Review: Frameworks next-gen Laptop follows through on its upgradeable promises

Enlarge / The Framework Laptop is again with inner and exterior upgrades. It largely follows through on its promises of repairability and upgradeability.

Andrew Cunningham

It’s one factor to say you make a completely user-serviceable, upgradeable laptop computer. It’s one other factor to truly observe through with it.

The unique Framework Laptop we reviewed final yeardid abatchof issues proper. It’s simple to open and work on, the ports will be swapped out to fit your wants, and it is sturdy and well-built sufficient to face as much as conventional, less-upgradeable-and-repairable ultrabooks like Dell’s XPS 13 or Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 Carbon .

But making “one surprisingly good laptop” is not the identical as making a laptop computer ecosystem with upgradeable, interchangeable, user-serviceable components. To try this, it’s good to sustain with new element releases. You want to handle the shortcomings of your unique design (and even launch new revisions) with out ending help for or breaking compatibility with earlier variations of your design. And your small, unbiased firm mustlive on so it may possibly hold getting all that work accomplished, yr after yr, for a couple of years.

I am unable to say what the following yr or two will carry, however Ican say that the second-generation Framework Laptop remains to be doing nearly every part proper. It’s a flippantly revised model of the unique chassis designed round a Twelfth-generation Intel Core CPU reasonably than an Eleventh-gen model, and the motherboard exists as a drop-in improve for anybody who has already purchased a Framework Laptop.

The Framework Laptop does have issues, particularly relating to battery life. But general, it is a thoughtfully designed laptop that treats do-it-yourselfers and PC builders like adults who could make their very own selections. There nonetheless is not one other laptop computer fairly prefer it.


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