For obvious reasons (including very limited workspace and the cost of components), the DIY laptop market has never grown. This is despite periodic attempts to give buyers the option of exchanging coins on their cellphones. In fact, the industry has moved in the opposite direction, with laptop manufacturers (led by Apple) making it increasingly difficult to open laptops. Even replacing a dead battery – let alone adding RAM or switching motherboards – the obstacle course often leads IT managers in companies to move on and renew entire PC fleets.
Framework is the latest company to try their hand at the modular laptop concept, recently announcing a 13.5-inch system that will be released by the summer. While some previous attempts at modularity have only allowed limited updates, Framework promises that almost anything can be swapped out on the machine, including 11-inch Intel Core processors.e generation and a 55 Wh battery. It even provides a kit that will allow the more adventurous to assemble a laptop themselves and add the Windows or Linux operating system of their choice.
It’s probably easier to enumerate what Framework does not indicate in what you will be able to upgrade. Mainly, the aluminum frame which weighs around 1.3 kilograms. Almost everything else is swappable, from RAM to storage, from battery to keyboard. Even the motherboard can be replaced so that you can update your laptop with a new CPU later. One thing that is not mentioned in the description of the Laptop Framework is graphics cards, but maybe this will become available if the concept gains momentum in the market.
An expansion card system that allows modules to be inserted via USB-B and USB-C ports, HDMI, DisplayPort, MicroSD
To allow users to configure their laptops with just the parts they need, Framework uses an expansion card system that allows modules to be inserted through USB-B and USB-C ports, HDMI, DisplayPort, MicroSD. or others. The company says it is working on additional modules like headphone amplifiers and Arduino microcontrollers, and that it will open up the system to outsiders by sharing its specifications and benchmark designs.
You can even add a bit of flair to your system with multi-colored frames that connect magnetically, and Framework says it will add a screwdriver to your order (perhaps to remind you that you can upgrade your laptop. at any time).
Unfortunately, other than the promised summer shipping date, details regarding pricing and availability have yet to be provided.