I have an MBP for work. I want to have a dedicated development environment for private projects to not mess up my work setup. Also, I wanna run Linux (just Ubuntu something).

The MBP is currently connected via USB C 3.1 to a display featuring a USB hub providing mouse and keyboard connectivity. The nice thing here is, of course, that I only need to connect one single USB C cable to have these things:

  • video signal
  • power supply
  • connection to keyboard and mouse via USB hub

So, in a sense, it replaces a docking station.

First I thought about just buying a Dell XPS 13. I mean it runs Linux natively and has USB C 3.1. So I could just go ahead and switch between the MBP and the Dell.

Then I thought, why would I even need a laptop. I have an older notebook at home and a mini PC would be just enough.


Long story short, is there a mini PC (up to 900 Euro) out there with the following specs:


  • Video signal via USB C 3.1 DP (need to handle QHD 60Hz)
  • Able to run Ubuntu out of the box
  • Decent hardware for smooth development
  • Available for EU (shipment and power supply)
  • Wifi and Bluetooth

Kinda mandatory, but not a deal-breaker "in case":

  • Power supply via USB C

Nice to have, but optional:

  • VESA mountable

1 Answer 1


Multiple Intel NUCs meet all those specifications, except for the power supply by USB-C (they all include their own power supply). Intel themselves confirms QHD compatibility on at least one model.

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.