MNT Reform

by MNT Research GmbH

The open source DIY laptop for hacking, customization, and privacy

View all updates May 24, 2021

May 2021 Shipping Update

by Lukas H

There has been a change of plans regarding crowdfunding order fulfillment. We will handle all fulfillment of crowdfunded units, even non-EU units, by ourselves. Read this update for more details. Also, we’ve received positive feedback from the first MNT Reform backers who already got their devices!

Testing MNT Reform DIY Kit components

Crowdfunding Fulfillment Change

Originally we wanted to ship the first non-EU crowdfunding shipments by now, but life got in the way: I got my first COVID vaccine shot and one of my team members had to move flats. The current status is that we have shipped 50 MNT Reforms to EU backers and will ship out the remaining EU crowdfunding units beginning of next week. They are all tested and good to go.

In the meantime, we made an agreement with Crowd Supply to handle all fulfillment of crowdfunded units, even non-EU units by ourselves. As we have a good deal with UPS now, it just makes more sense for us financially and from a process point of view, as we can ship out units each week and don’t have to accumulate batches of hundreds of them in our storage. If you ordered during the crowdfunding phase (up to June 18th, 2020), this will get MNT Reforms into your hands faster, because shipments don’t have to go via Crowd Supply in the US for repackaging. But in the case of US backers, this also means you have to pay any import VAT that might pop up. I apologize for this inconvenience. For non-EU and non-US backers, there shouldn’t be any change.

If you ordered after the crowdfunding phase, i.e. after June 18th, 2020, this doesn’t concern you. All non-crowdfunding orders will be shipped by Crowd Supply.

You can check your order details, shipping address, and more within your Crowd Supply account.

First Feedback and Experiences

The feedback from the first MNT Reform backers who already got their devices has been overwhelmingly positive, and we are very thankful for the good words. Backer Mauro Morales wrote an in-depth review of the DIY kit that is worth checking out, and multiple people published DIY kit assembly videos on YouTube (spoiler alert!): unwrapping, unboxing, assembly and another assembly. In addition, there are lively discussions about topics such as system configuration and hardware compatibility in the MNT Community—to which you are always invited to contribute.

Thank you for your continuing support!

About the Author

Lukas H

 Berlin, Germany

$429,683 raised

of $115,000 goal

373% Funded! Order Below

Product Choices


MNT Reform

A ready to go, open hardware MNT Reform laptop, Debian GNU/Linux 11 on SD card, and international power supply (110/230 V). Comes with QWERTY-US keyboard and Trackball module pre-installed. NOT INCLUDED: Wi-Fi Card or SSD.


MNT Reform DIY Kit

You assemble MNT Reform yourself from the individual boards, display, and case parts. All circuit boards are populated; no soldering required. Ships with a QWERTY-US keyboard. Keycap sets with other printing are available separately. NOT INCLUDED: Trackpad or Trackball module, Wi-Fi card, SSD.


MNT Reform Capacitive Trackpad Module

One multitouch capacitive trackpad module for the MNT Reform.


MNT Reform Optical Trackball Module

One trackball module for the MNT Reform


ath9k Wi-Fi Card

COMPEX WLE200NX 802.11n mPCIe Wi-Fi card. Uses open ath9k drivers. Includes a Molex 208482-0100 MIMO antenna with adhesive backing.


Transcend NVMe SSD

Transcend 110S M.2 PCIe NVMe solid state drive. Features PCIe Gen3 x4 speeds and 3D NAND flash. Use as a boot drive or for additional fast storage. Available in 256 GB, 512 GB, and 1 TB capacities.


MNT Reform Extra Keycap Set

One set of keycaps to swap out on your MNT Reform or MNT Reform DIY Kit.


MNT Reform Sleeve

A custom Black Piñatex leather sleeve (vegan) made in Berlin by fashion designer Greta Melnik.


MNT Reform Handbook

Official hardcopy manual accompanying the MNT Reform open hardware laptop. Covers everything from Linux basics to mechanical parts and electronics schematics.


MNT Research GmbH

MNT creates open source hardware and software like the VA2000 FPGA-based Amiga graphics card and the most prominent project Reform, an open DIY laptop. The Reform team consists of Lukas F. Hartmann (electronics, software design), Ana Beatriz Albertini Dantas (product / industrial design) and Greta Melnik (sleeve design, SMD assembly). We believe that computers and personal electronics should be open, documented, understandable and repairable and respect their owner's rights. Reform is an attempt to push the industry in that direction.

Lukas Hartmann

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