PC enthusiasts have come to the crowdfunding platform crowdfunding to support an ongoing campaign for a unique new laptop: the MNT reform.
In short, the device promises to be open, customizable, hackable and completely transparent. It is also the only existing notebook that fully meets the standards of the Open Source Hardware Association.
At the time of writing, 108 supporters had committed more than $ 124,600 – well above the original goal of $ 115,000 and still 35 days in the campaign.
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The project was launched by Germany-based MNT Research GmbH, which has tried to build a laptop over the past 1
The result is a laptop that costs $ 999 (about GBP 820 / AU $ 1,550) and is delivered as a kit in the spirit of the first microcomputers. If you do not want to pay a premium for the assembly, the marketing blurb makes it clear that you have to create the MNT reform yourself from the individual boards, displays and housing parts.
The fully assembled model costs $ 1,300 and comes with Debian GNU / Linux 11 on an SD card, a printed operating manual and an international power supply (110/230 V), but without WiFi.
For an additional $ 200, you’ll get a 1TB SSD, WiFi, mPCIe WiFi card, and a custom black piñatex leather case (vegan) made by fashion designer Greta Melnik in Berlin.
For the price, you’ll be forgiven for expecting a laptop with at least a few bells and whistles, but you’d be wrong. The MNT Reform has 4 GB of DDR4 memory, a quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 CPU (similar to the processor of the Raspberry Pi 3), a 12.5-inch full HD display, five USB ports , a Gigabit Ethernet connection and a mechanical keyboard.
Ultimately, it is not a laptop for the average person and the main target audience will likely be fully aware of its limitations. For standard users who want to protect their privacy, a business laptop with Windows Hello, password manager, a solid anti-virus program and leading VPN should be fine.
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