Why MALIBAL?

When it comes to choosing a laptop, you have numerous options from well-known brands like Dell, HP, Lenovo, and Apple. Each of these companies offers a range of products designed to meet the diverse needs of their customers. However, if you’re looking for a brand that stands out in terms of commitment to open source projects, right to repair, American-based hardware integration and support, customization, and a “Best of All Worlds” design philosophy, MALIBAL is a unique choice. Here’s how we at MALIBAL set ourselves apart from other laptop brands.

Open Source

Unlike many mainstream laptop manufacturers, MALIBAL actively supports and contributes to open-source projects. This includes well-known initiatives like GNU and Linux, and emerging platforms like Mastodon, as well as the innovative coreboot project. This commitment not only fosters a community-driven approach to software development but also ensures that MALIBAL laptops are at the forefront of technological innovation and user freedom.

Open Warranty

In an industry where warranties can be restrictive, MALIBAL stands out by offering an Open Warranty policy that prioritizes user freedom and customization. Unlike many other companies, MALIBAL acknowledges the evolving needs of our users by allowing them to open their systems for various modifications without voiding the warranty.

Whether it’s upgrading the RAM to boost performance, swapping out the SSD for more storage, modifying firmware, or experimenting with different operating systems, MALIBAL users can make these changes with confidence, knowing their warranty remains intact. This policy reflects MALIBAL’s commitment to providing versatile, user-friendly technology solutions that grow and adapt with our users.

Right to Repair

Amid ongoing debates about consumer rights to repair, we at MALIBAL distinguish ourselves by advocating for this essential freedom, setting a clear contrast with larger brands that may impose restrictions on device repairability. MALIBAL is committed to ensuring that users have the autonomy to repair and upgrade their devices as necessary.

Integration in the USA

While many laptop manufacturers rely heavily on overseas production, particularly in China, we at MALIBAL pride ourselves on completing the final hardware integration of our laptops in the United States. This not only supports American jobs but also ensures a high standard of quality control and a shorter supply chain, which can be crucial for timely and efficient customer service.

US Support

At MALIBAL, we set ourselves apart by basing all customer support operations within the United States, contrasting sharply with companies that outsource their support services to call centers overseas. This strategic choice ensures that when you need assistance, you’re getting help from a team that’s not only knowledgeable about the products but also understands the context of your needs and can provide timely and relevant support. This approach highlights MALIBAL’s commitment to offering superior, personalized customer service, distinguishing it from competitors that may face challenges in delivering the same level of understanding and immediacy.

Customization

MALIBAL specializes in customization, setting us apart from other brands where off-the-shelf models are the norm. Whether it’s custom branding for corporate clients or individual component selection for personal use, MALIBAL offers a level of personalization that’s rare in the industry. This approach ensures that each customer gets a laptop that’s tailored to their specific needs and preferences.

All World Design

In today’s laptop market, it’s common to encounter trade-offs: sleek and lightweight models often sacrifice performance or connectivity, while high-performance laptops can be bulky and have limited battery life. However, MALIBAL breaks the mold with our “Best of All Worlds” design philosophy, a no-compromise approach that brings together the best aspects of laptop design into a single, cohesive package.

  • Power in Elegance: Redefining Portability
    As thin and light ultrabooks continue to capture the market, MALIBAL sets a new benchmark by seamlessly integrating the highest performing CPUs and GPUs into some of the slimmest and most lightweight designs available today. Highlighting this achievement is the Aon S1, acclaimed as the world’s fastest laptop weighing under 2.5lbs.This unique combination ensures that whether you’re a professional needing heavy-duty processing power, a gamer demanding high frame rates, or a content creator working on intensive applications, you get all the performance you need in a form factor that’s easy to carry.
  • Full Spectrum Connectivity: Every Port You Need
    Connectivity is key in today’s technology landscape, and MALIBAL understands this. Unlike other thin and light laptops that often skimp on ports, MALIBAL’s designs include a comprehensive selection of connectivity options. This means you get all the ports you need without carrying additional dongles or docks, enhancing both convenience and functionality.
  • Enduring Energy: Power Through Your Day
    Battery life is a crucial aspect of laptop design, especially for users on the go. MALIBAL’s laptops are engineered to offer long battery life without compromising on performance, ensuring that you can work, play, or create for extended periods without constantly searching for a power outlet.
  • Empowering Innovation: Open Source Firmware
    Whether you’re a developer looking to tweak your system, a security-conscious user, or simply someone who appreciates transparency in software, MALIBAL’s integration of coreboot firmware delivers a level of freedom and performance optimization not commonly found in mainstream laptops. Coreboot reimagines firmware by stripping away unnecessary bloat and focusing on what’s essential, resulting in quicker boot times and enhanced security. This open-source approach means users are not locked into proprietary firmware limitations, offering a unique level of customization and optimization possibilities.
  • OS Versatility: Options for Every User
    Understanding the diverse needs of our users, MALIBAL stands out by offering multi-OS options, including both Linux and Windows, as well as the capability for dual-boot systems. This flexibility caters to a wide range of users—from those who require the robustness and customization Linux offers, particularly appealing to developers and IT professionals, to users who prefer the familiar environment of Windows for business and personal use. The option for a dual-boot system further enhances the versatility of MALIBAL laptops, allowing users to switch between operating systems based on their current task or preference.
  • Designed for Tomorrow: Upgradeability and Serviceability
    At a time where many brands are moving towards sealed, non-serviceable designs, MALIBAL takes a different approach. Key components such as memory, storage, battery, and wireless modules are user-accessible and upgradeable. This design choice not only extends the life of your laptop but also gives you the freedom to enhance its capabilities as your needs evolve.

Testimonials

Our commitment to quality, performance, and customer satisfaction shines through in the words of our users. Experience the MALIBAL difference for yourself.

Jeremy C.
“The MALIBAL Aon S1 ended my search for the Best Linux (or Windows) Daily Driver for me.”

Jack W. – ZDNET
“In fact, since the Aon S1 arrived, I much prefer using it to my MacBook Pro 13-inch.”

Trigrhappy
“MALIBAL is simply put the best-kept secret in laptop computers.”

Liam H.
“My new laptop is the best purchase I’ve ever made.”

Nicholas H.
“The final product is practically a work of art.”

Check out more testimonials at the bottom of this page.

Conclusion

In a marketplace dominated by large corporations, MALIBAL offers a refreshing alternative that focuses on open-source support, the right to repair, hardware integration in the USA, personalized US-based customer support, and the unique combination of customization and high-performance technology in sleek, user-friendly designs. For those who value these qualities, MALIBAL stands out as a distinct and appealing choice among laptop brands.

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To secure a laptop for your personal or professional needs in anticipation of Christmas, we recommend placing your order at your earliest convenience.

Upon order placement, the estimated delivery date will be clearly indicated on the cart page, assuring the receipt of your purchase well ahead of the holiday festivities.

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Why MALIBAL?

In a marketplace dominated by large corporations, MALIBAL offers a refreshing alternative that focuses on open-source support, the right to repair, hardware integration in the USA, personalized US-based customer support, and the unique combination of customization and high-performance technology in sleek, user-friendly designs. For those who value these qualities, MALIBAL stands out as a distinct and appealing choice among laptop brands.

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Are all the parts soldered to the motherboard?

In many modern laptops, especially thin and light models (like Apple’s MacBook Air or Pro, Dell’s XPS 13, or many of Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 Carbon models), the memory, storage, battery, and wireless module are often soldered directly onto the motherboard. This is done to save space and allow the laptop to be thinner, but it means that the RAM and SSD are not user-upgradeable.

However, as part of our commitment to the Right to Repair Movement, the memory, storage, battery, and wireless module all MALIBAL laptops are user-upgradeable or user-replaceable.

Is the firmware on your laptops open source?

Yes, the UEFI / EC firmware on our laptops is open-source and licensed under the GPL.

Can your laptops be charged or powered via USB-C?

USB-C is revolutionizing the way we charge laptops. As a universal charging standard, USB-C has a number of advantages that make it particularly suited for this task.

First and foremost, it offers high power delivery capability – up to 100 watts – which is sufficient to charge even power-hungry laptops. This eliminates the need for proprietary laptop chargers and allows for charging via common adapters, power banks, or even other laptops.

Additionally, USB-C is a reversible connector, meaning it can be inserted either way, making it more user-friendly.

It also supports data transfer and display output, allowing for a single cable to provide power, transfer data, and connect to external monitors.

All MALIBAL laptops can be powered via the Thunderbolt 4 port.

Who is MALIBAL?
MALIBAL is an innovative technology company that produces high-performance, custom linux laptops for developers and content creators; mobile workstations for engineers, scientists, video editors, 3D modelers, and animators; and mobile servers for enterprise applications. On our site, you will find information about the best linux laptops, such as our Aon S1 and Aon L1 models, our customers, new articles, latest news, guides, features, and more.
How do I get a quote?

If you need a quote for any reason, e.g., to submit to accounting for approval, before ordering, simply add the laptop(s) you want to purchase to the Cart, then click Checkout, and on the checkout page, click Convert Cart to Quote. We will email you a PDF of the quote with a link to make payment once you are ready to complete the order.

How do I cancel an order?

You may cancel an order any time up until it ships. After it ships, you will not be able to cancel it, but will instead have to use our return policy in order to return the laptop for a refund. To cancel an order, simply open a sales ticket or sales chat and give the representative your order information, and they will cancel the order for you and send you confirmation via email and text.

How do I make a change to my order?

You may make changes to your order up until it ships. To modify an order, simply open a sales ticket or sales chat and give the representative your order information and specify which changes you want to make.

When is my order shipping?

If all parts are in stock, the average build time for laptops is 5-7 business days. This means laptops will ship 5-7 business days after the order is placed. If a component is backordered, it will say which parts are backordered in your order confirmation email.

To see the estimated delivery date of your laptop, please check your order confirmation email for the Estimated Delivery Date. You can also see this information on your My Account > Order Details page. The estimated delivery date is the build time (plus backorder delay, if applicable) plus the shipping time.

Once your laptop ships out, we will email you the tracking information. An adult will need to be at the address to sign for the package when it arrives.

How do I track my order after it ships?

You can view your tracking status via the order details page in your account.