Recurrence has been a major turning point for consumer electronics over the past several years. As devices have become thinner – and companies have pushed to maintain control over proprietary systems – many appliances have become impossible for every day person to repair.
This is a problem for several reasons – at least one of which is the inability to upgrade the system completely instead of upgrading it. In a world where human impact on the environment is increasingly above the mind, forced obsolescence is an important issue for many people.
The Framework is one of a growing number of companies working to address these issues. This is a list that also includes products like Fairphone on the mobile side. It is a niche versus overall market to be sure, but it is one that can grow well. Announced in January, the Framework laptop is for preorder today. The 13.5-inch notebook starts at $ 999 and will start shipping in late July.
The SF-based company initially targeted spring shipping, but ongoing chip supply problems have led to product delays. The system doesn’t really look half-bad for a product and company that are clearly repair / upgrade-first.
There are three basic configurations – base, performance, and professional, from $ 999 to $ 1,999, an upgrade from an Intel Core i5, an upgrade from 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage to a Core i7 and 32GB / 1TB. Windows also upgrades from Home to Pro at the top level. At $ 749, the company offers a bare-stone shell, where users can plug in their own internals.
Other upgrades include:
On top of that, the framework laptop is deeply customizable in unique ways. Our expansion card system lets you choose the ports you want and which way you want USB-C, USB-A, HDMI, DisplayPort, MicroSD, ultra-fast 250GB and 1TB of storage, and up to four at a time Choose . Magnetic-enclosed bezels are color-customizable to match your style, and keyboard language can also be swapped.