Libreboot T400


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A GNU/Linux laptop that Respects Your Freedom!

Respects Your Freedom The Libreboot T400 runs entirely on free and open source software, guaranteeing the users freedom and privacy. It comes with Trisquel GNU/Linux (or another distro of your choosing) and Libreboot preinstalled, fully complying with the Free Software Foundation’s strict Respects Your Freedom certification guidelines, from the BIOS to the operating system, drivers and applications.

Unlike most computer products, your Libreboot T400 comes without unwanted bloatware, DRM, spyware or restrictions on how you can use your computer. Your Libreboot T400 obeys you and nobody else. Even Richard Stallman uses libreboot! No DRM!

Shipping worldwide via UPS! (Europe, USA, Canada and Asia included. 2-5 day shipping to most of the world), with a 3 year warranty as standard, and free technical support. Prices are in GBP; use xe.com currency converter to check currency exchange rates (e.g. GBP to EUR, GBP to USD, etc). Minifree provides invoices in GBP by default, but you can request an invoice in another currency (e.g. EUR, USD) if you prefer, and one will be provided.

The correct power cable will be provided, depending on your country (e.g. Euro plug, USA plug, UK plug, etc). Extra cables are available for £10 GBP each.

Your Freedom. Your Libreboot

Libreboot. Free as in freedom BIOS/UEFI replacement. Libreboot is free software which initializes the hardware in the system and boots your operating system. It replaces the non-free BIOS usually found in most laptops.

Minifree’s founder is also the main libreboot developer (and founder of the libreboot project). Profits from Minifree sales directly fund the libreboot project.

Trisquel GNU/Linux is user-friendly, secure and respects privacy

Logo-TrisquelTrisquel GNU/Linux operating system comes preinstalled. Trisquel comes with all the standard applications for Web browsing, instant messaging, office and productivity, graphics editing, multimedia and more. Thousands of extra applications are also available to install from the Trisquel repositories, using the simple “Add/Remove Applications” feature provided. It even has games!

Trisquel 7 desktopDownloading software from the Trisquel repositoriesBrowsing the Web, and watching a video in Totem Media PlayerThese games will keep your mind occupiedBrowsing images in gThumb, also viewing files in NautilusNeverball!

High quality keyboard, comfortable typing

High quality keyboard, with spill resistance.
It’s one of the most comfortable laptop keyboards available. Unlike most laptop keyboards, this one is also resistant to accidental spills, with drainage holes in case of a spill.

Libreboot T400 touchpad
The Libreboot T400 also features a touchpad, for those who prefer touchpads.

A USB mouse is available for an extra £20 GBP (mention it in the “notes” box on the checkout, and it will be included on the invoice).

Fast, durable and powerful hardware

This fast, 14″ laptop is built with a strong chassis and shell, guaranteeing that the laptop will last many years.

What storage and RAM configuration should I choose?

The default option for the Libreboot T400 comes with 4GiB RAM and a 160GB HDD for storage. Minifree also provides upgrade options; up to 8GiB RAM, and a 240GB SSD or 1TB HDD.

An SSD can bring with it faster application and OS load times, while also slightly increasing battery life due to lower power consumption. Meanwhile, if you need more than 240GB storage, the 1TB HDD is a good option. If you want extra performance and storage (more than 240GB), one option would be to use the 240GB SSD, and get an external 1TB (or higher) USB HDD for extra storage, which GNU/Linux will automatically recognize when you plug it in. The Libreboot T400 also has an additional SATA port, which Minifree provides secondary HDDs or SSDs for.

The 8GiB RAM upgrade is useful, because more RAM means that you’re less likely to rely on the “swap” partition on the HDD or SSD (use of swap reduces system performance, because the HDD/SSD isn’t as fast as the RAM). This can be useful for people with more demanding requirements; software developers and graphics designers, for instance. For regular usage, it also means that you can run more applications simultaneously.

More storage? RAID? Yes!

The SATA slot for the CD/DVD RW drive can have a second HDD or SSD installed, replacing the CD/DVD RW drive. Minifree can provide this, in one of the following configurations:

  • RAID1 (two identical drives, same capacity. e.g. 2x1TB HDD). This functions effectively as a backup solution, with redundancy (continuous operation) even if one of the drives are inoperable. This can also boost read/write performance.
  • RAID0 (two identical drives, same capacity. e.g. 2x1TB HDD). Not redundant (both drives need to be functional), but can boost read/write performance (more so than RAID1), and increases the usable capacity compared to RAID1.
  • 2nd HDD or SSD for data and/or backup. For instance, the operating system could be installed on a 240GB SSD, and an additional 1TB HDD could be used for extra data or backup.

If you want a 2nd HDD or SSD, but you also want a CD/DVD RW drive, there are USB CD/DVD drives that you can purchase online. These are all generic, and will work automatically in GNU/Linux.

Works in every country

Power cables

Advantages compared to the Libreboot X200:

The Libreboot X200 and T400 both have the same CPU, GPU, northbridge, southbridge and other components, based on the same chipset design (and by the same ODM, Wistron). In fact, the libreboot source code for X200 and T400 are almost identical, except for a few minor differences. The differences between the X200 and T400 are in other areas:

  • TrackPoint and touchpad pointing devices (the X200 only has a TrackPoint)
  • Socketed CPUs, easily upgraded (on the X200, the CPUs are hard soldered)
  • Stereo speakers (instead of a single speaker)
  • Bigger screen size (14.1″, instead of 12.1″)
  • 2nd SATA port built in (software RAID is possible, or it can have a DVD/CD RW drive built in) on the laptop itself (on the X200, it’s on the docking station)
  • Bigger keyboard
  • Bigger internal antennas (better wifi signal)
  • Bigger fan/heatsink, and 2 vents instead of 1 (better cooling)

Ports and WiFi Kill Switch

The Libreboot T400 from Minifree features a 1Gbps Ethernet port, 3 USB ports, jacks for mic and headphones, an ExpressCard slot, an anti-theft lock slot, VGA port and more. It also features a CD/DVD RW drive (alternatively, a 2nd HDD/SSD is possible).

CD/DVD RW drive, USB port and anti-theft lockVGA port, 1Gbps ethernet port, USB ports and ExpressCard slotMicrophone and headphone jacks

Radio kill switch

A radio kill switch allows you to immediately disable the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth adapters, when using the laptop inside areas that are insecure, in hospitals or on aeroplanes.

High quality heatsink, efficient cooling solution

Libreboot T400 heatsink
You won’t find cheap aluminium in these laptops. These heatsinks are made of copper, and are matched with excellent fans. Ventilation is also vastly superior compared to most laptops.

Minifree also applies a fresh layer of Arctic MX-4, one of the best thermal compounds on the market, to ensure optimal cooling performance on every laptop.

The Libreboot T400 from Minifree ships worldwide!. The AC-DC adapter (charger) is 100-240V auto-switching, so it will work in all countries. Minifree will include an EU, UK or USA power cable, depending on your shipping address.

If your country uses another type of power plug, Minifree can provide you with a £5 GBP reimbursement (on request) to cover the costs of purchasing the appropriate adapter. Alternatively, Minifree will source the appropriate adapter (or an actual cable) that will work in your country, and include it in the package. More plug types will be available by default, at a later date.

Do you travel? Minifree can provide extra power cables for £10 GBP each (e.g. EU and US cable). If you need extra cables, mention it in the “notes” box on the checkout and they will be included on the invoice. Extra chargers are also available, for £30 GBP each.

Extra batteries

Extra batteries are available, for £60 GBP each. If you require extra batteries, mention it in the “notes” box on the checkout and they will be included on the invoice.


Libreboot stickers

Libreboot stickers are included (for lid and palmrest) with each laptop, at no extra cost.

Free tech support

Free tech support is also provided, for all customers. If you ever have any questions about your laptop, or need help with anything, Minifree is always happy to answer them via email, using the information on the contact page.

Information about the product

Included accessories:

  • RJ-45 ethernet cable
  • Battery included (capacity at least 40 watt-hours or higher)
  • AC-DC adapter (charger) included (100-240V auto-switching, works in all countries)
  • UK, EU or US power cable (depending on country) included.

Optional extras:

  • 2nd HDD or SSD (replaces the CD/DVD RW drive)

Laptop specifications:

  • Core 2 Duo P8400 2.26GHz processor
  • Graphics: Intel GMA 4500MHD
  • Screen: 14.1″ 1440×900 TFT LCD
  • Gigabit ethernet as standard
  • DVD/CD RW drive included (only if not selecting 2nd HDD/SSD)
  • Ports: 1x VGA, 3x USB 2.0, 1x Headphone, 1x Microphone, 1x Gigabit Ethernet, 1x ExpressCard/54, FireWire 400 (IEEE1394)
  • 13.2 x 9.28 x 1.2 inches
  • Weight: 2.2 Kg
  • Upgraded with an 802.11n wireless card (Atheros AR5B95, AR9285 chipset), ensuring full compatibility with free drivers in GNU/Linux-libre.
  • Backlight (brightness) control is fully functional in libreboot on this laptop.
  • The Intel Management Engine (ME) firmware is 100% removed and inoperable. Learn more.

When new libreboot versions are released, it is possible to update to those newer versions using software (no disassembling required). Full instructions are provided.

The Libreboot T400 is a modified ThinkPad T400 (itself a rebranded Wistron design) containing reconditioned parts, with libreboot and GNU/Linux preinstalled.