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Framework Is Selling Mainboards Separately for Crazy Maker Projects


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Framework, which launched its modular, upgradeable laptop last year, is now selling its most important part separately on its marketplace: the mainboard. And while this could allow you to upgrade a Framework Laptop, the company is also open-sourcing a bunch of 3D printing and electrical information so that you could make your own projects out of it

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The concept of this device is interesting, but unless the CPU is removable, it's kinda moot IMO. 

I'm not sure how many of you guys are aware of this, but if you want a laptop that is designed to be easy to service, the answer has always been Dell. With some exceptions for ultra-thin designs, Dell has always designed laptops with serviceability in mind. Typically Dell laptops can be opened really easily and all the parts will be exposed and easy to remove right away. Perhaps their new CAMM style ram slot is contrary to that, or perhaps it will prevent them from making ram be integrated onto the motherboard for ultra thin laptops. 

 

I think what Framework and Dell prove more than anything else is that there is no real reason why Apple needs to design their laptops to be so difficult to service. We have clear examples of laptops from them that look good and are easy to service without costing a small fortune. 

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