Need some power in a small box with full Linux support? The Kubuntu Focus team recently revealed their second-generation Focus NX. This is a small form factor desktop that comes with Kubuntu (KDE Plasma desktop) 22.04 LTS.
Coming with either a Intel Core i7-1240P or i7-1260P (base model), it can be fitted with up to 64GB 3200Mhz RAM (8GB base model) and 2TB NVMe (250GB base model). Seems overall like a nice unit, and when you take into account pricing on all the parts together with dedicated Linux support. Pricing starts at $795 and it's basically a branded pre-configured Intel Wallstreet Canyon NUC.
It comes filled with these ports:
- 1 x Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX211 Gig+, up to 2.4 Gbit/s 802.11 ax
- 1 x Bluetooth 5.3
- 3 x USB-A 3.2 (2 in front, one in rear)
- 1 x USB-A 2.0 (rear)
- 1 x Audio Jack 3.5mm Headphone + Mic (front)
- 2 x Thunderbolt™ 4 / USB-C with DisplayPort 1.4a (rear)
- 2 x HDMI 2.1 (rear)
- 1 x RJ-45 Intel i225-V 2.5 GbE LAN (rear)
- 1 x Kensington Lock Mount
- 1 x Cable Management Bracket
- 1 x VESA Monitor-Mount Bracket
From their Press Release:
“We feel the NX GEN 2 is a great replacement for 2- or 3-year-old high-performance systems: its CPU performance is excellent, yet it is far quieter and uses much less space and power,” says Michael Mikowski, General Manager. “The second generation improves on the first with better single- and multi-core performance, greater expandability, and updated ports.”
“Of course, the excellent hardware is only half of the story. Like with all our systems, we constantly test and distribute hardware optimizations through regular package upgrades. For example, the hardware-support subsystem for the NX GEN 2 adjusts the iGPU configuration to minimize flicker and maximize performance. We also ensure the system and kernel configuration is eGPU-ready and tested.”
They currently only ship to the US and Canada.
See more on their website.