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Kubuntu Focus announce the second-gen mini desktop Focus NX

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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.

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gaboversta Feb 27
Once again it's time for my favourite game: Configuring systems I won't buy.
Also great to see continued preinstall efforts.
CyborgZeta Feb 27
While I do like tiny PCs such as this, and one pre-installed with Kubuntu at that, this is way too expensive for me to ever consider. If I'm going to drop that amount of money on a PC, I could probably spend the same or less just building my own.

Alternatively, I could go to Amazon and buy an Intel NUC for a lot less money and just install Kubuntu on that.
denyasis Feb 27
I'm kinda curious if the use case for systems like this? Without a dedicated GPU, gaming seems like a stretch? But its way overkill for streaming? Non/lite-gaming desktop use maybe?

Quoting: gaboverstaOnce again it's time for my favourite game: Configuring systems I won't buy.
Also great to see continued preinstall efforts.

So what would you use it for? I'm genuinely curious ( I appear to be lacking in the creativity department today)
Pengling Feb 27
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Quoting: denyasisWithout a dedicated GPU, gaming seems like a stretch? But its way overkill for streaming? Non/lite-gaming desktop use maybe?
I look at this and see a great little box for light gaming and emulation. If I were to purchase a desktop machine (something that I don't have, as I exclusively use portables), this is exactly what I'd want, personally, as what I enjoy playing doesn't need vast amounts of power.

That said, I know that I'm an oddity for a geek in that my computing requirements are quite light and have, in essence, remained virtually unchanged since my days with the Commodore 64!
CyborgZeta Feb 27
Quoting: denyasisI'm kinda curious if the use case for systems like this? Without a dedicated GPU, gaming seems like a stretch? But its way overkill for streaming? Non/lite-gaming desktop use maybe?

Quoting: gaboverstaOnce again it's time for my favourite game: Configuring systems I won't buy.
Also great to see continued preinstall efforts.

So what would you use it for? I'm genuinely curious ( I appear to be lacking in the creativity department today)
For me, a tiny PC like this is perfect for emulation up to PS2. I think the Iris XE graphics should be able to handle Dolphin and PCSX2, upscaled to 1080p, without issue.

As for Steam gaming, well, it should be fine for older games. Depends on the game.
denyasis Feb 28
Very fair points for the both of you. It occurred to me just a while ago, at a lower price point, it could also make a decent "first computer" for a kid. It's kinda in the sweet spot of being pretty capable and pretty cheap, it would probably be a one time purchase for the majority of their education.
I really wish they don't make the process of getting the ISO so annoying though. Why do I have to give my email address to be emailed a download link that's only valid for 30min? It's very annoying -- Tuxedo meanwhile just leave their ISO available. Kubuntu Focus has a lot of cool stuff that I think people should check out but I doubt most people would want to do it.
CyborgZeta Feb 28
Quoting: denyasisVery fair points for the both of you. It occurred to me just a while ago, at a lower price point, it could also make a decent "first computer" for a kid. It's kinda in the sweet spot of being pretty capable and pretty cheap, it would probably be a one time purchase for the majority of their education.
Honestly, I think tiny PCs like these are excellent all-around PCs in general. They don't take up a lot of space, they're power efficient, and easy to work with.

If I didn't need an external GPU for Steam, I'd use something like this Kubuntu Focus tiny PC as my daily driver without hesitation.
gaboversta Feb 28
Quoting: denyasisI'm kinda curious if the use case for systems like this? Without a dedicated GPU, gaming seems like a stretch? But its way overkill for streaming? Non/lite-gaming desktop use maybe?

Quoting: gaboverstaOnce again it's time for my favourite game: Configuring systems I won't buy.
Also great to see continued preinstall efforts.

So what would you use it for? I'm genuinely curious ( I appear to be lacking in the creativity department today)

I wouldn't use it, that's why I wouldn't buy it. I just enjoy clicking on the high end options and seeing the price go up.
That said, when I was an office clerk this would have been awesome to have.
lucinos Feb 28
Please, Please!
Put a sd card and a microsd card slot! Why the hell this is not a thing on mini PCs?
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