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Sub-$500 modular laptop from Framework has no storage, RAM or WiFi (but packs a screwdriver)


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In the ever-curious world of gadgetry, Framework has made a bold move by introducing a new sub-$500 modular laptop. This laptop, part of Framework’s innovative approach to sustainable technology, is a game-changer in the market, offering a unique blend of affordability and customization.


The laptop, known as the Framework Laptop 13 DIY Edition, is a barebones configuration that comes without RAM, storage, Wi-Fi connectivity, a power adaptor, or even an operating system—but comes prepackaged with a branded screwdriver. The idea behind this is to allow users to pick the parts they want and install them themselves. This not only provides a cost-effective entry point but also promotes a culture of upgradability and repairability.


Despite its lack of certain components, the Framework Laptop 13 is not short on power. It boasts an 11th-gen Intel Core i7 processor with Iris Xe graphics, making it capable of handling basic tasks and some moderate gaming. This makes the laptop a compelling choice for tech enthusiasts and tinkerers who have spare parts at their disposal.


However, it’s worth noting that these laptops are part of Framework’s B-stock Factory Seconds systems. According to the product description page, “B-stock units contain an original display with slight cosmetic issues: fine lines on the surface that are noticeable from certain angle and/or backlight non-uniformity visible from an angle on a white screen”. Despite these minor imperfections, the laptop’s performance remains uncompromised.


In conclusion, Framework’s new sub-$500 modular laptop is a testament to the company’s commitment to sustainability and user customization. It’s a bold step towards a future where technology is not just consumed, but also created by the users themselves.


What are your thoughts on this new trend of modular laptops? Do you think the benefits of customization and upgradability outweigh the initial effort of self-assembly? Share your views in the comments below.



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