Specifications
Powerful  •  Reliable  •  Full-Service

Overview

Get ultra-fast Linux-native with zero-setup and unmatched reliability and service. The Focus is designed for Deep Learning Scientists, Cloud and Web Developmers, DevOps Engineering, and other creative professionals. A large number of Expert Solutions are immediately available. Just power-on and go.

Software

Software

Support

Support

Hardware

CPUCore i7-9750H 6c/12t 4.5GHz Turbo
GPUUp to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 8 GB GDDR6 with PhysX and CUDA
DisplayFull 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
MemoryUp 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
Battery
  • 62 Whr
  • Up to 5.0hr on iGPU
  • Up to 3.5hr on dGPU
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
WebcamFull-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
WarrantyUp to Two year limited hardware with software support
ChassisMetal surfaces, Plastic bottom, 380 x 252 x 20mm, 2kg
CoolingOne 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
ExpansionUser expandable SSD, NVMe, and RAM
ContributeTwo percent of gross purchase price is donated to the Kubuntu Foundation

Compare

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 LTS?
Yes
Yes
No, MacOS BSD
Ready-to-run solutions you need?
Yes[5]
No
No
Relative TensorFlow Training Speed?
20x faster
10x faster
1x
Purchase Price[6]
$1,885
$2,663 [1,854]
$2,709

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

[2] Base Kubuntu 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] Expert Solutions are developed in response to customer demand and validated on the hardware.

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

Perform

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 system is set to performance mode using the CPU frequency widget included in the system tray.

Deep Learning

Comprehensive TensorFlow benchmarks can be run at the end of the kfocus-001-conda script. Please compare to the official results.

RTX 2080[1]RTX 2070[1]RTX 2060[1]Titan X[2]Titan XPW10[2]Titan XP[2]
Interface 8,997 8,295 7,665 7,443 9,74111,948
Training 9,272 8,824 8,232 7,90810,37512,922
AI Score18,26917,11915,89715,35120,08924,870

[1] Kubuntu Focus 2.2Kg, 20mm thick

[2] Unconstrained Desktop GPU

CPU and GPU

The CPU performs around 20% better than the i7-9750H average in both single and multi-core. This is probably due to superior cooling compared to other laptops that use slim chassis.

BenchmarkStressScores
Basemark GPU-1.1.0GPU4632
Geekbench-4.4.2CPU5845 23751
Geekbench-5.0.4CPU1209 05717
Gfxbench GL: Car Chase / T-Rex FPSGPU251 00972
Unigine Heaven 4.0, Ultra-Normal-8xGPU2037
Unigine Heaven 4.0, Medium-normal-2xGPU3369
Unigine Super, Extreme 1080p, 144HzGPU2991
Unigine Super, High 1080p, 144HzGPU7625
Unigine Super, Medium 1080p, 144HzGPU10157
Unigine Super, Low 720p, 144HzGPU19180

Basemark GPU 1.1.0

Vulkan shows 30/46/520 min/avg/max FPS and scores 4,632. OpenGL shows 12/50/129 min/avg/max FPS and scores 4,964.

Uningine Superposition

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

SettingScoreFPS min, avg, maxC min, max
Extreme 1080p, 144Hz2991018.64 022.37 025.2642.0 70.0
Extreme 1080p, 60Hz2983017.85 022.32 025.3946.0 70.0
High 1080p, 144Hz7625047.20 057.04 067.6239.0 68.0
High 1080p, 60Hz7622045.40 057.01 068.0838.0 68.0
Medium 1080p, 144Hz10157059.98 075.97 093.7439.0 69.0
Medium 1080p, 60Hz9371054.32 070.09 086.1442.0 69.0
Low 720p, 144Hz1918082.54 143.46 203.8942.0 70.0
Low 720p, 60Hz19297085.25 144.34 199.4139.0 70.0

Uningine Heaven 4.0

Ultra shows 9.5/80.9/144.7 min/avg/max FPS and scores 2,037. Settings are 1080p, Ultra preset, normal tessellation, 8x anti-aliasing. Medium shows 10.4/133.8/234.5 min/avg/map FPS and scores 3,369. Settings are 1080p, Medium, normal tessalation, 8x anti-aliasing. The GPU remained at or below 70°C

Optimize

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