MNT Shrinks Its Open Source Reform Laptop Into a 7-Inch Pocket PC Throwback
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: A few months ago, we reviewed the MNT Reform, which attempts to bring the dream of entirely open source hardware to an audience that doesn’t want to design and build a laptop totally from scratch. Now, MNT is bringing its open-hardware ethos to a second PC, a 7-inch “Pocket Reform” laptop that recalls the design of old clamshell Pocket PCs, just like the big Reform references the design of chunky ’90s ThinkPads.

The Pocket Reform borrows many of the big Reform laptop’s design impulses, including a low-profile mechanical keyboard and trackball-based pointing device and a chunky, retro-throwback design. The device includes a 7-inch 1080p screen, a pair of USB-C ports (one of which is used for charging), a microSD slot for storage expansion, and a micro HDMI port for connecting to a display when you’re at your desk. […] The version of the Pocket Reform in the announcement isn’t ready to launch yet, and MNT says it represents “near-final specs and design.” For users interested in the Pocket Reform’s imminent early beta program, there’s a newsletter sign-up link at the bottom of the announcement. One of the main complaints Ars noted about the big Reform was the “miserably slow ARM processor,” which will be included in the Pocket Reform.

With that said, MNT has addressed other complaints about the big Reform by “adding reinforced metal side panels to cover the ports and a redesigned battery system that won’t let the batteries fully discharge if the laptop is left unplugged.”

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