modular laptop

A new open source modular laptop will be launching next month via a crowdfunding campaign on the Crowd Supply website, offering an open source DIY laptop that can be modified and customised in a wide variety of different ways as well as protecting your online privacy. “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.”

modular laptop

When the crowdfunding campaign starts you can expect to choose from five different variations on the modular laptop depending on your needs and budget.

Reform Laptop – fully-assembled system, a user manual, power adapter, and protective sleeve
Reform Laptop Max – all of the above, plus a 1TB SSD and WiFi card
Reform DIY Kit – cheaper option that comes with everything you need to assemble your own laptop (including the PCBs, SoM, case parts, trackball and keyboard (labeled or unlabeled)
Caseless Reform DIY Kit – everything listed above, minus the case for folks that want to 3D print their own, for an even lower price
Motherboard only – the cheapest option will be for just the motherboard, SoM, and a power adapter

Features and specifications of the open source modular laptop include :

Free & Open Source
– all firmware, hardware, and software
– binary-blob-free Linux desktop with open Etnaviv GPU drivers
– 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
– 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

Source: Crowd Supply : Liliputing

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