I’m not happy. I sent an email to Purism regarding the broken hinge and the issue is in some queue there right now. And my mind is wandering once more. Should I buy yet another laptop? Clearly, less than four years is not enough for a laptop lifetime these days. I want more.
Today I broke off a hinge. It tore out of the plastic molds that held it in place and I had to remove it. Now I can at least open and close the laptop again. Sadly, the screen now hinges on just one of them. – From a comment in my Purism mini review
What I’m currently thinking of…
Option 1: Try and keep the laptop stationary until the second hinge breaks, then see how it goes, perhaps it works without the built-in monitor? Would an external monitor do the job? How much would a second hand monitor cost? How would I test it before committing to it? How would I “remove” the lid all the internal monitor cables if I decide to go this route?
Option 2: Buy a refurbished laptop. Vikings left a nice comment back in 2017 when I was pondering the same question.
I just got an email from the FSF with a link to their Ethical Tech Giving Guide which led me to the Vikings X200. It’s refurbished, which is sound from an environmental point of view. – My blog post at the end of 2017
Sadly, the Vikings shop is currently empty:
We will be back soon with an updated product portfolio. 
A quick search for “refurbished laptop Switzerland” turns up “IT-Remarketing by Jes Computers”. I don’t actually want to think about swapping out the disk, or installing Debian myself, or the Swiss German keyboard layout. But who knows. Perhaps? About CHF 500 plus countless hours of setup, is what I’m guessing.
Intel® Core i5-6300U 2.40 GHz; 14.0 inch Display 1920 x 1080 (FHD); Touchscreen; Intel® HD Graphics 620; 12 GB RAM; 256 GB SSD HDD – ThinkPad® T470s "refurbished"
Option 3: Buy a new laptop. Hm. I must confess I’m most enamoured by less powerful options. A Raspberry Pi 400? It would cost less than CHF 100 plus an external monitor, and countless hours of setup. But it would be super neat. Perhaps I should invest more time think about a CrowPi2 + a Pi4, yielding a super weird small laptop?
I’m also fascinated by the MNT Reform. It’s weak but hopefully sturdy. It looks like the laptop that would last 10 years. And I know I don’t need much. Perl, Emacs. Just kidding. Despite how I want to live there all the time, I also need a big bulky web browser, and all that comes with it.
Like the Sinclair ZX81 and Amiga ZZ9000 and Commodore 64s of his youth, he envisioned the Reform coming with data sheets for everything so anybody could understand how the hardware and software worked. – Reform review: Your DIY laptop fantasy is here at last, a featured review
Anyway, I think what makes me angry most of all is having to spend time on this at all.
The following vendors sell machines preinstalled with software that’s free as in freedom. This is a hand-picked list with a focus on quality and simplicity. – Linux Preloaded