Framework’s Laptop 16, A Compartmentalized Gaming Laptop

Source: Ars Technica Framework’s Laptop 16, A Compartmentalized Gaming Laptop

Not Perfect, But A Very Good Start

Ars Technica had a chance to check out the new Framework Laptop 16, a gaming version of their modular Laptop 13.  It keeps the same ability to swap around inputs and outputs without needing to shut the machine off but it adds one new interesting feature.  The Laptop 16 has a replaceable GPU module, to allow you to eventually upgrade the AMD Radeon RX 7700S.  The GPU connection is an unspecified PCIe 8x, which is actually a physical interposer composed of two surfaces filled with copper contacts for data and power, pressed up against each other with screws.    You would presumably have to shut the laptop off to swap the GPU once Framework starts selling other models.

All is not perfect however, with this model as only certain Framework ports will support true 40Gbps speeds of USB 4, or offer display output and some draw extra power if you stuck a USB-A card in it.  This is different from the previous Intel only version, where there were no limitations to any of the ports.  As long as you pay attention to where you are plugging in the components that shouldn’t be an issue. 

Click the link above to see how well it performed when it was run through Ars Technica’s battery of benchmarks.

The design of the Framework Laptop 16 is a unique mix of clunky and clever. It retains some of the external design compromises from the Laptop 13 (a fairly boxy design, thick bezels) and adds a few of its own. The expansion module that contains the GPU juts out from the back of the laptop past the lid, something I associate more with monstrous, unpleasant 17-inch gaming laptops, and the seams all over the keyboard and wrist rest area make it look sort of unfinished.

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