Framework has built a laptop that is sustainable and affordable with the ability to upgrade its components.
Established by former Oculus engineer Nirav Patel, Framework is a hardware start-up looking to take the customizable technology platform and carry it to laptops, even packaging it with a screwdriver in the case.
The company is today announcing its first product, a 13.5-inch notebook with a variety of modular components, the Framework laptop. The principle is that when customers decide to upgrade, users can swap out some of the components or upgrade them when technology advances. Though repairable laptops aren’t a new development, the emphasis here seems to make this as friendly as it can be for novices.
Products for electronics do not need to be one-size-fits-all. The laptop allows you to swap your keyboard language and layout and select from a variety of color choices for the magnetic-attach bezel, in addition to the Expansion Card system that allows you to choose your ports.
A 13.5-inch, 2,256 x 1,504 3:2 monitor that is concealed behind a set of magnetic bezels is packed into the laptop, making it easy to replace. A 1080p, 60fps webcam with a hardware privacy switch and a 1.5mm main travel keyboard is also bundled. As for the chip, along with WiFi 6, up to 64 GB of DDR4, and up to 4 TB of Gen4 NVME SSD storage, you will get the option of selecting a quad-core 11th generation Intel Core Processor.
Nearly all components of the computer are replaceable, including the monitor, battery, keyboard, and display bezel. Inside, you’ll also find that industry-standard sockets are all used for the SSDs, memory, and WiFi modules; the only thing that isn’t is actually customizable is the CPU. You will need to take out and return the mainboard if you want to update it, newer versions of which will be available from the companies store when new chip options arrive.
To make it work well for as long as you need it, you can fix and update the Laptop. In addition, a 50 percent Post-Consumer Recycled (PCR) aluminum housing, 30 percent PCR plastic, and completely recyclable packaging materials are used.