Framework: a customized modular DIY-ready laptop for pros

It is not the first time that we witness an attempt to create a modular, customized DIY (Do-It-Yourself) laptop machine. But this one may be different.

The Framework Laptop offers a new user-customized, upgradable laptop with a DIY edition for developers and technical users.

Like the new Apple MacBook laptops and Microsoft Surface laptops, the Framework laptop is thin, lightweight with 13.5'' and offers high durability without sacrificing the performance, style, or build quality.

Meet the Framework Laptop

Unlike its Apple and Microsoft competitors, it is a modular user-configurable machine, as the user can upgrade, change or customize things starting from the case, keyboard, RAM, SSD, even the main motherboard.

It comes in two editions, the classical Framework Laptop edition which starts from $999, and the DIY edition (starts from $749) which you can buy the components and assembles your laptop at home.

Framework Laptops comes with a fingerprint reader and uses Intel processors (i5, i7), offers 8, 16, and 32 GB memory and 3 storage options: 256 GB, 512 GB, and 1 TB NVMe SSD.

For graphics, it uses an Iris Xe graphic card and 13.5” 3:2 display with 2256×1504 resolution, 100% sRGB color gamut, and >400 nit.

Currently, the official supported operating system is Windows 10 and Windows 10 Pro. But, you can install Linux distros easily, but without the official support, hopefully, we will see Linux support soon.

The marketplace

Framework Laptop has a rich marketplace full of modular parts to customize and upgrade your Framework Laptop. The marketplace includes:

  1. Expansion Cards
  2. Motherboards
  3. Memory and Storage
  4. Keyboards
  5. Other parts
  6. Tools
  7. Software

You can order your laptop now, customize it or buy the parts and build it.

Will it survive?

We did not have the chance to test any of the editions, but as they seem promising, you may wonder if Framework Laptop will survive the competition with Apple MacBook machines and Microsoft Surface Laptops?

Well, time will tell.


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