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Power-efficient System76 Linux laptop updated with 12th Gen Intel CPUs

System76 Lemur Pro open on someone's lap
Enlarge / System76 Lemur Pro.

System76 has refreshed its thin-and-light take on Linux laptops, the company announced Tuesday, as spotted by Tom’s Hardware. The revamped 14-inch Lemur Pro, like its predecessors, prioritizes a longer battery life, with the latest model claiming up to 14 hours of use.

Backlit keyboard.
Enlarge / Backlit keyboard.

System76 didn’t detail how it tested the laptop’s battery life (we’ve asked and will update this article if we hear back). But the Lemur Pro has a proven reputation for solid battery life. In our Lemur Pro review in 2020, when the machine was offered with an Intel Core i7-10510U, it lasted at least 1 hour longer than any other laptop we reviewed around that time when playing BBC’s “10 Hours of Relaxing Oceanscapes” at 1080p resolution and max brightness.

The PC has a 180-degree hinge.
Enlarge / The PC has a 180-degree hinge.

It was clear that System76 had fine-tuned the machine more for longevity between charges than productivity performance.

The 2022 Lemur Pro is configurable with up to an i7-1255U, part of Intel’s U-series aimed at machines more concerned about power efficiency. The i7-1255U specifically has two high-performance P-cores (1.7–4.7 GHz), eight efficient E-cores (1.2–3.5 GHz), 12 threads, and 12 MB of cache. For a quick comparison, System76’s larger (15- or 17-inch) Gazelle laptop, which includes an Nvidia RTX 3060 laptop graphics card, has an i7-1200H with six P-cores (2.3-4.7 GHz), eight E-cores (1.7-3.5 GHz), 20 threads, and 24MB of cache.

But the Lemur Pro is more about battery longevity and portability, as you can tell from its 2.54-lb weight and 0.65-inch thickness.

The laptop can receive power over a barrel connector or USB-C.
Enlarge / The laptop can receive power over a barrel connector or USB-C.

It’s also configurable with up to 40GB of dual-channel DDR4-3200 RAM (8GB + 32GB) and 4TB of storage available over two M.2 slots (up to one PCIe 4.0 and one PCIe 3.0).

Other specs include a 1920 x 1080 display, a 1080p webcam, two USB-A ports, one Thunderbolt 4 port, and a Micro SD card reader, plus the option to run Ubuntu 22.04 LTS or Pop!_OS 22.04 LTS.

The right side.
Enlarge / The right side.

The laptop’s firmware uses the Coreboot open source firmware platform, and its embedded controller firmware is open source, too.

System76’s Lemur Pro starts at $1,150.

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