The whole process took about 1.5 hours and it was a ton of fun.
The MNT Reform is a very different laptop. It’s designed with open source software and hardware. Components are modular, upgradable, hackable, repairable, and can be repurposed.
Unlike MacBooks, opening up the Reform and tinkering with it is encouraged. But before you can do that, you have to assemble it. So I did.
These are all the little packages that came with my reviewers kit. That silver thing is a metallic cover case!
Removing all of the tissue paper reveals... bubble-wrapped parts.
These are lithium iron phosphate batteries. They’re larger than lithium-ion batteries and have less energy density, but they’re more environmentally friendly.
A standard power adapter is included... no USB-C charging on the Reform.
The mechanical keyboard is pretty sweet. It uses Kailh Choc Brown switches and the space bar is split. It’s really nice to type on.
The backside of the mechanical keyboard module looks like this...
Just like the trackpad, you can turn it into an external keyboard later on.
Prefer a trackpad instead of a trackball? There’s an option for that.
You can see the PCB on the backside is mounted to a 3D-printed plate.
There’s an SD card slot, headphone jack, Ethernet, and power.
This is the keyboard frame. The instructions say to bend it if it’s warped... okay.
...with these diagrams.
You should have yourself an assembled MNT Reform laptop.
For an in-depth review and chat with the Reform’s creator, Lukas Hartmann, and the industrial designer, Ana Dantas... read on.