The Framework Laptop 16: A high-performance beast with a difference
With the Framework Laptop 16, Framework has upped its game considerably. You get the same upgradable and customizable design philosophy, in a larger and more powerful 16-inch format.
To make things even more interesting, we see the introduction of two modular aspects including the input deck and graphics card slot. This opens up the possibilities for gamers, creators, and musicians as you have more ways to build the machine to meet your requirements.
Introducing the Framework Laptop 16
When developing the top casing, Framework designers were torn between providing a Numpad or working without one. As a result, you can not only have the freedom to install a Numpad module if required, but the range of keyboard configuration options is vast.
Following this idea even further, the firmware used by many of these input modules is open-source and runs on a Raspberry Pi RP2040 microcontroller just like QMK keyboard software.
The Laptop 16 also has a larger Expansion Bay system. This allows you to install a GPU completely independently of the rest of the internal components.
Possible expansions include a dual M.2 SSD module giving you 16 TB of additional storage, and a PCIe x8 interface with the potential to install RME digital converters, Pro Tools HDX cards, card readers, and video capture cards.
The larger casing also provides space for three Expansion Cards on either side. Among these modules, you can now choose whether or not you want an audio input card with a 3.5mm headphones port, which adds even more flexibility.
Overall, the Laptop 16 looks mighty impressive, with potential in just about any media discipline you can think of.
Pricing and availability:
Pricing will be shared this spring when preorders open, so follow Framework for updates. The Laptop 16 ships late this year, hopefully, we won’t have to wait too long.
More about the Framework Laptop 16:
- Framework official press release
- More from Framework
- All about laptops
- Framework Laptop 16: Framework
Modularity very often causes more problems than it solves…
Realistically we never open our computers except in a last ditch effort to extend there life with extra RAM or a battery swap.
Meanwhile, modularity means more weak points, more bulk, more risks on incompatible HW or faulty connections….
I’m sure there’s a niche audience for that. But emphasis on “niche”. Musicians mostly need a “I don’t want to think about it” computer and this ain’t it