Though it can’t match the high-quality screens and discrete GPUs available in some competing laptops (like the Dell XPS 13 and Alienware m15 r4), Framework offers a unique feature customers can’t find anywhere else right now: control.
Laptops have steadily gotten less repairable and upgradeable over time, to the horror of many computing enthusiasts. While we’re starting to see manufacturers ship more notebooks with upgradeable storage and graphics card options, the rest of the components are typically off-limits — and often soldered down in a way that makes trying to replace or upgrade it a dicey proposition at best.
By contrast, Framework’s laptop has been designed from the ground up for socket-based modularity. This is a decision Patel claims hasn’t prevented them from achieving nearly the same heights of thinness and lightness as competitors like Apple and Dell have.
This is the first review of the Framework Laptop I’ve seen, and it seems very positive. I’m unreasonably excited about this machine, and I’ll try and see if I can get my hands on a review unit. This machine seems like a perfect fit for the average OSNews reader.
They need to get this in the hands of reviewers, but IMHO it looks pretty cool.
All the prebuilt systems force a windows bundle, which sucks. But at least the DIY kit lets you leave it off, which is what I would do. I could see myself using such a system, but there are cons for me: the lack of ethernet is problematic for some of my work (I hate external dongles). Also, I have a lot of trouble editing on keyboards that cram arrow keys and paging keys making it difficult to touch type. Other than those things it seems like it could be compelling and at a fair price point.