Gaming laptops could learn a lot from this adorable open source mini laptop

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Gaming laptops could learn a lot from this adorable open source mini laptop

Forget what you know about gaming laptops and instead take a look at this mini laptop from German designer MNT. This is the Pocket Reform, and it throws out the rulebook for laptop design and forges a new path; it’s moddable, open source, recyclable, eco-friendly, and entirely adorable.

There are a lot of things I like about this laptop but most of all that it appears to entirely do away with the idea that a laptop isn’t upgradeable. Sure on a modern gaming laptop you can probably swap the SSD and RAM, but with the Pocket Reform you can entirely swap out its innards. You can even 3D print new parts, including a new case, if you want. It’s entirely open to interpretation and innovation.

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It’s similar to Framework’s Mainboard (opens in new tab) in that way, which is another modular laptop trying to open up the portable platform. However, these two differ in that where the Mainboard offers relatively powerful parts, the Pocket Reform’s are much less so. You can choose between the NXP i.MX8M Plus, NXP Layerscape LS1028A, Pine SOQuartz RK3566 or Raspberry Pi CM4. If you don’t want any of these Arm-powered options, there’s the Xilinx (now AMD) designed Kintex-7 FPGA too, though that’s not going to be for everyone.

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