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Modern laptops have secret schematics, glued-in batteries, and mystery components all over. But Reform is the opposite – it invites both curious makers and privacy aware users to take a look under the hood, customize the documented electronics, and 3D-print their own parts.
We are currently finishing the limited beta shipment of Reforms to collect feedback from early adopters that will feed into the final design for the campaign model.
Motherboard and Keyboard PCBs are finalized for the coming batch (PCB versions 0.4). The first 7 of 10 boards that will be shipped to early beta testers are assembled. Batteries, fans, screens, keyswitches, and cables are stocked.
The case manufacturing involves experimentation: most of the 8 case parts will be PU (Polyurethane) moulded using silicone moulds that we’re creating from 3D printed and polished master parts. We’re currently in the middle of this process.
During the last few months, based on feedback from beta customers and our own dog-fooding experiences, Ana and I redesigned almost all parts of MNT Reform, our libre laptop. Changes have been made to the default SoC, case design, screen, battery, keyboard, trackball, etc... Read the full update.
A few days before Christmas 2018, we assembled the last one of the Reform Beta units. 13 Reform laptops exist in total; 10 went out to the adventurous people who pre-ordered them, two are for ourselves and one went to Crowd Supply in Portland as the demo unit for the upcoming campaign. Read the full update.