Razer, which is specializing in making game products, launched its ever-first Blade laptop a decade ago. Moreover, all Razer Blade laptops run on the Windows operating system. Well, it has been so until today. Recently, the company announced a new notebook series called Lambda. What’s more important is that the latter runs Ubuntu. You might think this is a new laptop series and it doesn’t have anything in common with the Razer series. But the thing is that the first Lambda laptop with Ubuntu onboard is the renamed version of the last year’s Razer Blade 15 Advanced. As you can guess, this is not a gaming laptop but is more focusing on machine learning and artificial intelligence researchers.
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As for the full name of the laptop, it is called the Razer x Lambda Tensorbook. The price of this notebook is $3,500, which means we are dealing with a top-notch product. However, the last year’s Razer Blade 15 Advanced was considered to be a flagship model. So there is nothing surprising.
Inside, the machine carries an 11th-gen Intel Core i7 CPU, Nvidia RTX 3080 Max-Q graphics and 64GB of RAM. Other selling points of this outstanding laptop is the 15.6-inch 165Hz 1440p display and an 80Wh battery.
Of course, the laptop boasts multiple speedy ports, such as two Thunderbolt 4 ports, three USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A ports, a UHS-III SD card reader, and supports both Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2 latest connectivity options.
There are minor differences between the Ubuntu and the Windows versions. For instance, the Tensorbook is silver instead of black. Plus, as the company proves, it comes preinstalled with “the latest drivers and machine learning tools including PyTorch, Tensorflow, CUDA, and cuDNN.”
The Razer laptops have been known for their high prices. In some sense, they challenge the MacBook Pro and the like. In this sense, the upcoming Razer x Lambda Tensorbook looks like the Apple MacBook and is ready to compete with the latter as well.
Prior to this, Razer has been talking about better Linux support. However, Phoronix, a Linux computing news site wrote in 2019 that likely Razer wouldn’t focus on them much. In other words, no one has been believing that Razer won’t release Ubuntu-based laptops.