Framework Reveals $499 Laptop 13 Barebones Configuration

We’re happy to share that Framework Laptop 16’s are now in customer hands. It’s been an excellent journey over the last two years designing and building an ultra-upgradeable, high-performance machine, and we’re excited to see the early feedback. As always with Framework products, the first shipment is just the beginning, and we’re looking forward to continuing to deliver on longevity, upgradeability, and repairability as we go. We’ve seen more press reviews go live as well, including by far the most thorough one, a deep dive from Jarrod’s Tech that includes both a broad range of benchmarks and subjective evaluation of the overall experience. Framework Laptop 16 pre-orders are still open as we continue to manufacture our way through the pre-order batches. Most of our factory capacity, which we doubled last year, is now allocated to getting you Framework Laptop 16’s as quickly as we can.

We recently uploaded the first set of developer documentation around Framework Laptop 16 internals on GitHub, adding to the existing material we have for the Expansion Bay and Input Module systems. The new release includes drawings and connector part numbers for the Mainboard to enable re-use. We’ll continue to build out this documentation over time, like we have for Framework Laptop 13.

A $499 Framework Laptop and growing the Framework Outlet
When we launched the Framework Outlet last year, our core goals were to increase the accessibility of our products, enable developers, and divert waste. We have announcements today that drive forward on each of these. First, we’ve reduced the price of our B-stock Factory Seconds systems and now have a Framework Laptop 13 barebones configuration available for under $500 for the first time. This is the i7-1165G7 model, so it has healthy performance too. Our Factory Seconds systems come without memory and storage, so to reduce the all-in price, we’re making refurbished DDR4 available at half the price of new. You can pick these up in the Marketplace, or purchase them all together on our Factory Seconds Kit page. Factory Seconds laptops are currently available in the US and Canada, and Australia. We’ve also posted a video explaining more about what Factory Seconds are and what B-stock looks like.
We’ve also launched the first refurbished versions of our latest-generation laptops. These have 13th Gen Intel Core Processors and are now available in the US and Canada. Our refurbished products come from undeliverable packages and from the small number of returns we get from our 30-day return guarantee.

Finally, we have one unique new Factory Outlet item, a 20-pack of Expansion Card Shells to enable developers. We had a quality issue on an early batch of DisplayPort Expansion Cards, and we quarantined the inventory that has now been sitting in storage for nearly two years. Rather than scrapping these cards, we’re making them available to Expansion Card creators at a deeply reduced price to reuse the enclosures with their own PCBs. DisplayPort is especially convenient because it uses an aluminium enclosure and has a large opening for the DisplayPort receptacle. We can’t wait to see the creative new cards that developers come up with.

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