Razer’s first Linux laptop computer is right here, but it surely’s not for avid gamers

It’s been a decade since Razer shipped its first Blade laptop, they usually’ve all include Home windows. That isn’t fairly altering in the present day — however an organization known as Lambda is now placing Ubuntu on a souped-up model of final yr’s Razer Blade 15 Superior with Razer’s full blessing, with the purpose of promoting it to machine studying and synthetic intelligence researchers.

It’s known as the Razer x Lambda Tensorbook, and the $3,500 machine is totally similar to a high-end model of final yr’s laptop computer in most methods. It’s obtained an Eleventh-gen Intel Core i7 CPU, Nvidia RTX 3080 Max-Q graphics and 64GB of RAM beneath a 15.6-inch 165Hz 1440p show, all powered by a 80Wh battery inside an identically sized and formed 4.45-pound chassis. It’s additionally obtained the identical speedy I/O, together with two Thunderbolt 4 ports, three USB 3.2 Gen 2 Kind-A ports, a UHS-III SD card reader and each Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2.

However the Tensorbook is silver as a substitute of black, and comes preinstalled with “the newest drivers and machine studying instruments together with PyTorch, Tensorflow, CUDA, and cuDNN,” its personal guarantee and — in case you pay $4,099 and up — its personal premium help crew. Lambda says it gives {hardware} to 1000’s of analysis teams already, promoting GPUs, servers, and desktop workstations.

You can make out the keys and speaker grille, as well as the webcam
A better take a look at the Lambda Tensorbook.
Picture: Razer x Lambda

Whereas Razer presently affords quicker CPU, GPU and screens in in the present day’s Blade lineup, it’s not essentially a nasty deal in case you love the design, contemplating how expensive Razer’s laptops could be. However we’ve usually discovered that Razer’s skinny machines run fairly sizzling in our critiques, and the Blade in question was no exception even with 1 / 4 of the reminiscence and a much less highly effective RTX 3060 GPU. Lambda’s FAQ page doesn’t tackle warmth as of in the present day.

Lambda is clearly aiming this one at potential MacBook Professional patrons, and I don’t simply say that due to the silver tones. The first {hardware} comparability the corporate touts is a 4x speedup over Apple’s M1 Max in a 16-inch MacBook Pro when operating TensorFlow.

Razer has teased higher Linux help over time, however common Linux computing information web site Phoronix wrote in 2019 that those plans had seemingly been mothballed. Maybe the just lately renewed curiosity in Linux gaming, pushed by the Steam Deck, will push Razer to think about Linux for its personal core merchandise as nicely.


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