timelapse of the Framework 16 being put together DIY style

I usually go and buy a new computing device once every 6 years or so.  This year my trusty Late 2017 Apple MacBook Pro i5 8GB/500GB is officially sunsetted. While I’ve been eyeing a new Macbook to take its place, it would be one of the newer Apple Silicon M2 joints. But I really want to jump back into doing all my computing in Linux full time and also game more so… I’m taking a chance here.

A studio shot of two hands working on putting the framework 16 laptop together. The hands hold the motherboard while the laptop shell, memory, expansion cards, and other bits are surrounding it on a blue table.

I’ve always dreamed of a modular laptop since it’s kind of the only way I can get the specs and ports I want. Framework makes it possible by having this form factor that should never be obsolete; all the parts are user serviceable and replaceable including the motherboard, ports, screen, keyboard, and so on.

Scrrenshot of framework computer preorder confirmation page showing successful preorder made.


My config is the 16 inch Ryzen™ 9 7940HS – Radeon™ RX 7700S – 180W. That’s right, there’s a kick-ass discreet graphics card in there and it’s user swappable! Whenever the new hotness comes along, or other modules like an extra battery or whatever is needed, its a simple 10 minute swap out needing only a screwdriver (which is also included).


The bad news: I gotta wait until Spring 2024. The good news, I can save up the rest of the money by Spring 2024– this thing IS NOT cheap; about $1000 more than my current Mac was when I bought it new in 2017. BUT it will basically become the workhorse PC as I plan on using it for work, home-labbing, and gaming. Any tool you use to make your livelihood off of should have no expense spared (within reason.)

You can check out more here: https://frame.work/products/laptop16-diy-amd-7040

Framework Laptop 16 DIY Edition (AMD Ryzen™ 7040 Series) (Framework)

The Framework Laptop 16 is a high-performance laptop with an upgradeable and completely modular design that allows endless options for configuration, including a fully reconfigurable input deck and modular discrete graphics.

9 responses
  1. @pdxmph — Oh wow, we have another thing in common.
    I gotta wait a few more months to join the club. Expect fanboi action from this direction toward your #framework posts.

  2. @starrwulfe That thing looks amazing! The wait would kiiiiill me.

  3. @pdxmph@micro.blog
    I’m actually glad it’ll take a long time since I gotta save up for this thing.
    (Donations are always welcome however 😜)

    BTW, Are the keycaps of a universal design where they can be swapped/replaced at some point?

    In reply to https://micro.blog/pdxmph/25220023.

    In reply to https://starrwulfe.xyz/b/3N8.

  4. @pdxmph I’m actually glad it’ll take a long time since I gotta save up for this thing.
    (Donations are always welcome however 😜)

    BTW, Are the keycaps of a universal design where they can be swapped/replaced at some point?

  5. @starrwulfe I don’t think the keycaps are universal, and I’ve read people on the forums noting that they’ve tried to swap them and it doesn’t go well. You’re meant to treat the keyboard and all its components as a single “part” for repair/replacement purposes.

    Folks have reported that they’ve been able to gently pull keycaps off and restore them, but other people have said they messed it up and got a bad result.

    I’d love it if that situation changed at some point, but kinda get how mobile form factors might make that harder?

  6. @pdxmph given the modularity of the components, I might make a long term project out of crafting a custom keyboard for a IST Miroku setup. Or stick something else where the keyboard is…e ink touch screen? 🤔

  7. @starrwulfe It’d be interesting if more of a third-party ecosystem took off. I don’t know how much you can do given laptop constraints, but keyboards, panels, and camera modules all seem like interesting things to have more selection on.

    A few days into this thing, there’s not much I am inclined to change right now. In a few years, when it’s time to retire the mainboard into one of their desktop enclosures or something, it’d be cool for there to be more refresh options.

  8. @pdxmph I’m sure you’ve seen these then:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch (Elevated Systems channel covers a lot of things but is in the middle of a long-term test of Framework 13.)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch (He stuck the mainboard into a keyboard housing so he could have something like a modern day take on the Commodore 64.)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch (Another guy aped the TRS-80 with one!)

    Needless to say, I’m looking forward to many good years with the ecosystem if we can make it take off!

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