with lots of spare parts
Framework, makers of modular 13.5-inch Framework laptops designed to be easily repaired and upgraded, has launched a dedicated marketplace full of replacement parts and upgrades for its portable computers. writing in blog postThe company said the market is currently focused on replacement parts and expansion cards, but it expects to add more customizable modules such as additional language keyboards later this year, as well as third-party and community developed modules in 2022.
It’s a significant step forward for the modular laptop, which has been shipping for a little over two months. After all 10/10 of the laptop I fix it If you can’t get a spare part due to a component failure, the score for repairability doesn’t matter much. And who cares that the laptop is upgradeable if there is no interesting module available to actually upgrade it.
The Framework Marketplace is now live to order replacement parts and upgrades! It is the foundation for an exciting ecosystem roadmap that spans the customization, upgrade and repair of incredible products: https://t.co/26ApysPerf pic.twitter.com/iKe8TTSVfk
— Framework (@FrameworkPuter) 12 October 2021
The market already includes a range of expansion cards for laptops, which are designed to slot into its four modular compartments to add everything from extra storage to features like a microSD card slot or more USB ports. . There’s also user upgradeable RAM and storage for sale. But the store is clearly a work in progress, and lists several other items such as replacement CPU-equipped mainboards, keyboards, and spare parts like batteries and displays as “coming soon.”
The Framework has made a solid start in ensuring that its laptops can be easily repaired when they break down, but it’ll take us some time to know if it really lives up to its promise of a laptop that’s been designed to be repaired over time. Can be upgraded with . This is a promise that has been made many times over the years. Last year, Dell’s attempt at an upgradeable laptop with the Alienware Area-51M, the latter revealed just one model.
Similar high profile efforts have been made to bring modular design to the smartphone. But over the years, LG, Google, and . efforts of companies like motorola failed to make much impact. Sustainable smartphone maker Fairphone has seen more success, and recently announced its new Fairphone 4 smartphone. But rather than offering components that have advanced over time, Fairphone’s focus has always been more on easy repairs for longevity.
If you’re interested in getting a Framework laptop for yourself, prices start at $999 for an assembled model with an Intel i5-1135G7 CPU, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB of storage. There’s also a model with a starting price of $749 if you’re happy to do some assembly, or a more expensive pre-assembled version with faster Intel i7 CPUs, and a more affordable $749 with more RAM and storage. All versions come with a 13.5-inch 3:2 2256 x 1504 display, a 1080p webcam, and a 55Wh battery. At the time of this writing, Framework’s website says new orders are due to ship next month.