MNT Reform

Open Source DIY Laptop for Hacking, Customization, and Privacy

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open laptop render

Introducing the much more personal computer.

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.

Features & Specifications

  • Free & Open Source
    • all firmware, hardware, and software
    • binary-blob-free Linux desktop with open Etnaviv GPU drivers
  • Modular
    • easy to customize and repair with standard and 3D-printed parts
    • swap out motherboard, mechanical keyboard, and optical trackball or trackpad
  • Private & Secure
    • no microphone
    • no camera
    • no management engine
  • Durable
    • custom anodized CNC-milled aluminum case
  • Long Battery Life
    • 8 x 18650 LiFePO4 battery cells
  • Modern Hardware
    • NXP i.MX8M: 4 x 1.5 GHz ARM Cortex-A53 + Cortex-M4F, GC7000 GPU
    • 4 GB DDR3 memory
    • mPCIe
    • NVMe for SSD
    • Gigabit Ethernet
    • USB 3.0
render of underside of laptop without enclosure

We shipped 11 beta units of Reform in December 2018 to collect feedback from early adopters. In 2019, we moved to a dedicated studio space in Berlin where we redesigned Reform from the ground up, incorporating feedback from beta testers and the online community. As of November 2019, the design is almost complete. We are now preparing the final details for the crowdfunding campaign.

Industrial Design: Ana Dantas
Renderings: Paul Klingberg

Project Updates


May 24, 2019

Re-Introducing Reform

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.


Jan 17, 2019

Assembling Beta Units, Feedback, 35c3, etc.

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.


Dec 03, 2018

Prototype Unboxing Videos

The most recent MNT Reform prototype was shipped right to Crowd Supply headquarters. Here's Josh opening the package on camera to share his initial reactions. Read the full update.

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