The framework laptop, a modular notebook that lets you swap most of your parts for repair or upgrade, is now for graves in a limited scale. Announced earlier this year by one of the founders of Oculus, this framework notebook is said to redefine the “broken when” approach to laptops that we often see. Now we know the price of specs and laptops that will start shipping this summer.
With its sleek, modern design, slim bezels and weighing just 2.87 pounds, the Framework laptop almost resembles the MacBook Pro. However, the main strength of the notebook is not in the look, but in its ability to upgrade, adapt, replace and repair most of its internal and external hardware. While many Windows laptops offer the option to change memory or storage, this lightweight notebook takes it a few steps further.
Components such as batteries, screens, keyboards and even motherboards can all be upgraded. It is still a novelty in the laptop market. Although many users may expect this to be a difficult process, the company claims that one can replace the parts in this modular laptop.
The framework said, “The only tool you need to swap any part of it is the screwdriver that we include in the box.”
While not everyone will feel the task of upgrading their laptop, the framework comes with a range of customization options that are as easy to use as plugging in a USB stick. The laptop has four sections that you can fill with the expansion card of your choice. Some options include USB-C, USB-A, MicroSD, DisplayPort, HDMI and even a high-end headphone amp.
The framework laptop runs on an Intel processor. You are given the option to choose between three configurations, base, display, and business model. The $ 999 base configuration comes with a Core i5-1135G7 (8M cache, up to 4.20GHz), 8GB DDR4 RAM, and a 256GB SSD.
The display configuration starts at $ 1,399, and comes with a Core i7-1165G7 (12M cache, up to 4.70GHz), 16GB DDR4 RAM, and a 512GB SSD. Finally, the $ 1,999 business configuration includes a Core i7-1185G7 (12M cache, up to 4.80GHz), 32GB DDR4 RAM, and 1TB SSD. 13.5. A 1080p 60 fps (frames per second) webcam is also installed on the top bezel of the screen. This makes it one of the few laptops you can buy now that rises above 720p webcams.
These prices keep the notebook out of the price range of a budget laptop, but it costs less than the cheapest MacBook Pro. This pricing is amazing in a machine that combines decent specs with a life span that the framework claims will outnumber other laptops.
Pre-orders are limited to one framework laptop per customer, and $ 100 is required to reserve your order.
The company is also selling a “DIY version” that starts at just $ 749. The framework calls it the “bare tone configuration”, which lets you assemble yourself from a kit of modules.
Whether or not the framework laptop will succeed is still to be seen, but it is a durable, environmentally friendly (made of 50% post-consumer recycled aluminum and 30% PCR plastic) option that can pave the way for other modulators Laptops in the future.
With orders for Canada to arrive in the next few weeks, the Framework is limiting prior orders to the US today. The framework states that it will be taking orders in Europe and Asia before the end of the year.