System76 Galago Pro Hardware Review

Galago Pro

This post contains a brief review and some photographs of the System76 Galago Pro that I have been reviewing for the past several weeks. Overall I am impressed with the Galago Pro. out of the box it is reminiscent of an older MacBook Pro, if not quite as streamlined. Let’s take a closer look at this computer, starting with a top-down, straight-on shot of the lid.

The System76 Galago Pro

The computer has a nice, brushed aluminum finish. Though the Galago Pro does feature high-visibility branding it isn’t a bad looking machine.

Galago Pro

The left side of the machine features a power-input, SIM card slot, USB 3.0 (Type A) port, power switch, and microphone and headphone jacks (not pictured).

Galago Pro

The right side of the machine features hosts of the Galago Pro’s ports. This side features the following: USB Type-C, a USB Type-A, Thunderbolt, HDMI, SD, Ethernet, and an attachment for a Kensington cable lock.

Galago Pro

The backlit chiclet keyboard is a thing of beauty. The keys have a perfect amount of tension, each is well-sized and -spaced. The back-lighting is adjustable, allowing you to toggle through three brightness settings, and turn it completely off.

Galago Pro

There isn’t much to say about the trackpad except that it isn’t too big, and works well. If I purchase a Galago Pro I will purchase a mouse and simply disable the trackpad.

Galago Pro

The bezel that I’ve talked about on the podcast – it’s big! The 13.3″ 3200 × 1800 HiDPI screen is very nice otherwise.

Galago Pro

I like companies that pay attention the little things. One little thing is the rubber “feet” on so many laptops. Instead of four feet, the Galago Pro has two very long rubberized feet. I hope this will mitigate the tendency of these things to fall off. They do a nice job of keeping the laptop in place on the table. You can also see one of the laptop’s speakers. It’s audio is nothing to write home about, but it’s about on par with a lot of similarly-sized computers.

Galago Pro

A size comparison: 2015 15″ MacBook Pro (bottom), Galago Pro (middle), and 2016 13″ Macbook Pro. The System76 machine seems to split all three, coming in middle of the pack in size, thickness, and weight.

Galago Pro

The power supply is also refreshingly small and lightweight; much smaller than a large MacBook Pro charger.

Galago Pro

The Bottom Line

The Galago Pro offers an incredibly portable size coupled with potent specifications. I will definitely be purchasing one soon. Check them out at https://system76.com/laptops/galago.

3 thoughts on “System76 Galago Pro Hardware Review”

  1. Hello Justin,
    Can you comment on how you got on with installing Qubes OS onto the Galago?
    Specifically, did you run into any stability issues?

    Thanks,
    Roki

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