Kubuntu Focus Model One
Powerful  •  Workflow-focused  •  Full-service

Overview

The Kubuntu Focus provides a compelling combination of optimized cloud-compatible software, Stay-Focused enterprise support, and high-performance hardware.

Software

Software (top)

Stay-Focused Support

Stay-Focused Support (top)

Open for business

Rear view

Rear view

Keyboard and USB

LED backlit keyboard with USB key

Ports

Use real ports

Secure your data your way

Full disk encryption with YubiKey

Hardware (top)

CPU Core i7-9750H 6c/12t 4.5GHz Turbo
GPU Up to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 8 GB GDDR6 with PhysX and CUDA
Display Full HD 16.1” matte 1080p IPS 144Hz. Up to 3 external 4K monitors (MDP+USBC+HDMI)
  • 1x Mini-DisplayPort 1.4 with support up to 8K@60Hz
  • 1x USB-C DisplayPort 1.4 with support up to 8K@60Hz
  • 1x HDMI 2.0 with support up to 4K@60Hz
Memory Up to 64GB Dual Channel DDR4 2666 MHz
Storage
  • NVMe 0: Up to 2TB Samsung EVO Plus NVMe 3,500MB/s and 2,700MB/s seq. read and write. Over 5x faster than standard Evo 860 Pro SSD
  • NVMe 1: Same as NVMe 0
  • SSD: Up to 4TB EVO 860
Network
  • Intel Dual AC 9260 & Bluetooth (M.2 2230) 802.11 ac/a/b/g/n
    DualBand 300 Mbit/s (2.4GHz WIFI) / 1,730 Mbit/s (5GHz WIFI)
  • Wired/LAN: Gigabit LAN (Realtek RTL8168/8111 Ethernet, 10/100/1000 Mbit/s)
  • Dual Mode Bluetooth 5
Security:
  • YubiKey 5 NFC 2FA (optional)
  • Kensington Lock
  • Full disk encryption
Sound
  • High Definition Audio, 2x 2W speakers
  • Integrated microphone with noise suppression
  • Optical S/PDIF output
Webcam Full-HD 720P cam and mic with physical shutter installed
Keyboard
  • Multi-color LED backlit
  • 3mm travel
  • Kubuntu super key
Touchpad Two button, Glass Synaptics, pressure sensitive, with multi-gesture and scroll
Warranty Up to Two year limited hardware with software support
Chassis Metal surfaces, Plastic bottom, 380 x 252 x 20mm, 2kg
Cooling One CPU and two GPU fans with heat pipes. Nearly silent in light loads such as web browsing
Multi-Card-Reader
  • MMC / RSMMC
  • SD Express / UHS-II
  • MS / MS Pro / MS Duo
  • SD / SDHC / SDXC / Micro SD (Adapter necessary)
Ports
  • 2x USB 3.0 Type-A (1x powered)
  • 2x USB 3.1 Type-C Gen2 (10 GBit/s) (no power-delivery/DC-IN)
  • 1x DisplayPort 1.4 by USB-C
  • 1x HDMI 2.0 (with HDCP)
  • 1x Mini-DisplayPort 1.4 (supports G-SYNC capable monitors)
  • 1x Ethernet Port / Gigabit-LAN (10/100/1000 MB); RJ45
  • 1x 2-in-1 audio (Headphone or Headset, 3.5mm coaxial)
  • 1x 2-in-1 audio (Microphone & S/PDIF optical, 3.5mm coaxial)
  • 1x Kensington Lock
  • 1x 6-in-1 Card Reader
  • 1x DC-IN/power connection
Expansion User expandable SSD, NVMe, and RAM
Contribute Two percent of gross purchase price is donated to the Kubuntu Foundation

The numerous ports and expandability are refreshing in a time where many laptops have components soldered to the motherboard and offer only a few USB-C ports.

Approved upgrades of storage and memory are supported under warranty. The full owners manual is in the box. Open the case with a single standard screwdriver.

Purchase with Confidence (top)

Feature[1] KFocus[2] Laptop B[3] Laptop C[4]
Built your way, shipped next day?
Yes
2-4 week lead time
Limited in store stock, 2-4 weeks otherwise
Live Remote Desktop support?
Yes
No, Web Forum
Yes
Courtesy laptop cross-shipped?
Yes
Same-day service
Yes, from store
Hardware optimized?
Extensive
Some
Extensive
Full Disk Encryption?
Free
No
Yes, user enabled FileVault
YubiKey security option?
Yes
No
No
User expandable and serviceable?
Yes
Not declared
Glued shut, soldered RAM and SSD
Native *Ubuntu 18.04.4?
Yes
Yes
No, MacOS BSD
Ready-to-run workflows you need?
Yes[5]
No
No
Relative TensorFlow Training Speed?
20x faster
10x faster
1x
Purchase Price[6]
$1,795
$2,663 [1,854]
$2,709

[1] Comparison current 2020-03-20 and gathered directly from each retailers web order page

[2] Base Kbuntu Focus, i7-9750H, 16GB RAM, RTX 2060 GPU, 250GB NVMe, 1yr Warranty

[3] Dell Precision 5540, i7-9750H, 16GB RAM, T2000 GPU, 256GB NVMe, 1yr on-site service

[4] MacBook Pro 16, i7-9750H, 16GB Ram, AMD 5500M GPU, 512GB NVME (250GB n/a), 1yr warranty, 2 adaptors

[5] Workflows created in response to customer demand and validated on the hardware.

[6] List price is shown first with limited-time sales price in brackets

Benchmarks (top)

Results for popular benchmarks are provided for comparison. If you find a serious deviation, please let us know and we will investigate. All tests are run with the power plugged-in. The CPU is set to Performance mode using the CPU frequency widget included in the system tray.

AI Bench

See this comparison chart. Even the RTX 2060 model exceed Titan X desktop performance.

RTX 2080RTX 2070RTX 2060
Interfacetbd 8,295 7,665
Training tbd 8,824 8,232
AI Score tbd17,11915,897

CPU and GPU Overview

We found the CPU performance to be ~20% better than the i7-9750H average in both single and multi-core scores. This is probably due to superior cooling compared to many laptops that use slimmer chassis. A summary of all results are presented below followed by detailed sections.

Benchmark Stress Score(s)
Basemark GPU-1.1.0 GPU 4632
Geekbench-4.4.2 CPU 5845 23751
Geekbench-5.0.4 CPU 1209 05717
Gfxbench GL: Car Chase / T-Rex FPS GPU 251 00972
Unigine Heaven 4.0, Ultra-Normal-8x GPU 2037
Unigine Heaven 4.0, Medium-normal-2x GPU 3369
Unigine Super, Extreme 1080p, 144Hz GPU 2991
Unigine Super, High 1080p, 144Hz GPU 7625
Unigine Super, Medium 1080p, 144Hz GPU 10157
Unigine Super, Low 720p, 144Hz GPU 19180

BasemarkGPU 1.1.0

Basemark Vulkan shows 30/46/520 min/avg/max FPS and scored 4632. Basemark OGL shows 12/50/129 min/avg/max FPS and scored 4964.

GeekBench 4.4.2

A typical GeekBench 4 run shows scores of 5,845 (single-core) and 23,751 (multi-score). Intel security firmware patches decrease scores versus an unpatched system by less than 2%.

GeekBench 5.0.4

A typical Geekbench 5.0.4 run shows scores of 1,209 (single-core) and 5,717 (multi-core). Compared to a similarly equipped MBP we see an advantage of 31.1% in single core and 11.5% in multi-core. This competes extremely well with the i9-9880H 8-core model as well.

GFX Bench GL

Car Chase: 251 FPS; T-Rex@1080p: 972 FPS in

Unigine Superposition

Tests run with both a 144Hz and 60Hz panel setting and found no significant difference except in medium settings, where the 144MHz refresh resulted in a 12% boost in performance. The GPU never exceeded 70C. More aggressive cooling settings using Nvidia Settings could provide additional performance at the cost of additional fan noise.

SettingScore FPS min, avg, maxC min, max
Extreme 1080p, 144Hz2991 018.64 022.37 025.2642.0 70.0
Extreme 1080p, 60Hz2983 017.85 022.32 025.3946.0 70.0
High 1080p, 144Hz7625 047.20 057.04 067.6239.0 68.0
High 1080p, 60Hz7622 045.40 057.01 068.0838.0 68.0
Medium 1080p, 144Hz10157 059.98 075.97 093.7439.0 69.0
Medium 1080p, 60Hz9371 054.32 070.09 086.1442.0 69.0
Low 720p, 144Hz19180 82.54 143.46 203.8942.0 70.0
Low 720p, 60Hz19297 085.25 144.34 199.4139.0 70.0

Unigine Heaven 4.0

Ultra Settings

Results are 80.9 frames per second (FPS) average, 9.5 FPS minimum, and 144.7 FPS maximum. Score is 2037. The GPU maintained a maximum temperature of 68C.

Medium Settings

Results are 133.8 FPS average, 10.4 FPS minimum and 234.5 FPS maximum. Score is 3369. The GPU again maintained a maximum temperature of 68C.

Optimizations (top)

The Focus is optimized to make the most of its premium hardware. A partial list is provided below.