One year from its initial launch, the tech company with a DIY difference brings us the Framework Laptop upgrade. The new spec laptops are now available for pre-order, equipped with 12th-Gen Intel Core processors.
How do I get my Framework Laptop upgrade?
Before you ask, the answer is YES. The upgrade is available to current Framework owners. Starting at $538, you’ll be able to trick out your laptop with a new upgrade kit.
This gives you a new top casing and a choice of three i5 and i7 processors, as well as PCIe 4.0, and Intel’s new Xe GPU. Overall, it should be a pretty big performance and efficiency boost without having to buy a whole new machine. This is a very exciting concept, especially for music producers.
For the uninitiated, the new specs are available in the same two options as before. This includes a DIY model, starting at $838, which gives you the freedom to assemble your own custom Framework laptop and do the OS install yourself.
Framework is also optimized for Linux and fully supports Fedora 36, while Ubuntu 22.04 still requires “a couple of workarounds“.
Meanwhile, for the slightly less brave, the standard ready-to-go model starts at $1049. You can choose from three configurations: Base, Performance, and Professional which ship this July.
In addition, regional keyboard options will soon be available, and port expansions include HDMI, USB-A, USB-C, DP, and microSD. Framework currently only ships to the US, Canada, UK, Germany, France, Netherlands, Austria, and Ireland. However, if you register your interest on the website, Framework will prioritize you as they expand availability in more countries.
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