. It is powered by a 6th generation Intel Core i5 or i7 processor paired with at 4GB of RAM. Storage wise, you get 500GB SSD. It has a 13-inch 1080p HD display.

Its driving idea was to alleviate hardware compatibility issues for developers. Apple and Windows are both viable options, but the problem with these two is that one has expensive licensing fees while the other controls both the hardware and software to make they are in sync. This resulted in Linux developers having a challenging time making their software run correctly.

KDE Slimbook II is driven by the same principle along with the desire to offer Linux developers with faster performance.

Hence, the Slimbook II ships with the 7th generation Intel Core i5-7200U or Core i7-7500U Kaby Lake processors and DDR4 RAM up to 16 GB. It still isn’t a powerhouse if you compare it with other Intel Core-run laptops which now have 8th-generation chips. But if you are to place it side by side with its predecessor, Slimbook II has a clear advantage.

Aside from the faster processor, the Slimbook II is a tad more compact than the first one. It weighs an ounce lighter and 1/10” thinner than the original Slimbook.

It’s still a 13-inch laptop donning a 1920 x 1080 pixel matte display. But its storage capacity now supports up to 1TB. It has both a 2.5-inch drive bay and an M.2 SSD slot allowing for an expansion of storage.

Connection-wise you get different ports for USB–USB 3.1 Type-C port, a USB 3.0 Type-A port, and a USB 2.0 Type-A port–and a choice of 802.11n or 802.11ac WiFi cards.

The best feature of the Slimbook II, however, is that it ships with pre-installed KDE Neon, an Ubuntu-based Linux operating system. This means you won’t have to go through the process of driver installs, which sometimes results in compatibility issues.

While there are other laptops that come with as Dell’s XPS 13 Developer edition, they usually cost you more. This Dell laptop is around $1, 400.

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