Okay! I was planning to write an article about the LibreKrsnah Laptop – the greatest laptop to be ever designed.
But then I stumbled onto a YouTube video showcasing “Framework’s fully modular laptop”.
I’ve talked about the Fairphone in one of my previous articles. It’s a fully modular phone with a great design. I fully approve it.
The Framework laptop shares a similar design philosophy with Fairphone; all the components are modular, and if the user wants to upgrade or replace a component, it’s quite easy.
Framework is headed by an Indian guy named Nirav Patel. Finally an Indian with the brains and the capacity to make an impact in the tech world!
The Framework laptop looks great. I wish I could get my hands on one so I could test it myself.
It has swappable I/O modules, upgradeable RAM, SSD and replaceable keyboard, touchpad, screen, speakers, motherboard, laptop chassis, fan, battery and WiFi card.
The only component that doesn’t seem replaceable is the CPU, which appears to be soldered onto the motherboard. Quite understandable.
Is this laptop perfect?
For starters, I’d have liked to see 15 inch and 17 inch models. They’re probably going to come out at some point when the consumer demand increases.
The current Framework laptop is a 13 inch model. Quite frankly, I would find a 13 inch display just a lil bit too small for my taste. It’s better than an 11 inch laptop though!
Another deficiency I noticed is that the laptop is obviously missing a dedicated GPU. It’s 2021 for Christ’s sake! Having a discrete graphics card, no matter how low tier, is a must!
They could’ve added an MX130 or MX150, at the bottom tier.
To follow up on that, I would’ve liked to see a bigger heatsink, and bigger fans, maybe 2 fans? 3 fans for a dedicated GPU for sure!
Now these may not all fit into the 13 inch model. That’s why I like bigger laptops. And thicker laptops! I don’t need a slim design. Make the laptop a thicc buoy and give it some room to breathe and cool properly.
The Framework laptop uses Intel chips. I think they’d be cooler with AMD configs.
I would’ve liked to see removable CPU and GPU chips instead of the soldered chips. It’s been done on other laptops. So why not do it on this one? There may not be much of an upgrade in the future, but they would be replaceable. So if the GPU had a problem or the motherboard had an issue, those could be easily swapped as well.
So, while the Framework laptop has some deficiencies, they only come up at the expert level of users, y’know, someone like me.
I love the swappable I/O ports. I love that the laptop comes with a screwdriver.
The laptop prices are quite on par with the current market. The Framework laptop costs 1000 bucks, while the DIY version is configurable from 750 bucks. I presume that would be the basic version running Intel’s 1135G7 chip. It’s a pretty decent quad core which is faster than my new laptop. Argh! I am jealous!
I think with an AMD lineup and some powerful NVIDIA chips, the Framework laptop could easily cater to serious users and gamers as well.
Will we see more powerful Framework laptops in the future? Well, that depends on how the current sales go.