The certifications are now complete for the StarBook and the process of transporting the shipment to the UK has started!
Initial indications look to have the first available flight on the 25th of September, which will arrive in the UK the day after on the 26th. Once the shipment has arrived in the UK, the final procedure will be customs. Further updates on this will be posted very soon.
Sep 15, 2021 2:46 pm
We are still waiting on the certifications. These should be completed shortly; there is only one aspect that we are waiting for, and this is for a section of the tests that the issuing body must approve.
This is taking slightly longer due to a knock-on effect of the component shortage, as many manufacturers, us among them, are creating new higher-end devices (higher parts have been easier to obtain during the component shortage).
To summarise, we are essentially just waiting on the reference number back, and then the certifications will be finalised. We have been told to expect these to complete next week. Once those are complete, the StarBook's will leave the factory, heading to the UK. After they have cleared customs and the StarBook's arrive at HQ, we will start dispatching orders immediately.
As for other news, we've had many requests for distribution compatibility, eGPU compatibility, battery runtime, and other things, so we thought it best to post them all here. Some of these do contain our options; please bear in mind we are bound to be biased!
The pre-order discount will be available until the 6th of September.
Over 70% of Batch 2 has been ordered. Batch 3 is likely to be ready around November/December time.
Arch Linux, Qubes, Fedora, Debian (11 Non-Free) and Kali are all working perfectly with coreboot and AMI firmware. Qubes does require one adjustment when using coreboot, and we will post a guide shortly on what needs doing.
The open-source EC is progressing well; we're planning to have this replace our current EC entirely by the end of the year.
For eGPU's, we've done the vast majority of our testing with a Razer Core X, and that's been working admirably.
Battery life is unsurprisingly impressive with the upgraded battery. They'll idle around 3-4W, and average use puts them around 6-7W. Our guys who are using these as their primary laptops are getting just over 8 hours runtime, and they are very, very heavy users who aren't conservative with power consumption. We're sure that someone will reach the 18-hour mark with minor tweaks such as TLP and PowerTop (the LabTop Mk IV record was 13 hours and 42 minutes).
Display's, they're the most expensive displays we've ever used so again, not too surprising that we're thrilled with them. 400nits of brightness makes them very usable outside.
The "black on black" logo does look amazing, so we must issue a warning - that you will be asked what the laptop is!
We apologise for the inconvenience. We are doing everything we can to speed this process up as quickly as possible without cutting corners. To everyone who has pre-ordered, thank you again for your patience and support. We'll post an update very shortly with the good news.
We are yet to find a viable way of speeding up the (re)certifications. We will continue to explore alternatives. However, our regular provider for certifications is proving to be the most viable option at the moment.
They are making progress in a timely fashion and have continued to provide us with updates. They are yet to give us an exact date for completion (which is understandable given the current state of the world), but we have high hopes that they will complete these within our standard time frame (6 weeks from the start).
More updates regarding the certifications will follow as we get them.
To answer a few of the common questions that we are receiving at the moment:
* The larger battery is proving to be a valuable upgrade. We'll publish a battery rundown test shortly.
* The disassembly guide will be available soon.
* We'll post a few photo's of the finished StarBook's by the end of the week :)
Aug 3, 2021 9:08 pm
The certifications for the StarBook with the upgraded batteries are already in progress with our regular provider. They have advised that they are running on a normal schedule (i.e. 6 weeks). They are also going to do everything possible to speed this up. This is our "safe" approach.
We are continuing to explore the alternative options that would result in the certifications being completed earlier, and we'll hear back regarding this inside of 2 weeks. Therefore, we'll post a further update by the 3rd of August at the latest.
The shipment of Lite's has finally been processed through customs and will arrive at HQ either tomorrow or Friday. We are preparing the last elements ready for the final QC and dispatch. Stay tuned, you'll shortly get an email with full tracking details!
Jun 9, 2021 3:46 pm
Touch down! The shipment arrived in the UK over the weekend and is now starting the process of customs clearance.
May 26, 2021 7:56 am
The Lite's are booked to fly tomorrow. Once these arrive in the UK, they will then be processed through UK customs, before final delivery to us.
May 20, 2021 3:58 pm
The shipment of Lite's has arrived in Hong Kong, ready for the next available flight over to the UK. We have been advised that the shipment will take flight within a week.
Customs clearance is still in progress. We will post a further update on Thursday as soon as we have more details regarding the status of the LabTop Mk IV shipment.
Jul 27, 2021 3:33 pm
Quality control is complete and the LabTop's are packaged up, ready to be transported over to the UK on Monday 12th July. The only process left before the shipment arrives at HQ is customs.
Jul 9, 2021 10:01 am
Quality control is underway. Once complete, the only process left will be packaging the LabTop's up, ready for the next available flight to the UK. The shipment will then need to be processed through customs, before arriving at HQ ready to start dispatching pre-orders.
Jun 9, 2021 3:47 pm
Production for the LabTop's will officially be complete on Friday 28th May. Quality control will then commence on Monday 31st May before being packed up, ready for the next available flight over to the UK.
May 26, 2021 10:34 am
The good news is that the LabTop's are approximately 4-5 weeks away from completion. They then need to be shipped from the factory to us; fortunately, shipments are currently running with only minor delays.
On the other hand, an email has been sent out with details of everyone who has pre-ordered with details of a free upgrade that is available.