System76 unveils an 'extreme performance' Ubuntu Linux laptop

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Fans of Linux in general or Ubuntu in particular may remember the launch late last month of System76's Sable Complete all-in-one Ubuntu desktop PC featuring a 21.5-inch, high-definition 1080p display and quad-core, third-generation Intel Core i5 or i7 processors.

Now priced $50 cheaper than it was at the time, that new device surely made it onto more than a few holiday wish lists.

On Monday, however, System76 unveiled another Linux-powered machine that some may find even more compelling: the 17.3-inch Bonobo Extreme featuring “the world's fastest GPUs,” in the company's own words.

The new laptop is sure to appeal to legions of gamers, but its high-performance focus will likely attract the attention of plenty of business users as well. Here's a rundown of some of the key features you'll find in this intriguing device.

Up to 3TB of storage

Certainly most notable about the Bonobo Extreme is its inclusion of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 670MX or the GeForce GTX 680M GPU, with up to 4GB of GDDR5 memory and 1,344 CUDA Cores of graphics processing power.

Users can choose from among seven colors for the Bonobo Extreme's backlit keyboard.

A third-generation Intel Core i7 CPU forms the heart of the device, which features a 1080p full high-definition LED backlit display; either glossy or matte finish is available. The operating system included is 64-bit Ubuntu Linux 12.10 “Quantal Quetzal.”

For data-crunching purposes, the Bonobo Extreme supports up to 32GB dual channel DDR3 1600 MHz memory, while up to 3TB is available for storage. Users can also upgrade to an Intel solid state drive to run Ubuntu and add additional drives for storage.

A backlit keyboard

Also compelling about the new device is its backlit keyboard, shown above. Not only can users adjust the brightness, but they can also choose from among seven colors for the back lighting.

A Synaptics clickpad provides an extra large navigation surface, while rubberized palm rests are designed for comfort.

Also featuring a built-in 2.0 MP high-resolution camera and an SD card reader, among many other features, the Bonobo Extreme weighs 8.6 lbs. and is priced starting at $1,499.

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