The Kubuntu Focus M2 is a high-performance laptop that ships with the Kubuntu operating system pre-installed. The first version of the laptop was released in 2019, and since then the makers of the Ubuntu-based Linux distribution have worked with their hardware partners on several updates.
The latest version is powered by a 12th-gen Intel Core i7-12700H processor and NVIDIA RTX 30 series graphics. The Kubuntu Focus M2 Gen 4 is now available for purchase for $1895 and up and the laptop should begin shipping to customers May 9, 2022.
The starting price gets you a notebook with a 15.6 inch, 2560 x 1440 pixel 165 Hz IPS LCD display, 16GB of DDR4-3200 memory, 500GB of PCIe 4 NVMe storage, and NVIDIA RTX 3060 graphics, but the computer can also be configured with up to an RTX 3080 Ti GPU, up to 64GB of RAM, and up to 4TB of storage (there are dual M.2 2280 slots).
Among other things, the new model has a higher-resolution display with a faster refresh rate than last year’s 3rd-gen model, a higher-resolution webcam, more ports (including an SD card reader), and a processor bump from an 11th-gen Intel Core i7-11800H chip to the newer 12th-gen Core i7-12700H processor.
While both of those are 45-watt chips, the newer processor is a 14-core, 20-thread chip based on Intel Alder Lake architecture, which brings a pretty significant performance boost over the previous-gen 8-core, 16-thread Tiger Lake part.
The new model ships with Kubuntu 22.04 LTS software, which is based on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS with the KDE 5.24 LTS desktop environment and a set of tools a and drivers specifically for the Kubuntu Focus M2 laptop.
The notebook has an 80 Wh battery and 230 Wh power supply, a body that measures 14.1″ x 9.5″ x 1″ and which weighs about 5.3 pounds. It has a backlit keyboard with support for multiple color options (but it’s single-zone lighting, rather than per-key), a number pad, and support for WiFi 6E, Bluetooth 5.2 and Gigabit Ethernet connections.
Other features include stereo 2W speakers, a 2MP/1080p webcam with a privacy shutter, and a set of ports that includes Thunderbolt 4, HDMI, Mini DisplayPort 1.4, and USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports, an SD card reader, as well as dual audio jacks.