Tuxedo InfinityBook S 14 v5


With its excellent build quality, slim and lightweight chassis, beefy battery, good keyboard and screen, and possibility to update the RAM and SSD in the future, the InfinityBook S 14 v5 is a great machine for the price. It loses a couple of points due to the noisy trackpad and a few software glitches (see "The Software Side" box), but in our two weeks of testing, we were largely very happy with it.

The Software Side

The InfinityBook ships with TUXEDO_OS, which is basically Ubuntu 20.04 with the Budgie Desktop and a few other tweaks. It's also possible to order the machine with openSUSE.

By and large, Ubuntu runs well on the laptop, but we encountered a few annoying gremlins. For instance, when suspending and resuming, the desktop flashes briefly (and brightly) before the lock screen appears, which is rather off-putting during regular use. It doesn't have a massive impact on usability, but, for a high-end machine, we'd hope for a slicker overall experience.

Also, the keyboard backlight level isn't maintained after suspending and resuming. In one instance, we had the display settings opened and closed the lid. Upon reopening, the CPU spiked, ramping up the fans to jet engine levels, and we had to force quit the Settings app. Otherwise, Ubuntu runs well on the machine.

The Author

Mike Saunders has been using, advocating, and writing about Linux since 1999. He was one of the founders of Linux Voice and gets nostalgic thinking about it.

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