The Californian start-up Framework has just announced a repairable and upgradeable 13.5-inch laptop PC in proportions rarely seen for a computer of this type. It will be sold this summer in the United States.
Nowadays, when buying a laptop, the average user cares little about the possibilities of evolution of his new acquisition. “Will I be able to increase the amount of RAM when the time comes? How much will it cost me to replace the screen when I drop my PC? ”, he might ask.
Currently, by choosing your laptop carefully, it is possible to find models with non-soldered components – mainly SSD, RAM and network card – as well as non-bonded batteries. The repairability index introduced in January 2021 in France also intends to give indications to potential buyers.
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With its laptop PC, Framework is aimed at customers concerned about the scalability of their PC and offers an alternative to brands that have chosen aesthetics and everything welded.
The Framework with its components. © Framework
The Framework is a 13.5-inch laptop PC with a 2256 x 1504 px screen accompanied by a 1080p 60 fps webcam. The processor is an 11th generation Intel, supported by two RAM slots accommodating up to 64 GB and an M.2 slot hosting an NVMe SSD up to 4 TB. Connectivity is provided by a Wi-Fi card. Fi 6E. Everything is powered by a 55 Wh battery in a 15.85mm thick aluminum chassis weighing 1.5kg.
Unprecedented customization and modularity
Framework leaves the user the choice of the connection he wants. Thus, four locations distributed on each side of the machine allow the peripherals to be installed. Various ports are available: USB-C, USB, DisplayPort, HDMI, microSD card reader, storage expansion or high-end amplifier. It is also possible to customize the keyboard or the screen outlines, most of the parts being magnetized and not glued.
The different modules available. © Framework
Repair is an essential point of the Framework philosophy. Every component is replaceable, from the motherboard on which the processor is soldered to the cooling system. It is therefore possible to repair or upgrade the Framework with more recent hardware. For this, each part that makes up the Framework is affublished with a QR-code referring to the manufacturer’s site. You can order a replacement part compatible with your Framework and install it yourself by following the manufacturer’s guides.
The Framework once opened. © Framework
Framework also offers a free license allowing third-party manufacturers to develop modules and accessories for its laptop PC and to place them for sale on its site.
Recycled materials, offset emissions
From an ecological standpoint, FrameWork also wants to be virtuous, announcing a frame made from 50% recycled aluminum and plastic fittings also recycled at 30%. The packaging is plastic-free and fully recyclable. The CO2 emissions during delivery are fully offset.
Hopefully the choice of Framework pays off, as examples of such practices have happened before, but were not successful. We think in particular of the smartphone of Fairphone or the ARA project of Google.
The Framework will be available in early summer 2021 in the United States in various out-of-the-box configurations with Windows 10 and Windows 10 Pro, but also in a DIY kit allowing the selection of components and installation of the system. operation of their choice. Framework will even provide the screwdriver to this to disassemble the laptop.
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