After launching the Vorke V1 small form-factor desktop computer with a Celeron Braswell processor earlier this year, Vorke is back… and this time they’re offering models with Intel Core i5 and Core i7 Skylake processor options.
The Vorke V2 is basically a tiny desktop that looks like an Intel NUC.
But the a Vorke V2 with a Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, and Ubuntu Linux software sells for about the price of a barebones NUC (with no memory, storage, or OS).
Geekbuying is taking pre-orders for the Vorke V2 for $350 and up (after you apply coupons for $20 – $30 off).
There are four configurations available so far:
- Core i5-6200U with 8GB/128GB for $350 (w/coupon: VORKEV220)
- Core i5-6200U with 8GB/256GB for $400 (w/coupon: VORKEV230)
- Core i7-6500U with 8GB/128GB for $400 (w/coupon: VORKEV230)
- Core i7-6500U with 8GB/256GB for $450 (w/coupon: VORKEV220)
Each model has 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, Gigabit Ethernet, and ports including a USB 3.1 Type-C port, two USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, and HDMI and headset jacks.
Under the hood, there’s an M.2 SSD 2280 slot and a 2.5 inch drive bay, and the computer measures about 5″ x 4.8″ x 1.5.”
While the computes ship with Ubuntu 16.04, they can also supports Windows or other operating systems. I suspect Vorke went with Ubuntu not so much because the company figures there’s strong demand for the Linux-based operating system, but because it allows the company to avoid paying a Windows license fee, while still shipping a computer that’s fully usable out of the box.