System’76 Pangolin Review
The Pangolin is the latest AMD powered laptop to be released by Open-Source-centric OEM System76, and we have our in-depth review ready for the masses.
The Pangolin isn’t much different from the Lemur Pro in terms of reliability and quality – but mobility and internals is where it differs.
Where the Lemur was Intel powered, the Pangolin has the Ryzen 7 Pro and up to 32GB of RAM.
System76 has one of the most unique, quirky, fun unboxing experiences you’ll ever have with any consumer laptop on the market – especially if you’re a developer or programmer.
Build Quality and Specs
|OS||Pop!_OS 22.04 LTS of Ubuntu 22.04 LTS|
|Processor||AMD Ryzen 7 6800U|
|CPU||8 Cores – 16 threads|
2.7 up to 4.7 Ghz
|GPU||AMD Radeon 680M|
|RAM||32 GB LPDDR5 @ 6400 Mhz|
|Display||15.6″ 1920×1080 FHD, Matte Finish,144 Hz|
|Front Camera||16 Megapixels (f/2.5 Aperture, 1/3.06″ sensor|
|Storage||2 x M.2 SSD (PCIe NVMe) Up to 16TB Total|
|Expansion||3x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A, 1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C, SD Card Reader|
|Networking||Gigabit Ethernet, WiFi 6E, Bluetooth 5.2|
|Video Ports||HDMI 2.0, USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C w/ DisplayPort 1.4|
|Audio||Stereo duel-driver full-range speakers, 1x headphone/microphone combo|
|Camera||1MP 720p HD Webcam|
|Security||Kensington Lock, Hardware Camera Kill Switch|
|Battery||Li-Ion – 70 Wh|
|Dimensions||14.59″ x 9.76″ x 0.71 (37.06 x 24.79 x 1.80 cm)|
|Price||Starting at $1,299.00|
Pop_OS! – A fresh take on computing
System76 laptops ship with either Ubuntu, or their own in-house Linux distro known as Pop_OS! which is my favorite computing environment outside of the music studio.
With a bit of tinkering, most popular productivity software made for Windows runs on Pop_OS!, using Wine or GameOnLinux, you can have the best of both worlds (although results will vary).
Using System76’s flavor of Linux, you pretty have access to any type of software you could ever need through the Pop Store, although it will take some time sifting through the large open-source library of unknown apps.
The Pangolin is a worthy choice for any consumer who is looking for an upgradable, Open-Source laptop running Linux. Programmers, Data Analysts, Institutions and companies would be right at home, but this the type of home computer that could easily last 10 years without being left behind by the advancements in tech. Anyone looking for a new, trouble-free way of computing should take a serious look at the Pangolin laptop by System76.