sprucing up your laptop the same way you would swap out the components inside a desktop PC case. That’s part of the premise behind the Framework laptop, made by a startup that wants to make it easier to diagnose and repair your stuff. Preorders are now open for Framework’s first batch of modular laptops, with four different models available in a surprisingly affordable price range.
Each of the Framework laptops is priced based on the processor, memory, and storage option you choose. All laptops are powered by Intel’s 11th-gen Tiger Lake processors. The $1,000 base model comes with a Core i5-1135G7 processor, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD for storage. The $1,400 Performance model gets a spec bump with a Core i7-1165G7 processor, 16GB of RAM, and a 512GB SSD. The $2,000 Professional model completes the lineup with a speedier Core i7-1185G7 processor, 32GB of RAM, and a 1TB SSD. The base and Performance models come with a serial for Windows 10 Home, while the Performance model runs Windows 10 Pro. There’s also a do-it-yourself configuration starting at $750. You can customize the components and then assemble them yourself, and even choose between Windows and Linux.
The Framework laptops are relatively standard across the board. They all feature 13-inch displays and a 55Wh battery, as well as a 1080p, 60fps webcam with a physical privacy switch—that goes beyond most consumer laptops, even the business-focused ones. Not all parts of the Framework laptop are swappable to help maintain consistent function and design across models. But the hardware you’d need (or want) to upgrade first is, including the processor, wifi chip, RAM, and storage.