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Framework presents the world's most customizable laptops with swappable motherboards, ports and displays

Framework's goal is to expand the life of a laptop through modularity and increased customization. (Image Source: Framework)
Framework's goal is to expand the life of a laptop through modularity and increased customization. (Image Source: Framework)
With the new Framework Laptop models, you do not have to buy a new laptop every few years. Just replace the motherboard and CPU with a newer version, add more RAM or storage, maybe even swap the display with a 4K OLED, and you have a totally up to date laptop, plus you help reduce e-waste in the long term.

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With how fast technology evolves these days and also due in part to how consumerism works, we often find ourselves replacing devices with newer versions more often than we would like. Desktop PCs can last quite some time thanks to its upgradeable design that lets us replace components whenever needed. Laptops, however, rarely benefit from expanded upgrability, and, even in a best case scenario, we can only upgrade the storage and RAM components. Framework, a new laptop maker founded in 2019, believes that laptops can benefit from the same level of upgradeability we see on a desktop rig and now presents a completely upgradeable notebook that is easy to customize and can also help reduce e-waste in the long term.

At its core, the Framework Laptop offers a thin and light 13-inch chassis that combines Intel’s 11th gen Tiger Lake platform with a wide array of customizable features. Crafted with precision formed and milled aluminum, the chassis is only 15.85mm thick and weighs 1.3kg. The 13.5-inch display comes with a 3:2 aspect ratio and 2256×1504 resolution, plus a fantastic 1080p 60fps webcam incorporating privacy switches. Users can add up to 64 GB of DDR4 RAM and 4 TB or more NVMe SSD storage. There is also a 55 Wh battery and Wi-Fi 6 module.

What really sets this model apart is the unparalleled customization and upgradability features that include:

  • An Expansion Card system that lets users choose exactly which ports they want on the desired side of the notebook. With four bays, users can select from USB-C, USB-A, HDMI, DisplayPort, MicroSD, ultra fast storage, a high-end headphone amp, and more.
  • Fully swappable motherboard that can be upgraded with new versions that support better CPUs, plus socketed storage, WiFi, and two slots of memory.
  • Easily replaceable components like the battery, screen, keyboard, and color-customizable magnetic-attach bezel. QR codes on each item directly point to guides and listings on the official site.
  • Framework Marketplace - an entire ecosystem that enables community members and partners to build and sell compatible modules.

Apart from the pre-configured Framework Laptop models, users can also get a fully disassembled DIY Edition that can be built from scratch. In this case, users have the ability to choose Windows or install a preferred Linux distribution.

The full specs, pricing, and pre-order timing will be unveiled over the next few weeks, and Framework states that the first models should be shipped some time this summer. We would like to see some AMD options added with future updates.

 

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Bogdan Solca - Senior Tech Writer - 1565 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2017
I first stepped into the wondrous IT&C world when I was around seven years old. I was instantly fascinated by computerized graphics, whether they were from games or 3D applications like 3D Max. I'm also an avid reader of science fiction, an astrophysics aficionado, and a crypto geek. I started writing PC-related articles for Softpedia and a few blogs back in 2006. I joined the Notebookcheck team in the summer of 2017 and am currently a senior tech writer mostly covering processor, GPU, and laptop news.
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Bogdan Solca, 2021-02-26 (Update: 2021-02-26)