Laptops have never been a role model when it comes to upgrades. While some high-end gaming laptops allow you to swap out the memory, processor, and even GPU in some cases, most thin and light laptops are designed in such a way that upgrades are extremely difficult or impossible once you have them in hand to get.
Framework, a US startup based in California, wants to change that perception with its fully upgradeable Windows 10 laptop. The Framework laptop has a 13.5-inch display with a resolution of 2256 x 1504 and 11th Generation Intel Tiger Lake Processors. And most importantly, most of the external / internal hardware is user replaceable / upgradeable.
When it comes to the exterior, the screen and keyboard can be swapped out if necessary. According to the Framework, almost anyone can upgrade, and it even comes with a screwdriver that is all that is needed to upgrade / repair the system. The bezels around the display are attached magnetically so that you can change the colors to your liking. The modularity even extends to external ports. In four USB-C-based slots you can choose between microSD, HDMI, DisplayPort, USB-C and USB-A connections. So if you want to charge the system with four USB-C ports, this is quite possible with the Framework laptop.
Move around the Framework laptopMotherboard, RAM and memory can be upgraded. The $ 999 base configuration comes with a Core i5-1135G7, 8 GB of RAM, and a 256 GB SSD. The $ 1,399 performance configuration updates storage to Core i7-1165G7, 16GB of RAM, and a 512GB SSD. Finally, the Professional Edition offers a Core i7-1185G7 for $ 1,999 and doubles the RAM and storage to 32 GB and 1 TB, respectively. The Professional also comes with Windows 10 Pro, while the other two configurations come with Windows 10 Home.
Framework will also sell the laptop as it is called DIY edition from $ 749 with the Core i5-1135G7. From there, you can choose your RAM, storage, and Wi-Fi module as provided by Framework, or bring your own components to complete the system. You also need to bring an operating system to the table.
Framework is currently taking refundable deposits of $ 100 for the laptop and says the systems will ship in July.