I’ve been using my Reform as my main machine since around july 2021. I’m very happy with it so far.
Battery life has never been an issue. I never take the charger with me, it stays by my desk at home, but I bought a USB-C PD to barrel adapter and I’m looking at options for a small 60W adapter that I could leave in my bag for all my devices.
I’ve been thinking about making a little add-on board that would replace the barrel jack with a USB-C port + PD chip, that way people can upgrade without changing the whole motherboard.
I broke one of the stems of the trackball keycaps by not being super careful one time when I needed to clean the cup, but a dab of superglue fixed it.
I don’t notice any bruise on the screen except for some scratches probably done by me when cleaning it, but nothing is noticable when it’s on. The only thing I can sometimes notice is a small white smuge on the bottom, as if backlight was stronger there.
Wifi range is a bit annoying sometimes, but I can always share the network from my phone when it happens.
Keyboard is great, but I still prefer the one I designed and built (using the same kind of switches!), I’ll build a new one for the Reform but components shortage has delayed that.
SSD died after 20 hours of use, but I had a spare.
Software wise, I was already used to dwm and i3 so Sway feels right at home. I switched from Firefox to Qutebrowser, it’s a bit faster. I use an Invidious instance instead of Youtube and watch videos at 720p until I get hardware decoding back.
I initially planned to use the Reform with my desktop monitor, keyboard and trackball when at home, but none of my monitors have native HDMI, HDMI-VGA adapters don’t work and neither does my HDMI-DVI cable. I planned to look into the driver but I’ve been lazy.
But yeah, so far so good, and I bet it’s only going to get better as time goes on! I’m not in a hurry anyways and nothing is a show stopper for me. I love this little thing! ^^