It doesn’t have to be this way, though. Framework is a new company that is already selling its first laptop, simply known as the Framework Laptop. The machine looks about as sleek and compact as any other—even in comparison Apple’s hardware—and it comes with the latest Intel CPU and your choice of a variety of other modern components. Despite that, it’s completely repairable, and about as upgradeable as it could possibly be.
We say “currently listed” because most of the parts are still “coming soon,” but it’s early days for the store yet, and Framework says that more parts will come in stock “over the next few months.”
The marketplace isn’t just for replacement parts, though. Framework says that, market willing, it will be extending the site to support community-developed and even third-party modules for the Framework laptop. If community support continues to grow, then having such a base to build on could finally give us the “ATX equivalent” for laptops that enthusiasts have dreamed about for ages.
Thanks to some aggressive promotion from the likes of Linus Sebastian and key individuals in the Right to Repair movement, the Framework laptop seems to have been selling like hotcakes. It makes sense; with modern hardware, attractive looks, and a reasonable starting price—$999 for a base turn-key model, or $750 for one with some assembly required—the Framework seems like a no-brainer for enthusiasts looking for a portable PC. Here’s hoping the company’s marketplace plans pan out.