Recently we have among us the third generation of the Kubuntu Focus M2 , the renewal of the professional laptop that stands out for its high performance and for using the Ubuntu family member as a pre-installed operating system, more specifically the 20.04 LTS version.
The processor incorporated in the renewed Kubuntu Focus M2 is the Intel Core i7-11800H , corresponding to the Tiger Lake generation and incorporating 8 physical cores, 16 threads (2 threads per core), 24MB of Intel Smart Cache, integrated Gen12 graphics ( Xe) and is capable of working at a maximum frequency of 4.6GHz. It is important to bear in mind that this component is fixed and cannot be modified in the purchase process.
The notebook also includes the latest generation of NVIDIA graphics technology, offering a in the base configuration 6GB RTX 3060 that can be replaced by an 8GB RTX 3070 or a 16GB RTX 3080 . Here we find one of the great buts of the product, since NVIDIA does not care much about complying with the standards , despite the many efforts that there are to make them swallow them by force . Added to this are the problems tearing that are usually present when combining KDE Plasma with the official NVIDIA driver, which is easy to solve as long as you are willing to use the console. Hopefully with Wayland the dynamics begin to change.
Continuing with graphics issues, the screen is LCD, 15.6 inches, supports a native resolution Full HD (1920 × 1080) and works at a refresh rate of 144MHz . It has an anti-glare coating and supports 90% of the RGB color spectrum and 72% of the NTSC color spectrum.
With regard to memory, the Kubuntu Focus M2 incorporates in its basic configuration 16GB of DDR4 RAM at 3,200MHz configured in Dual Channel, and the amount can be increased to 64GB in the purchase process. For data storage, there is a Samsung NVMe SSD 250GB , a capacity that can be increased to 2TB. The buyer can, if he wants, add an optional second NVMe SSD ranging from 250GB to 2TB.
At the connection level, we find an RJ45 connector for Gigabit Ethernet, Intel’s Wi-Fi 6 AX 200 with Bluetooth 5.2, a Thunderbolt 4 port, three USB Type-A (rectangular) 3.2 Gen 1 ports, an HDMI 2.0 output port with HDCP, a mini DisplaPort 1.4 port, a Kensington lock, a microSD card reader, a 3.5mm jack port for microphone and S / PDIF optical output and a 3.5 jack port for headphones and microphone.
The battery is 73Wh, the webcam is one megapixel (1920 × 720), the weight is approximately 2 kilograms and the dimensions are 357.5 millimeters wide, 238 millimeters deep and 19.8 millimeters high. It is worth mentioning that the backlit keyboard supports a wide variety of colors and that the Kubuntu logo is displayed on the super key (also known as the “Windows key”).
The third generation of the Kubuntu Focus M2 can beat the base price of 1,945 dollars US , which will obviously increase as the characteristics of the unit to buy are improved.