It’s been a while since I’ve refreshed my work laptop and monitor. After some searching, I found https://frame.work/ with a new take on laptops; the ability to upgrade, replace, or repair them yourself. I pre-ordered the DIY Edition and put it together with my two boys which was a fun learning experience for them, and me.

Total cost of the laptop was $1,780 – I paid a $100 deposit when I submitted the order and the balance when it shipped.

Framework laptop configuration and pricing summary

Figure 1: Framework laptop configuration and pricing summary

 

Given the supply chain issues we had during 2021, Framework shifted to a batching process for their orders. When I ordered, it was monthly.  When you order on their website, they will show different configurations and what batches they are in.

Here is the timeline for my order. The process, start to finish, was smooth and issue free.

Ordered Thu, Sep 23 @ 12:22 pm
We’re preparing to ship Batch 4! Mon, Oct 4 @ 11:55 am
We’re preparing to ship your order! Fri, Oct 15 @ 7:13 pm
Your order is shipping soon!

Remaining balance charged to CC

Tue, Oct 19 @ 5:20 am
Laptop Shipped Fri, Oct 22 @ 3:50 pm
Laptop Received Tue Oct 26 @ 11:49 am

 

 

Configuration

There were three CPU options to choose from and I selected the Intel® Core™ i7-1165G7 because of the performance to price ratings. The next higher CPU was the ® Core™ i7-1185G7 which had marginal improvements in performance but was $400 more.

The storage I selected was 1TB – WD_BLACK™ SN850 NVMe™. 1 GB as most of what I do these days is in the cloud and my storage solutions of Microsoft OneDrive and pCloud have files on demand which means you have access to the files but they are stored in the cloud where they don’t take up space on your drive. Also, most of my technical work consists of cloud-based products such as data lakes and databases where I no longer have to have copies on my laptop. So higher capacity wasn’t as important.

However, I do work with visualization tools such as Power BI and messaging apps such as Slack, Teams, and Chat, which consume a lot of memory and wanted to have enough capacity to run these. I therefore opted to get 64 GB (2 x 32GB) DDR4-3200 RAM.

Expansion Cards

One of the unique aspects of the Framework laptops is the expansion cards. These are removable cards with different cable interfaces, such as for HDMI, USB A, USB C, and others. I selected 1 HDMI, 1 USB-A, and 4 USB-C. While working at home, which is 98% of my work, I have the 4 USB-C cards in but wanted HDMI, and USB-A for when I travel or am out doing presentations.

Unboxing

The packaging was simple, with the laptop arriving in a box and expansion cards in a padded package.

Framework packaging

Figure 2: Framework packaging

Framework open packaging

Figure 3: Framework open packaging