Bonobo Extreme 17.3-inch gaming laptop runs Ubuntu

Posted by Shane McGlaun

Extreme gaming laptops are typically associated with Microsoft's Windows operating system, rather than OS X  or Linux.

But now that Steam is opening its doors to Linux, the versatile operating system is finally being taken more seriously by manufacturers and game studios alike. 

Enter the System76 Bonobo Extreme Ubuntu-powered gaming laptop. This sweet machine boasts a massive LED backlit screen measuring 17.3-inches - offering full HD resolution at 1920 x 1080.

As expected, the system is packed with impressively high-end hardware, including an Intel Core i7 3630QM processor operating at 2.4 GHz paired with an Nvidia GeForce GTX 670 MX GPU. 

Additional specs include 8 GB of RAM, a 500 GB 7200 RPM hard drive, a DVD burner, an eight-cell battery, a backlit keyboard, a Synaptics gesture supporting track pad, integrated Wi-Fi, a memory card reader, HDMI output, four USB 3.0 ports and an integrated two-megapixel web cam.

As you might expect from a notebook so massive and packed with high-end specs, the machine is far from cheap, with a base system priced at $1500, which includes a $100 Christmas discount.

The giant notebook measures 16.5 x 11.54 x 1.96" at its thickest point and weighs 8.6 pounds. It's certainly not the most compact and portable machine out there, but if you're seriously into open-source gaming this may be just the machine for you.