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The Framework Laptop Chromebook costs $1,000, but it might be worth it

The modular computer brand, Framework, is introducing a Chromebook Edition of its innovative Framework Laptop. Preorders are available today for the U.S. and Canada for $1,000.

Introducing the Framework Laptop Chromebook Edition

Much like its standard laptop counterpart, the Framework Laptop Chromebook Edition is built with sustainability and security in mind. It will be a “high-performance, upgradeable, repairable, customizable” device running ChromeOS.

The Framework Laptop Chromebook Edition will be available between late November and early December for $1,000.
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Thanks to Framework’s partnership with Google, the Chromebook Edition will feature a Titan C security chip and will also support automatic updates for up to eight years. To further privacy, the Chromebook includes hardware switches that cut power from the camera and microphones to disable access, the brand said.

The Framework Laptop Chromebook Edition is powered by a 12th Gen Intel Core i5-1240P processor with a base of  8GB of DDR4 RAM and 256GB NVMe storage. Upgradable hardware options include 64GB of DDR4 RAM and 1TB of NVMe storage, in addition to 250GB and 1TB storage expansion cards.

The display and design on the Chromebook Edition include a 2256 x 1504 screen with a 3:2 aspect ratio and magnet-attach bezels that are compatible with all Framework devices. In its milled aluminum frame, the Chromebook is 0.62 inches thick and 2.87 pounds. It also includes a 1.5mm key-travel keyboard.

The Framework Laptop Chromebook Edition showing its keyboard.
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With its high customization, you have the option to add a number of ports to the Framework Laptop Chromebook Edition, including USB-C, USB-A, MicroSD, HDMI, DisplayPort, and Ethernet, among others. You can also add other features such as high speed storage.

In addition to running ChromeOS, the Chromebook Edition supports other software including downloading Android apps, developing on Linux, and playing PC games with Steam, to name a few.

The Framework Laptop Chromebook Edition includes scannable QR codes on each part of its system to make it easy to repair, replace, and upgrade the product, giving you “unprecedented access to documentation, repair guides” and “insight into design and manufacturing data,” the brand said. The Chromebook’s Embedded Controller firmware and coreboot BIOS are also open source and available to users.

The Framework Laptop Chromebook Edition held in someone's hand.
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The first shipments of the Framework Laptop Chromebook Edition will be sent out to consumers between late November and early December, with the Framework saying it will use a batch pre-order system to deliver the Chromebook to customers once it is available.

Those pre-ordering will have to put down a $100 deposit to reserve the Chromebook, which is fully refundable. Customers can also put replacement parts and modules for the Chromebook on waitlist on the brand’s Marketplace starting today.

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Fionna Agomuoh is a technology journalist with over a decade of experience writing about various consumer electronics topics…
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