Librem 15/13 v5 features and requests


I came across this post on reddit with some interesting comments from @MrChromebox (assuming the same user) about the v4 release and what may be in the pipeline for the v5 slated to come our this summer.

USB-C power cable. yes please! It would appear that this could be a possible feature introduced allowing any compatible power-brick to be used. It raised a lot of interest on the reddit posts too.

LED power next to charging cable socket - this was a featured I requested earlier and I am not sure if it has been implemented yet on the v4.

Dual dimm RAM slots - the reddit discussion points to a new MB being designed which will have dual dimm slots.

Flush USB sockets - as I initially reported on my feedback/review of my Librem 15v3, maybe this is already fixed on v4?

Arrow keys with reliefs - this would allow to easily access the right/left arrow key without looking down to the keyboard…I keep hitting the # 1 key on the numerical keys when trying to kind the right arrow key.

Functional home/end keys - currently I am unable to have the home/end navigation on a text line in an editor. I reported this here earlier, and never found a solution to this problem.

Better battery management ? I faced some issues with my battery management (especially at low capacity) and finally have to follow this advice to manually ensure longevity. My first battery only lasted 1 year. However, from my past experience with macbooks, I have been able to have a relatively care-free attitude towards the charging (the computer would hibernate when low on juice) and the battery lasted 3 years before I had to change it. It is really difficult to achieve this with a librem?


on librem 15: a good keyboard, localized when necessary, AND including a numeric pad, which is important in a professional context. A good mouse pad also.


Judging by the amount of dirt accumulated over last 3 years on the numeric pad section of my keaboord at work - I’m not a pro :slight_smile:

But please do nice regular-size arrow keys.


Is a quad-core CPU too much to ask for?


I’m in the market for a new laptop, and hoping to future-proof as much as possible. All of these suggestions are good, and I’d like to add my own.

  • USB-C is a must, and Thunderbolt is highly desirable. I’m not sure how compatible TB3 is with the requirements on Openness, but I’d love to plug into an external GPU with an Open driver. The Librem 15 having no discrete GPU is a selling point for me, but sometimes I want more graphics power.

  • I’d give up the number pad just to have the trackpad centered in the body. I’ve never used the number pad on any laptop, but I use the trackpad constantly.

  • 4 cores, 8 threads, aggressive cooling. Gotta run VMs and… render webpages.


Same - I would gladly strongly prefer a more centered keyboard. The keypad is not valuable to me, and the price have having keys I don’t need/want is an ugly off-centered trackpad. uggh…


I strongly disagree with you here (but it might be because I only use AZERTY keyboard and really don’t want to have to press shift all the time I want a number, and on Linux it’s very frequent), I really can’t do much things without the keypad and when I’m using Linux based systems I tend to use it way more (mostly for passwords)(than on Windows where no one ever puts a password even if it’s dumb), it’s such a lifesaver that I just can’t do without it.


I thought of what “I” would want in a Purism laptop and here are my thoughts.

CPU: Quad core preferred.
Screen: 15", matte, has to be PWM free, the higher resolution the better (for me) for writing text/code. I realize it’s a bit much to ask for but it’s a shame 16:10 isn’t thing on laptops anymore.
GPU: I realize it’s hard but it would be better at some point if we could have a libre GPU implementation then Intel graphics, but I’ll put it with it if I have too.
Ethernet port: Yes

Also probalby impossible but I wish a libre implementation of Thunderbolt was possible. Hook up a 10GbE NIC directly to your laptop :slight_smile: