The Kubuntu Focus M2 is a Linux laptop with an Intel Core i9 processor, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 40 series discrete graphics, and a choice of 15.6 inch or 17.3 inch displays (both sizes feature screens with 2560 x 1440 pixel resolutions and refresh rates up to 240 Hz.

When the Kubuntu Focus M2 Gen 5 launched last year it shipped with an Intel Core i9-13900HX processor, but now the laptop has been updated so that the base model features a Core i9-14900HX chip for the same (expensive) starting price of $1,895. Folks who’d prefer to save a few bucks can still opt for a model with the 13th-gen processor though: it starts at $1,795 while supplies last.

When the M2 Gen 5 first launched, I believe it was also only available with a 15.6 inch screen, but shortly after launch a 17.3 inch model was added with a bigger display, higher-performance GPU options, one more Thunderbolt port than you get on the smaller model, and support for up to four M.2 2280 SSDs (the 15.6 inch model only has three M.2 2280 slots).

For the most part, the new models with 14th-gen Intel Core processors appear to be unchanged from their 13th-gen counterparts, which is probably why this isn’t so much a new laptop as one with a modest processor upgrade.

Both the Intel Core i9-13900HX and Core i9-14900HX chips are 55-watt, 24-core, 32-thrad processors with 8 Performance cores and 16 Efficiency cores. But while the 13th-gen chip is based on Intel’s Raptor Lake architecture and has a 3.9 GHz base frequency and support for turbo speeds up to 5.4 GHz, the Core i9-14900HX is a Raptor Lake Refresh chip with base and turbo clocks set to .1 GHz and 5.8 GHz, respectively.

The $1895 starting price will get you a model with a 15.6 inch display, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 graphics, 16GB of RAM, and a 500GB SSD.

But you can also pay more for up to RTX 4070 graphics, 64GB of DDR5-4800 RAM and 8TB of PCIe 4.0 storage (or bring your own).

Models with 17.3 inch displays have the same memory and storage upgrade options, but prices start at $2990 for a model with RTX 4080 graphics, 16GB of RAM and 500GB of storage. This model also supports an optional upgrade to RTX 4090 graphics.

15.6 inch models measure 14.1 x 9.4″ x 1″ and have a starting weight of 5.29 pounds, while larger models with 17.3 inch displays measure 15.6″ x 10.9″ x 1″ and start at 7.25 pounds.

You can find more details at the Kubuntu Focus website.

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  1. For those commenting that “I can get the same hardware elsewhere and install Linux myself”, you are overlooking the incredible support that the KFocus team gives. They are proactive, follow-up incredibly quickly, monitor your shipments, help with Linux-specific optimizations, always refine settings in the extras they provide. The have my business guaranteed for years.

  2. Seems like there are more and more Linux centric notebooks (or there’s just more coverage by Liliputing). Anyone know of reviews of how well Linux actually works on them? I know Phoronix has “reviews” but it’s mostly just benchmarks and doesn’t cover actual day-to-day usage (ie. working suspend is one major thing that’s always ignored yet is broken on some of the notebooks covered).

    Also, which one of these aren’t just rebranded Clevo or whatever white-label products being used these days (I can just buy the same thing elsewhere if it’s cheaper and install a Linux distro myself assuming I like the hardware).

    1. I can just buy the same thing elsewhere if it’s cheaper and install a Linux distro myself…<
      Sure you can, as long as you want to be the one integrating, testing, and curating kernels, ML, desktops, and drivers. Kfocus does all that for you, and to an extreme level you don’t have time for, and for years. They also help develop Kubuntu.

      I can’t understand why these companies don’t just make a simple laptop…<
      Kfocus have a laptop and a mini PC that start as $895 and $795 with the same level of integration and support as detailed above.

      Nvidia on Linux…<
      Pros who need powerful GPU on Linux have use Nvidia because they work better, faster, and more reliably for almost all workflows.

  3. what is 15.6″ x 10.9″ x 1″ ?
    could you please use generally accepted units of measurement?

    1. sorry that’s 12.8 attoparsecs by 1.38 millifurlongs by 0.0000137 nautical miles

      hope this helps

    1. As a huge fan of the KDE Plasma desktop…I hope…noone.

      I can’t understand why these companies don’t just make a simple laptop(and tablet), maybe a couple steps above the pinebook pro and just make it affordable. Preferably with an AMD processor…something that will play titles up to and including Vanilla Skyrim on the graphics front will also accomplish ‘most’ productivity tasks.

      Make it affordable and sell a bunch of them. I’d definitely buy one and I’d also purchase a tablet or three. Yet, I haven’t seen a single device like this on the market…ever.

      Everyone is shooting for the moon. “starting price of 1895.00”, I look at that and all I can do is laugh at the lunacy of it all.

      1. The KFocus laptop is for professionals, who can rake in $1000 per day with trendy machine learning things and just want things to work. That might be a small market, but at least it is one. If they sold cheap laptops instead, they’d have to compete with everything from used ThinkPads to repurposed Chromebooks.