Exercising your right-to-repair has never been so fun or intuitive as opening up your new laptop from San Francisco-based startup, Framework. With a group of ex-Lenovo, Apple, and HTC designers they have built the company’s ethos around user customization, upgradability, and repairability. This philosophy is consistent throughout the new 13.5-inch Framework laptop. From the screen bezel to the AC adapter, virtually every part is replaceable and – most importantly – by you. And it ships with a screwdriver in its hip and wholesome brown cardboard packaging.
What’s inside the Framework laptop?
When you open your Framework laptop up, you’re confronted with a slightly more engaging view than you may be used to. Wherever possible, each individual part bears its own QR-coded sticker that takes you directly to its respective user manual. The screws are colour-coded and there are even helpful directions for carefully dismantling the machine. Perhaps what captures the customizable design ethos the most is the Expansion Card system, giving the Framework laptop 4 bays for connectivity or storage. Choose from USB-C, USB-A, HDMI, DisplayPort, MicroSD, or SSD expansion cards that connect via USB 3.2.
How do I get my hands on one?
The Framework laptop is currently available in two variants: a standard model at $999, and a configure to order DIY spec’d model starting at $749. Higher specifications do run up the price tag, but somehow the idea of investing in a more sustainable item that will likely see everyday use makes it worthwhile. Does the Framework laptop offer studio-grade performance and is the build-quality road-worthy for touring? This remains to be seen, the word “tank” wasn’t mentioned, however, at the very least you can replace virtually any part and customize the I/O of the machine to fit your highly specific needs.
More about the Framework Laptop
- Framework’s official page
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