It seems they’ve taken the concept of an “open laptop” rather literally with that case design.
Nothing an aftermarket can’t fix. Hooray for openness!
Closely related: https://lobste.rs/s/gqbnvz/novena_open_source_laptop_now_taking_funding_pre-orders
I’ve been looking forward to this for a while. My current machine is an old Thinkpad X series from 2009, and the recent trend towards low-resolution screens and non-replaceable batteries has kept me from upgrading. The a la carte approach to batteries is fascinating; it’ll be interesting to see if an ecosystem develops around it. The fact that the lower tiers ship without a keyboard is also pretty great since I’ll be using mine with my custom-built Atreus mechanical travel keyboard. I’m curious as to whether there would be enough clearance in the case for an internal mechanical keyboard.
and the recent trend towards low-resolution screens and non-replaceable batteries has kept me from upgrading.
That trend has been completely reversed last year. You can easily find laptops with FHD and above today, something that wasn’t true in 2009. Thinkpads also never stopped using user replaceable batteries, and even my previous Sony Vaio (2012 vintage) has an easily replaceable battery.
although the latest x240 has two replaceable batteries, one of them is inside the (now plastic) case. you need to open the machine up to access it. you also need to open the machine up to remove the hdd. and the keyboard is chiclet. and there are no longer separate buttons for the pointer. nor hardware buttons for volume. nor a think light. :o(
on the plus side, the screen is nice (1920x1080).
I’m somewhat of a ThinkPad veteran, having owned a T23, X30, SL300 (bad!), T60p (still the best laptop I ever had) and now a ThinkPad Yoga. I’m a huge fan of the build quality and the trackpoint.
The build quality for the Yoga (which I think is in line with the newer X series) is still fine, and I feel confident that should I drop it, nothing bad would happen. However, the lack of the physical buttons underneath the space bar have ruined the trackpoint. There’s just no point in having it there any more :(
Oh cool; I didn’t realize they added the high-res option to the x240. After five years it’s better late than never.