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13.5" Framework Laptop (fully upgradeable and repairable) pre-orders open for Canada

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13.5" Framework Laptop (fully upgradeable and repairable) pre-orders open for Canada

The first ever fully upgradeable Ultrabook. You can upgrade the ram, SSD, display and even the mainboard along with the CPU.

Ships July for the vPro option or August for the other configurations. Starts at $999.

More details @ Framework
Hands-On with Framework's Fully Modular Laptop

The laptop is not perfect, but it is a giant leap in the right direction. Ships with its own screwdriver and that's all you need to change/upgrade all the parts if and when is needed.

*TB4 certification is pending from what I read on their forums, the laptop should be capable of full Thunderbolt 4 support.
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Never heard of this but upvoted for repairability.
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How good are those? 1000$ for a barebone laptop with no ports or even charger.
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The ports are cheap and you can choose up to 4 depending on what you need (USB-C, USB-A, HDMI, 8K DisplayPort, Card reader, TB4 in the near future)

The USB-C built in storage modules also allow you to install a separate OS so you can dual boot.
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hansdoreen wrote: How good are those? 1000$ for a barebone laptop with no ports or even charger.
Ports
4x User-selectable Expansion Cards
3.5mm combo headphone jack

Biometrics
Fingerprint

Power Adapter
60W USB-C
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looks nice, but expensive. With that price, I could get a top-line laptop without interchangeable components.
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So typically it's a laptop full of usb-C ports that you gotta plug module in them to render them usable
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Where would u buy the mobo for this as well as the laptop cpu ? To upgrade a few years down the road
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Too bad it's only Intel (and unlikely to come with an AMD option, based on the CEO's comments at 8:54 of the video OP linked to).

I think I'll stick to Thinkpad for the best combination of upgradeability, repairability, and price (some models, not all obviously). And for resale value, too.
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redflagdealsguy wrote: What does Louis think of this?
droidkid wrote: My thoughts exactly
Let's talk about the Framework laptop that {claims to} support right to repair

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Fully modular? Smiling Face With Open Mouth

Intel? Disappointed But Relieved Face

I'm kidding (partially) - never heard of this but upvoting because I'm glad to see the concept come to life and hope it goes well for them (also that 3:2 screen, never used one but I really like the idea).
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I have serious doubts that this will be a survivable long term venture for this company. At the end of the day every expansion card and mainboard is proprietary and therefore very expensive to make. I think most users will quickly find that the moment you want to do a platform upgrade (motherboard, cpu, ram) and new expansion cards to take advantage of the new platform (new HDMI or Displayport standards for example) the cost will equal an entire brand new laptop.
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I've been following this since it was announced but the prices are definitely high.
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This is one of those things that will either fail badly or be wildly popular. I'm leaning towards the latter on this one. Some people just like to tinker, something not really previously possible with most laptops.
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In the COVID environment, this is attractive.

Post COVID, when we start seeing $299 Ryzen laptops again and fire sales in the midtiers like we once did, this could seriously hurt a new co like this firm. Cracker jack throwaway Windows laptops with reasonable performance are returning once again.

Louis is right about one thing, the biggest impediment to right to repair might be consumer culture. I do believe the niche will continue to thrive, but it will likely remain a niche indefinitely.
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Nice business idea, import parts from china and ask customer to pay premium to assemble by themselves
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Kinda cool. But 12th Gen Intel processors will support DDR5 and PCIe 5.0, which means a new motherboard. So I'm not sure it makes much sense to buy this notebook today.

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