The Laptop frame is a thin and light laptop with a 13.5 inch screen and an Intel Tiger Lake processor. But what really sets the laptop apart is its modular design and the emphasis on repairability and customization.
When the Framework laptop was pre-ordered earlier this year, customers could choose from several different configuration options. But now Framework has launched a Marlet, where you bought expansion cards to further customize the laptop, as well as spare parts that let you swap out keyboards, batteries, displays, and even motherboards and processors.
One of the most unusual things about the Framework laptop is the modular expansion card system. Each laptop has four expansion slots that can be used for ports, storage, or other hardware.
You can now buy four of these modules on the Marketplace:
- USB-C port expansion card for $ 9
- MicroSD card reader expansion card for $ 19
- 250GB storage expansion card for $ 69
- 1TB storage expansion card for $ 149
Framework also plans to add HDMI, DisplayPort, and USB-A modules soon, with prices ranging from $ 9 to $ 19.
But the other What’s unusual about the Framework is that virtually all hardware is designed to be easily removed and replaced by end users, not just professionals. So if your Framework laptop battery starts to work, or if you just want to buy a spare, you can pick one up for $ 59.
Need a replacement for the fan and heat sink? It’s $ 39. An audio card costs $ 14. The speakers cost $ 19. A replacement fingerprint reader costs $ 29. A display will set you back $ 179. A webcam module costs $ 29. And a replacement touchpad will set you back $ 39.
You can also purchase cables, case components (such as the top or bottom cover), or wireless cards. Not all modules are available for purchase yet, but prices are listed for those “coming soon”.
Framework also offers replacement keyboards in a variety of languages and layouts, allowing users to adapt the notebook to their native language. There will even be a blank ANSI keyboard option.
The company will also offer motherboard replacements. These include a motherboard, processor, heat sink, and fan. Like the Framework laptop itself, these cards will come with a choice of Intel Core i5-1135G7, Core i7-1165G7, or Core i7-1185G7 processors, so theoretically you can buy an entry-level Framework laptop and upgrade the processor later. (although this is an expensive upgrade – motherboard prices range from $ 449 to $ 1,049).
All Framework laptops feature 13.5-inch, 2256 x 1504-pixel displays with 3: 2 aspect ratios, Intel Tiger Lake processors with Iris Xe graphics, DDR4-3200 memory, PCIe NVMe SSD storage, 1080p webcams , backlit keyboards, 55 Wh batteries, 3.5mm audio jacks and 4 user-selectable expansion cards that can be swapped out at any time according to your needs.
The laptop measures 11.7 “x 9” x 0.6 “and weighs 2.9 pounds. Prices start at $ 749 for a fully customizable DIY edition (choose your own memory, storage, and operating system or provide your own), or $ 999 for one preconfigured model.
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