Try your best, the manufacturers have not had much success pushing fully modular laptops into mainstream. Framework hopes this may be the exception. We’ll find out soon if you can, as the first Framework laptop configurations that were pre-ordered in May of this year have started shipping to customers.
"Pre-orders for batch 1 for the July delivery continue to be shipped from our warehouse every day. We will begin shipments of batch 2 for the August delivery shortly thereafter," Framework said in a statement. blog post. "We have a small number of laptop units and Batch 2 Framework laptop frames currently available for sale, with a fully refundable $ 100 deposit pending today. If you place a pre-order now, some of you they will be able to receive your order within 3-4 weeks ".
The timing of the frame is impeccable. Earlier this week, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission voted unanimously (5-0) adopt right-of-repair policies aimed at eliminating the usual road neighborhoods that prefer to establish manufacturers to deter small businesses and individuals from repairing products.
The Laptop Framework is an excellent example of how manufacturers can adopt the philosophy of the right to repair. It is a fully modular laptop, up to the motherboard and even to the I / O ports. There are four expansion ports, and if you want to fill them with a USB-C module, you can do so. . Or you can combine any combination of slot modules for USB-C, USB-A, DisplayPort, HDMI and microSD cards.
Framework also offers 250GB and 1TB storage expansion cards. With a USB 3.2 Gen 2 interface, storage expansion cards offer sequential read speeds of up to 1,000 MB / s and sequential write speeds of up to 375 MB / s (250 GB) or 1,000 MB / s ( 1 TB).
"We will be adding new expansion cards over time and we will also open up the design so that third parties and community members can create their own versions. We will make them available in the Framework Marketplace," says Framework.
Unfortunately, this is not really a gaming laptop, so it doesn't support a discrete GPU. However, you should be able to use it with a cloud game streaming service such as GeForce Now. The other drawback is that the CPU is connected to the motherboard, so upgrading the processor means a major change. In general, this is a good idea when moving from one generation to the next, but it is something to keep in mind when selecting which CPU you want.
The introductory model features a 13.5-inch screen with a resolution of 2256 x 1504. It runs on one of three 11th-generation Intel "Tiger Lake" processors: Core i7 1185G7, Core i7 1165G7 or Core i5 1135G7, each with Xe graphics built-in. This means that you will get some level of performance from the built-in GPU, but probably only in low to medium configurations, especially with this unusual resolution.
Prices start at $ 999 for a full version consisting of a Core i5 1135G7 processor, 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage. Alternatively, Framework offers updated settings or you can start with the $ 749 DIY edition and add just the pieces you need. For example, if you already have portable memory (SO-DIMM) or NVMe storage, you can skip these parts and add them yourself.
This is a huge advantage over buying a regular laptop, as you pay for each component whether you need it or not.
I said this in February when Framework announced this project and I will repeat it now; couldn't be happier Framework is giving a good experience to the DIY laptop format, and I hope it is a success. If so, we could see that the company would offer laptop gaming configurations in the future, and that would not be right.