Framework begins selling refurbished modular laptops and expansion cards

Framework, a modular laptop manufacturer, recently launched its refurbished product program. Framework claims this is a testament to its commitment to respecting people and the planet and minimizing waste by encouraging a circular economy. When the program begins, North American customers can choose from three refurbished Framework DIY laptops, as well as a refurbished expansion card pack.

The Framework Store has three "DIY Edition" devices powered by 11th Gen Intel Core Tiger Lake mobile processors. The cheapest model is powered by an Intel Core i5-1135G7 processor but is "bare metal" with no memory, storage, Wi-Fi module, or even a power supply. Also, install the operating system yourself. This refurbished machine costs $600, a savings of $80, and the same new model requires the same parts/extensions to make it a useful laptop. The framework also offers an Intel Core i7-1165G7 model for $800, and a Core i7-1185G7 model (again bare-metal) for $1,069.

Most of these SKUs are products returned under Framework's 30-day return guarantee. The devices have also undergone an "extensive testing and cleaning process" and are not prone to DOA failure. If the refurbished product has any cosmetic flaws, surface marks, or so on, these details will be stated on the product sales page.

The framework also prepares refurbished expansion card packs. These should be essential for anyone buying a "DIY version" of a laptop, whether it's a refurbished or brand-new device. The expansion card pack supports two USB-C, one USB-A, and one HDMI card. Buyers get a full one-year warranty on all refurbished products it sells, laptops, and expansion cards.

The framework has yet to expand the refurbishment program to other markets in which it operates (ie, Europe, Australia, etc.) because there is not enough return to provide sufficient inventory.

Earlier this year, Framework introduced Intel Alder Lake upgrade kits for Linux for its laptops, which are compatible with these refurbished products. However, in the Alder Lake life cycle stage, users need to consider whether to spend more than $500 to upgrade. However, there are plenty of other expansion cards on the market to choose from to customize the laptop to better suit the user's needs.

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