Framework Laptop review: A functional and futureproof 13 inches


Are you old enough to remember that laptops used to have removable batteries? Frustrated with mainstream laptops with memory soldered into the motherboard and therefore not upgradeable? The 13.5-inch Framework Laptop delves into that nostalgia, addressing one of the biggest shortcomings in modern laptops. right to repair movement. It was designed from the ground up to be as customizable, upgradeable and repairable as technically possible. It’s a lot, and boy does it deliver.

It has four expansion card slots, slide-in modules that snap in a USB-C connector, socketed storage and RAM, fixed CPU and a replaceable mainboard module with fan, battery, screen, keyboard and more. It’s a design that makes it easy to access parts, while providing solid performance at competitive prices and without sacrificing aesthetics.

8.5

Framework Laptop

like

  • Almost fully configurable and upgradeable
  • Smart and functional design
  • practically no performance sacrifice
  • 1,080-pixel, 60 frames per second webcam with camera and mic shutter
  • 180 degree opens

do not like it

  • seems relatively normal
  • no thunderbolt 4 yet

The laptop is now in preorder for the US and Canada, slated to ship in small batches depending on configuration. Core i7-based systems are expected to go out in August, while Core i5 systems won’t be available until September.

Framework laptop prices start at $999 for the prefab Core i5-1135G7 model with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of SSD, $1,399 for the Core i7-1165G7 performance model with 16GB of RAM and 512GB of storage, or a vPro Core with 32GB of RAM i7-1185G7 is the professional model. and 1TB of storage. The Framework expects to expand into new areas by the end of the year; $999 roughly translates to £730 or AU$1,360.

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Smaller expansion cards slip into grooves on the sides and connect via USB-C.

You can only buy the entry model with 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD; If you want 16GB, my minimum recommended is to run windows, you have to upgrade it yourself. You can buy a 250GB ($69), 1TB ($149) or micro SD ($19) expansion card if you want an easier way to add storage, but performance won’t be as good as an NVMe SSD.

Framework Laptop

price as per review

$2,047

Display

13.5 inches 2,256×1,504 pixels 60 Hz

PC CPU

3GHz Intel Core i7-1185G7

pc memory

32GB DDR4 3,200MHz

graphics

128MB Intel Iris XE Graphics

Storage

1TB NVMe SSD, 1x Micro SD

ports

2x USB-C (PD), 1x USB-A, 1x DisplayPort, 1x HDMI

networking

Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201, Bluetooth 5.2

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