Tuxedo InfinityBook S 14 v5

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Are you in the market for a slim, light, and power-packed laptop? We test an upgradeable machine from Tuxedo.

Some Windows and macOS fans joke that Linux users have no need for svelte, lightweight, and powerful laptops. After all, we like taking things apart and poking around inside, right? A typical Linux laptop should be a 3kg beast with replaceable everything, two parallel ports (ever tried PLIP networking?), and five hard drive bays to store all of our favorite distros. And it doesn't need a fast chip, because we can just run Puppy Linux on it.

Except, of course, that is far from the truth. Sure, we Linux users like to get the most out of our hardware and value upgradeability and longevity over shaving off every single millimeter where possible. But we shouldn't have to compromise. Why can't we have a slim, powerful, and upgradeable laptop that also runs the very latest Linux distros?

This is what Tuxedo aims to offer with the InfinityBook S 14 v5 (Figure 1). Tuxedo Computers GmbH, based in Augsburg, Germany, has been in the Linux hardware business for over 15 years. This particular model – the InfinityBook S 14 v5 – is "made in China, Assembled in Germany," and the company describes it as lightweight, slim, elegant and very persistent. It's available in various configurations; the one we tested for this review costs EUR1,329 (see Table 1).

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