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The exciting modular Framework Laptop is now up for pre-order

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The time has nearly come for a possible laptop revolution with the Framework Laptop, a modular system that allows for easy repairs and upgrades and you can build the whole thing yourself. An exciting idea that we covered with the initial announcement back in February.

Framework Computer Inc have now announced that the Framework Laptop is available to pre-order, with it being released in batches depending on what model you go for. Something to note is that the pre-built only comes with Windows, but the DIY edition has a no operating system option design for tinkerers and Linux users.

"The Framework Laptop is an ultraportable 13.5” notebook that is easy to upgrade, customize, and repair in ways that no other high-performance notebook can be.  Every part of the product can be individually replaced or upgraded as needed.  This means it can stay great for longer, all while reducing your environmental footprint by creating less e-waste." — Framework Team

The DIY edition starts at $749 but that doesn't include any RAM or storage, so even the basic 8GB with a 250GB SSD comes to $863. If you want their basic WiFi that then bumps it up again to $881. Still $881, for a unique modular kit is actually pretty darn reasonable.

The specifications possible include:

Processor i5-1135G7 (8M Cache, up to 4.20 GHz)
i7-1165G7 (12M Cache, up to 4.70 GHz)
i7-1185G7 (12M Cache, up to 4.80 GHz)
Storage None (bring your own)

None (bring your own)
1x 8GB DDR4-3200
2x 8GB DDR4-3200
1x 16GB DDR4-3200
2x 16GB DDR4-3200
1x 32GB DDR4-3200
2x 32GB DDR4-3200


None (bring your own)
Intel® Wi-Fi 6E AX210 No vPro®
Intel® Wi-Fi 6E AX210 vPro®


13.5” 3:2
2256x1504, 100% sRGB color gamut, and >400 nit


4x User-selectable Expansion Cards
3.5mm combo headphone jack

Weight & Dimensions

15.85mm x 296.63mm x 228.98mm

Battery 55Wh

The price does get higher again when you include a power adapter, expansion cards including:  USB-C Expansion Card USB-C +$9, USB-A Expansion Card USB-A +$9, DisplayPort Expansion Card DP +$19, HDMI Expansion Card HDMI +$19, MicroSD Expansion Card MicroSD +$19 and storage expansion cards too.

In regards to the DIY edition having the No Operating System option, the Framework team said "We specifically chose the path of not pre-loading an OS on the DIY Edition to let people bring their preferred distribution. There is a broad range of preferences there, but we're testing on the most popular distributions (which other distributions are often downstream of)."

Right now, the only keyboard option is US English too. However, they are planning a wider roll-out throughout the next year to include options for English International, British English, Traditional Chinese (Cangjie & Zhuyin), Korean, French Canadian, Italian, German, French, Belgian, Blank ANSI, Blank ISO, Clear ANSI and also Clear ISO.

See more on the official site.

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drlamb May 14, 2021
I'd do things for a v2 with AMD-based component choices.
Lofty May 14, 2021
I like the idea of this project but once again as with the 'linux laptops' where are the AMD options ?

Im not very interested in anything currently Intel. (im not referring to the news articles btw so i appreciate the content).AMD have been knocking it out of the park with their mobile offerings this generation. This intel stronghold on 'boutique' mobile offerings might be some sort of Stockholm syndrome for businesses contracts or a Perhaps it's just a case of supply chain issues but for the informed consumer, especially Linux users AMD appears to be more exciting.

BTW i would like a laptop without a camera or microphone built in (hows about a truly modular laptop having the option to remove the modules). Both are usually of crappy quality and not something i tend to use ever. If i were to use one it would not be on an ad-hoc basis and more likely require a higher quality solution. In which case i could buy a clip on logitech model of much higher quality with in built mic and/or use a separate desktop microphone+camera

Last edited by Lofty on 14 May 2021 at 4:11 pm UTC
cbones May 14, 2021
It would be great if they are around long enough to support future motherboard/CPU upgrade swaps. If the laptop shell is sufficient and durable, that could offer some great long-term upgrade options.
drlamb May 14, 2021
Quoting: cbones

1000%. I'd pre order this TODAY if they said something along the lines of "v2 motherboards with AMD ryzen 5000 series CPUs will be available in Q3 2021. These parts are guaranteed to fit in the v1 chassis."
denyasis May 15, 2021
Quoting: HoriSo... the battery's not upgradable? Unfortunately, for me, a long-lasting battery is the whole point of a laptop.

I see it's replaceable, so hopefully that might mean a juicier battery is in the future, as soon as the cram in more battery cells.

I'm both intrigued and disappointed the "upgrade modules" are just USB adapters. Although the intagrated slot part is nice, fewer dongles hanging off.

Edit: I configured a modest setup, 16GB ram, 500gb SSD. $935 USD. I think that seems fairly reasonable, right? Might have to save up for one

Last edited by denyasis on 15 May 2021 at 10:12 pm UTC
iiari May 16, 2021
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Quoting: denyasis
Quoting: HoriSo... the battery's not upgradable? Unfortunately, for me, a long-lasting battery is the whole point of a laptop.
Edit: I configured a modest setup, 16GB ram, 500gb SSD. $935 USD. I think that seems fairly reasonable, right? Might have to save up for one
I certainly think that's very reasonable. My current laptop with those stats from '18 was 50% more. Upgrade to an i7 and it's $1399, and that's with a high res webcam, which not even the similarly 3:2 Thinkpad X1 Titanium has, and that's $2000+.
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