- All sources public
- Modifiable & reproducible
- Active community
MNT Reform is uniquely designed to be as open and transparent as possible, and to support a free and open source software stack from the ground up. We invite you to take a look under the hood, customize the documented electronics, and even repair it yourself if you like.
We've made lots of upgrades and improvements to the original MNT Reform model that launched in 2021. It now features a new (more traditional) keyboard layout, protected battery boards and steel port covers. You can choose between three main CPU processor modules and customize your Reform to your preferences:
The A311D will make your MNT Reform laptop very fast—both in terms of CPU and GPU. With this module, your laptop will be the fastest Reform laptop currently available. The CPU features 6 cores: 4x fast 2.2GHz Cortex-A73 and 2x efficient 1.8GHz Cortex-A53. The integrated ARM Mali G52 MP4 GPU delivers OpenGL/ES 3.1 with the open source Panfrost driver.
This is the fully open hardware system-on-module featuring the NXP Layerscape LS1028A processor with 2x Cortex-A72 cores (1.5GHz) and 16GB of DDR4 RAM.
This is our classic CPU module for Reform, equipped with 4 GB RAM and 4x 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53. Since we have constantly improved the support for this module over the years, it is still the most stable CPU module today.
Modularity Comparison Table
|Display||Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) 12.5" IPS eDP display driven via MIPI-DSI. HDMI port (not available with LS1028A). 128 x 32 pixel system control OLED|
|USB||3x USB 3.0 ports external (Type-A), 2x USB 2.0 internal (for input devices). A311D: external ports are USB 2.0.|
|Networking||Gigabit Ethernet port. Optional ath9k miniPCIe Wi-Fi card.|
|Storage||Internal M.2 M-key socket for NVMe SSD. Full size SD card slot. 16GB eMMC|
|PCIe||1x miniPCIe socket (PCIe 2.0 1x), 1x M.2/NGFF (Depends on module. i.MX8MQ: PCIe 2.0. LS1028A: SATA-3. A311D: Not connected.)|
|Keyboard||Reform mechanical USB keyboard with Kailh Choc Brown Switches, dimmable backlight, open firmware|
|Trackball (Option)||Reform optical USB trackball with 5 mechanical switches (Kailh Choc Brown), open firmware|
|Trackpad (Option)||Reform capacitive USB trackpad, open firmware|
|Enclosure||Modular case from CNC-milled, bead-blasted, black-anodized 6061 aluminum. Bottom cover milled from semi-transparent acrylic.|
|Sound||Wolfson WM8960 ADC/DAC, stereo speakers, 3.5" headset/microphone jack (no internal microphone)|
|Battery||LiFePO4 battery technology, which is more fire-safe and has more charge-cycles than LiPo batteries. 8x owner-serviceable 18650 cells totalling 12 Ah/3.2 V. 5 h approximate battery life|
|System Controller||NXP LPC11U24 ARM Cortex-M0 chip with open firmware and hackable expansion port|
|Manual||Operator Manual incl. system schematics and full parts list|
|Sources||KiCAD sources for motherboard, keyboard, trackball, trackpad, STEP/STL/FreeCAD files for case parts, C sources for all firmware (input devices and system controller), build scripts for boot & system image|
|OS||Preloaded with Debian GNU/Linux|