A common complaint about modern laptops is that they are actually sealed boxes without user-serviceable parts. A new technical startup, Framework, will bring the DIY vibe back to laptops with laptops that encourage patching and upgrading.
Laptops used to come with removable batteries at least, and sometimes they had upgradeable RAM, storage or even GPUs. Today, it̵
Framework Laptop is a 13.5-inch system that the company says was designed to “provide you with great products that you can easily customize, upgrade and repair, increase longevity and reduce e-waste in the process.”
In this case, it means an expansion card system, socket storage and RAM and a (hypothetical) replaceable motherboard and central processor unit. In addition, “parts that are very usable, such as battery, monitor, keyboard and color-adjustable frame with magnetic attachment are easy to replace, with spare parts available directly via our online store.”
Sounds like a good idea, at least on paper, and the four accessory sockets can choose between housing inserts for USB-C, USB-A, HDMI, DisplayPort, MicroSD, extra storage space or even a dedicated headphone amplifier.
The base system will weigh just under 3 pounds and be 15.9 mm thick. Other important specifications include:
- 13.5-inch screen format of 3: 2 2256×1504
- 1080p 60 fps webcam
- 57Wh replaceable battery
- 11th generation Intel Core processors
- Wi-Fi 6
- Up to 64 GB DDR4 memory and 4 TB of storage
The framework company was founded by Nirav Patel, one of the first members of the Oculus team to date back to the Kickstarter days, and later the company’s hardware manager. Pricing, exact specifications and availability details for the Framework Laptop line are coming, with an expected launch this summer. Three base models come with Windows 10 Home or Pro, and a DIY version lets you install your chosen operating system – yes, even Linux.