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What is the Framework Laptop?

What is the Framework Laptop?

Is there such a thing as a repairable and upgradeable laptop?

There are many stories about companies that wanted to launch a laptop “in kit”, modular or evolutive (depending on the definition you want to stick to it). On paper, the idea is attractive, in reality it has never really worked from a technical or commercial point of view. Framework, an American startup based in San Francisco, nevertheless thinks that there is something to play for in the market. Its new 13.5-inch Framework laptop allows customers to upgrade and replace not only internal parts (RAM, battery, storage), but also external components (the keyboard, chassis parts and ports).

Framework upgrade laptop


Framework: a sustainable laptop beyond the slogan?

Some will say “nothing new under the sun”, others will tell me about Clevo or their purchases on Aliexpress…But nothing has gone as far, objectively, as what Framework offers.

First of all, we have to take into account that times have changed and that some upheavals are still to come when it comes to electronic products. You have probably heard about the “reparability index”, the fight against programmed obsolescence or the right to repair. All this is now materializing in the laws: companies that manufacture products will have to provide instructions so that people can repair or have repaired and extend the life of their devices. In France, this will manifest itself, in theory since January 1st 2021, by the fact that electrical and electronic products for the general public must have reparability scores from 0 to 10 displayed prominently next to their price tags, both online and in physical stores. Étiquette de réparabilité

An ultraportable where almost everything is changeable

It’s to follow this spirit ( or to ride the trend, let’s not forget that Framework is a California company…). Framework’s first device, “the notebook” is thus designed to be easily upgradeable. Its owner, without being a screwdriver god, has the possibility to replace the motherboard without throwing away the whole laptop. It also allows you to change or modify the side ports via a number of expansion cards that fit into the chassis. In theory, you will be able to constantly upgrade this laptop rather than replace it entirely, reducing waste and keeping the laptop longer as it evolves with your needs.

Obviously, to fulfill this promise, it is much easier to upgrade and repair than the best ultrabooks currently available. The use of “modules” to upgrade connectivity is also a really interesting idea.

Apart from the basic idea, Framework’s product is relatively classic in appearance. Its chassis is made from recycled materials, an 11th generation Intel processor, a 13.5″ screen, it is thin and light…One could say that its appearance is a bit bland but still, it doesn’t stand out in the middle of ultrabooks from prestigious brands. But the most important point is what this product claims: You can build a thin, light product that can be repaired or upgraded. The Framework laptop is thus one step closer to the dimensions of a MacBook Pro M1 with an equivalent weight…The MacBook Pro M1, a product where everything is welded! We will try to get this product and tell you about it quickly. We recommend you to watch the video from Tested if you’re interested in the subject.

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Edited by Calliers

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